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Casks selected by Luc Timmermans.
Nose: Initially lively, tangerine and a hint of mango accompanied by red currants, black cherry and tamarind paste. There are darker elements building with damson jam, blackcurrant and fig. Some mentholated qualities in the form of mint and eucalyptus accompany the whole with great elegance, while old leather and a dash of balsamic add even greater complexity. Over time a sweet toffee note builds and just before the glass is empty there is an unexpected hint of damp hey and a touch of coffee. Incredible complexity, beautiful.
Taste: The darker components dominate on the palette with prunes, blackcurrant and fig jam leading the way. A little of the mentholated character found on the nose is present along with unlit cigars and slightly dusty oak. Lovely spices follow in the form of cloves, nutmeg and a little anise. The tannins are surprisingly restrained, and while the palette certainly doesn’t display the same level of complexity as the nose, that is to be expected at this great age.
Feel: Viscous, rich and mouth coating.
Finish: Long with drawing tannins building alongside oak spices and lingering fig and blackcurrant.
A stunning Glenfarclas showing so much of what this great distillery has to offer. I would have been very interested to taste these two casks separately as together they are simply heavenly. I suppose we should expect nothing less, given that these casks were selected by such an eminent Glenfarclas collector, whose previous 68 bottling (c#699) was so well received.