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Another sample courtesy of @paddockjudge. I’ve tried the Glenfarclas 105 10 year and found it a little rough, though it did improve with some water. Without going back and looking at that review, how will a lower ABV and 5 more years in oak affect this distillate?
Neat - right off the bat I get the same vegetal smell as I get from the Bladnoch 12. Could this be the effect of sulfur? I’ll give it 10 min in the glass uncovered, then cover it for 5 and see what happens.
15 min later, the vegetal note has subsided but is still there. Getting some fruit behind it now. 19/25
@paddockjudge recommends a drop of water…… 10 min later:
The vegetal note has almost disappeared. Some darker notes coming through, consistent with sherry. (22/25) Taste:
Neat - Spirity, Some chocolate, a bit of that vegetal flavour from the nose. Not getting much sherry as I would have expected. 20/25
with water, more fruit, less vegetal. (21/25)
Finish - dry, bitter, not unpleasant 20/25. With water a little sweeter (21/25)
This one does better with a little water. I think it becomes a little more complex and a little more balanced.22/25
I scored it as it was with the water, because that is how I would take it. I’ll experiment with the remaining sample in the future and we’ll see if things change over time.