Whisky Advent Day 1: Glenfarclas 21
Appearance: Deep burnished; It clings to the glass when swirled and has slow, defined legs.
Nose: Typically Speyside with the floral, light notes you’d expect; toffee pennies; alcohol bite subsides to a white pepper tingle; citrus comes through as apple. (22/25)
Palate: Slightly more bite than I expected from a 43% ABV; this gives way to a toffee sweetness with a slight bitter woody note towards the back; smooth sweetness all the way after the initial sip; nice oily mouthfeel lets the toffee linger. (19/25)
Finish: No surprises with a sweet note going for ages. Slight citric hint peeks out from time to time but sugary sweet wins the day. (20/25)
This was a very nice dram but to my taste it was a spot on the sweet side to be an everyday tipple. The only way I can describe it is a dessert whisky that I would thoroughly enjoy at the end of a meal as a digestif. The nose was great as was the palate but the taste just didnt match the nose for me. I felt that the nose was something special while the flavours were what I would expect when given a Speyside.