...and it was sub-standard quality spirit they filled into these casks 17 years ago, and in former times such casks would have been used for blending purposes only. But thanks (?!?) to the whisky boom almost all Glenfarclas casks are needed to feed the growing thirst of the growing single malt consumer base which results in - guess what: Lower quality releases, what else?
The colour is burnished and the nose offers an unspectacular but very okay-ish profile with sherry, malt and wood in balance. There are neither off-notes nor highlights to detect - this is the trademark nose of an every-day's dram (and exactly this is what the 17-years Glenfarclas aims for).
The taste is about the same with average sherry and malt flavours in a bitter-drying wooden setting. This is not pleasing to my taste buds, but it is not really bad either. What else to say? Nothing.
The dram arrives light on the palate with neither a significant warming nor coating effect, this is a weak mouthfeel to be honest. Accordingly, the finish is short as a lightning leaving just some bitter-drying impressions (plastics) which are quite annoying. Water is not needed, it just flattens everything.