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Glenfarclas 25 yo (2011, OB, 43%)

This is the last stage of our short trip between Glenfarclas’ core range: today we review the 25 yo. In the future we’ll come back to this distillery, talking about some younger and even older bottlings…

N: alcohol is rather evident at first, even too much, considering the reduced ABV. The sherry’s influence is predictably strong: huge loads of sour cherries (syrup, Amarena Fabbri and Mon Cheri chocolate). Red apples (apples chips). The casks provide a balsamic suggestion of eucalyptus and star anise. Pipe tobacco, too. Maybe you can find notes of bitter chocolate and licorice.

P: the body is rather weak. It starts with a nice shot of sour cherries and dried figues. A little bit of malt, too. There are also some light waxy notes, subtle but pleasant. Then it comes something grassy (we think about those mountain matured cheeses) that simply ruins the palate experience, which suddenly stops here. Alcohol is too strong. It’s exhaust and too bitter. 

F: it’s almost non-existent. Abstract notes of red fruit that suddenly fade.

What a disappointment. We were not impressed by the 21 yo, but it was overall a good and pleasant whisky, despite the weak palate. This 25 yo, on the contrary, shows a lack both of intensity and variety of flavors. Furthermore, the range of aromas is also rather nasty. Were our samples from an unlucky batch? The remarkable fruity nose assures this whisky a 79/100. Here you can find Serge’s thoughts about a 2006 release.

Recommended soundtrack: Ke’ – Strange world, from the ’90s with love.

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