Glenfarclas 105

Glenfarclas 105
Distillery/Brand: Glenfarclas | Region: Speyside | ABV: 60% | Color: Old Gold
Nose: 22 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 23 | Balance: 22 | Rating: 89

Review
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.

Rating: 89

Glenfarclas 40

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Distillery/Brand: Glenfarclas
Region: Speyside
ABV: 46%
Colour: Deep Gold

Nose: 23
Taste: 22
Finish: 22
Balance: 22

Review
I try and be as unbiased as I can before tasting a particular whisky lest I am swayed by it’s packaging, it’s age or glorious reputation. With the Glenfarclas 40 I was face to face with all three.

Strong strong sherry with grated ginger on the nose with a dark chocolate pounding. This is followed by dark figs, raisins and dry date husk brought together with a lovely burnt orange spiciness. A familiar, and reassuring, sherry inspired nose.

The palate. Oh, the palate. This is what I get for being presumptuous. I was expecting a crisp, full on attack of unexplored adventures instead I received a warm hug of familiarity. The palate is honest to the point of being almost mundane. Almost. The dark fruits, black pepper and maple syrup come together nicely. But nice is all they do.

The finish sees off a bit of woody spice and that date husk on the nose.

Oh, how I wanted this to sweep me off my feet. Never again.

Rating: 89

Glenfarclas 105 – 20 Years Old

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Distillery/Brand: Glenfarclas
ABV: 60%
Region: Speyside
Colour: Copper

Nose: 23
Taste: 24
Finish: 24
Balance: 23

Review
This is a special bottling of the already awesome Glenfarclas 105, matured in sherry casks for 20 years. Served up at an eye-watering 60% ABV this single malt is not to be messed with!

The nose is strong and floral with an intense rose garland aroma. Strong sugars, flowing jaggery and a sprinkle of black pepper spices make up the dominant nose. Spend a little more time and you can discern pleasantly ripe bananas too!

The delivery is nothing short of spectacular! Imagine a dark chocolate hand grenade with a side of black pepper C4 exploding in your mouth without mercy. The 60% ABV comes into it’s own here carrying with it dark plums, juicy raisins and a touch of something minty all swirled in gorgeous dark rum. A delivery hard to forget.

The nutty long finish is intensely spicy with an oaky dryness rounding off a smashing high strength sherry rendezvous.

Rating: 94