The Glenfarclas 15. No color added, bottled at 46% instead of 43% like most of their standards because apparently that's the way the founder enjoyed it. Bottle is 90% full and has been opened for about 2 weeks to allow for some air time. This is currently not commercially availible in the US.
Nose: Where do I begin? Plums, baked cherries, fruitcake, creamy milk chocolate, blackberries and rasberries, burnt cinnamon, brown sugar, powdered sugar, marzipan and dark grapes. One of the more complex and wonderful aromas I have experienced in my gander into whisky. I smelled this for at least 45min, maybe an hour, before I even tasted it. But finally it's time to move on to a drink...
Palate: Cherries, lots of them. Followed by chocolate, cherry cola (Dr Pepper-ish but more cherry), bitter coca bean, and rasberries. The sweetness is balanced by a slight coffee-like bitterness. The longer you hold this in your mouth the sweeter it gets. It was a fun game trying to get a perfect balance with the sweetness and the bitter coca bean. About 7-8 seconds seems to do the trick for me.
Finish: The finish transitions into a bit more maltyness. Starts with chocolate, cinnamon, and dates, then come baking spices (nutmeg), and some malty nuttiness (pecans and walnuts), finally ending with marzipan and more cherry cola.
Sensory trip: Drinking this I imagine coffee and milk chocolate truffles walking hand in hand through an orchard of plums and cherries, eating marzipan as it snows nutmeg, cinnamon and powdered sugar. This also strongly reminds me of my favorite German dessert, cherry stollen.
Thoughts: What a wonderful whisky! Definately a step up from the 12yo (which is what drove me to try this one). Dear Glenfarclas, please send a few bottles to the USA so I can buy them.