Distillery/Brand: Glenfarclas | Region: Speyside | ABV: 60% | Color: Old Gold
Nose: 22 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 23 | Balance: 22 | Rating: 89
There’s not a lot I can tell you about the Glenfarclas 105 that you don’t already know. It’s the quintessential sherry bomb which, thanks to it’s 60% ABV, is the average mans’ insanely economical bang for the buck.
Produced at the, still family-owned, Grants Distillery this is truly a Speyside giant with it’s over the top flavors and delivery. Now I know a few people who don’t like it a whole lot purely because of it’s big sherry flavors. But I actually like it for exactly those reasons.
It’s a sherry bomb. It knows it’s a sherry bomb. It’s cask strength. And not just any cask strength. It’s 60%. It’s not making any excuses. In fact it’s letting you know if you don’t like it you can suck it’s cork.
Nose: Bitter chocolate and dark plums. Big fat raisins mixed with black peppercorns. Red grapes on top of pancakes smothered in maples syrup. This is such a huge sherry nose. I really like it. Simply because it is unashamed.
Palate: So true to the nose. Bitter chocolate. Black pepper. Maple syrup. Dark chocolate. It’s impossible to hold it without your eyes watering. In a good way.
Finish: Insanely long. Cherries. Red licorice. Black pepper.
My only beef with Glenfarclas is that I couldn’t tell the difference between this and the 20 year old 105 – which costs three times the amount. If you want my advice buy three of these bad boys instead of the 20 year old.