October 2009 Archives
While attending Whisky Live Toronto, we had the pleasure of a proper tasting of this gem thanks to James Robertson of Tullibardine. Crafted using sherry butt #1112, bottle 259 of the 300 ever produced was without question the star of the show.
Nose: Opening behind an almost oily scent, the finer points of vanilla, maple, hay, and lemon zest then explode foreshadowing the sheer delight to follow.
Palate: From the first sip a hint of lemon dances immediately across the tongue yeilding to the most remarkable sensation of maple and brown sugar with a wonderfully rich yet lightly coating mouth feel. Something that is not easily encountered in most single malts.
Finish: As the whisky runs down to its final resting place, the maple sugar remains as though one had just finished a Canadian maple sugar candy. This is coupled with the most delightful faint whisp of smoke finishing with a sweetness but without cloying as one might expect.
Overall: Clocking in at 49.8% alcohol by volume, this single malt delivers all of the aforementioned flavours and sensations without the powerful heat often associated with this range. Priced at £300 it may be steep, but when compared to other malts in this price range, I can confidently say it is a bargain worth hunting. To call this whisky merely amazing would be an injustice similar to describing Machu Picchu as a nice little hilltop community. Quite simply put, this single malt is in a league of its own, and will most assuredly sit atop the pantheon of whiskies in my mind for many years to come.
Palate: Flavours of butterscotch are offset by baking spice with predominant clove aromatics all underpinned by the nutty cocoa of sherry.
Finish: Sherry malty notes in the long finish. Surprising amount of heat in the finish beginning in the mid-palate for such a mature scotch.
Overall: I am somewhat disappointed with this offering from Glenfarclas. I purchased this bottle on my way home from London as I was impressed with the 10yr expression I tried months earlier. Although I enjoy the complexity of Glenfarclas, in general, the 17yr doesn't finish as mellow as I was hoping. However, the resonant heat in the finish would make this whisky a good warm-up after shovelling the driveway in winter.
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