I received a bottle of this scotch over Christmas this year. In managing the Scotch of the month club, I’ve found that people consult local liquor merchants on what to get me when looking for a present. I believe me there is no better gift than a single malt that I haven’t tasted yet. This bottle of Glenfarclas is no exception.
This distillery, in the heart of Speyside, has been family owned since 1805. They are proud of their history and passionate about their trade. The six generations of this family business has been recognized in the award of the Icons of Whiskey, Distillery of the year award.
The Glenfarclas 21 has a complex nose and once water is added a distinct malty musk is evident among toffee and sherry aromas.
This is the only whiskey I’ve tasted from this distiller, but is touted as their personal favourite. There is a noticeable sherried fruit to both the nose and the taste that can be an irritation for my likings, but I find it easy to accept in this drink.
The finish does have a slight chocolate just at the back of your throat mixed with a strawberry or cherry tone.
I’ve tasted this scotch on ice, straight up and with a little water. I definitely prefer it straight as this seems to keep the sherry from dominating the taste and nose.
This distilleries website does a wonderful job of presenting the history of the distillery as well as it’s internal workings. The official website is at Glenfarclas.co.uk.
A while back we had some interest in bottling practices behind certain scotches. Please see: White Labeling Single Malts for the original article.
I contacted the Vintage Malt Whisky Company Limited and they were extremely gracious in their response to some of my quesitons:
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