Strong, dark gold tone. Numerous streaks form pronounced church windows on the glass wall. The first thing I notice on the nose are orange aromas. Orange chocolate and especially orange liqueur. In addition ripe yellow pear, mango, some cocoa and a hint of apricot. The nose is rather light fruity. You can already feel the advanced age of the malt if you know a little bit about Glenfarclas. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. Everything is immediately reminiscent of the earlier GF40 with 46% ABV. Can the tasting start better? Hardly likely. Roasted aromas that remind me of the traditional direct firing of the Glenfarclas stills. The delicate sweetness of the bouquet is reminiscent of powdered sugar and warm, savory baked goods. Oloroso Sherry storage as it should be. Subliminally, I even think I can make out the heavy, downright earthy character of the new make from Ballindalloch. A tailor-made start!
The Glenfarclas 26 has a pleasant, quite oily consistency. The alcohol content is also well chosen for the drinking experience. On the one hand, the malt offers a great mouthfeel and, on the other hand, it is extremely harmonious and smooth, never burning. Also on the tongue I immediately have the orange liqueur association again. Then vanilla and freshly baked cookies. With a little time in the mouth, the impressions become more dark fruity. The apricot becomes a ripe plum, so to speak. The sweetness and the spice make you think of plum jam. Vanilla is also recognizable again. I briefly see a steaming yeast dumpling in my mind's eye. The only thing missing is the poppy seed sugar. A very fine oak note completes the picture. It often characterizes Glenfarclas malts and distinguishes them when it is not overly concise, which it sometimes is. Not here. The oak gives the malt the impression of depth, maturity and seniority. No annoying acidity, as found in some batches of the 25-year-old. Not the oaky dryness of the 30-year-old. Instead, a beautiful, harmonious interplay of different notes that give the whisky a complexity that has become rare. For me, the woody-spicy aromas in combination with the fruity flavor components are as typical as they are desirable for Oloroso storage. In a word: delicious!
Long and less dry than expected. Just really pleasant. Not as artificially charged as so many current whiskys, mostly dark finished, unfortunately seem. No real weaknesses, absolutely clean, no misses. Very classic profile of a sherry malt that has been matured for a long time. This is how I imagine a modern sherry malt that perfectly bridges the gap to a great past. Wow! Right up my alley, as they say in Scotland.
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