Glenfarclas 15yr 2004 The Family Cask #2383 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Glenfarclas 15yr 2004 The Family Cask #2383

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  • Distiller:

    Glenfarclas

  • Bottler:

    Glenfarclas

  • ABV:

    59.5%

  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Intro:

    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.

  • Nose:

    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.

  • Taste:

    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.

  • Finish:

    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.

  • Overall:

    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.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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