This release is another benchmark for the high quality Glenfarclas produced in the golden period of Scotch whisky (that is why these whiskies got very pricey during the last decade). Excellent stuff both for nosing and drinking (but it is not recommended to collectors or investors, leave this fine dram for us drinkers, please!)...
The nose offers an extremely rich old-style sherry profile that is bold, rich and incredibly complex. All the fine sherry aromas are there: chocolates, oranges, plums, figs, raisins, nuts, ginger and and and (find them out yourself) accompanied by delicate tobacco, leathery and peppery wooden notes. All greatly balanced and not a single sulphur atom (of course, this "legacy" started in 1982 when Spain joined the EU). I could sniff this for hours...
The taste is truly multi-layered and nicely chewable with dominating sherry flavours showing up first. Then the spices kick in and after that the wood structures all the impressions in a perfect way. There is enough time to explore the different layers before the next wave of flavours show up what is pretty good (because this happens not that often). After all flavours mingled together there is a delicious taste of peppered dark chocolate flakes on top of a ripe fruit salad. Water releases even more aromas in the nose but it flattens the taste (without getting bitter like many other dark sherried drams). I like to nose it a little reduced and prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).
The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with a minor bitter-astringent feeling from the tannins (no wonder after more than 40 years in oak). The finish is long and now the spices take over from the fruits. This is a nice counterpoint to the sweet taste and I like this shift very much. The ending is more drying and astringent from the tannins (as expected) but still this is enjoyable.