Glenfarclas 37 Years Old 1979 Single Cask for Eiling Lim Cask:8818 46.9% 1979
|Bottled for||Eiling Lim|
|Cask Type||Plain Oak Cask|
"This release from Eiling Lim, is an official bottling of Glenfarclas, from a cask that she had been following for quite a while since she discovered it in a warehouse tasting.
There aren’t that many 100% bourbon Glenfarclas around, but it seems 1979 has quite a few of them. Usually these “plain oak” casks are hogsheads rebuilt from staves that once formed a bourbon barrel. We’re expecting a burst of tropical fruits.
Serge Valentin (92)
It seems that this baby came from a plain hogshead, not from a sherry cask.
Nose: exactly the opposite of the Cadenhead. This is much cleaner and brighter, starting with tangerine syrup and jam, as well as wee whiffs of camphor and mint. Rather goes on with Sancerre-y notes, grapefruits, limestone, marzipan, and wee touches of preserved pineapples. Really very lovely fresh nose.
Mouth: all in keeping with the nose, with some superb medicinal menthol and camphor again, grapefruits, pineapples, and probably pink grapefruits. Pinesap and honeydew. Nutshell, another one that’s dangerously drinkable. Vorsicht!
Finish: long, fresh, fruity, with bitter oranges and a few drops of Arquebuse. Do you know Arquebuse?
Comments: totally excellent, and the medicinal twist makes it even more interesting. Ex-peater cask or staves, by any chance? But yeah, it’s dangerous whisky, be wary of any ‘unexpected evaporation’ that may occur.
Glenfarclas 1979 cask #8818 for Eiling LimGlenfarclas 37 yo 1979
(46,9%, OB for Eiling Lim 2016, plain oak cask #8818, 188 btl.)
Nose: very fruity indeed, although rather more on white fruits than on tropical fruits. Oranges, apricots, whitecurrant. Plenty of vanilla, plenty of oak as well, in a nice polished way. Lemon wax. After a while it does go towards fresh pineapples with a hint of coconut. Maybe just a hint of patchouli. In the background there are very subtle herbs, mint and a slight leathery edge.
Mouth: a bit lightweight but nicely oily, and it shows lots of fresh tangerines, pineapples and pears. Not too much vanilla, instead some ginger and green cardamom. Hints of almonds and buttery toffee too. Finish: medium long, with the minty notes, coconut and varnished oak staying strong.
This is a rather delicate example of bourbon matured Glenfarclas, full of elegant fruity notes, including some tropical hints. Very balanced oaky notes and no astringency whatsoever. Really good.