London’s an odd place. It really can drain you, as there’s tons and tons going on at any one moment. Especially for those of us who usually block out the “odd” things going on.
So after a long (long) day of the Victoria and Albert museum followed by the Natural History museum, I was ready for a dram. And finding places with whisky selection worth visiting in London (after going to Edinburgh) isn’t easy. The places that have actual good selection also have £35 main dishes, and the two lovely ladies with me weren’t exactly going to put down the dough so that I could be picky.
Anyway, we ended up at a great little pub known for good beer on tap. And as a philistine when it comes to beer (and so many others things), I went looking for whisky. Luckily they had a bottle of Glenfarclas 15, ready for a whisky snob like myself to ask for it.
As you may know, I recently reviewed Glenfarclas 10 , and as such I was very excited to try another step up (with the 12 eluding me at the moment, stay tuned).
Trivia time! Glenfarclas is still owned by the descendants of John Grant, who bought it back in 1865, or as we North American’s know it, before time really kicked off. The distillery has 6 stills, which are some of the largest in Scotland, which should explain why they release so many different bottlings based on age. Let’s see if the Glenfarclas 15meets those high standards.
Price: $87.95 (CAD)
Nose: Cherry, Cinnabon, strawberry, honey, yeast, fruit pie
This has few yet complex flavours in it. It’s rare to find one that’s hard to break down the individual flavours popping about, which is nice.
Also, I’m in a bar with train stuff all over it, so there’s a “late century” feel to nosing this, like I should be demanding Jeeves to get me my extra snifter from the baggage carriage or complaining that the workers “aren’t working hard enough for their shillings”.
Taste: Honey, pear, raspberry, cherry, brown sugar, dough, nutmeg, pudding
A lot more in 5 years, I’ll give them that. The sherry notes pop out, and it’s almost like an Irish at times with the dough taste. Very sweet though.
Jeeves, fetch me some bitter chocolate to accompany this! Post haste man, we aren’t barbarians, and the train will soon be to Tophatumshire!
Finish: Plum wine, oak, vanilla, raspberry-chocolate, hot sauce, Oreo cookie pieces, perry
First off, before someone asks, perry is pear cider. Jeeves will hand out information cards.
Second, the finish has more tartness and heat, which is nice. Nothing overtly new here, though a nice balance all the same.
Conclusion: Have Jeeves pull up the coach while I finish my review. Thank you Montgomery, you’ll find extra cheese in your room, hoard it well, as it’s Jeeves part.
This is a nice, though still somewhat typical, sherried malt. Buy this before Glenfiddich 15, as the flavours are more developed, the taste is nicer, and there’s a bit of tartness at the end that ties it all together. I think the extra 3% and the additional years are very beneficial, and it’s a good “middle of the road” malts.
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