A tad thin, but otherwise beautiful nose. Old-style, dry Oloroso and European-oak character. Intriguing, evanescent florals, thick stewed and/or dried fruits (plums, figs, cherries). Balsamic reduction, meat broth, soy sauce, sauteed mushrooms in Teryaki sauce, all kinds of umami. Oh boy, this would kill at a higher strength...
The taste suffers a bit from the low ABV, especially toward the death, where the mouthfeel and the aromas drop off and become too thin. A sad moment, because before that, there‘s a lot of joy to be had, with rich, oaky and sherry-laden cavalcades of flavor. There‘s enough earthy, leafy, fruity sherry to prolong the experience into a long, teeth-coating finish, but the oak is curiously silent at the end. I would’ve welcomed some more pronounced coffee-and-cocoa notes at the death.
All in all, I prefer the nose over the palate in this one.
Excellent whisky for anyone who wishes Glenfarclas would use less refill casks and push the sherry more, but be advised: the GF 25, at roughly the same price, boasts a more nuanced palate and a better/bigger body.