Tasting note: Glenfarclas 2008 (8-year-old, Christmas Edition)

Glenfarclas 2008 Christmas EditionColor: Deep gold

Nose: Raisins, apple juice and cinnamon. The alcohol is still noticeable in this relatively young whisky.

Taste: Creamy mouth feel, if you take a big sip. Vanilla, followed by dark chocolate and spices.

Finish: Medium in length. Dark chocolate and a bitter fruitiness persist the longest.

Comments: Nice sherried whisky. Neither complex nor strong, but very enjoyable nevertheless -- especially for the price! Drinking it to music by Doyle Bramhall II.

Rating: I rated this whisky 83 out of 100.
(Nose 20, Taste 21, Finish 21, Balance 21)

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"The Veil" by Doyle Bramhall II, off his album "Rich Man" (2016):

Tasting note: Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Glenfarclas 21-year-oldColor: Deep copper

Nose: Fresh fruits with green apples, oranges and, somewhat sweeter, ripe pineapples. The nose also has a minty freshness to it, but it's well-balanced alongside hints of sugary cinnamon spices.

Taste: This is where the whisky's sherried character becomes apparent. Dried fruits with orange peel, vanilla and toffee. Again, hints of mint. You can tell this is a mature whisky as it got quite a bit of cask influence (hints of oak) even though it was not bottled at cask strength.

Finish: Long with oak and a slightly bitter ginger spiciness.

Comments: Wonderfully crafted and well-balanced whisky that only improves if given enough time to breath. Not as much cask influence or as sherried as the 25-year-old, but its light sherry character works nicely alongside the fresh fruity notes this dram has to offer. The fact that it is very fairly priced makes it all the more appealing, especially for those who would not otherwise be able to afford a 21-year-old single malt whisky.

Rating: I rated this whisky 89 out of 100.
(Nose 23, Taste 22, Finish 22, Balance 22)

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