Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry Oloroso First Fill and Refill
Added coloring: No
Owner: J. & G. Grant
Average price: € 79.00
Official website: www.glenfarclas.com
I timidly enter a distillery that, so far, has only been tried by our Bevitore Squattrinato, with the curiosity of approaching a whisky known for its fiercely sherried heart.
And a distillery so large but still strictly in the hands of a single family (we are now in the fifth and sixth generations of running it) is such a rarity that it deserves more attention than it is given.
Incidentally, it was one of the first to set up a visitors’ centre in 1973, an indication of how far sighted they have been. In its tasting room, it offers panels taken from the ship RMS Empress of Australia, which brought home the last British troops from Bombay at the end of the more than two-hundred-year British rule of India. Not for nothing is this room called the Ship’s Room.
Full gold in the glass.
The nose is caressed by alcoholic cherry with the classic Mon Cheri effect, with a vinous undertone reminiscent of certain delicate grappas. Wood is evident along with vanilla and a drop of honey. Sweet but not pandering.
The Sherry becomes much more evident in the mouth, a warm and enveloping aroma that flows through the palate as if it were stronger than its 43 degrees of alcohol. Red fruit, herbaceous scents and spices are grafted onto the wood, which at times is a bit intrusive, as is the alcohol which in the long run is too broad, disrupting the initial effect.
The finish is medium, of wood and sultanas with a certain astringency.
Whisky that looks promising on the nose but is messy in its aromatic palette, almost as if it had got out of hand (or barrel).