A very modern distillery, Glenfarclas was last refitted in the mid 1980's. A Highland (speyside) malt, the entire range is aged in sherry casks.
Glenfarclas is credited as the first distillery to bottle a 'cask-strength' single malt for the commercial market. This means that it is bottled strait out of the cask it is aged in, with no diluting (and chill filtering which usually accompanies the diluting to prevent cloudyness). To pay proper hommage to his wonderful trend-setter, January's offer will include a 50ml bottle of the Glenfarclas cask strength.. watch it though.. 60% alcohol in this lively little malt. Be sure to 'unock' the flavours of the cask strength with a few drops of water.
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.