Notes from a blind tasting.
Rather atypical Glenfarclas, it wasn't that woody, and I haven't actually had the rotten fruits at Glenfarclas. And no, there is probably no smoke there.
Immediately after pouring, a dark fruit basket with honey is full on the nose. Basically little change after standing, more acidity, less honey, some fermentation notes. Dark malt sweets. There could possibly be a little smoke involved. When the heat is applied, the fruits suddenly become light and sometimes slightly overgrown. The smoke is rather not confirmed. With more warmth, the proportion of acid rises further, and windfalls become unripe apples. Spices, cardamom and savory, and possibly some marjoram are added very late. Deer horn salt.
The start is very powerful with a delay, even a bit brisk towards the rear. On the aroma side, dark honey starts off intensely before some fruit is added, rather light fruit. It dries clearly towards the back, the mouthfeel is thick and creamy.
The finish is very long, whereby the dark sweetness, now almost toffee-like, lasts for a long time before a clear but very pleasant bitterness remains. It warms the chest for a long time and vigorously. Is there a trace of smoke after all?