...but you can nose and taste it - this is an excellent modern sherry maturation indeed! Yes, it is heavy sherry stuff but the Glenfarclas malt still manages to contribute its fine flavours to this dram. Actually, this is on eye-level with many of the great old sherry drams of the past - despite its style is different. Very, very quaffable stuff and one of the loveliest (sherry) monsters I had for years. Well done, Glenfarclas! ...and could you please stop releasing sulphur-spoiled casks in the name of The Family like the 1998 vintage of Winter 2019?
The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a lush and flawless modern sherry profile with all the fine aromas in there I wish to find in such drams. It is a hard job for the malt to hold its head up in such a strong sherry regime but it does the best it can. No, this is not balanced but it is unbalanced towards a very delicious side. No off-note but a truckload full of tasty dried fruits (raisins and the like), nuts and oranges, plums... (you name it). Hey, this is a very fine sherry nose, indeed!
The taste is multi-layered both on the delicious sherry flavours as well as as the malt and wood infusions. It is greatly chewable and the longer I chew it the better it tastes. This is a perfect sherry maturation on par with the great old sherry drams of the past. The taste is more balanced than the nose was which is a nice surprise. Again no flaws or off-notes that I can find, all is excellent.
The dram arrives a little hot on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a sticky creamy texture. No bitter or astringent moments, this is a great mouthfeel. The finish is long and adds more of the delicious hot spices (white pepper, ginger, chili) to the chocolate sauce. Towards the very end a minor drying-astringent impression pops up but this is not distracting at all. Water releases more malt-driven aromas in the nose and creates a better balance there but the taste looses some steam upon reduction. I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced and prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).