The second of two TWE exclusive Glenfarclas’s (Glenfarcli?) this edition has been composed of a vatting of oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks that have been matured for 21 years. It’s offered at 95 Proof – which is 54.2% in ABV terms. Bottles are available for £125 from the TWE website.
Nose: Juicy fruits – fresh bing cherries and apricots join orange gel and bakewell tarts whilst lacquered oak and brass polish sit with plump raisins and sultanas. Alongside pastry cases are dusted with chocolate powder whilst lurking in the background is cold, dry earthiness. The addition of water expresses golden syrup and tinned fruits – peaches and mangos – alongside sweet, sugary shortbread.
Taste: Weighty, thick and palate-coating. Mandarins, clementines and hedgerow berries are joined by chocolate shavings and a medley of soft spices – cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. The mid-palate develops an edge of oaky char whilst liquorice and polished wood sit with nutmeg dusted rolls and cinnamon swirls and dry earthy soils. Reduction results in a lovely syrupy texture – which may even be better than the offered 54.2% out of the bottle. Jelly sweets, gels and tinned, polishes fruit salads – all sweet, bright and vibrant.
Finish: Long with persisting fruit-driven sweetness, dusty chocolate and resinous oak.
The Whisky Exchange’s 95 Proof Glenfarclas exclusive follows a somewhat similar pattern to that of the OB 21 year old – in that subtlety and poise are favoured over and above outright sherry influence. This special edition takes things a step further with the composition of casks and higher strength combining to offer considerable fruity vivaciousness and high levels of expressiveness. Pretty excellent – and easy to recommend – even when clocking in at 25% over the RRP of the OB edition.
Review sample provided by The Whisky Exchange