Glenfarclas The Legend of Speyside “Passion”

Glenfarclas The Legend of Speyside Passion 46% vol.

This was produced for the German market.

The nose offers a lot of caramel, vanilla and sweetness…this hand in hand with spice. It’s fragrant with cinnamon. There’s a slight herbal note too.

It’s quite thin on the palate. Plenty of spices just warming the throat as you swallow… there are some lovely  oak flavours and it’s ever so slightly tart.

Still suggestions of vanilla on the tongue. Just feels a tad too weak. The finish gives the warmth of the spices and the woody flavours remain. Quite a short finish though.

Glenfarclas 29 Year Old 1986 Family Collector Series 7

Tonight I’m trying one of the bottles from my advent calendar. I was kinda busy so didn’t do them all in December.

This is a 29 year old from refill sherry casks. From the Family Collector Series 7, this was distilled in 1986, and it’s 53.8% vol.

On the nose:

Initially there was the feint scent of struck matches. Ever so fleetingly.

Lots of fruit, sticky & rich…with spices prickling at the senses. A slight hint of ginger. Sweet vanilla and demerara sugar. Maybe the slightest wisp of menthol… after letting it open there’s a little maraschino cherry, and old cigar boxes.

Palate is smooth and rich. It starts with those delicious fruits I had on the nose…lovely vanilla and dark chocolate giving a bitter bite. The spice is there with a touch of oak. It’s a comforting dram.

The finish is warm and delicious…fruit and a lingering soft sweetness.  I’ve really taken my time with this one.

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Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 11

December 11th and another Glenfarclas dram for me 🙂

Today’s dram is one of the cask strength premium editions which was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2015 and it’s 59.8% vol. I believe this was originally released for the German market.

Ooh did someone order Christmas cake? Fruitilicious baby! And chocolate from an advent calendar too…there’s a slight little mustiness that also gives allspice and the merest hints of orange rind.

Quite a powerful first sip, but of course this is cask strength and it shows. It’s a bit of a sherry tease. The spice is apparent and so is the orange. It’s sweet from the rich fruits I noticed on the nose and there’s a lovely flavour of oak too.

Warming fruity finish with oak and milk chocolate sweetness just levelled by the spice. And some malty notes too.

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The GlenDronach Distillery 1995

Last night I enjoyed a second dram of the above whisky…just to be sure.

I first sat with this a good few weeks back.

When I tried it initially, I started with it in one glass, allowed it to open, and then poured it into a fresh one. It was interesting to be able to nose the first glass while enjoying getting to know this whisky.

So from that glass which had the whisky in it, I was getting chocolate, and delicious musky notes, as well as rich demerara sugar. There was the aroma of an old tobacco box, and a gentle whack of leather…

From what I was nosing in the sample was a rich heady fragrance. I was getting succulent sherry soaked sultanas and raisins. Morello cherries on the nose too…then a feint scent of menthol and black pepper. A hint of leather and the old tobacco box scent was still there, and a little nutty aroma, perhaps like macadamia nuts.

It was ever, ever so slightly waxy on the palate. It had dark bitter chocolate.

It was nutty with warming spices. There wasn’t a lot of sweetness…but there was dark burnt sugar. However this is reassuringly delicious.

Then the oak that comes through on the finish, with some black pepper warmth with those cherries making a reappearance and a dark bitter chocolate.

I really enjoyed this dram!! As I say, I’ve sat with it on a couple of occasions now, just letting it open, and then allowing it to toy with my senses…

This is definitely a dram to share on a winters night. I can picture it now, music in the background, low lights, logs crackling on the fire and a glass of this in hand… bliss!

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GlenDronach 1995

Distilled : 01.11.95

Bottled: September 2015

Age: 19 years old

Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry Puncheon

56.9% vol.

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 10

Ho Ho Ho!

Today it’s the turn of the 21 year old, this is slightly tamer than yesterday’s dram at 43% vol.

Fruity nose. A little fresh orange and spice – cinnamon and a drizzle of vanilla essence. Not sure where this came from, but there’s a real outdoorsy fresh scent once left to open. The palate is quite malty. There’s a very slight bitter sugary taste. The malt is very prominent, with some chocolate buttons for good measure.

The spice is quite warming.

There’s a long finish on this dram, it’s ever so slightly nutty and a little dry.

I’m quite eager to get my hands on tomorrow’s dram…it being the 11th and all that 🙂

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 9

Today’s little something is the 1997 Family Cask – Cask 1 from the Autumn 2014 release, 57.8% vol. this was matured in a single sherry butt.

A luscious fragrant yet complex nose. Sweetness and summer berries. Caramel and the merest hint of vanilla, alongside raisins and dates. A little black pepper comes to the fore as it’s left to open.

The palate is smooth, then there’s the hit of pepper as it hits the back of the throat…giving a gentle warmth. Delicious oak and the sticky dates are there with burnt sugar too. It’s a mouthful and you can easily tell it’s cask strength.

The finish is warming, the spiciness remains with hints of oak.

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 8

Day 8 and Sarah was still quite sober… well it’s a whisky diary of sorts this month.

And as the eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted, today is the 18 year old (43% vol.)

On the nose, a hint of cinnamon and toffee. Then there’s some lovely fruit notes in the way of apple. There’s a bit of fudge too and I’m not even making any 😉

The palate. Smooth and malty. Lots of malt flavours in fact. Caramel and wisps of vanilla. There’s a bitterness there and raisins in fudge.

Medium length finish with a slight waxy mouthfeel and a touch of warmth from some underlying spice.