This Glenfarclas Family Cask (2437) was bottled for Hawe Bremen and is a Germany exclusive. It is 12 years old, was distilled in 2008, bottled in 2020 at 56.8% and matured in a 1st fill Sherry Hogshead.
On the nose I had, above all, amarena cherries. Along with that I found some lovely milk chocolate, nougat, a Christmas-y spiciness, fresh leather, wet tobacco leaves, some heavy Sherry and Umeboshi (dried and salty plums).
On the palate, the malt arrives with an amazingly thick and oily mouthfeel with heavy notes of Sherry, salty chocolate and raisins. I almost had the feeling as if the malt was lightly peated (of course it isn't!) probably because of a charred cask and the distinct tobacco leaves, which the nose had already promised. Additionally there is a leathery feel to the whisky along with some oaky spices and a light acidity. Interestingly, no cherries at this stage.
The finish keeps lingering with ever more chocolate and yes, the cherries are clearly recognisable now. The tobacco is also very present and the mouth keeps feeling sticky because the malt is so thick. Additionally, I also found some salty and sweet honey in the finish.
WOW, what can I say. This is beautiful and exactly what heavily sherried whisky should be - but somehow still without the Sherry being too dominant. It is always stunning when a malt as young as this one is already that mature. It must have been a very good cask. At about 160€ this is not the cheapest 12-year-old you'll find - but definitely one that's worth the money!