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Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Last week I reviewed a cracking 15yo Glenfarclas at Cask Strength bottled for The Whisky Exchange... so I thought I'd continue the Glenfarclas theme by reviewing the 12yo expression.

For more background information on Glenfarclas, I'd like to suggest you read the introductions to some of my other Glenfarclas reviews.

Glenfarclas casks in one of their traditional dunnage warehouses, May 4th 2015 © The Malt Desk

Glenfarclas 12yo (2014) 43%, Distillery bottling

Colour is light amber

Sherry and malt sweetness. fresh raisins, ginger, nuts, toffee and slight floral notes. The sherry is ever present though never invading, easily letting the other notes through.

A great nose, in fact... everything seems to be in just the right measures 

Candied fruits, mainly oranges, honey, ginger, milk chocolate, more toffee/cream caramel and nuts. The experience gets quite malty on the finish along with some nice balancing oak spiciness.

This is a noticeable lighter in style than the 15yo standard bottling at 46%.
I'm not quite sure of the exact cask makeup of this, but I'm guessing maybe a ration of 60/40% sherry/bourbon casks.

This will make for a nice introduction to new whisky drinkers and will also satisfy the more experienced drinker, maybe as an every day dram.

It's straight forward, no BS whisky and for a standard 12yo offering it does what its supposed to do + a little more. Add to that, that it can be picked up for around €35 in Mainland Europe - for 1 liter !  - so great value!!


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