Just you, me and this bottle of Glenfarclas 17.
What can I say about this bottle? Well, it's actually what is inside the bottle that has brought you to this page, and if I do not get to the point rather quickly, I suspect you, bored to distraction, will click on the "Eastern European brides looking for nice western guys" advertisement, never to return. Now, I don't want that to happen. So, ignore such primal/utterly stupid impulses, and instead, exercise a more doltish muscle, which involves simply continuing to read this post!
Sweet sherry, warm morning berry tarts, roses and peat smoke. Cherry pie just out of the oven. Well done!
Herbal, mineral like notes introduce some impressive austerity in spite of being at the same time a big sherry malt. The sherry casks that seasoned this spirit were very good quality. Great oak notes too! I am happy. The circle is complete. I can now go gently into that good night!
A pleasant zing of oak, pencil shavings, red currants and orange rind. Hmmm! I love this finish! The flavors really hang for a long time. And then there is smoke . . .
Ohh, the smoke. Good smoke you can enjoy when you part your lips afterwards and inhale through your mouth. I'm serious. Take a sip of this malt, swallow, open and inhale. Wow! Really good smoke mon!
I better stop the praise now before my Peter Tosh level of enthusiasm attracts an over zealous DEA agent, who spends his spare time lamenting the early prison release of Tommy Chong, and decides to lash out and have this site shut down.
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Lost in Translation or Broken Flowers.
Hence, Glenfarclas 17 is a well put together malt, balanced, refined and my favorite of the distillery's range of 12, 15 17 and 21 year offerings. At the same time it is muted and the pencil shaving/oak finish makes you wonder. Just as the aforementioned films sometimes give rise to more questions than they answer, this malt reels you in repeatedly as you try to fathom that interesting finish.
It's worth the price of admission (roughly $10 more than Glenfarclas 15), and a helluva lot cheaper than clicking on the previously mentioned dating website.
Verdict on Glenfarclas 17: Highly recommended!
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