Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Drinks by the Dram (58.7%, OB, 2018)

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Drinks by the Dram

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 58.7%
  • Age: 12 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Drinks by the Dram
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £57.95 available from Master of Malt
  • Origin: Glenfarclas Distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared

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What they say

A special bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, aged for 12 years before being bottled at cask strength from those Drinks by the Dram folks. Yummy Speyside single malt at a punchy strength – we love it.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Rum-soaked raisins and good old sherry, with hints of buttered crumpet and malt loaf underneath.

  • Palate: Brioche, fried banana, more raisins and chocolate. A hint of rancio, perhaps…

  • Finish: Nutella, white pepper, clove and damson jam.

What I say

Bottled for Drinks by the Dram by Glenfarclas, this is a 12 year old ex-sherry cask, cask strength expression.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Antique yellow gold (8/20), fine tears and long fine legs.
  • Nose: Rich sherried fruits, plum, bramble, raisin, malted bread, toasted and smothered in butter, crystalline brown sugar, malted barley and a hint of smoke or cask char?
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, butter-fried mixed fruit, apple, raisin, banana, a little syrupy pineapple fritter, light cereals and spiced bitter dark chocolate.
  • Finish: Medium-long, baking or Christmas spices, dry and tannic wood, more chocolate and coffee grounds.

Overall

Possible from a refill casks this is full of sherry, butter and fruit in the classic Glenfarclas style. A touch of wood smoke or cask char keeps this entertaining.

Score 84/100

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