Glenfarclas 25 Year Old EngravingSpeyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky £135 (£178.57 per litre, includes £10 for engraving)
from Billy Abbott
- Nose: Sugared raisins, honey and a big cinnamon spicy hit.
- Palate: Buttery with brown sugar, allspice, more cinnamon and the rest of the brown ground spices hiding at the back of the cupboard.
- Finish: Long, with sweet grapes, more spice, brown butter and the ever-present cinnamon tingle.
- Comment: The story goes that this is bottled at 46% as a nod to one of the earlier George Grants, who wanted to balance the taste of the whisky against getting enough out of a special Christmas release to go around the entire family. Whatever the reason, the higher strength gives this a bit more oomph, which along with the Christmas cake, dried fruit and spiciness makes this a fantastic winter dram, and an excellent sherried all-rounder.