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One up from their standard 10-year-old bottling, the 12 Year Old has two more years in the cask and is a step closer to the sherry-heavy older expressions.
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This is just delightful. A gorgeous nose, one of the best I've come across - sherry & dried fruit. The body is rich, lovely viscosity, and more of the sherry, fruit and - to my buds - a bit of coconut. The finish is warming, slightly spice (from the oak, nothing too prominent) and a touch of caramel. No alcohol notes whatsoever, despite being 43%. I went through this one in a hurry.
A bit disappointing, this one! Not nearly as full-flavoured as 15 and older, though same colour as 18, which is odd. Just lacking that usual toasty bite of a Glenfarclas which I love!!! Hopefully will improve as bottle progresses. Good value overall though!
In a blind tasting of a handful of 12 year olds, I truly think I''d be able to pick out the Glenfarclas. It just has that much character. The sherry butts lend a depth and complexity to the whisky that''s pretty special. I''m a big fan of Glenfarclas overall, but this 12 YO is proof you don''t have to completely empty the wallet to enjoy the quality of their range. Oh, I love the 15 and 17 year old, and the 21 is amazing, perhaps my favorite overall, if cost were not a factor. But with an eye on the price/quality ratio. the 12 really stands out. I''m fortunate enough to live where I can easily pick up a full liter of Glenfarclas 12 on a duty-free island for under US$25 a bottle, the equivalent of paying US$17 for a 700mL bottle. Would be a bargain at twice the price. Love the sherried notes on this dram -- one of the boldest and fullest 12 I''ve sampled. It''s not especially smooth, yet I''d never call it harsh. It''s perhaps assertive, aware of its own unique character and unapologetic for it. There''s a bit of fruit and honey on the palate, and perhaps even a bit of oak and peat, but that actually went away with just a few minutes'' time (either that or the ice). Highly recommended.
I agree with the review regarding alcohol burn on the nose, give this 15-20 minutes to calm down. Reminded me very much of the Aberlour 12 year old. An excellent dram this, lots of toffee and chocolate. One for the winter.
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