Review: Glenfarclas Springs single malt scotch whisky

Glenfarclas Distillery – J & G Grant

46% ABV

£35.85 for 70cl from Master of Malt

Score: 83/100

Glenfarclas-Springs

What they say:

Part of The Legend of Speyside trilogy released for the German market, Springs honours the role of water in the production of Glenfarclas. Aged in ex-oloroso sherry casks, this is a classic example of the distillery’s style.

What I say:

Sample B4B from the recent NAS vs age statement blind-tasting see The Great Age Statement Debate and Photo Finish Between Age Statement And NAS Whisky In Big Blind Tasting.

This NAS Glenfarclas expression was compared directly with Glenfarclas 10 Years Old ~ 40% (Glenfarclas Distillery)  which we previously sampled and scored 83/100 but only 82/100 on the blind tasting this time.

Colour:

Chardonnay – full amber gold (5/20),  large droplet tears

Nose:

Polished wood and beeswax, rubbery hints, dirty and oily, cereal barley grist and malt, stewed apples or poached pears

Taste:

Chewier (than 10 Years Old) a fruit medley, stewed apple, pear and peach, brown sugar, heather honey, caramel and woody oak, spiced cinnamon toffee with chilli flakes

Finish:

Medium long, caramel oak wood and toffee

Overall:

This expression was richer and fruitier with more woody oak influence and a greater depth / fuller body and was slightly less sweet that the Glenfarclas 10 Years Old. I thin my sweet tooth and preference for good sherry maturation played a role here in which I thought he NAS pipped the age-statement expression but only just (by 1 point). Remember the premise of the tasting was not guess which whisky was NAS but which we preferred on blind tasting.