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Glenfarclas 10 40% ABV, $38 Boss Liquors 750
Review #19 from the independent Speyside family distillery. This is a whisky I have heard and read so much positive about I had to buy a bottle. I had the 105 at a bar a while back and loved it so I figured the 10 was going to be pretty good. Let’s see.
Color: Golden Apple juice, Amber +1. Slow tears for a 10 year old.
Nose: Mint, Spices; Pumpkin Pie spice, Allspice, Grass, Floral, Caramel, Apple, Licorice and Oak
Mouthfeel: Soft liquid but thin
Taste: Spicy; Ginger and Pepper, Woody, Floral, Soft Fruit, Radish.
Finish: Again Minty, Cinnamon, Leather, a Bit Bitter, Vinegar
With Water: N: More Apples, Heather T: Softer, More Caramel and Strawberries
Score: Taste: 68, Value: 10, Uniqueness: 3, Buy Again: 2 Total: 83
For such a well respected whisky I have to say the Glenfarclas 10 left me a bit flat. I think the youth made it a bit rough around the edges for me, so I’m betting the older expressions are likely to be better. For this whisky I would think a higher ABV and more time in a cask could improve this dram greatly. Water really softens the bite on this one and improves the flavor, but at 40% I feel guilty using much. Leaving the bottle in my cabinet for a while also improved the flavor and mellowed the harshness from the initial opening. Evidently this Scotch needs time to open. I think I need to try the 12 and 15 to gain more perspective on this distillery.