In 1865, Glenfarclas distillery, nestled in the heart of Speyside, was purchased by a cattle breeder by the name of John Grant. Today, the Glenfarclas spirit still lives strong and continues in family ownership under the direction of 5th and 6th generations, John and George Grant.
Glenfarclas means ‘Valley of the Green Grassland’ and the spring water, which ensures the verdant green grass, is essential to the distinct flavour of Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt Whisky. It bubbles up, crystal clear, from the underlying granite on the slopes of the Speyside mountain, Ben Rinnes, to supply the distillery below.
There, it is combined with the finest malted barley, twice distilled in traditional, direct fired, copper pot stills and only the lightest and best fractions of alcohol are collected, two thirds to be filled into the finest Spanish Sherry oak casks and one third into plain oak casks in which to lie maturing over many years.
Times may have changed, but it’s what has stayed the same that makes Glenfarclas unique: the six generations of Grant family pride and the revered quality of their famous Single Malt Whisky.
105 CASK STRENGTH
Alcohol: 60% vol (Cask Strength)
Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.
Flavour: Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.
Finish: Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming with a lingering smokiness, yet very rounded.
10 YEAR OLD
Alcohol: 40% vol
Nose: Tempting sherry-sweet malty tones combine with a delicate smokiness, releasing subtle spices.
Flavour: Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness.
Finish: Long, smooth and spicy, with a delicious, yet delicate, lingering smokiness.
15 YEAR OLD
Alcohol: 46% vol
Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.
Flavour: Full bodied with a superb balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.
Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.
21 YEAR OLD
Alcohol: 43% vol
Nose: Intense, full of aromas – sherried fruit, tropical fruit, nutmeg and almonds with slight citrus notes at the end, all held together with a vanilla sweet smokiness.
Flavour: Full bodied rich and rounded develops slowly into fruity, smoky and spicy flavours.
Finish: Long-lasting, smooth and smoky with a chocolate feel at the back of the throat.
25 YEAR OLD
Alcohol: 43% vol
Nose: Complex, yet refined, delicately peated, with tempting aromas of marmalade, honey, freshly ground coffee, sherry and nuts. Some oaky tannins.
Flavour: Full-bodied and robust, the sherry and the oak fight for your attention yet neither is overpowering. A powerful nutty smokiness.
Finish: Intense, long lasting, dry smoky and malty. A beautiful dark Belgian chocolate taste at the back of the mouth to complete the flavour.
30 YEAR OLD
Nose: Full complex aromas with fruit and sherried malty tones.
Flavour: With sherry, cognac, brandy, fruit, nuts, marzipan (and even icing), this is a wonderfully indulgent Christmas cake, in a glass!
Finish: A whisky you never want to end and it very nearly doesn’t. The finish is exquisite with a real taste of burnt chocolate at the back of your mouth.
40 YEAR OLD
Nose: The Glenfarclas 40 year old, now at 43% has a fresh sweetness and fruity Turkish delight aroma on the nose. Its freshness and power is similar to the first time you open a bag of freshly ground java coffee beans.
Flavour: Sweet taste, followed by a peppering of caramel and chocolate explosions. Sherry power creeping its way to the back of your mouth releasing dark chocolate, raisins and sultanas.
Finish: It ends with a sweet, crisp, dry and lingering finish.
50 YEAR OLD
Nose: Fresh sweet sherry which is both youthful and complex at the same time. In the glass, it develops aromas of Scottish fudge and butterscotch.
Flavour: Lots of spice along with Oloroso soaked raisins and rich dark chocolate.
Finish: Perfect combination of sherry, spice and alcohol which results in an extremely long, beautiful finish. A wonderful example of Glenfarclas at 50 years old.
THE FAMILY CASKS
The Glenfarclas Family Casks are a unique collection of some of the best single casks from the distillery’s warehouses. Launched in 2007, the collection was initially comprised of 43 single casks with one from every year from 1952 to 1994. Vintages currently range from 1954- 2004, spanning 6 decades.
It is the distiller’s intention to continue to offer as wide a range of consecutive vintage dated single casks as possible. The Family Casks are bottled at cask strength and natural colour, allowing you to explore the subtle differences between casks and the history of family owned Glenfarclas.