Monday, March 8, 2010

Glenfarclas does not impress

The 21yr old Glenfarclas is not a bad dram, it just suffers from being the same price of much more interesting drams (like the Strathisla below). While it is a relatively well balanced sherried speysider, it suffers from a dull sour note in the palate.  It improves with a drop or three of water. Michael Jackson once wrote of it:

Sherryish, nutty aromas predominate. Then malt (slightly buttery), and peat. Each seems to manifest itself as a separate hit.
Lively expression of classic Speyside flavours: sherry, malt and slight smokiness.
Lightly peaty. Appetising.
A straightforward Speyside classic. Also big enough to benefit from considerable age.

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