Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength
What they say
A great whisky holding all of the flavours of all the Glenfarclas in one glass. Don’t be afraid of the strength and order a 210, if you dare! The smoothness makes the 105 drinkable at cask strength, but I would suggest adding a little water, to fully explore its’ great depth.
Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Deep peaty-gold
- Nose: Complex, oaky, apples & pears and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.
- 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.
What I say
Re-sampled during the Drinks by the Dram Sherry Monsters Tasting 15th April 2020. A pleasure to revisit this real classic Glenfarclas. The last time I sampled this I fixated on the cask provenance – note this is still not quoted as being Sherry cask matured. Nowadays I’m less bothered about casks and more about quality and continuity.
- ABV 60%
- Age NAS
- Bottler J & G Grant
- Bottling Official
- Cask Ex-Bourbon & ex-Sherry
- Category Single Malt Whisky
- Cost £45-£50
- Origin Glenfarclas distillery
- Outturn Undisclosed
- Region Speyside
- Released 2020
- Vintage Undisclosed
My tasting notes
- Appearance Australian Muscat (12/20), oily, medium tears and tapered legs.
- Nose Creamy, honey, sherried fruits a little spicy fizz like sherbet, sticky fizzy sweets, cherry, raisin, earthy chocolate and hazelnut, old sweet shop, dried plums, polished countertop oak and slightly floral too/pot pourri.
- Taste Fruity and spicy/spirity, dried fruits, raisin, bramble, dried apple and mango, slightly leathery, plenty of cinnamon fizz, tannic oak and freshly grated nutmeg. With water more spice, oak and a hint of cardboard.
- Finish Long, vaporous/reflux, honeyed sweetness, nuts and fruit, some earthy chocolate returns.
- Overall A great intro to NAS, Cask Strength and Glenfarclas. I can safely say this 105 from Glenfarclas still sets and maintains a high standard. For a family-owned business like Glenfarclas it makes sense for them to do this right and keep doing it right. A great value-for-money, cask strength sherried, quality introductory dram from Glenfarclas.
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