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Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

Fresh sherry greatness in a bottle

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@galgReview by @galg

10th Jun 2010

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Nose: sweet sherried fruit, some sappy oak (which is good, but doesn’t sound that sexy) notes but no bitter cocoa/espresso notes here. Milk chocolate (Milka) a wee bit of lemon splashes in the background. This malt feels younger than the 15 year old. Fresh, more grassy (if you can say so about a sherry malt), and is very befitting the “Glenfarclas” name which as you remember from the last post stands for “Valley of the Green Grass”. Lovely nose. I really appreciated the absence of those ‘Balsamic vinegar’ notes that haunt me sometimes when sipping richer older sherried malts.

Palate: Luscious dried fruit, milk chocolate sweetness, spicy and even some traces of peat-smoke (mind you - we’re not in Islay mode!, very subtle peat which is fitting). There is also a very interesting "Salty" sensation after the initial dried fruit sweetness has gone, then on the finish the sweet fruit does a "comeback", which lingers.

Finish: Lingering Sherry, Smoke, some bitter oak and the remains of a distant short espresso with the dried fruits dying softly. Very well integrated finish.

Summing it all up:

As expected, a lovely dram. ‘Farclas has not let me down yet, and this time is no exception. Relatively fresh sherry, with the textbook oak,dried fruit, chocolate notes and easy on the bitter side. I can really recommend it to anyone who likes his sherry drams, but does not want to start off with a sherry bomb. In any other respect, a dram I really need to have handy on my bar next to the 15 and 105.

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3 comments

@jdcook
jdcook commented

The current Glenfarclas range is definitely up there with the best of them at the minute. Every single expression pretty much hits the mark.

10 years ago 0

@Sassberto
Sassberto commented

A very good whisky. Sweet and sherried. If you want to get that feeling you had the first time you tried Macallan 12yr, but your palate and experience has matured - this is your dram.

10 years ago 0

@trainingwheels
trainingwheels commented

Nice description of the fruity 'comeback'...I had this for the first time while in Bangalore this last week. It tasted like the fruit (berries maybe?) were playing hide and seek with me all evening.

9 years ago 0

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