Glenfarclas rocked the whisky world a few years back when they released this stunner of a 40 year old whisky for an absolutely lowball price (less than $500 a bottle). Kinda made us all stop and question the recent antics of a couple other distilleries that keep jacking prices and marketing their wares as the next uber-whisky. Won’t name names, but I imagine you know who they are.
Glenfarclas has always been a personal favorite whisky. High quality output, traditional and old school presentation and great price point. From young to old, the distillery’s whisky is quite good. The older releases though – especially the family casks – can be quite the stunners. Fortunately for us Glenfarclas is sitting on a brilliant stock of very mature whisky. We should be able to see older releases from this family-run Speyside distillery for ages to come.
Generally with Glenfarclas, it’s expected you’ll get a very balanced, heavily sherried malt. Caramel and spice-rich, with loads of chololate and raisin. As a general profile…it’s a delight. A great building block to build upon through years of maturation.
So the question is…what does 40 years of aging do to a whisky like this? Will it be too much? Over-oaked? Bitter? Nah…not a chance. This is a highlight whisky. One of the best ‘Farclas I’ve tasted to date.
Nose: Deep and rich. Some caramel and Glossette Raisins. Beautiful threads of vibrant jammy notes. Some orange and cherry. Paint. Wow…what a striking balance. Nearly flawless.
Palate: Sweet and juicy. Again…those macerated fruit/jammy notes. Some chocolate. Some tobacco. Some licorice.
This is truly a textbook example of well-aged mature sherried whisky. Beautiful integration of all elements.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt