Lately, while giving Islay a break, I’ve been on a Speyside/Highland journey and decided to revisit Glenfarclas 10, a pretty basic yet delicious single malt whisky.
Though bottled at only 40% ABV, its youth does provide a light kick in the mouth, which could be cushioned with a drop or two of spring water…but we’re not going to do that here. Pouring it in the Glencairn, I’m immediately attracted to its straw-gold color.
Sitting on the patio this afternoon, and nosing this dram of Glenfarclas 10 reminds me of joyfulness and childhood vacations visiting my grandparents in Normandy, France. More specifically, walking with with my grandpa past apple orchards to the local patisserie to bring back fruit tarts and chocolate-filled croissants to grandma. Swirling it around and coating the bulbous end of the glass heightens the anticipation of its taste.
On the tongue, undiluted, this is a sweet, fruity treat. I definitely taste the malt, but also pick up hints of vanilla, pear, and calvados. There is also smoke, but it really does not become apparent until the moderate-length, dry finish.
Overall, a solid malt worth keeping in stock.