Glenfarclas Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 100 to 200 euros

Glenfarclas 185th Anniversary

Review of a celebratory Glenfarclas

Origin: Highlands/Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Strength: 46%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Added colouring: No
Owner: J. & G. Grant
Average price: € 140.00
Official website: www.glenfarclas.com
Vote: 85/100

After a few months’ absence, Glenfarclas returns to the blog with a 2021 bottling celebrating 185 years of the distillery (officially founded in 1836).
It’s a single malt with no age statement, for which some ‘special’ casks from the last sixty years have been chosen. This means that, albeit to a small extent, there is some whisky distilled in the 1960s.
46%ABV, natural colour and no chillfiltration, 6,000 bottles still available in Italy at a non-trivial price for a NAS.

Tasting notes

The colour is a very bright amber.
On the nose, it may be the sixty-year-old casks, but the first impression is a hint of an old book pulled with difficulty from a library shelf (you can even hear the rustle of yellowed pages, so strong is the suggestion). A note vaguely reminiscent of clay is the prelude to a range of olfactory memories more classically linked to the ex-sherry casks that Glenfarclas so skilfully uses: nuts (walnuts and almonds), white chocolate, sultanas, cappuccino, with a sprinkling of nutmeg and a floral lunge of jasmine. A nose of great composure and balance, almost austere.
In the mouth, the citrus dimension is preponderant with blood orange zest at the opening and yellow orange juice as the tasting proceeds. More in the background, milk chocolate, a touch of ginger, walnut and a sensation of wood that is also found in the medium-long, spicy (pepper) and citrusy (tangerine, this time) finish.

To be good is good, and to be elegant is elegant, as is always the case with Glenfarclas. But from a bottling of this magnitude, of this quality and with these ambitions, we expected, especially on the palate (because the nose is up to the occasion), a little more. Mind you, we would drink a whisky like this every day and we would always recommend it to anyone. We simply wouldn’t rush out and buy a bottle.

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