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Glenfarclas 2000/2013 Cask Strength Premium Edition

Sherry casks – 58.5%

My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Strawberry jam, raisins, dusty wood, toffee, hints of nutmeg.
Palate: Strawberries and raisins again as well as light toffee, a hint of prunes and quite a bit of pepper blend in.
Finish: Medium long, slightly fruity and spicy.
Overall: Nice nose, weak palate and finish. As it happens all too often.

Rating: 81/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$


I bought a full bottle of this whisky and I have given it a fair chance to breathe for a couple of weeks. But it improved only marginally. With just a notch above 80 points you can not really call it bad, but I do expect more from a whisky that says “Cask Strength Premium Edition” on the label.

This is the third non-core-range Glenfarclas in a row that has disappointed me, and also the 2011 Premium Edition I tasted in 2012 was not really convincing. Springs and Heritage are at the lower end of the price spectrum, so you cannot really expect top quality whisky. But this is anything else but “premium”.

I just may have had bad luck with my selection, but I can not help but taking this as a sign that in the “young to medium” age range also Glenfarclas is struggling to keep up with the quality level that this distillery has always been associated with.

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