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Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenfarclas 1993? (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2376/ Tasted: May 2014

A leafy, boiled sweet sherry nose with liquorice, indeed, Tequilla-esque pulped fruit. Good complexity with icing sugar coated sun dried sultana, orange peel, grape, apricot and more boiled sweets! With time the aromas become quite creamy with hints of butterscotch and dry spice. The dried fruit also takes on a cognac-esque demeanor.

The palate is lightly nutty and maybe a little industrial to begin with earthy, edgy, dusty spice and pulped fruit. That fruit displays a lovely Tequilla-like pepperiness middle. Bold and brash with a lovely lingering sweet fruit and citrus finish. In conclusion the palate isn’t quite as complex as the nose and I could’ve done without the light industrial note, but it’s not too bad!


Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘1.131 Older than 39’ 40 year old 53.9%

Sherry/ Tasted: Apr 2006

An intensely Amontillado-esque nutty/creamy orange nose with a serious dried fruit rancio. Very complex with floor polish, candle wax, earth, vanillins, coffee, mature honeyed apricot and a slight perfumed note. A lovely complex nose.

The palate revels in its dried fruit luxury and lavish sherry notes. The middle is awash with cinnamon, cloves and again the church candle scent. Superb complexity and length with walnut bread and a distinct oily finish.

Water brings gives the orange fruit a luscious and lustrous sheen and more mature beeswax and wood spices are evident. On the palate the complexity of this malt is frightening. Orange marmalade, almonds and a gorgeous mouth coating syrup round out a truly exceptional dram.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society ‘1.135 Glenfarclas’ 36 year old 54.7%

Sherry/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Dark amber in colour. Very clean with rich honey and sherry laced Cognac-esque dried fruit, cinnamon, rasins, sultanas and herbs. This is awesome. It has a lovely youthful touch and a beguiling sweetness. The balance is almost perfect. A drop of water makes it truly devine, smoothing and bringing  it all together. The ultimate sherry cask.

The palate is pretty much like the nose, the complexity is stunning and it is truly a magical combination of spirit and cask. With water you could almost mistake this for an oldCognac. It is that good! Long and fruity. Absolutely awesome. Stunning depth with flavours that you just want to dive into. Almost perfection in a glass!

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 1.158 ‘A Cricketer’s Dream’  1999 (11 year old) 61.8

First Fill Bourbon/ Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

A very oily and manuery nose. Serious globs of farmyards and peat along with some sweet fruit lurking beneath. With time some vanilla oak puts in an appearance. With water some lovely perfumed orange notes appear but the natural oils dampen it a tad.  

Quite sweet, opening with the vanilla oak. The alcohol is quite piquant and is followed by some citrus and manure. Water makes it a touch simpler.  A mouth-watering, peppery and alcoholic finish.

Conclusion: The nose is far more expressive than the palate and it certainly requires a drop of water.


Blackadder Raw Sherry Cask Blairfindy 1980 (23 year old) 43%

Sherry Butt 2003/BF/01 Tasted: Feb 2006

Deep and quite perfumed with herbal tea, old honey and deep spices, liquorice, caramelised fruit, angelica and lots of sherry oak. The spirit lurks somewhere beneath! Dry on the palate with coffee, caramel, dark sherry spices, prunes, dried fruit and orange along with lots of sherry oak. Very long with oak, oak and more oak. A serious coffee liquor finish with a creamy after taste.

Glenfarclas 2003 (9 year old) ‘The W Club Bottling’ 46%

Sherry/ Dist: 2003 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: April 2012

A good, clean, coffee’d Oloroso nose. Pretty dark with treacle, molasses, sawdust, baked apple, prune and hints of cinnamon.

The palate is soft and spicy with (obviously) plenty of Olososo dried fruit. Good intensity and complexity from the wood, plenty of cinnamon, walnuts, dates, sweet muscavado sugar along with a touch of smoke and a slight violet note in the finish. All cask derived but a lovely, clean cask! It’s surprisingly refined for a young malt.

Glenfarclas 2003 (10 year old) 43%

Bottled for M&S

Tasted: Dec 2013

A nose of clean, nutty sherry, ripe orange, tangerine, leafy herbs, tobacco and malt. Classic 10 year old Glenfarclas really.

The palate is soft and malty. Quite nutty with leafy Oloroso sherry. Dry and woody on the middle and a little hot on the finish, but pleasant enough.

Glenfarclas 10 year old 40%

Tasted: Sept 2005

Clean, pronounced dark malt and rich Oloroso sherry. Very deep with a balanced citrus sharpness. Dry, medium-full bodied with rich malt, Oloroso sherry, nuts, fudge and dried fruit. Lovely piquant middle, long complex finish with a dark, bitter liquorice / dried fruit note.

Glenfarclas 105 (8 year old) 60%

Tasted: Sept 2005

Cleanaromas of dark malt, vanilla fudge, assam tea and dried fruit all set against a background of clean sherry. Dry, medium bodied, intense, oily apricot, rich malt, coffee, dried fruit, wood tannins,assamtea leaves, integrated clean sherry and a long complex finish.

Water brings out a custard cream note plus a touch of gun flint and floor polish. It softens the palate brining out the rich fruit cake flavours, still the tannins and the tea leaves remain on the finish.

Glenfarclas 105 60%

Re-Tasted: July 2012

An intense and edgy nose of Amontillado-esque dried fruit and nuts. Slightly herbal with some latent honey and balsamic notes. With time it becomes very herbaceous and an Assam tea note (which I often find) is present. It seems like the nose is a lot more woody and drier than I remember it (mind that was 7 years ago!), not only the obvious sherry wood but quite a degree of American oak notes as well.

The palate is relatively light and honeycombed to begin with before the herbal sherry arrives brining plenty of tannins, coffee and liquorice. The alcohol is piquant and eye-watering. Quite a malty middle with a suggestion of grass and an almost grain spirit intensity. Very long with some succulent, honeyed sweet raisins on the finish and a very light sulphur note.

With water the raisinated dried fruit notes are emphasised as is the sulphur note unfortunately. On the palate the oak becomes softer and allows the honeyed fruit to become more dominant as the sherry notes are pushed to the edge. Very long now and juicy with a lovely peppery, spicy finish.

Glenfarclas 15 year old 46%

Tasted: Sept 2005

Clean, deeper nose than the 10. This is more about the spirit than the wood. Lovely intense complexity of orange citrus fruit, ferns, minerals and vegetal notes. Dry, cleaner, crisp, intense apricot, slightly oily/ creamy citrus fruits, ferns/ bracken, with the wood tannins very evident on the finish. Firm, medium bodied, good length with a touch of smoke.

Glenfarclas 15 year old 46%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Quite crisp and fresh aromas of barley, tangerine, satsuma, prune, apricot and a touch of dusty sherry spice – clove and cinnamon. Lightly granity and earthy with the earthiness hiding a slight blemish.

The palate is soft and juicy with a touch of Christmas pudding dried fruit, tangerine, barley, ark chocolate and earth, which once again appears to be attempting to conceal the light blemish. Fresh and granity on the middle, which leads into a quite austere finish as the sherry sweetness is pushed aside by the alcohol and granity notes. Light cocoa powder after-tatste.

Glenfarclas 17 year old 43%

Tasted: Mar 2015

A clean and very creamy, toffee’d nose. Using less sherry casks in this bottling allows the fruit and the slightly industrial character of the distillery to show. Dried orange, tangerine, angelica, lightly perfumed peach and sultana can be detected. Quite balanced with developing Colombian coffee and herbal notes.

The palate opens with some soft Demerara sugar and honey along with a light industrial note. Toffee and toasted vanilla follow along with some light sherried dried fruit. Lovely, spicy, vibrant finish.

Glenfarclas 21 year old 43%          

Tasted: Sept 2005

Brandy butter and trifle. Floral notes with undertones of sweet oak and coconut. Velvety on the palate with oak and sweet dried fruit. Medium bodied, very smooth and smoky with a long dry finish.

Glenfarclas The Family Casks – Whisky Shop Dufftown Exclusive 1991 (22 year old) 53.8%

Cask 5691/ Dist: June 1991 Btl: Mar 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Nose: Gritty, tannic, splinters in the nostrils sherry. Mature, pruney and balsamic with dried black grape, pepper, treacle and lightly herbal coffee note.

Palate: A little softer as the huge gobs of treacle coat the tannins. All cask orientated with dried fruit and coffee. Fairly alcoholic but the treacle doesn’t give in to it.

Finish: Long, succulent and very juicy with dark toffee, citrus and raw cask chocolatey tannins and cocoa powder.

Conclusion: If I wanted to drink sherry then I’d open a bottle of sherry. If I wanted to drink whisky………..

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1953 (55 years old) 53.7%

Sherry Butt 1678/ Dist: 1953 Btl: 2008/ Tasted: Aug 2010

The nose is as one expected. A big, nutty, coffee laced, mature sherry monster with a slight leafiness. Quite linear, but for a sherry cask this old it has a lovely freshness and an earthy complexity of toffee, walnuts and associated wood notes.

The palate is dry, woody and so tannic it’s unbelievable. The tannins are a bit on the green side and it feels like one has been licking the inside of the cask. Funnily enough there’s not much distillery character or even spirit character present.

With water it becomes slightly sugary, but that’s about it. Impressive if you like this sort of whisky and at around £750-£800, you’ve really got to like woody old sherried malts!