Nose: I was expecting sherry, but instead I’m detecting white wine. Cream, honey, citrus, under-ripe pears, green apples, grapes, sultanas, and ginger. There are some lovely malt and wood notes, as well as a pinch of salt. Slightly tangy and fizzy, but also creamy and sweet.
Palate: Quite sweet, not as tart or salty as the nose suggested. Fizzy again. The texture and candied sweetness remind me of ginger ale. White wine, candied apple, grapes, light caramel, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, citrus, and ginger. Sherry flavours dance about in the background.
Finish: Quite long and sweet. White pepper ushers us into the finish. Spice, candied apple, and sweet sherry notes that mingle with the tart winey notes. Sherry is here, but less evident than other ‘farclas releases.
Thoughts: There’s something adult about this. I don’t think I “got it” with my first bottle, but it’s grown on me a lot. But I do feel that the semi-tart winey flavour might throw people off guard, especially if they’re expecting any semblance to the sweeter and thicker ‘farclas releases. This is lighter, crisper, and brighter. Also less sherried. If I were to compare it, I’d say it’s closest to the 18 year old. And that’s quite a compliment. Really, really good.