This confirms the perceived in the nose flavors. The 52.4% alcohol is well integrated, does not really burn. Nutmeg and a distinct oak flavor spread directly in the mouth. It follows a "spike" on the tip of the tongue, some pepper also paves the way. Above all, it is clearly noticeable dark chocolate and cocoa to espresso. Shortly before the (very long) finish I still perceive the typical for Glenfarclas nut flavor. It's more like walnut than hazelnut or almonds. Only at the second sip, after about another 15 minutes in the glass, I take in addition to the already mentioned flavors a certain sweetness right in front of the nut flavor true.
It's a very nice, very well-done combination of spice, dark (not too sweet) fruits, with the cherries dominating for me. Some orange peel is also tangible. Walnuts, some sweetness from roasted almonds, possibly also a trace of marzipan, high-percentage dark chocolate, cocoa and espresso complete this powerful Glenfarclas. He does not even hide his old age (27-28 years) and the first fill sherry keg storage in European oak barrels. He does not have to, because this Glenfarclas with its corners and edges is a real treat. He needs time in the glass, you should give him half an hour to breathe. I'm sure he will open up even more facets with more time to breathe. I did not add water, the well-integrated 52.4% do not make it necessary in my view. Whether by adding one or two drops of water other facets open (possibly more pronounced marzipan or sweeter) I have to try soon. But somehow it struggles to falsify this gem by adding water.
A first-class, strong and very old Glenfarclas, which already causes a small flavor explosion in the mouth. He is not really comparable to the standard bottlings (18-25 years) or the vintage bottlings (1993/2014, 1996/2017). Rather, it goes in the direction of the "personalities series". For me that's 95 out of 100 points ... and let's see, with a bit more time to breathe, the 97 points are probably within reach. If you want to try a different, extraordinary and quite powerful Glenfarclas, this is the place for you!
Slainte MhathUpdate dated 18.03.2018:
After writing down my first impressions of this exceptionally good malt 3 weeks ago, here are a few additions. This Glenfarclas takes time. Not only time to enjoy, but also a lot of time to breathe. Half an hour, better still 45 minutes, you should give it already. You will be rewarded, especially in the taste, with a gain in sweet flavors. The taste impressions originally described by me continue to be found. They are now supplemented by a much earlier onset of sweetness. The roasted almonds are now much clearer to light. Also comes to me as a child at Christmas beloved homemade "Cafe Leihe" marzipan now directly in mind. Then there is still this fruity sweetness in which I can hardly decide whether it reminds more of raisins or overripe cherries ... well, probably both.
The now intervening interplay of the originally strong and spicy flavors originally described by me with the now much sweeter flavors, make this Glenfarclas a masterpiece. Thus, I increase my original rating from 95 to 98 points. Just the best I've ever had in my glass.
Update after 1 year: Now that the bottle was getting emptier I had to realize that the increasing oxygen in the bottle got the Malt very well. As a conclusive conclusion I can only agree with the words of Gotthard Betz: what should be done better here? This Glenfarclas is the perfect malt for me and represents a clear reference for me personally. At no point in time, unlike hs305, could I detect any false notes like sulfur. It may be because I always min him. 30 minutes in the glass to breathe, now and then more. This malt needs a lot of time and you should give it to him. At least I was rewarded with the perfect malt. That's why I give him 100 out of 100 points!