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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Tasting Notes Review

Tasting Notes by George S Grant, Brand Ambassador and Sixth Generation.

 

Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10 year old 40%

 

Colour: Vibrant straw-gold

 

Nose: Tempting sherry-sweet malty tones combine with delicate smokiness, releasing subtle spices. Warming the glass reveals honey, vanilla and pear drops.

 

Flavour: Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves tempt the taste buds further.

 

Finish: Long, smooth and spicy, with a delicious, yet delicate, lingering smokiness.

 

Comment: Gloriously smooth, yet with the depth and finish you would normally only expect of a much older dram. A wonderfully sherried whisky, and an excellent aperitif,

 

Glenfarclas 105 Single Malt Scotch Whisky 60%

 

Colour: Deep peaty-gold.

 

Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.

 

Flavour: Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.

 

Finish: Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming and with a lingering smokiness, yet very rounded.

 

Comment: A great whisky holding all the flavours of all the Glenfarclas in one glass. Being so warming, this is the perfect Hogmanay dram. Don’t be afraid of the strength and order a 210, if you dare!

 

The smoothness makes the 105 drinkable at cask strength, but I suggest adding a little water to fully explore its great depth.

 

For its price to performance ratio, the Malt Maniacs named Glenfarclas 105 their ‘Bang for your Buck’ in 2004.

 

 

Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky  12 year old 43%

 

Colour: Vibrant amber-gold.

 

Nose: Fresh and beautifully light, sherried fruit combined with a tempting spicy sweetness and a hint of sappy oak.

 

Flavour: Full bodied, delightful sherried fruit, with oak, a hint of peat and delicious sweet sensations.

 

Finish: Long and flavoursome, with a lingering spiceness.

 

Comment: An excellent introduction to the distillery style. Glenfarclas means Glen of the Green Grassland, and the freshness on the nose reminds me of grassland in spring. So, for me, this is the ‘farclas’ aroma. In 2006 this was named the ‘Best Sherried Whisky’ in the Single Malt World Cup. More recently Glenfarclas 12 Years Old won Gold at the 2007 Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival.

 

Bottled for export and travel retail markets.

 

Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky 15 year old 46%

 

Colour: A rich golden amber.

 

Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.

 

Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.

 

Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.

 

Comment: With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky.

 

We bottle this at 46% simply because my grandfather preferred it at this strength. It’s still a family favourite.

 

In his 2007 Whisky Bible, Jim Murray gave Glenfarclas 15 Years Old a score of 95/100, one of the highest scores he has awarded.

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Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky 17 year old 43%

 

Colour: Rich amber

 

Nose: Complex, with distinctive butterscotch, sherried fruit and peat smoke aromas.

 

Flavour: Big, full-flavoured, with excellent balance, develops slowly, full of sherry sweet malty tones, and a touch peat smoke.

 

Finish: Long lasting and smooth, with a hint of spice and sherry sweetness.

 

Comment: Hints of oak, complexity but finely balanced. Combines the smoothness of our younger whiskies with the greater depth of our older expressions.

 

Bottled in limited quantities primarily for the North American, Japanese and Travel Retail markets.

 

GlenfarclasSingle Malt Scotch Whisky  21 year old 43%

 

Colour: Dark amber-gold.

 

Nose: Intense, full of aromas – sherried fruit, tropical fruit, nutmeg and almonds with slight citrus notes at the end, all held together with a vanilla sweet smokiness

 

Flavour: Full bodied rich and rounded develops slowly into fruity, smoky and spicy flavours.

 

Finish: Long-lasting, smooth a smoky with a chocolate feel at the back of your throat.

 

Comment: An incredibly rounded whisky that leaves you refreshed and contented. A whisky that always deserves a second glass. My personal favourite

 

Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky 25 year old 43%

 

Colour: Amber with dark gold highlights.

 

Nose: Complex, yet refined, delicately peated, with fresh tempting aromas of marmalade, honey, freshly ground coffee, sherry and nuts. Some oaky tannins.

 

Flavour: Full-bodied and robust, the sherry and the oak fight for your attention yet neither is overpowering. A powerful nutty smokiness.

 

Finish: Intense, long lasting, dry smoky and malty. A beautiful dark Belgium chocolate taste at the back of your mouth to complete the flavour of the 25 Years Old.

 

Comment: A great after-dinner whisky so rich and full that it is a dessert in itself, with a finish that goes on forever.

 

Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky  30 year old 43%

 

Colour: Full rich dark gold.

 

Nose: Full complex aromas with fruit and full sherried malty tones.

 

Flavour: With Sherry, cognac, brandy, fruit, nuts, marzipan (and even icing), this is a wonderfully indulgent Christmas cake, in a glass!

 

Finish: A whisky you never want to end and it very nearly doesn’t. The finish is exquisite with a real taste of burnt chocolate at the back of your mouth.

 

Comment: This was distilled in my grandfather’s time, so we have to thank him for the wonderful depth of the 30 Years Old. It is the casks he purchased that have made this so richly indulgent. This truly amazing whisky was named the Best Commercially Available Single Malt in Australia in 2003, and won Gold at the International Spirits Challenge in 2005. At the 2007 Malmo Whisky Fair Glenfarclas 30 Years Old won double Gold, and was named ‘Best Overall Whisky at the Fair’

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