...but you can nose and taste it, and this is an excellent modern old-style sherry maturation, indeed! Yes, it is heavy sherry stuff but the 'farclas malt still manages to contribute its fine flavours to this dram. Actually, this is on eye-level with many of the great sherry drams of the past. 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?
[January, 2021] I re-tasted this dram during the NFL play-off match of the LA Rams vs. the Seattle Seahawks and this dram is as interesting and exciting as the match is. This is an excellent old-school sherry maturation (the cask was seasoned with old, matured sherry wine for sure) and I pray that the game will be decided soon - otherwise I will get very drunk tonight. But there are nights when this is just okay, and "Tonight's the Night" (remember Neil Young?). By the way, I fully confirm my old review and score...
The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a lush and flawless old-style 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).