Dram Review: Glenfarclas Selected and Bottled for Mr. Edward Giaccone 21 Years Old

[51.5%・Distilled Circa 1950s・Bottled Circa 1970s・ 21 Years Old・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

This feels substantial, as intensely Sherried as one would have hoped for from a proper Glenfarclas of yesteryear.  Creamy vanilla fudge churned away with this oily caramel paste, drizzled generously with milk chocolate sundae sauce, and topped with peanut butter brittle, hazelnut cream and cinnamon dust alongside dried Seville Orange cubes. 

Palate & Finish:

There is a certain sense of lavishness in the delivery, in saying that though the balance is assuring.  Confident spirit driving through notes of sweet prunes and dark plums, evening out with raw dark chocolate as the Sherry influence continues to blossom on the mid-palate, bringing about a pinch of chilli spices.

Cinnamon and wood with a lengthy sweet barley note, with hints of brown sugar syrup and a lasting toffee lolly tail.

Thoughts:

The masculinity of the Glenfarclas spirit is presented through the well executed manipulation of refined Sherry influence, one of the most striking and technically impeccable Glenfarclas I have the pleasure of having, albeit lacking a truly magical moment through the dramming experience.

Well done Mr. Grant and congratulations Mr. Giaccone.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

Dram Review: SMWS 1.183 Glenfarclas “A Vibrant Enigma!”

[48.0%・48 Years Old・Distilled in 1965・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

Rich honey with a beautiful and transcending polished wood note indicative of its age, undoubtedly a result of a deep imprint of the oak over the years, certainly in a class of its own. It has this armagnac like earthiness with the richness of syrup cured fruits on display. Silky smooth, yet there is a hint of toasted barley note to prove that this is still a whisky after all. A lot of older whiskies have lost the distillery’s touch from years of oak influence but this one is one of the exceptional ones that still bear the family crest of Glenfarclas proudly. Overtime it becomes more fragrant with a maraschino cherry note.

Palate & Finish:

The first sip reveals an abundance of sweet oranges that have been prepared for a Christmas cake. A display of strength still in the doses of Cointreau and dark chocolate truffles. The oak reveals itself but elegantly acts only as a supplement, bringing about the fragrant notes. Cherry preserve provides a vibrant touch with some nuttiness and an enticing hint of after eight to finish off.

Thoughts:

This one is said to be matured in ex-bourbon cask for 48 long years but I seriously doubt so based on how magical this was, a refilled bourbon barrel is not supposed to shape a whisky like that. this is absolutely one of the absolute best whiskies I tasted in 2015, I do agree with some that perhaps it is the arguably best whisky Glenfarclas has ever produced.

It’s a whisky one mustn’t have if they are in a hurry, time matters little as this is like a kiss from a mysterious femme fatale; the dark cherry sweetness is mesmerising and lives on in the memory, even after all these months, there is still a little bit of your taste in my mouth.

☆☆☆ [Most Recommended]

-Nicholas