Highlands – 60%ABV – 750ml – $60-80 | £37 | €43
Ah, the Glenfarclas 105. This is a big, high-octaine sherry bomb coming in a 60% ABV. Before tasting this one, the only other Glenfarclas I had ever had was the ‘farclas 15yr – which was an absolutely killer dram! After that one, I could not wait to taste more. This being said, I waited.
It wasn’t until I received a sample from G.G. of this whisky that I had a chance to ‘sip the ‘farclas’ again. ‘Sip the ‘farclas’…that sounds sort of bad, right? “Hey you! go sip the ‘farclas!” I guess it could be good too: “Hey man, let’s sip some ‘farclas!” Anyway, I digress… Thank you G!
This “105” expression is supposedly 8-10 years old and was matured in Sherry butts (he-he). So this is a younger, big & beefy whisky, right? Let’s find out:
On the nose — BIG nose filled with fresh salty soil, Sherry (of course) and some red apple, malty (I want to chase this nose with a nice chocolate stout), speaking of chocolate, there’s a bit here. Some water unveils nice english toffee notes (chocolate covered toffee).
On the mouth — Fire! Oohf, this is a hot one. Cloves and orange, cinnamon and the slightest touch of anise, bitter caramel (is there such a thing?). Chewy, chewy sherry.
With a few drops of water nothing happens…no, I take it back, big oak comes charging through. Watch out! Was better without the water…
Finish — Big, long, burnt and burly but, nice.
In sum — This is like a big long cigar. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Don’t rush it. Life is short; enjoy every single second.