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1953 Was A Very Good Year


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Queen Elizabeth had her coronation ceremony in June 1953 and to commemorate the occasion, 60 crystal decanters filled with single cask 1953 Glenfarclas single malt whisky – matured in a single sherry butt at the distillery for the past 60 years – are available for the mere pittance of $9,625 per decanter. You might want to know what you will be putting in your mouth and down your throat for that price so here is a tiny description of the tasting notes…

Nose – At first concentrated dark fruit, macadamia nuts and orange liqueur. Baked apples and raisins develop in the glass for a more subtle style of whisky, while shiitake mushrooms, autumn leaves and sandalwood add a wonderful savoury aspect. Spiced cake and dried fruit provide a balancing sweetness.

Palate – An initial launch into clove studded oranges and mulled wine, with fragrant arabica coffee, dark chocolate and umami. The flavours then lighten and lead towards an explosion of fruit – ripe mango and guava are balanced by grapefruit and juicy mandarin. Behind this, gentle honey sweetness and barley sugar combine with ground nutmeg and cinnamon to give a complex and rounded body. Given time, tarragon and cedar wood compliment leafy mint and cooked blackberries.

Finish – Soft orchard fruit and bread pudding linger on the palate, with touches of hazelnut, fresh mint and citrus juice leaving you ready for another sip.

The 60 crystal decanters of 1953 Glenfarclas single malt are available exclusively at The Whisky Exchange.

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