I have posted notes for these at various times on here, but I don't think they were ever added to the forum TN's, so here you go:
Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks" Limited Edition of 1,299 bottles.
Unlike some other QC's, this Glenfarclas has spent its whole maturation in Quarter Casks and not just finished in them.
Nose: An Olde English Library or Study in a country house.
Yes, really. Lots of old oak, leather, musty books.
Palate: Very much like the nose, leather, old oak and a hint of sherry.
This is a very interesting whisky, as it is the leather and wood which initially comes across.
Once opened, after a week or so, the wood and leather recede and the sherry comes to the forefront, from whence it stays and this dram turns into a great sherry Glenfarclas.
Bruichladdich 1986 "Dark Sherry"
As I mentioned, there are three versions of this that I know of, maybe another one or two bottled as special editions that I haven't seen yet.
Basically, these are all from a 1986 distillation and stored in sherry casks.
The first one I tasted in 2005, the other two this year and all were very similar in character.
Colour: Rich and dark.
Nose: Fruit (dried fruit) and sherry.
Palate: Very smooth, lots of sherry without being forcefully overbearing and a good, long finish.
I have tried a few different Macallan 18's and for my palate, the 1986 Laddies are better.
I haven't as yet had chance to try the "Blacker Still" from Bruichladdich, so I can't comment on this one.
Alternatively, Glenfarclas 105 goes a long way towards being Macallan-like, albeit at cask strength.
Actually, that sounds like a good taste-off! Anyone recently done an A-B with Glenfarclas 105 and Aberlour a'bunadh ?
PS, Admiral have put the Aberlour head to head with the 105: most of the Aberlours seem to be winning at the minute - the 105 is not quite what it once was (though there seems to be an improvement this year).
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