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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Glenfarclas 1990 (bottled 2014), The Family Casks, 48,6%

Review #495
This is from the iconic single cask series “The Family Casks” from Glenfarclas! This is from the 2015 spring release and about 24 years old. It is from a refill Sherry butt, with the cask no. 1276, and only 535 bottles were made. This is just (almost) exactly how a whisky should smell like for me! Over ripe plums, tannins, dried fruits and dark berries. I could smell this all day long!

Much like the smell in the taste. The plums are definitely there and the tannins are tickling your tongue. It is more sweet than I expected. Some honey, vanilla from the oak and sweet raisins. It changes a bit in the finish and the oak comes more forward. The sweetness stays for quite a while with the dried fruits.

This is just sublime in the smell, taste and finish! The balance is great, and the complexity is good. This is the best dram I’ve had in quite a while! This might be a refill butt, but it has certainly done its job! May there come many more Family Casks in the future! I will rate this 95/100 (24/24/24/23).

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