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Glenfarclas 12 Review

Glenfarclas 12 Review

 

Glenfarclas 12 year Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by The Glenfarclas distillery located in the Speyside region of Scotland. The Speyside region contains the highest concentration of distilleries in Scotland including Aberlour, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, and Macallan to name a few. Both Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich are independently owned and operated by William Grant and Sons. 

Glenfarclas has a full line of single malt whiskys that range from the 10 year all the way up to a 40 year including the 105 Cask Strength. Initially the 12 year was produced as a travel only offering but was eventually moved to the regular lineup. According to their website the distillery is known for producing Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy Sherry influence.

Proof: 86

Age: 12 years

Pour: 2 oz neat in a brandy snifter.

Nose: Honey, grain, strawberries, angel food cake, cranberry sauce at thanksgiving,

Palate: Fruity with a hint of sweetness. Lots of berries: blue, black, raspberry, strawberry. Some baking spices including nutmeg and cinnamon. Creamy.

Finish: Slight heat - about right for an 86er but not overpowering or under. Just right. A nice lingering finish that fades from slightly sweet grain to dryness.

Score: 3.0/5.0

When it comes to Single Malts I prefer peated expressions over everything else. Sherried malts are not my thing (at least not yet) and I was pleasantly surprised after the first sip. I strayed out of my comfort zone with this dram and ended up with what I consider to be a solid dessert whisky. Not because it was overly sweet but rather a mix of malt and fruit that is well balanced. Also not a dessert guy but this would pair well with a piece of strawberry cheese cake or even a parfait. At $55 a bottle this will not likely be a future purchase but it does interest me in the Glenflarclas 105 Cask Strength offering. 

- Mark @ Entry Proof

 

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