Contrary to yesterday, today’s whisky does state that it actually is Glenfarclas. It’s also not teaspooned, matured in refill and first fill casks and not nearly as dark.
It is, however, 4% stronger in alcohol content. Still not a huge belter or anything, but I like that ‘we’ got a cask strength release from Glenfarclas.
Let’s just dive in, since I have zero inspiration for more rambling beforehand!
The nose starts slightly feinty, with notes of mold and soil and old wood. Dunnage warehouses, with hints of mushrooms and spices. Old fruit and lots of oak.
On the palate I get dry oak, porous and corky. Like rotting wood, or mulch. There’s notes of fruit with a bitter and spicy hint. Red chili, plum stones and sticky dates.
The finish brings hints of orange, out of the blue. It adds a bit to the bitterness that was already there, because it’s mostly pithy notes.
This is quite an interesting whisky, to be honest. It does feel a bit inconsistent between the nose, palate and finish, but absolutely not bad. I like the dunnage and moldy notes, and wouldn’t have disliked more of that on the palate. I also would have liked for the orange notes to show up earlier.
All in all it is a bit inconsistent and all over the place for a higher mark, but I wouldn’t regret having bought a bottle. I didn’t, I only got myself a sample of this.