Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: J. & G. Grant
Average price: € 64.00
Official website: www.glenfarclas.com
Are you suffering from the heat, are you already fed up with summer (or maybe you’ve never been able to stand it…) and are you dreaming of the first cold weather, a blanket and a lit fireplace? Perhaps we have just the whisky for you: a winter Glenfarclas 17yo.
Until the end of the 1960s, with the exception of a small amount of distillate, the entire production of Glenfarclas, which was founded in 1836 and has been in the hands of the Grant family for six generations, was destined for blends. It is estimated that only 4,000 cases of the 10yo were being sold in the UK in 1967.
The turning point for the distillery was Glenfarclas 105, the first cask strength of the modern era, created as a Christmas present in 1968 and now a staple of the core range. The situation has changed completely: global sales now exceed 80,000 cases.
Like every Glenfarclas whisky, the 17yo, offered at 43% ABV after being cold filtered, is matured entirely in ex-Sherry casks, a mix of first fill, second fill and third fill. The natural colour isn’t too dark, a warm gold, almost amber, suggesting a prevalence of second or third fill casks.
On the nose, the intense spicy aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves enliven a slightly austere Sherry profile, which brings together notes of dark chocolate, cherries in alcohol and dates. We close our eyes and it becomes clear that on a piece of freshly polished furniture, not far from an open bottle of Marsala liqueur, someone has left some marron glacé unattended…
On the palate, the music remains the same: like irresistible brats, the nutmeg and cloves disrupt the orderly calm of the dark chocolate and dates, with the cherries in alcohol in the window, generating a sensation of warmth that is pleasantly prolonged in a spicy finish of medium persistence.
A restless yet comforting Glenfarclas, in which the spices play a decisive role, enlivening an otherwise muted whole. A whisky that, on the one hand, awakens irredeemable nostalgia for childhood games in the snow, and on the other, suggests the image of a safe haven, a brotherly embrace: a dry nest while it rains outside.