Glenfarclas 40 yr old 46% (2009 bottling)

Glenfarclas 40 yr old 46% (2009 bottling)

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Mashtun notes:

This dram was an absolute delight from start to finish. On the nose we got black forest gateau, Turkish delight, chocolate raisins, vanilla, and Parma violets. On the palate we found this one of the few drams to taste very similar to the smell. It was black forest gateau, oranges, chocolate cherries, and even a hint of Demerara sugar. The finish was medium with fruits, cherries, and menthol notes that lingered in the back of the mouth. A tear drop of water opens up the whisky and enhances the flavours but the panel is torn as to whether it’s required or not. The whole dram is an experience that you just don’t want to end. This is an absolutely stunning dram that has a smoothness and complexity that is hard to explain. We all agreed that we could have drunk this long into the night, and then carried on into the next day – outstanding and a must try!

 Overall = 89/100

Glenfarclas 40 yr old 46% (2009 bottling)

Nose:

Antique leather, walnuts and chocolate covered raisins.

Flavour:

A sweet initial taste, orange segments, chocolate. Then a lovely flavour of burnt brown sugar.

Finish:

The dry finish oozes big tannins and more rich dark cocoa beans. Let the whisky breathe a little or add a drop or two of water to fully open up the dram.

Glenfarclas 40 yr old 46% (2009 bottling)

Nose:

Black forest gateau with marzipan

Palate:

One of the few drams that tastes like the smell. It’s creamy and velvety

Finish:

Fruity sweetness and cherries. A taste explosion and then a medium finish that ends with slight hints of menthol

Colour:

Dark Amber / Light Rum

Texture:

Thick, creamy, treacle. The legs will still be there next week!

Air:

The dram is so good it smoothens the air! Light but still intense. Enriches the finish and brings out a new leather finish.

Water:

A “tear drop” of water enhances all the pallet flavours and the new leather finish

Overall score and comments:

90/100 Absolutely stunning dram. Worth every penny (although my wife paidJ) I simply don’t want this to end.

Glenfarclas 40 yr old 46% (2009 bottling)

Nose:

Turkish delight, almonds, thinners, suede, steampunk, dark rum, British Leyland (old bus yard), Parma violets.

Palate:

An explosion of flavours, a box of deluxe variety chocolates, cherries, citrus, retains a lot of the notes from the nose. A little sweet.

Finish:

Medium-length finish, lingers at the back of the mouth

Colour:

N/A

Texture:

Front-of-the-mouth softness, combined with a lingering bitterness that reminds me of 50% cocoa chocolate, adhesion on the tongue characteristic of sherry

Air:

Develops further variations on the ester flavours, becomes more complex.

Water:

Only a dribble of water required, best at around 40% alcohol.

Overall score and comments:

88/100 This dram really is unbelievable in its complexity. A rare pleasure, I would drink this long into the night (and into the next day too!).

Glenfarclas 40 yr old 46% (2009 bottling)

Nose:

Marzipan, cream and cakes. Chocolate, raisins, vanilla, and new car smell.

Palate:

Smooth, orange, and almost menthol. Also has a hint of Demerara sugar

Finish:

Orange with a hint of menthol

Colour:

Golden brown – Maple syrup

Texture:

Thick with long legs (o those beautiful legs!)

Air:

Opens up the nose to bring out new leather smell

Water:

No water please! Don’t feck this one up!

Overall score and comments:

90/100 A MUST try – just stunning!

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