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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

Sumptuous but not Dazzling

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RReview by @Rigmorole

28th Jul 2013


Glenfarclas 25 Year Old
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N: sherry, sophisticated array of sugars and the malt. The sense strain to assign metaphors and similes.

P: A bombastic yet sophisticated barrage of caramel, oak, vanilla, mint. The palate changes in a chimerical way, unfolding, teasing, growing, fading, changing, fading.

F: Extremely long, complex, delicious, and with a zest that stings the tongue perfects and with a tartness that is quite pleasing, which then fades to a rich sweet butteriness with hints of chocolate.

Yes, this Farc is downright amazing, but I might like the 21 more. Call it oddly compelling in a malty zen-like way. I have not tasted them side by side so I can't say for sure, but my memories from last winter of the 21 are hauntingly compelling. It just seemed more metaphysically "deep" whereas the 25 was moving in the direction of sherry intensity in a more commonly "scotchy" way. This said, it was much more "grown up" way than Aberlour A'bunadh, for instance, which is understandable because of the age difference. The 21 still has my allegiance, and I can't quite explain why.

The 25 is upfront in its designs on your senses. I might almost say "uncomplicated" in a very good way. It is not a perplexingly complex dram, but it is supremely satisfying and chimerical.

One thing I like very much about the Farc 25 is that it is nothing like a bourbon and yet extremely sweet without being cloying. A damn good dram. I added no water, nor did I want any.

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MaltActivist commented

Outstanding stuff! You truly are a master at this craft! Thank you for your words. Brilliant review - makes me want to go out and get one!

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