An excellent bottling from one of our very favourite distilleries, Glenfarclas.
Forming part of their Limited Rare series, this whisky was distilled in 1990, and bottled in 2018, having been aged strictly in Oloroso Sherry hogsheads (a few of which appear on the label).
A classic Glenfarclas, this bottling delivers plenty of that old fashioned Christmas cake character. Drinkers can expect deep, leathery sherry flavours, with notes of dried fruits, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, dark chocolate, espresso, toasted nuts, dark oak, burnt sugar, and fresh red berries.
Bottled at 54.7% ABV, and without chill filtration or colouration, this is a superb Glenfarclas whisky.
Just 3,000 bottles were produced.
Bought this months ago and just cracked it open yesterday. It is really something great. The oloroso fruitiness adds to the nuttiness of the malt without being over-dominant and producing a "whisky-wine" a la Kavalan Solist or something.
Finedrams' tasting notes are dead on. The fruitiness is certainly dark cherry with dried fruits. The cinnamon is very gentle and is more like a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg & clove. The coffee note isn't brewed coffee, but more like the smell you get from very high quality coffee when it is freshly ground. Leather and oak balance everything out and there's, again, the nuttiness of the malt peaking out almost like cashew butter. Very oily and packed with rich and deep flavors even though the color is lighter than most. Oilier than the Glendronach single casks that I've opened.
Really amazing and high quality stuff. I plan on buying another bottle once my wallet allows me to reasonably do so.