This is a 15 year old entry into Glenfarclas' Family Cask series - single casks of their distillate, bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering, and a variety of maturation types. This bottle was matured in a sherry butt, distilled in 2004. Let's dive in.
Rich, pungent. Really apple driven, with some sulfur, honey, toffee and plums. A bit of ethanol, quickly buried under decadent cocoa, pralines, nutty sherry and syrupy currant.
Rich mouth feel - though there is some heat. Apples, pears, almonds, black currant and pepper are most prominent, with some raspberry, cocoa, tobacco and ethanol on the back palate.
Long, powerful but quite hot. While sherry sweetness is present here, a lot is given over to pepper, tobacco and ethanol. Lightly tannic, a bit drying, but not too bitter.
This is really quite something, but I cant help and wonder if they dumped this cask too soon. It has all the right things happening, and a little extra that I don't love - namely the heat, minor lack of rich complexity on the palate and the unbalanced finish. I bet another 5-8 years would turn this from great to bonkers - that's not a bad thing, by the way. It's good, but in the land of Glenfarclas Family Casks, Glenfarclas is competing against themselves, which is never a bad thing.