...that are met, with pride. It is a notch less complex than the 1990 but I doubt many drinkers will comprehend this unless in a direct head-to-head setting. This is another flawless, very interesting to explore and extremely quaffable modern sherry maturation that is worth its bucks, for sure. Very recommended to all lovers of heavily sherried drams where the whisky is not drowned in the wine...
The colour is tawny and the nose offers a flawless modern oloroso sherry profile without any whiff of sulphur, hooray! The Glenfarclas spirit aromas need quite some breathing time to show up beside the bold winey and wooden notes but finally they manage to get through. It is dominated by the sherry flavours but not in an unbalanced way at all - because very interesting notes of old cognac and high-ester rum enrich the nosing experience. I like this nose!
The taste is layered and offers adorable cocoa and chocolatey flavours in abundance. Again some aspects remind me of high-ester rum (or very old cognac) and the 'farclas barley sugars and honey-floral notes shine through more easily than with the nose. Water turns both the nose and taste flatter, I clearly prefer the neat dram.
The dram arrives peppery-hot (56.6% abv) and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is very long and gets more spicy-bitter (tannins and very dark chocolate) over time without turning unpleasant. The wood gets much stronger now but it is not distracting.