Dram Review: Simon Brown Glenfarclas Distillery (Distilled in October 1970)

[46.0%・Distilled in 1970・Bottled in 2008・Simon Brown Traders Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

The nose is breathtaking, dark cherries and fine mahogany conveying that aged goodness.  Aged leather and brown sugar wrapped around and laced over a fascinating rice fragrance.  Moist fruit cake brushed with blueberry jam as traces of well seasoned wood sips out.

Palate and Finish:

A balanced acidity on the palate, perfectly juxtaposed by the velvety sweetness. Ripe fruits and sakura combine with blackcurrant jam.  Black Forest cake made with a French vanilla sponge layers dressed with dried orange slices.  Excellent mouthfeel as the dram shows strength as a 46%.  Hint of leather to go with a coconut cream base as ample wood spices set in.

The Sherry inspired fruit cake and dark cocoa notes linger on, the follow through tilts towards the dry side.

Thoughts:

The label may be confusing but make no mistake, this is a very pretty dram.  Vibrant and beautifully Sherried without showing signs of being over-oaked.  Definitely a cask that benefitted from decades of ageing.

It is interesting how the distillery characters seem to have mostly been mellowed out, and what remains is just a beautifully Sherried Speysider..

☆☆

-Nicholas