Orchard fruits with vanilla and new paint, then with time and teased from the depths, arrives a fruit salad of over ripe pawpaw, melon and banana, a twist of toffee wrapped around a wad of burning leaf embers, then fruit chews, vanilla toffee and almonds start to dominate.
Despite the age, surprisingly thin on the palate, the sweet orchard and tropical fruits impact, spicing and peppering on the mid palate, leaving a delicious warmth of vanilla and toasted oak. 88
Glenfarclas 40yo Single Malt 46%
Like falling into a vat of stewed dark fruits that have been marinating in Oloroso and PX sherry casks for forty years. However this vat is sitting on a termite hill of Matabele ants, the foundation and structure of this aged whisky, then dark chocolate cherry liqueur, musty maraschino cherries, dark toffee, a hint of horse sweat and drawing room leather.
The palate is astonishing, so rich and a mirror image of the nose, beautifully balanced, with rich burnt molasses , spicy rumtopf, aged Spanish oak and coalescing in the longest, lingering aftertaste of dark liquorice toffee...a full bodied bear hug of a dram. Stunning! 94