Glenfarclas is especially well-known for their heavily sherry influenced single malts. All the more I am excited to review two very special expressions from them today. Not only are they full matured in port pipes (which is a rarity in itself) but they are both also over 30 years old!
|Name:||Glenfarclas 1981 Port Pipe Edition|
|Age:||33 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Port Pipes|
|Cask No.:||134 & 135|
|No. of bottles:||620|
At first it is really hard to differentiate the aromas because they are so interwoven. This single malt needs its time in the glass. But the waiting is indeed rewarded with a stunning variety of multi-layered aromas. Herb and eucalyptus candies. Followed by dried fruits and raisin liqueur. Some subtle honey sweetness a little more in the back. Furthermore a bit of oak and finely chopped hazelnuts. The port wine is present but not overpowering.
Ripe red fruits. Hints of spicy oak, without any bitterness. Gets a bit sourish. Lemons and limes. A slight tingling on the tongue. Then more sweeter again with Limonchello.
Medium and very balanced. Traces of oak followed by a touch of menthol.
It doesn’t have always to be sherry! No doubt, Glenfarclas also knows how to make port matured whisky. A highly pleasant and harmonic single malt with the right amount of complexity. Extraordinarily good!
Score: 93 / 100