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lincoln imp
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:34 pm    Post subject: Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60% bottled 2008 40th Anniversary Reply with quote

Nose
Old books, mulled wine, full bodied red wine, red wine jus,  blackberry, red currant jelly.
Taste
Very, very rich on the palate, creamy, full bodied but nowhere near as explosive as you would imagine at 60% like the usual 105.  Forrest fruits, blackberry, black cherry, dark ginger cake, a little black treacle, mulled wine spices, hints of orange and rich dark fudge, I think you get the picture. I also detect some peat in with the spice.
Finish
Long, very smooth, rich but not over rich with spicy tail.
Comments
Water is not needed, unbelievable but I will give it a go.
With water :-
Very little change on the palate with 4 drops of water just perhaps a little nutmeg and now touches of cinnamon.
The palate is a little more restrained but the flavours just keep on coming, as before just the strength of the flavours has actually increased, the water has opened things up very nicely and now with water for the first time it shows its age, the wood makes an appearance but for me adds to the experience.

I did put this at 96 but settled on 95 as after the water there was a little bitterness but this is a beautiful sherried whisky. Gets extra marks for the depth of profile and how refined it is at 60% which really caught me by surprise. I am not a sherry head yet I think this is possibly the best sherried whisky I have tried
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That will teach you for adding the water Smile . It really is a cracking dram, I wish I had bought a full bottle when I had a chance, I only had a 100ml sample a generous friend gave me, I rarely add water, I only do it if I feel the alcohol is too overpowering which I didn't find was the case with the 105 40 year old
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keith wrote:
That will teach you for adding the water Smile . It really is a cracking dram, I wish I had bought a full bottle when I had a chance, I only had a 100ml sample a generous friend gave me, I rarely add water, I only do it if I feel the alcohol is too overpowering which I didn't find was the case with the 105 40 year old


That is some friend for giving you 10cl of this stuff, agree with you at 60% it is not overpowering in anyway, costs silly money now.
I am just wondering if the 20 year 105 is worth a purchase, have you tried it?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The anniversary is coming up again next year.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

krakow wrote:
The anniversary is coming up again next year.


I dread to think what a 50 year 105 will cost.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much was the 40th anniversary at release? I was at a Glenfarclas tasting a couple of weeks ago and the 50th anniversary of 105 got a passing mention for us to expect something special.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

krakow wrote:
How much was the 40th anniversary at release? I was at a Glenfarclas tasting a couple of weeks ago and the 50th anniversary of 105 got a passing mention for us to expect something special.


It was around the £600 mark, a few places it was less.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lincoln imp wrote:
Keith wrote:
That will teach you for adding the water Smile . It really is a cracking dram, I wish I had bought a full bottle when I had a chance, I only had a 100ml sample a generous friend gave me, I rarely add water, I only do it if I feel the alcohol is too overpowering which I didn't find was the case with the 105 40 year old


That is some friend for giving you 10cl of this stuff, agree with you at 60% it is not overpowering in anyway, costs silly money now.
I am just wondering if the 20 year 105 is worth a purchase, have you tried it?
The deal goes both ways, I always share a sample of any special whisky I buy with him.

Sorry haven't tried the 20 year old 105.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lincoln imp wrote:
krakow wrote:
How much was the 40th anniversary at release? I was at a Glenfarclas tasting a couple of weeks ago and the 50th anniversary of 105 got a passing mention for us to expect something special.


It was around the £600 mark, a few places it was less.


Thanks. Seems such a reasonable price now, for what it is. But then ten years is a long time, so it shouldn't be surprising.
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