Insider knowledge: Glenfarclas 1955 Family Cask whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Glenfarclas 1955 Family Cask whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Aromatic, slightly astringent. Herbal, eucalyptus oil, smoky toffee. Acetone, dark chocolate. Espresso.
Palate: Thick, warming. Smoked meats, charcoal, mixed fruits, dark toffee, slightly herbal.
Finish: Quite long and robust, big oak.
Need I say more? I treat myself to the odd luxury now and then (as I'm sure most who visit this site do.) However when I do splash out an entire day's wage on some liquor I really hope to be more wowed. Sip one gave new meaning to the word "astringent" and reminded me of my days as a student, drinking whatever my meagre budget would allow. Ever the optimist I took a second, tentative sip, only to find that the severe astringency was sadly not sufficient to overshadow a truly flaccid palate. Not just flaccid, but limp and unimaginative to boot. I finished the glass stoically...hoping for a twist in the plot...nothing. As far as the lingering finish was concerned...well I can say that it took a while for the taste of disappointment to fade. I emptied the rest of the bottle down the sink, partly on principle but mostly because I knew I could find better whiskeys in my local supermarket. Truly underwhelmed.
4th December 2012