first impressions: glenfarclas 105
sorry for the duplication of a post from another thread, but it seems to belong here, as well...
so, i uncorked the glenfarclas 105 on thursday and have sampled it on 3 successive nights (about 2 drams per night). i knew that this was my "wild card" bottle", so my expectations have been tempered: however i feel about it, it will be an education. for the moment, i can say that i'm not yet sure how i feel about it, but i feel sure that i need to cast about for another cask strength option at some point (thinking of bowmore tempest or plain vanilla cask strength--or perhaps the caol ila, if i find the 12 y.o. to my liking)...
the bottom line, so far: i haven't really been able to pin down the nose or palate quite--although the nose smells vaguely familiar somehow. i haven't detected the heavy sherry that people always mention, although i've gotten a faint suggestion of it when i've rubbed a small amount of "run-off" (from the side of the bottle) into the skin of my fingers or hands. the strong suit of this expression for me, so far, has been in the mouthfeel and the finish. of the former, i have gotten a nice thickness: i suppose i would call it chewy and oily, rather than dry in the way that i've often seen this expression described in tasting notes and reviews. of the latter, i have enjoyed the sort of spreading heat, a somewhat dry heat, not dissimilar to what i enjoyed about the talisker 10 y.o.
however, like the talisker (and the ardbeg supernova 2010), i've so far gotten the impression of something of a "1-trick pony", whereas a scotch needs to hit on all cylinders (nose; palate; mouthfeel; and finish) to really make the sort of impression that gets it a second date. once again, i'm left feeling like the guy who broke up with his steady girlfriend (the laphroaig quarter cask), only to find that every date in the aftermath came up short by comparison. still, it IS an education--and there's plenty of 105 left in the bottle for me yet to change my mind as its true character is slowly revealed: the romance of scotch, and the appeal of the tasting experience!