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Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

Very Balanced - Rich and Smooth

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

16th Feb 2013

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I like spirits with a strong character. I want flavour and complexity. I also seek out smoothness. Not many spirits achieve that perfect balance of smoothness and character. In my experiece, albeit limited, I have encountered very few whiskies can have a strong, powerful personality while maintaining a balanced smoothness. This dram is so masterfully balanced it's absurd.

Nose: Figs, cherries, and baked apple pie with cinnamon. Other mild spices are there. It's interesting, complex, and has a very well rounded nose with a bit of everything you'd want from a sherried 15 year old.

Taste: Honey, mild spices, and I really get cherries and other wild berry flavours. Having read the other reviews for this dram, I feel reluctant to follow the crowd on this one, but yeah, Christmas cake. Incredibly smooth without being creamy. It's just... balanced.

I love this whisky because it's exactly what you'd want and expect. I have a hard time imagining anyone being outright disappointed by this dram. When I drink this, two things occur to me.

One; this distillery (the 15 year old bottling in particular) has achieved a level of balance that other distilleries could only dream of.

Two; it's almost too balanced.

All of the flavours dance around each other so seamlessly that I find myself searching for something distinctive about it. Perhaps the prominent berries? Perhaps the Christmas cake flavours? It's incredibly flavourful but not incredibly distinctive because the distillers have done almost TOO good a job at finding the perfect balance. How cynical of me to seek out flaws in (near) perfection. Fantastic sherried bliss. If you want balance, look here.

Sidenote: Too much water seriously tames this whisky. Add a couple drops less than you would to other whiskies at 46%.

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4 comments

Rigmorole commented

So jealous you can buy this exceedingly great and reasonably priced scotch. Damn the OLCC!

7 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

You're denied both the Benriach 12 Yr Sherry Finish AND the Glenfarcles 15 in Oregon? Oh the humanity! :)

7 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Absolutely love this review @hunggar!! I would add that what cemented the 'Christmas cake' profile for me was the finish on this one. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg absolutely jumped out to me, especially a couple of minutes after the sipping. Just a beautiful bottle. When I first cracked it open on Christmas Day 2011, I poured some for my dad and his wife. My dad specifically commented that while he is not a whisky drinker, this one is really good!!

BTW, why only a '90'? :)

7 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

@Pudge72 - Perhaps I should have gone higher. In retrospect, this deserves a better grade. 93-94 perhaps. It's an all time favorite of mine. And your father isn't the only 'uninitiated' admirer of this dram. My girlfriend isn't an avid whisky drinker herself, although I've helped her develop an appreciation. This is her absolute favorite whisky. Ironic how people tend to think Glenlivet or Glenfiddich or mild bourbon casked drams are the best start-ups for whisky beginners, because this one seems to win everyone over. Quality is quality.

7 years ago 0

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