Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1978 Spring 2015 #746

Style: Fruity and Floral

Nose:
Mellow, charming floral aroma on the nose. White flower nectar lightly buttered by warm caramel sauce. A trace of walnut. Peppermint spices pick up momentum as chilli flakes soaring up high. Deeper sits the sweetness of quince paste and strawberry jam. Pistachios and malt syrup towards the end.

Palate:
Strawberry sweetness displayed delicately on multiple levels. Comfortable palate, sparkling red fruits and spices. More quince and floral overtones which softens the spirit. Wood smoke gently lighting up, hints of figs towards the end. Faint notes of salted butter sits underneath.

Finish:
Reminiscence of red fruits and berries with butter undertone lingers. Dry pepper spice, very soft.

Thoughts:
Matured in 4th fill sherry hogshead you can expect a very soft sherry influence with this Glenfarclas, but it is by no means a bad drop. Quite the contrary, the spirit has blossomed so nicely here – delicate and sweet, floral and fruity. We all like our sherried whiskies, but it is also nice to have it at the back seat and let the spirit tell the story once in a while, isn’t it?

☆ [Recommended]

[46.2% • 2014 Bottled • 1978 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • 189 Bottles • Cask Number: 746 • Matured in 4th Fill Hogshead]

Tasted at the Oak Barrel

-Esmond