This is a very fine pick for the tenth anniversary of The Whisky Agency so congrats to Carsten and all the other staff for this selection. Old school sherry maturation at its best, and I bet my second best part that this is a Glenfarclas, actually. Highly recommended to everyone who loves the old-style sherry of Macallan, Glendronach and the like (with lots of Paxarette applied, for good)...
The colour is tawny and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that very late builds some fat tears with very slow legs (a great oiliness as usual with Glenfarclas). The nose offers an adorable old-style sherry profile with rich toffee-sweet malt aromas that can stand the strong sherry (another impression that is typical Glenfarclas). No flaws or off-notes whatsoever. All is very balanced and elegant despite its boldness.
The taste is very bold and impressive on all the old-style sherry flavours that can be expected in such a dram. It is massive and it is sweet, like a very old Armagnac. Besides this first impression the taste offers many layers of different flavour profiles that are all delicious in there own way. Again no flaw or distracting feeling at all, this is simply very very quaffable (provided you own a sweet tooth for whisky).
The dram arrives warming and slightly peppery on the palate and immediately coats all of the mouth. No bitter-astringent or drying moments despite 40 years in a sherry cask, not many malts can stand this test of time (but Glenfarclas can, same as Macallan or Glendronach). The finish is long and more spicy with firm (but never too heavy) wooden notes. No drying or bitter moments here either, this is an absolutely flawless dram. Water is not needed.