Bottle: Older edition of the standard distillery bottling (90’s I think).
Nose: Boiled sweets, pine sap, light smoke and cream.
Body: Light-medium and silky.
Palate: Pineapple cream, gentle smoke, clove and slightly bitter, medicinal twist in the tail.
Finish: Good length. Toffee apple, white pepper, cinnamon and lingering, gentle smoke.
Neat/Ice/Water: Neat. No need to dilute it at 43%.
Verdict: Average. Drinkable but that’s about it for this one. The last Glenfarclas 12 I had seemed much better to me (a modern release). As this is an older edition I suspect it’s been improved somewhat in the intervening years. I picked this up at auction recently because it was going cheap and I was a little distracted (it was the morning of the TWE show in London). The nose and mouth and decent enough. The finish ends on a bit of a sour note, that’s almost metallic, which spoils it a bit for me. Keen to get another current 12 year old to compare against as I’m sure it was much better.