The other day I attended a Fulldram club tasting. There had been a voting procedure to decide which bottles would be opened and I have to say the line-up worked out really well. The highlight was a Glengoyne that I will review tomorrow.
Lancer’s Flag is an old Glenfarclas 1966 bottled in the Daily Dram series late 2007. I believe this must be one of the very first Daily Dram releases with this mosaic label, together with The Drunken Angel, Hag Rap Oil and the other funny anagrams in this range.
A couple of months later they also bottled Feral Clangs, a similar 1966 cask.
Glenfarclas ‘Lancer’s Flag’ 41 yo 1966 (46,1%, Daily Dram 2007, bourbon cask, 130 btl.)
Nose: clearly old bourbon wood, with the typical oak shavings, menthol and subtle hints of varnish and glue. Some leathery notes, a bit of apple and honey. Altogether quite shy but nice.
Mouth: gentle fruits at first, pears and lemon. Quickly becomes more peppery and herbal, with obvious oaky notes (including some tannins) and mint. Nutmeg and a light hint of mustard. Lots of resinous notes in the end.
Finish: quite long and gentle, it adds some vanilla but it still revolves about polished oaks and spices.
Glenfarclas 1966 was already hard to find back then, and it was great to try it (again) after all these years. Really good but limited complexity and maybe a tad past its prime (for an ex-bourbon bottling). It suffered to shine in the line-up, which tells you more about the tasting than about this whisky. Long gone.