Scotland > Speyside > Scotch and Other Whiskies > Single Malt > Glenfarclas
Established in 1836, this family owned distillery has remained independent for over 160 yrs. Benefitting from the cold, clear springs of the Ben Rinnes river, this distinctly traditional Speyside malt is well known for its mellow flavor, and is made in batches rather than continuously to ensure high quality standards. Considered by connoisseurs to be among the best Speysiders available. Bottled at 43% ABV.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: buttery, fruity and elegant all at once; I used to think that it was like a warm blueberry pie right out of the oven, but it is more like butterscotch pudding or sticky toffee pudding drowning in cream; some soft leather, spices and dark fruits--truly a lot going on.
Palate: rich, fruity and spicy; still very buttery, and while I can still taste blueberries it is more like wholewheat blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and a side of thick sliced bacon; leather, tobacco, dark fruits and spices develop.
Finish: very long, coating, pleasant and elegant.
Comment: this was one of my favourite malts when I just started in the industry 14 years ago, and it still holds up today!
Evan's Tasting Note
Nose: Rich, yet soft and refined in style. Toffee and honey, dates, golden raisins and dried apricots, a touch of leather and pipe tobacco, light waxy notes, buttery shortbread, pralines, and toast with marmalade.
Palate: Smooth and balanced on the palate with a dash of warming spices. Figs, Clementines, apricot jam, apple cider, Jammie Dodgers, almonds and roasted walnuts, milk chocolate, and fruit leather.
Finish: Silky smooth on the lengthy finish and just very slightly drying. The dried fruit, soft honey and nut notes stick around for a while.
Comment: As always, this a dangerously easy drinker. The tinge of spice and dryness on the finish just leaves you wanting more. This is a perennially well put-together whisky and belongs in every cupboard.
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