Those of you who have already experienced Glenfarclas whiskies need no introduction to the distinctive character and intrepid spirit of this family distillery. On the other hand, if you haven’t yet had the chance to taste these remarkable spirits, allow us to introduce the Grant family and their fine Speyside distillery where, since 1865, they have married pure spring water, malted barley and yeast to craft these amazing nectars.
It was more than 175 years ago – June 8th, 1865 to be exact – that the Grant family purchased this distillery for 511 pounds. The heather clad slopes of Ben Rinnes rise majestically behind Glenfarclas distillery – bright purple in the fall, but white from snow in the winter. Each spring, this melting snow seeps down through the peat into the granite below and come back to the earth’s surface as pure, crystal clear spring water – becoming the basis of Scotland’s most celebrated single malt scotch whiskies.
To obtain the title of Scotch whisky, by law, spirits must be aged in Scotland, for at least 3 years in casks no larger than 700 litres. Glenfarclas whiskies are aged in two types of casks – plain oak casks, usually 250 litres, and old Spanish sherry casks used to age Oloroso or Fino and imported from Spain to Scotland.
Once put into barrel, the whiskies of Glenfarclas are left to age behind thick stone walls, on an earth floor, in cellars dating back to the 1880s. It is years, sometimes decades, or even an entire generation later that these casks are awoken from their long slumber and the rich liquid they contain is carefully extracted.
BOTTLE: $110.25 per 700mL
AGING: 100% Oloroso Sherry Casks
“Nose: The youthful grape comes in clean, juicy bunches; the herbs and spices on a rack on the kitchen wall; Taste: Any lovers of the old Jennings books will here do a Mr Wilkins explosive snort as the magnificent barley-grape mix is propelled with the force of dynamite into the taste buds; survivors of this experience still able to speak may mention something about cocoa notes forming; Finish: Long, luxurious, with a pulsing vanilla-grape mix and a build up of spices; light oils intensify and elongate; Balance: I doubt if any restorative on the planet works quite as well as this one does. Or if any sherry cask whisky is so clean and full of the joys of Jerez. A classic malt which has upped a gear or two and has become exactly what it is: a whisky of pure brilliance.”
95.5 out of 100 Points
Jim Murray – Whisky Bible