Nose: Big blast of sherry. Heavy sultanas, figs, oranges, orange pekoe tea, orange chocolate, wax apples, pears, twigs, damp earth and leaves, oak, and a pinch of salt. This is dark, tannin heavy, and quite drying.
Palate: Oily mouthfeel. More sherry. Big, deep, dark, and rich. Red wine tannins, red fruits, oranges, damp soil, and oak. Spices transition us into the finish. There’s chili spice, allspice, woodspice, and cinnamon.
Finish: Long, dry, and just bitter enough. There’s red wine tannin, heavy spices, salt, oak, and burnt wood offering a counterbalance to the sweetness. From the sweet side there’s dark chocolate, sultanas, plums, figs, wax apples, and other fruity delights.
Thoughts: I can’t help but feel there’s a good deal of batch variation that happens with these 105 bottles. I’ve had several so far, and I’ve noticed a few inconsistencies. I can definitely say that some are a bit youngish compared to others. Such is the case with the bottle I have right now. The tasting notes are similar, but there’s a bit more of an off-key, young astringency to this bottle. This one is drinkable, but rougher. I find myself adding more water to this than I have in the past. By contrast my friend recently had a bottle that was more rounded and less sharp.
That being said, this is still enjoyable. It’s not the most refined or polished sherry monster out there, but it confidently delivers big flavours at a high abv without becoming too ‘sweetie.’ Unfortunately this bottle isn’t quite up to the standard I’ve come to expect from the 105, so I’ll have to skim a couple of points off.
比起一樣是CASK STRENGTH帶雪利味的 ABERLOUR A’BUNADH或 GLENDRONACH CASK STRENGTH, GLENFARCLAS 105並沒有比它們好喝.以這一款來說,雖然都是105但是每一瓶味道不太一樣,像我自己的這一瓶就不是很好...