...and it does in this bottling. This is a very complex, greatly balanced and absolutely flawless dram that shows the fine Glenfarclas malt profile at its best. Highly recommended to all lovers of old style distillate-driven drams that prefer a fruity-honey/waxy-spicy profile - I secured another bottle that I will open once I got tired of all the wood-driven uniform modern releases (what might be not that far from now)...
The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a delicate fruity and honey (waxy) profile that shows 'farclas at its best. There are many ripe fruits both exotic and home-grown together with several honey-waxy aromas, lots of spices and slightly bitter wooden notes that form a nice counterpoint to the rather sweet profile. No off-note and no imbalance, this is one to sniff for hours...
The taste is multi-layered on all the fine flavours of the nose - but it seems as if there are even some more fruits on the palate (but I am too lazy to count them). All is in perfect harmony without any spike or flaw, this tastes like a great symphony of flavours. Water is not needed - this dram is perfect as it is!
The initial mouthfeel is bold and charming. It immediately coats all of the mouth without any distracting moment. The finish is long and gets sweeter on barley sugars as it vanishes. Again no drying or astringent moment despite 34 years in oak, this one was bottled at the right time!