Jim Murray 2016 Single Cask Whisky of the year 28-34 years? Well, you can argue about taste. In terms of color, the Glenfarclas is not reminiscent of a sherry barrel. The nose is very subtle for a 30-year-old whisky, but fine! In terms of taste, I expected something more (even for the nose). The long storage is in my opinion more noticeable by the bitter and sharp aromas of the barrel and not by the sherry and the fruit. This Glenfarclas is a rock solid single malt the age not necessarily noted. A tasty drop, where you can argue about the award "Single Cask Whisky of the year 28-34 years".
Refill Sherry Hogshead? The Glenfarclas looks more like maturing in oak barrels. Dark straw with a subtle reddish glow. Slowly and tenaciously, the streaks run back into the glass after panning. Fine, subtle sherry aromas pour from the glass. Fine sweetness mixes with slightly malty fruit. A hint of vanilla is noticeable. Raisins and dates play together. The 49% alcohol are harmoniously integrated and begin to tickle very slightly in the nose only after repeated smelling. Some dark chocolate and subtle caramel or toffee come from the alcohol. Do I smell a hint of orange or tangerine?
For the first moment, the first sip comes to me relatively "cool". Then unfold strong, light fruity, woody aromas. The complete palate fills warm and warm and exudes a fine bitter, dry wood aroma. Now 49% alcohol is noticeable and tingles pleasantly in the mouth. A subtle nut aroma follows the fine bitter wood. After adding a few drops of water: again fine wood, this time with a hint of orange or peach. The spicy wood gets slightly bitter and begins to fill the palate with a slightly peppery and pungent heat. The sharpness is dancing on the tongue.
The dancing on the tongue sharpness, or the pepper goes into a long, plump warm finish. The finish also reflects the spicy wood aroma again. Light fruit comes from the wood note and turns into a fine nut flavor. Slightly bitter, the intense finish ends.