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Glenfarclas 2009 Selection XIX, Le Gus't

Bottle Details

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Bottling serie: Family Casks

Vintage: 21.09.2009

Bottled: 15.07.2019

Stated Age: 09 years old

Casktype: Hogshead First Fill Sherry Oloroso

Casknumber: 1797

Number of bottles: 320

Strength: 59.4 % Vol.

Glenfarclas 2009 Selection XIX, Le Gus't

  • Colour: golden amber. Nose: good example of a sherry cask that was most probably quite fresh, since some clear oaky tones are still flying over a combination of dried fruits (figs, raisins) and some sweet meats, Thai-style. Chicken with mango sauce, perhaps. So beyond the obvious pencil shavings here this is a very nice nose. With water: very craft, whatever that means! Well that means with high oak influence, while that would be top-quality oak. Spicy bread and such.


    Mouth (neat): not the first time a sherried Scotch malt reminds me of a top-of-range bourbon. Coconut liqueur, mint, cloves, pepper, turmeric, ginger… And even rye, mind you! May we see the papers? With water: more of all that. I would even dare say that the distillate is of secondary importance here.


    Finish: long, excellent, very ‘craft’ indeed. We’re thinking Westland, Smögen, Hautes-Glaces, those guys. Comments: very surprising, and very good. A whisky all in trompe-l’oeil, in a way. Good fun!


    SGP:472 - 87 points.

  • Glenfarclas 2003 cask 1450Glenfarclas 9 yo 2003 (56,8%, OB Family Cask for Le Gus’t 2013, cask #1450, 316 btl.)


    Nose: rather aromatic sherry. Cherries and strawberry jellies. Baba au rhum. Lots of cinnamon and big leathery notes. A little anise. Nice balance of drier notes and fruits. Walnut shells. Dried cigar leaves. Traces of antique wax. After a while fragrant raspberry comes out. Interesting for such a youngster.


    Mouth: a really zingy start. A tad spirity and extremely spicy. Liquorice, pepper, ginger and cloves. After some time it shows sour plums and oranges, dark chocolate. A little rounder with a few drops of water, with more dark fruits, chocolate and a little roasted coffee beans.


    Finish: long, a little hot (even with water). Some herbs, ginger and cocoa.


    A surprising whisky for two reasons: its maturity and balance on the nose and its spicy, almost fierce palate. A great selection.


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