...and again well done, George and the team at Glenfarclas! If you like delicate, complex and charming drams with a slight bias towards the bitter-herbal-spicy side this one is for you. All is perfect and even the price of around 109 bucks is absolutely okay for a dram of such a quality.
Again, this is not a dram to be tasted when in a rush or using a small sample size only. To really enjoy the different impressions I suggest to have at least 5cl over an hour of tasting time (at least).
The colour is deep gold and the nose a fantastic fresh and complex profile again, which is the result of marrying very old, medium aged and young casks together with every age contributing the best it can offer. Not a single flaw, off-note or imbalance that I can find and certainly they checked all casks to be not spoiled by a sulphurous treatment. This is a delicate nose with fine bourbon and sherry casks aromas completing the excellent 'farclas spirits profile. If you are looking for quick and powerful impressions you will be disappointed because there are none, this nose shines through its subtleness and vast variety of different aromas. I like it very much! It nicely opens up upon oxidation and offers even more aromas after 20-30 minutes of breathing time, so take your time with this dram.
The taste is of equal quality with all flavours delicate and perfectly balanced. It leans a little to the spicy - herbal side which is something I like, but it misses the "sexiness" of the 175th edition (no erotic moment according to my taste buds here, sadly). But I never found another "erotic" dram so far anyway. This taste is both interesting to explore (because of its many different impressions) and dangerously quaffable to sip. Water is not needed but does no harm either.
The initial mouthfeel is warming, peppery and coating with some bitter impressions of spices and wood which are tasty in this setting and not distracting at all. The finish is long and adds more of the bitter herbal-wooden flavours without loosing the balance, obviously they used much more European oak casks in this batch than with the 175th edition. The sweet malt and sherry impressions keep the wood under control until the very end, and again there are no distracting drying or astringent moments at all. A perfect casks selection, indeed.