Next in our Glenfarclas minis evening was the cask strength Glenfarclas 105. First sampled as part of a Glenfarclas evening in 2011, a bottle of Glenfarclas 105 hung out in my whisky cabinet for a few years to be trotted out when only a bold no-nonsense dram would do.
- Initial impression is of sweet varnish, sherry stamp, stewed figs, dates and all the dried fruits, like a thick fig jam with seeds, some nutmeg and cinnamon, fermented, sour cherries, walnuts
- Then showed off aam papad, dried apricot, black cherry
- Robust, bursting with flavours, spice, red chillies, cinnamon, fresh ground pepper then sweet
- Finish – Black peppercorn, sweet and spice
- Water – Wonderful Christmas Cake qualities, sherry notes
While wonderful on its own, with water it really comes into its own. Where one should wait to let the water and whisky combine to be rewarded with wonderful flavour.
After we set it aside and returned we found:
- Nose – Sweet tobacco, prunes, cream, dry wood and stewed fruits with custard
- Palate – Lovely sherry, quite dry, full of Christmasy flavours
- Finish – Retained the lovely pepper sweetness
Overall we enjoyed its robust, straight forward sherry bomb qualities.
What do the folks over at Glenfarclas have to say?
- Colour – Deep peaty-gold
- Nose – Complex, oaky, apples & pears and a tempting dark toffee sweetness
- Flavour – Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.
- Finish – Amazingly smooth for the strength, wonderful warming with a lingering spiciness, yet very rounded.
We sampled this whisky in Oct 2017 from a closed miniature purchased from The Whisky Exchange in London for approx $11.
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