Glenfarclas 105

Speyside Single Malt, 10 Years, 60% ABV, $92

The first characteristic I notice is the color, which is dark amber. Its a richer color than any of the previous whiskys, excepting the bourbon. Even through the alcohol burn of the high proof, I can tell that the nose is rich with a sweet and mildly smoky aroma. I’m going for the water right away.

Now, that’s better! The nose is rich with smoke and peat, but its not strong. The toffee, honey and vanilla blend to add a sweetness that adds to the richness and a gentle ginger element completes the story. The taste is immediately fruity and tangy along with the candy sweetness. The ginger is in perfect balance with the sweetness, while the flavors of orange, vanilla, toffee and the bitter woods dance around in my mouth. This is fantastic stuff. A mild peppery and woody aftertaste is complemented by a slightly salty tanginess. I do believe that this is the best whisky I’ve had since the Glenfarclas Family Cask Release on the first night. I might have to get a bottle of this one.

Here are the Glenfarclas 105 bottling notes:

Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.

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