# 503 • Glenfarclas 15 years old

43% alc./vol.
Glenfarclas Distillery, Ballindalloch, Speyside, Scotland

It is not often that we talk about Glenfarclas here, so today I'm going to go for a classic loved by all, or at least which should be, the 15 year old Glenfarclas, a beautiful little dram loaded to the brim with juicy sherry!

The distillery was founded in 1836 and has six stills, which are among the largest in Speyside. The warehouses have more than 68 barrels in aging, including barrels dating from 000.

We're lucky, even after all this time, SAQ We still have a couple of bottles if we know where to look…

As the Catalan painter, sculptor, engraver, scriptwriter and writer of Spanish nationality said so well Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) said so well:

Treat your friends like your paintings: place them in the most favorable light.

Amber orange with sienna.

Nose:
Grapes, graham crumbs, brown sugar, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, subtle cloves. Juicy and mature sherry. Oak latte dipped in honey.

Taste:
Fruity and sweet at the start, then the tasty spices of sherry come on board fairly quickly and take us on beautiful hints of wood and raisins. Red wine, cherry and almond frangipane.

Finish:
Sherry cask and dust on a good length that will keep us warm during the worst storms of January. Cherry and more cherry. Dark chocolate.

Balance:
A great sherry bomb worthy of the name, and a whiskey to store if only for its price compared to its mention of age.

Note: ★★★★★

# 502 • Aberlour A'bunadh • Batch 049

60.1% alc./vol.
Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Speyside, Scotland

I realize by writing these lines that, although I have written about the distillery Aberlour, I never criticized a malt of their series a'bunadh… And God knows I drank it!

A'bunadh is a single malt whiskey produced by Aberlour. Although this series does not bear any mention of age, it is still bottled by the strength of the barrel, produced in limited batches, more than sixty to date, and the blend comes from barrels which are between 5 and 25 years old .

Ah yes, I forgot, A'bunadh is an unfiltered cold whiskey which is aged exclusively in sherry barrels.

As African American baseball pioneer William Clarence Matthews (1877-1928) put it so well:

He who is never happy never happy.

Very deep reddish brown which testifies well to its roots of sherry cask.

Nose:
Rich and powerful. Refuses to do the trick with his commanding alcohol level. Sweet grapes, juicy dates and tanned leather highlighted by a thin veil of peat and orange. Unbelievable.

Taste:
Superb texture, richness of the sherry cask in evidence. Prunes, tobacco leaves, fire spices and cask strength.

Finish:
Leather wind and astringency of sherry spices. Long and delicious. It would be a better choice in winter.

Balance:
Another excellent version of the classic A'bunadh. Not given, but worth every dollar spent. To pick up when it goes to SAQ. A real real scotch tape.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★