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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 105
18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.43 points
- blind wäre ich nicht bei 10yo gelandet, Bitterstoffe, Textur, Aromen - alles sehr lecker
beautiful, complex, full-bodied nose, but not drowned in sherry, wax, dark berries, plum jam - tart fruity, creamy, looks directly older and more valuable, beeswax, furniture polish, cinnamon and oak - Christmas spices
Berries in chocolate, dark chocolate, fine fruit acidity, raisins, dried cherries, zero alcoholic - some wax, furniture polish,
vollmundig, rotfruchtig , pfeffrig wärmend, deutliche eher helle Eiche - lang und dickflüssig
- [October, 2012] I had this dram during a community tasting near Bonn.In
my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
- 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. I took no detailed notes as I knew it before.
- I drunk a 2013 [35cl] bottle of the ‘105’ in Thailand recently and really fell for it. Drinking whisky in the heat doesn’t always work out but that ‘105’ and 26 degree heat at night combined perfectly [Scored 87]. This is an older version from 2006, distilled therefore in the mid-late 1990’s.
N: Husky dry, with a little dry coconut and caramel. Then there’s the pan-Asian notes with celery/allium freshness, caramelised-roasted fennel, Sake-with-soy [is that a thing?], salted crisps, Bouillon vegetable stock powder, burnt molasses, black treacle, dark chocolate, sunflower seeds in their toasted husks,…. Wow, what a talker – far more so than the 2013 bottling. A nose 100 bloggers [like me] may conjure 1000 nosing notes for.
T: Much like the Glendronach with a similar waxiness & balanced savoury-sweetness, though it’s less salty & dry yet with more creamy oiliness. There’s a tangy sherried/winey sweetness with a savoury-sweet-vegetal note creeping in, though the sherry & char holds that in check. It’s far more laid back compared to the ‘ballsy’ Glendronach and just a tad sharp.
F: Much less dryness than from the Glendronach, this having a creamy>oily-caramel salivating ending with a sherried freshness and milk chocolate [a note so prevalent in the 2013 bottle], appearing finally at the end. A note of stale oily crisps occurs only right at the death, but there’s also a subtle complex interplay between the sherry char, malt and freshness to enjoy.
C: It’s a touch rough-n-ready at times yet currently one of the auction bargains. It would make for a superb session malt although i preferred the 2013 bottling a little more for its slick performance overall.
Scores a B[-]
- Ripe fruit nose, burnt cream. Powerful and round, past fruits, hints of earth, rose and oak, tannins. Dilution brings dried fruits. Long and hot finale. Pleasant.
- You've got to love Glenfarclas. They are just awesome. The whiskies they produce are always honest and deliver what you expect them to deliver. No hidden agendas.
In comparison with the batches of the label that followed this is less expressive on the sweetness in the nose and really is consistent on the nose and palate - both are very much in lines.
Explodes on big juicy dry fruits (think dried apricots, prunes...). Wonderfully sweet vanilla sugar. Some nuttiness. Fantastic mouth watering nose and despite the massive ABV it is not really killing your nostrils. Simply amazing.
Water would open the nutty side of it. Some raisins and perhaps dried tropical fruits. Some sweet citrus is coming through.
Bang! Right there with the nose - dried fruits, delicious and sweet. Pricks a little on the tongue but it's 60% after all. Great body. The sweetness goes bit dry towards the end and into the finish. Takes loads of water, but honestly, I just love sipping it neat (small sips though, else I would need to call the fire department).
Water: very mouth coating. jammy sweetness is followed by some sour notes. Great balance.
Medium to long finish. Sweet at first with earthy notes coming later. Cigar box (OK, I admit I never licked a cigar box, but I think it would taste like this); leather.