Hello friends! As some of you who know me in real life may be aware, I’ve decided to take a break from drinking whisky (and other boozy things) for the month of November. I will not by any means stop writing about whisky during this time, and today I’d like to present some brief tasting notes recorded before the start of my self-imposed alcohol hiatus.
I had promised to write about this Kensington Wine Market exclusive bottling of 25 year old Glenfarclas in my most recent post, and today I shall at last make good on that promise. Kensington Wine Market, located in the rough and tumble city of Calgary, Alberta, is considered by many to be the Mecca of whisky retail in all of Canada. I have yet to make this pilgrimage myself, so can not verify this assessment first hand. I have however had dealings and conversations with Kensington owner Andrew Ferguson, and can attest that he is a true whisky guru of the highest order, and a hell of a nice fellow to boot. Bottled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of KWM, this 52% ABV release was selected by certified whisky rockstar George Grant and his team at Glenfarclas.
Immediately creamy and fruity, with bananas, orange peels, and a sprinkle of ginger and cinnamon. A wee bit floral perhaps. There is a touch of slightly sour sharpness lurking in the background as well. All in all pleasant, but not the typical Glenfarclas snout that makes me want to take a bath in the stuff. We shall see how the palate holds up.
Oddly, decidedly un-Glenfarclas on first sip. A huge whack of dusty, spicy oak is first up to bat, followed by some crystallized ginger, raisins, cinnamon & nutmeg. It’s all spice and very little fruit, and while there is a creamy component to the mouth, it lacks some of the unctuousness of many of the other Glenfarclas releases I’ve enjoyed. Not bad by any means, just different.
On the short side, particularly given the age and strength. Some bitter apple skins and cinnamon dusted raisins, fairly drying and tannic.
Given the pedigree of both the shop and the distillery, my expectations for this dram were perhaps unreasonably high. I’ve rarely met a Glenfarclas I didn’t love, whether official or not, sherried or otherwise. For a variety of reasons, this particular drop didn’t click for me in quite the same way as so many others have. Not a poorly put together whisky by any stretch of the imagination, but sadly not the stuff that dreams are made of. 82/100