SMWS 1.197 – Jackpot! (Glenfarclas 21 Bourbon Cask)

This was a mystery sample from a fellow TWS member, tasted completely blind with no info what-so-ever.

Region: Speyside

ABV: 57.4%

E150: No

Chill-filtered: No

Cask Type: ex-Bourbon

Container: Glencairn Neat, rested for 20 minutes

Colour: Gold

Nose: Not much heat on the nose, honey, wax, malt, hint of grassy note, apple, dried fruits, floral, pineapple, hint of peach, really nice sweet and fruity nose, and oddly familiar. Ex-bourbon cask?

Initially it has that waxy malt character that reminds me of Arran 12 CS, which went away after some resting. Then it has a hint of the grassy notes that reminds me of Aultmore 12, some of the honey character of the Stronachie(Benrinnes) 10, carrying fruitiness of the Glenlivet Nadurra NAS. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE HAD THIS BEFORE!

Palate: Tiny amount of heat on the palate, malt, honey, oak, pepper, mineral, apples, touch of sherry???

I don’t know where I got the touch of sherry from, with mineral , and oak, a bit dry on the palate.

Finish: Medium-length, mineral, oak, pepper.

Score: 85/100


Guess: ex-bourbon cask, 18-25 Years old, 50-55% ABV, IB Clynelish?

Reveal: SMWS 1.197 – Jackpot! (Glenfarclas, 21y, 57.4%, refill ex-bourbon hogshead, distilled Sep 1993)

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