Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 7

Another day, another dram. And today it’s the 17 year old.

This has quite a fruity nose, perhaps a little cherry. There’s a touch of vanilla too with some light spices. Its palate gives spice and some lonely oak flavours. Malty notes play on the palate too and of course there are sherry flavours as well as fruit. There’s a slightly oily viscous coating in my mouth. The finish is warm from the spices and there’s a taste of the oak remaining.


Walsh Whiskey Twitter Tasting

I was very lucky to have been chosen to take part in the Walsh Whiskey tweet tasting. Why? Well because this is a distillery I’d seen on Twitter, but I’d never had the opportunity to sample their whisky until now. So I guess I was more than a little intrigued.

From their website…

“Our family is dedicated to continuing to play a central role in the revival of Irish whiskey as one of the world’s most appreciated spirits. We are doing this through the recreation of some old recipes from the 19th century, Ireland’s golden era of whiskey distilling, and also through the introduction of innovative new expressions for new palettes in a new era.

We are passionate for both innovation and attention to detail. Detail in our choice of location for our distillery in an area blessed by the ingredients and climate to make world-class, premium whiskey. Detail in the creation of a distillery for distiller, visitor and whiskey-drinker alike – where manual operations reign supreme over machine so that innovative small batches can be crafted to perfection.

We believe that our passion, innovation and attention-to-detail make a real difference to the enjoyment of people who choose our whiskeys and so they drive our family’s dream to create a legacy of whiskey excellence”.

Bernard & Rosemary Walsh

So what were we being treated to? We had two drams of The Irishman Irish Whiskey and two of the Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey.

The first dram of the evening was the Writers’ Tears Copper Pot which is a unique vatting of single malt and single pot still whiskeys. These were distilled in copper pots.

The nose delivers very delicate spices. Luscious vanilla and cold apple crumble. Drizzles of honey. Banana foams 😳 sometimes I wonder about what I’m sensing but that’s the one that fits. Honey and caramel started to then develop more now. Loving the spices.

The palate is nice and smooth with a nice coating in the mouth. Sweet and spicy with some ginger. Lovely gentle warmth in the back of the mouth from it. Lovely hints of oak too. And vanilla, then there’s a slight creaminess too and hints of cereal. Hard to describe. The finish, erm the spices are yummy and it was going down well.

We then moved onto The Irishman Irish Whiskey Vintage Cask Strength 2017. This is bottled at cask strength of 54% abv. and it was matured in first fill Bourbon casks.

The nose is interesting. Quite spicy but not. A very slight hint of vanilla. But fruity & sweet, and there’s a nice amount of wood and an older scent which is nice too. The palate… ooh now that’s a mouth full but that’s nice. Delicious rich fruit and the spice balance so nicely. Feels a bit oily on the palate. Lovely oak flavours again. Definitely feels smooth. Moving on, the finish and hmm this is nice that warmth and spice and hmm I like!

Then it was back to the Writers’ Tears and the Red Head. This is triple distilled in select Spanish sherry butts which were seasoned with the finest Oloroso sherry.

Spicy on the nose and fruity too. Quite orangey. There’s something oddly soft about the nose fragrance wise that I’m having trouble describing but I’m enjoying.

Then the palate…hmm that’s nice. The oak is just lovely again. I do love the taste of wood! The spices and sherry influence is delicious, it’s smooth and coats the mouth nicely. There’s a creaminess / smoothness to it again. With a wonderful warmth on the finish with hints orange and oak once more.

Our last dram of the evening was the Irishman Founder’s Reserve Marsala Cask Finish.

Quite nippy on the spice front. Vanilla and sweet fruits. Bits of fruitella red fruits. Fresh.

It’s palate gave mmm the same fruitella red fruits which are still there but taper off quickly. Palate seems to dip a moment but leaves oak in place of the sweetness. I’ll be revisiting this one as I had an attack of sneezes mid way.

However, what an introduction to Walsh Whiskey…it was definitely the thing to pique my interest and draw me in.

Many thank again to Walsh Whiskey and Steve Rush for this tasting. It was fab.


Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 6

Hmm a delight for day 6 in the shape of the 15 year old. I have to say this is a delicious favourite of mine. And rightly so.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the distillery a couple of times now. It’s only an hour or so away. And it’s nice to be there knowing the whiskies they produce are fantastically good. You never know maybe Whisky Santa will make one of my dreams come true… anyway I digress. Onto the sample…

The nose is gentle spices and sweetness. It’s delicate and inviting. It’s hints of sherry and succulence. There’re sprinkles of cinnamon and butterscotch too and it’s delicious. The palate is rich and full of spice. Sherry flavours tease the palate and the richness meets malt and oak.

Well done day 6. You made me smile 🙂

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 5

So what’s behind door number 5? It’s the 12 year old. This is another single malt from Glenfarclas and it’s 43% vol.

A soft nose on this one. Caramel, honey and light woody scents and gentle spices. Quite a mouthful initially, sweet with cinnamon and slices of apple, but then seems a tad thin on the palate.

Quite a short finish but pleasant.

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 4

So, today’s dram is the rather yummy 105. It’s a bit of a beast at 60% vol. and it’s a beast that a Smoggy can take.

Cask strength and a delight I first sampled years back in Edinburgh on my “what the heck was that dram” fest…

The nose delivers sweet rich delicious sticky toffee, and apple. It’s rich and full. There’s a touch of oak and some spiciness that just sit well together. The palate is full and bold. It’s a touch dry and the flavours of oak are pleasant with it. Lovely tastes of sherry laced spicy fruitcake. A warmth in the throat as I’m enjoying the finish.

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 3

What’s behind the door today? This is the 10 year old – 40% vol.

Another young un. The initial nose gives you sweet maltiness. This is mixed with scents of honey a little vanilla.

The palate is smooth again, and light. Honey and cinnamon alongside malted biscuits. It just wants to be as good the 15 year old as it tries to satisfy my palate. There is a slight bitter note on the back of the tongue as you swallow and experience the finish.

The question is, what will tomorrow bring?

Inside the Glenfarclas Advent Calendar: Day 2

Saturday 2nd December found me opening the door to find the 8 year old – 40% vol.

This has a very fresh spirity nose on it, lots of barley to start with. There is definitely a hint of straw. Caramel and a definite freshness, pastry comes to the fore and some apple too.

The palate is smooth and slightly thin but it is okay. There is honey and fruit and it is quite refreshing – if that makes sense? And the apple pastry flavours are there too, ever so delicate spices meet some chocolate. A nice finish on this, yet I still wish there was just a little more to it. However the touch of oak at the end is nice.