A nice sherry cask coming up again! Quite recognizable by the color in this case, which of course influences what you’re tasting. Hoping to get more points this time than a few other times (again) to get at least a little bit of visibility on the Levenswater site (that means, making top 15). Still not there, but I got nearer today!
At first I got chocolate with red forest fruits like berries and raspberries. A great start! Some sherry wood and I though to get a whiff of peat which I erased right after. Probably the wood too. I did get a hint of something floral at the end, almost too floral like detergent. After coming back a few times I thought to get a hint of machine oil.
Very sharp! There is something thick or greasy as well, but the alcohol burn is immense. Wood, ground pepper and chili pepper and more or less on fire.
Again, very sharp and again something thick or greasy. After a few seconds is all subsides to a more human level. Spicy sponge cake with smoked pimenton. A bit like chocolate and mole. Incredibly long.
The sherry style sent me in the direction of the Speyside right away. The machine oil I got on the nose made me think of Longmorn. I guessed it must be around 60% since it has such an incredibly fierce palate, and since the alcohol is so high, I didn’t go for too high an age.
Glenfarclas 15, 26-06-1995 – 28-04-2011, 57.5%, OB for the Usquebaugh Society.
Our own club bottling. The one we picked last year in Hilversum. I don’t remember it being this good, but now I sure regret not getting a bottle or two. Lovely stuff with enough complexity and power to thrill for a while. I’d love to get my hands on a bottle, but those chances are shot by me not buying one when I had the chance. Bummer, but better luck next time!
Still 50 points for only being one year off and getting the region right.