Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1990 #1276

Style: Light and Delicate

Nose:
A light burnt match smoke tint reveals delicious baked dark cherry pie on the nose. Fresh green apple spices, aroma oily and rich. Incredibly refined tone to almost perfect smoothness, round and sweet. Red apples and roasted almonds, traces of slight overburnt gunpowder. Poached pears and syrup water mashing with the malt. Humble sherry lifting the spirit up without towering over it.

Palate:
Warm toffee apples levitated by delicate white flower honey. Freshness outlined by a mix bag of red and green apples, pleasantly fragrant and crisp. A speck of cinnamon dust, subtle five-spices glowing to give a drier side on the palate. Sugar plums, red grapes tart. Bright, orange marmalade malt marches in. Tannins and subtle oak layering at the back, some milk chocolate to finish.

Finish:
Red liquorice, soft dark cherries and black forest cake linked together with a thread of smoked honey oak.

Thoughts:
A polite Glenfarclas which invites you to explore every bit of nuances on offer here. It is sherried alright, just don’t expect a sherry bomb. The charming cherry tone leads you to a nice, firm fruity core and completes with gentle oak tannins. It doesn’t really nudge you to another direction, but leaving enough clues around for you to discover. Yum.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[48.6% • 2014 Bottled • 1990 Distilled • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number: 1276 • 535 Bottles • Matured in Refill Sherry Butt]

-Esmond