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Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 60%
Glenfarclas - (meaning "Glen of the green grassland") - has an enviable reputation amongst whisky lovers around the world. So much so that it even inspired a rival distiller to describe it in the following poetic words:
"...In it is to be found the sunshine and shadow that chased each other over the billowy cornfield, the hum of the bee, and hope of Spring, the breath of May, the carol of the lark, the distant purple of heather in the mountain mist, the dew of morn, and the wealth of Autumns rich content all golden with imprisoned light..."
Indeed, Glenfarclas appears on most malt lovers top ten lists more often than nearly any other whisky. Although the stills which are reputedly the largest on Speyside are replicas of the originals and the distillery itself has been much modernised, a visit to the premises repays the whisky enthusiast with many items of historical interest.Tasting note: Beautiful polished brass / amber gold. Opening pass detects toffee apple, polished leather and juicy, grapey malt. Second inspection finds marzipan and toasted oats followed by crunchie bar and intense vanilla. The aromatic range is matched on the palate, delivering a concentrated, medium dry, peppery attack with a delicious interplay between sugar, tannin and spice. Finishes with flashes of dates, creme-caramel and crunchie bar before drying with oatmeal biscuit, toffee apple and dappled explosions of sweet spice. Bracing, invigorating malt. Those who religiously follow Aberlour's Abunadh will discover similar solace here. Tremendous stuff. 60% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... The alluring opening aroma offers scents of plum pudding, mince pie and dark caramel; aeration reveals notes of roasted chestnut, beeswax, pork sausages, old saddle leather and vanilla wafer. The entry is prickly, but sweet and sappy; at mid palate large flavors of dark caramel, oloroso Sherry, vanilla cream and dark chocolate are added. Concludes with deep flavors of sweet oak, toffee and butter cream. Luscious. Rating: 90-95
HISTORY of the GLENFARCLAS DISTILLERY
It has been rightly said that, "it is the whisky they don't use that makes Glenfarclas great".Only the finest spirit is selected for maturation. Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky, is known and cherished around the world for its distinctive mellow flavour. Born high amongst the hills of Speyside, in Scotland, the Glenfarclas Malt Whisky is the offspring of a miraculous marriage, between location and history. A unique event, which has been more than one hundred and sixty years in the making.
In 1836 a license was granted to a small distillery called Glenfarclas, at Rechlerich Farm on the Ballindalloch Estate. However, it wasn't until John Grant acquired the tenancy of the farm, in 1865, that the distillery began to realise its full potential. Gradually, John Grant and his son began to travel with their whisky and so began the spread of Glenfarclas fame, a business which spans five generations of the Grant family.The records and diaries talk of quiet, careful men with an eye for the weather and the purse strings. They nurtured the business and were quick to realise you don't improve a single malt whisky, you cherish it. A fact of life appreciated by anyone who has savoured the Glenfarclas experience.
Tucked into the gentle meadowland at the foot of the majestic Benrinnes mountain lies Glenfarclas. High above the distillery a small spring of pure soft, cold, crystal clear water rises from the heart of Benrinnes. This magical spring is fed by the slow-melting snow as it filters through the heather and peat and down across the granite below.
This water takes an imprint of the ancient landscape. An imprint of unique character and remarkable purity. This is one of the essential ingredients of Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Whisky. It is the copper pot still however that makes the whisky great. A good still allows you to tap the lightest and best fractions of the spirit content.Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Whisky is not distilled in a continuous process . It is made with care and meticulous attention in batches. Rigorous controls mean that every batch is as good and as special as the last.
Finally after distillation, the whisky is transferred into the finest Spanish sherry casks. Sleeping in the dark cold traditional warehouses, the young whisky lies undisturbed with only the Angels sharing its' secrets. From the oak sherry casks comes the whisky's distinctly rich golden amber colour and the sweet mellow flavour which is totally unique. And so it has been for over a century, in fact the only thing that has changed over the hundred and sixty years - is the label.
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