The Family Casks of Glenfarclas enjoy much esteem. This bottle, for example, will set you back some 500 EUR. Not cheap by any means, but you do get a 30 years old sherry matured malt. Will you look at that color… Let’s go!
Subtle yet wonderfully perfumed nose on earthy notes and chamomile tea, wild heathery flowers and salted caramel. Autumn leaves, bark of an old oak and pine cones. Wild pate (What? Yup!) with berry jam. Then some dark and sweet fruit like plums and fresh fig, but also apricots, mango and strawberries. Some hessian and cough candy. Pencil shavings. Very aromatic and simply marvelous.
Soft and oily on the palate, almost creamy, with immediately some cloves and a hint of cinnamon, black pepper and some camphor. The fruit returns en masse: raisins, figs, mango, upholstered by salted caramel and origin chocolate. Syrupy, even. But the fruit bows to the spices.
The finish is impressively long, dark, sweet and mildly drying. The tannins now really let themselves be felt, while cough syrup and some nuts announce the death.
This is the kind of whisky that I will easily bend the knee for. Well, as 25th encounter with this wonderful Speysider, I have nothing to complain about. This is devine. And very good with… err… wild pate! Thanks for the sample, Manny!