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Glenfarclas '105'

Sherry.. Sherry and more Sherry

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@WhiskyAndMeReview by @WhiskyAndMe

21st Jun 2014


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I've both heard and read very nice things about this expression from Glenfarclas.. however for me this one was all about the Sherry .... that's where it begun and that's where it ended.. if you fancy that a lot then you probably love it as much. Can't say that about myself though...

Nose: The beginning is like your nose was run over by a Sherry Train.. wow so much of it!! Along with it comes notes of dark chocolate.. bold spices...pears...possibly some wood and vanilla in there too..

Palate: The palate's like a continuation of the sherry dominance.. although not as dry as you'd expect it to be.. there's the characteristic sweetness .. with a lot of black pepper and cinnamon spices.. there was also some nutty notes in the mix

Finish: This was a Sherry story so every aspect of this expression had profound influence from the cask.. the finish too was drying .. fairly long.. and spicy too.. some where in there were also hints of mild smoke in the background

To be honest.. its a decent dram but.. definitely didn't get me going wow about it. However given all the awards that this has won.. I'm very tempted to have to give it another shot.. and this time with some watering down to probably get some of that magic that I missed this time around..

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Taco commented

This one needs lots of water, not for the alcohol, but for the extreme sherry. I keep a bottle of this and GlenDronach 15 around, as I really enjoy both. The 105 changes a lot with water, improving as it sits. This is a dram you need a spoon, water and time. I'll take up to 1 1/2 hours to finish one dram, especially since I add so much water.

6 years ago 0

WhiskyAndMe commented

@Taco... In all likelihood you are right.. and I would need to give this expression another chance with some water..I guess I was caught off guard by the profound impact that the Sherry had on this.. but I hope round 2 will be a much better experience..

6 years ago 0

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