That could certainly be the case with this particular bottling released by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has since it started, been one of the few independent bottlers regularly releasing casks of Glenfarclas, many of them ex-bourbon casks, which is not a part of the Glenfarclas Distillery normal sherry profile. This, however, could easily be mistaken for just that, at least judging by the colour of it the whisky.
Glenfarclas is one of those whiskies that is held very much in high esteem with both whisky professionals and drinkers and IMO one of those Speyside whiskies that can stand the test of time (read: long term maturation), along with Glen Grant but just looking at it, I wonder if this one will fall through... ?
|Glenfarclas Distillery, May 2nd 2014 © The Malt Desk|
Glenfarclas 1965 1.183 (07.07.1965) 48yo ' A vibrant Enigma' 48%, Refill ex-bourbon hogshead, 127 bottles, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Colour is deep golden mahogany
Like a US bourbon with a slight malty edge? sun dried tomatoes, dominant oak, spice and herbs - lots of it, pepper, cumin, myrica, hints of oregano and a floral note. Mint, herb liqueurs, handful of warm raisins.
This could be anything after a while... Cognac, Bourbon, Rum, Malt Whisky - take your pick
Certainly a great nose!
Dry as the Kalahari :-O not any distillery no. 1.xxx left in this one... this one, as I suspected, tastes more like an American bourbon than a malt. Syrup, molasses, dark rums, cinnamon, bit of mint, cloves, orange peel and white inner skin, fresh pine and wood sap, burnt caramel and bitter oak.
Sadly, I suspected this - finally a Glenfarclas over the edge, having spent just too much time in the cask - at least to my taste. It's not a bad whisk(e)y... it just spent too much time in the cask. I'm thinking that if you like Bourbon you'll like this one too - its certainly closer to that in style than a 'Farclas.
Thanks to TK for the generous sample!