Today’s subject is a shiny Glenfarclas which just happens to be the latest link in a series that honors Scottish figures that started back in 1996.
The 23rd edition in the series honours the Scottish king Jakob I. (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625):
Charles James was the son of Maria Stuart and her second husband’s Lord Darnley. When his mother had to resign one year after his birth, he was appointed Scottish king under the name Jakob/James VI. on 24 July 1567. But after Elisabeth I. died without children in 1603, he also received the crown of England and Ireland on 24 March 1603 and was known since then as James I.
This edition is a 29 Year Old Glenfarclas distilled back in 1989 andit was bottled at 46%.
Glenfarclas 1989 29 Year Old (Edition No.23 Jakob I.) (46%, €168,90)
Nose: Dried fruit, mostly sweet with a bit sour fruits thrown in, quite fresh and light, bright cherries, strawberry, low-key oak spice after all that time, cinnamon, more sour fruitiness (with tropic bearing), a very pleasant nose.
Palate: Sour sweet tropical fruits, gentle oak spice, subtle white pepper, cinnamon, cherries and redcurrants, milk chocolate, sour-sweet fruitiness backbone all the time.
Finish: Medium length, oak spice, delicate tobacco, white pepper and hazelnut, sour-sweet fruitiness, very creamy.
Thoughts: Well crafted whisky with a great balance between the sherry elements and age, Those casks were not too active and they imparted a lot of fruitiness with just chocolate and spices to balance it beautifully.