For me as a lover of these whiskys an absolute treat. The combination of all these parameters suggests something very special. And the expectations are not disappointed. Once again the guys from Glenfarclas have done an excellent job here. For me personally an absolute top whisky, the 1989 from the Winter Release 2017 in nothing, but nothing at all. The almost 5% more alcohol make it even more "interesting" in a way. Face of the issue price of about 250 euros an absolute and unconditional buy recommendation and well-earned 94 points from me :)
Wow! The first impression in the nose is already beguiling! Dark, heavy sherry, pickled raisins, plums and black blackberries. I get notes of lavender and a touch of furniture polish. There are also notes of nuts, leather, an old cigar box and slight hints of orange peel. The further marries are joined by dark chocolate as well as espresso, cocoa nutty and kirsch. The alcohol with 57.1% is not felt at all. Brilliant :)
The 57.1% are initially not particularly intrusive, but after a few seconds in the mouth quite nice - not pushy or disturbing. The Nosing continues in the mouth. Except that right from the start the dark chocolate, the espresso notes and the heavy sherry sweets are very present. Almost creamy is the Glenfarclas on the tongue. Somehow it reminds of a Christmas fruit cake, which contains many raisins soaked in dark rum. With another sip, the orange flavors are now more noticeable, reminiscent of the typical orangat and citrate bits used in baking. Along with the other flavors and incredibly complex, layered and damned good whisky.
The finish is very long. The flavors are all very present in the mouth for a long time. Especially the sweetness is very long on the tongue. If you stroke the tongue along the palate, you have some more bitter substances of the espresso and the dark chocolate. Very slowly, the mouth becomes drier and it leaves and unbelievable, balanced feeling of balance between sweetness and bitterness in the mouth. Just perfect.