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Glenfarclas is one of the few distilleries that offers a 40 Year Old whisky that one can reasonably afford. It is bottled at the drinking strength of 46% and has a great, dark oloroso hue.
On the nose I get deep sherry, exactly the way I like it. Juicy and fruity on plums and fresh dades, a marmalade of different kinds of berries and mandora. Wonderful eucalyptus, making it nice and frish. Some marzipan and oak polish. Chewing tobacco and espresso. Pine needles and pine nuts. Salaciously sweet!
It is very creamy on the palate, with a feisty attack (black pepper, nutmeg), slightly drying from the sherry and oak, but wonderful on dried fruits like figs and prunes. Turkish delight, dark chocolate, cinnamon and liquorice. This is simply marvelous.
The finish is lingering and drying, with a perfect balance between the fruit and the wood.
Magnificent Glenfarclas. A 40 year old jewel for a more than acceptable (at least for a 40 year old jewel) price, ranging from 230 EUR to 330 EUR (so it pays – quite literary – to look around before you buy). If you get the chance to taste this one, do not let it pass you by!