Glenfarclas 10 Years Old (40%, OB, 2014)
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 40% ABV, £30 for 70cl
- Score: 83/100
What they say:
Colour: Vibrant straw-gold
Nose: Tempting sherry-sweet malty tones combine with delicate smokiness, releasing subtle spices. Warming the glass reveals honey, vanilla and pear drops.
Flavour: Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves tempt the taste buds further.
Finish: Long, smooth and spicy, with a delicious, yet delicate, lingering smokiness.
Comment: Gloriously smooth, yet with the depth and finish you would normally only expect of a much older dram. A wonderfully sherried whisky, and an excellent aperitif.
What I say:
Our second dram of the WOLS 13/14 session tour of the regions was the Glenfarclas 10 year old from the Speyside region
Light straw gold (3/20) thick and quick streaks
Sweet, Apple juice, slightly estery or fermented, fresh and green [apple], grape, peach, heather honey, sweet cereal barley, vanilla custard, fresh and zesty with strong toffee and butterscotch aromas
Smooth, creamy and complex, cremola foam, vanilla and brown sugar, sherbet, zesty fizz, dried fruits with a distinct bitter finish that had some of the group thinking of coffee/coffee beans and others with dark chocolate.
Medium slightly bitter coffee and creamy vanilla