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Full disclosure, I only had 3 drams of this before returning it to the LCBO
Glenfarclas was one of those whiskies on my “must try” list. It seems to be one of the cool kids’ darling distilleries. They’re fairly tough to find in my area so I scooped up a twelve year old when I found it. When I first opened it, I was disappointed. Thin and watery with an odd, musty undertone on the nose and an odd sharp bitterness on the arrival. It also felt odd, like it was carbonated (fizzy). After a few weeks, the nose seemed to improve a bit, but the “fizzy vinegar” impression remained. I wanted to be optimistic, but I’m just not patient enough (or not wealthy enough) to leave the bottle for several months (years?) and hope it gets better. Here is my best attempt to make sense of my tasting notes:
Nose: red grapes, some honey, an ill-defined sour note, mustiness (old basement?)
Palate: sharp, bitter arrival (grapefruit pith?), effervescent (fizzy, not in a good way), very thin-bodied, a bit of red fruit
Finish: cheap balsamic vinegar, stale dates, an off-putting sour note lingers. Unpleasant.
I don’t know what to say. I wanted this to be good. I wanted to be positive. But this was a miss. A week after contacting Glenfarclas, I have yet to hear a response. I will post any answers I get here.