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Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

As Old As Me But Not As Complex

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

19th Nov 2013


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I try and be as unbiased as I can before tasting a particular whisky lest I am swayed by it's packaging, it's age or glorious reputation. With the Glenfarclas 40 I was face to face with all three.

Strong strong sherry with grated ginger on the nose with a dark chocolate pounding. This is followed by dark figs, raisins and dry date husk brought together with a lovely burnt orange spiciness. A familiar, and reassuring, sherry inspired nose.

The palate. Oh, the palate. This is what I get for being presumptuous. I was expecting a crisp, full on attack of unexplored adventures instead I received a warm hug of familiarity. The palate is honest to the point of being almost mundane. Almost. The dark fruits, black pepper and maple syrup come together nicely. But nice is all they do.

The finish sees off a bit of woody spice and that date husk on the nose.

Oh, how I wanted this to sweep me off my feet. Never again.

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Rigmorole commented

You expected a "crisp attack" from a 40 year old? The angels got more of a crisp attack than somebody who gets what's left in the cask ;) I have this one, but I won't be opening it any time soon. Kudos

9 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Okay, so in reference to the title, are you saying that you are a "crip, full bodied attack" of a person? I've always prided myself on being as much. As for expensive bottles, I have a friend who wants to split a bottle of Laphroaig 25 year cask strength. What do you think? It is worth it to open that bottle over the holidays?

9 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

haha @rigmorole I'm definitely crisper than this 40 yr old - though I suspect a case of batch variance is responsible for this tepid review. Don't get me wrong, I wanted this to wow me but it didn't and therein lies the fault.

As for the Laphroaig 25 (I'm assuming it's the 2011 48% CS) -- it is a definite split. But keep your share to your self.

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