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Glenfarclas '105'

Sherry (Nuclear) Bomb

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

4th Aug 2014


Glenfarclas '105'
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There's not a lot I can tell you about the Glenfarclas 105 that you don't already know. It's the quintessential sherry bomb which, thanks to it's 60% ABV, is the average mans' insanely economical bang for the buck.

Produced at the, still family-owned, Grants Distillery this is truly a Speyside giant with it's over the top flavors and delivery. Now I know a few people who don't like it a whole lot purely because of it's big sherry flavors. But I actually like it for exactly those reasons.

It's a sherry bomb. It knows it's a sherry bomb. It's cask strength. And not just any cask strength. It's 60%. It's not making any excuses. In fact it's letting you know if you don't like it you can suck it's cork.

Nose: Bitter chocolate and dark plums. Big fat raisins mixed with black peppercorns. Red grapes on top of pancakes smothered in maples syrup. This is such a huge sherry nose. I really like it. Simply because it is unashamed.

Palate: So true to the nose. Bitter chocolate. Black pepper. Maple syrup. Dark chocolate. It's impossible to hold it without your eyes watering. In a good way.

Finish: Insanely long. Cherries. Red licorice. Black pepper.

My only beef with Glenfarclas is that I couldn't tell the difference between this and the 20 year old 105 - which costs three times the amount. If you want my advice buy three of these bad boys instead of the 20 year old.

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Rigmorole commented

I would be interested to see a taste test between a recently bottled 105 and one for a few years ago. I think that Glenfarclas is slipping in quality, which is too bad. I also think it ironic that Glendronach tends to go up in quality as Glenfarclas goes down and vice versa. When Glendronach and Benriach were so-so, Glenfarclas was spot-on. Now, Farclas has slipped and Dronach and Benriach are going up. Coincidence? Probably, but still interesting nonetheless.

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MaltActivist commented

@rigmorole interesting comparison. I'd love to test it out. Though I'm not sure how I can get my hands on an old one.

9 years ago 0