Many years ago, the 1993 of this series was a whisky that I really liked by the glass. Many hear that the following bottles have gotten worse ... but I'll find out now.
The whisky lies amber in the glass. With 46% alcohol, the Glenfarclas has a pleasant drinking strength, I don't even put water to dilute aside.
In the nose I have a direct combination of fruit and wood. But now let's go into a little more detail. It is not about a deep dark fruitiness with boiled down red fruits and the heavy sweetness of dates. Rather, it is a light fruitiness, if you can paraphrase that. For me these are the slightly tart Granny Smith apples, a few squirts of a squeezed lemon and orange peel in combination with sherry, sour cherries, currants and a few raisins. The fruitiness is, as mentioned at the beginning, from the spiciness and the tannins of the barrels. It reminds me a bit of the timber department at the Bauhaus when wooden boards were cut to size shortly beforehand. I don't like this in combination with the sour note. At the end a pleasant chocolate appears, but rather subtle. It's a shame that I don't have the 1993 model there for direct comparison. But in my memory it had a slightly heavier sweetness and fruitiness and I liked it better.
The whisky is pleasant to drink in the mouth with its 46% alcohol content, but still has a slight spiciness of ginger and pepper. The fruits occupy the mouth, but are quickly replaced by a pleasant spiciness and the stronger tannins of the barrels. Dark chocolate, filled with fruit mousse, chewed nuts are added, the mouth becomes drier and the citrus fruits appear again at the end and provide a certain freshness. Pleasant, tasty, harmonious, tasty. A whisky that might also appeal to people who don't have much to do with whisky ... at most the tannins might be too much of a good thing.
The finish is fruity with pepper, a touch of salt, nuts and dark chocolate. The tannins let the chocolate tend towards espresso, the wood of the barrels is strong, which is okay given the age. The fruitiness lingers in the mouth for a long time, but the aromas gradually fade with a medium-long finish.
All in all, it's a whisky that I would open at a garden party that doesn't have whisky connoisseurs. It is not too strong, combines fruitiness, sweetness and tart aromas and is simply very drinkable, without missing notes.
From me there are just under 85/100 points with a tendency to 84 points. I would not buy again.