Glenfarclas well known for their heavily sherried flavor profiles are a Speyside Distillery (yes I know another one).
Founded in 1836 whisky has been distilled at Glenfarclas by 6 generations of the Grant family. Glenfarclas means the “Valley of the green grass”. Using mainly Oloroso Sherry casks Glenfarclas has built a reputation for providing really great value. Of note was the Glenfarclas family casks vertical release in 2007. The collection started in 1952 and ran through to 1998.
Imagine a Glenfarclas aged in American oak?? Well imagine no longer. This is a very rare animal indeed.
Whisky: Glenfarclas 1997 17 yo single malt
*Cask # 1376 – American Oak – Speyside 45%*
Samaroli Glenfarclas 17yo
Colour: The first Glenfarclas I have seen that is super light almost straw coloured. After 17 years in cask you would think that there would be a little more colour imparted by the barrel. That’s the great thing about Whisky and individual casks. Each one is different and because there is no caramel added, whatever the barrel imparts is all you get.
Nose: The softer side of Glenfarclas coming through here with lifted delicate honey and Alpine wildflowers reminding me a bit of a hike to Healy’s pass a few Summer’s ago when all the wildflowers were in bloom. The air was fresh and sweet and invigorating.
Palate: Instantly coats the tongue and spreads a soft blanket of sweet spice and just an undercurrent of something exotic… trying to put my finger … er tongue on it. Where is a good nosing kit when you need one.
Finish: A tiny splash of sweet mandarin undercuts the finish. Fresh lively and delicious.
Wow, this is a delightful side of Glenfarclas that is normally well shrouded by heavy sherry treatment.
Not taking anything away from the amazing Sherry profile that Glenfarclas is renown for, it is fantastic to try this whisky with only minimal American oak impact.
Water: I find myself leaving the water out of it with Samaroli as they are pretty good at getting close to my preference with their bottling strength. Let me know if you water it what the outcome is.
**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.
There’s a very limited number of the 700ml bottles available:
So, wade in and let me know what you think of this “unveiled” version of Glenfarclas. Would you like to see more American oak aged versions in the future or do you think that all Glenfarclas should be in sherry?
Tomorrow we visit the style of Scotch that is the beating heart of the industry.
See you on hump day …