Review: Glenfarclas 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

10 years; Oloroso Sherry Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenfarclas (Ballindaloch, Scotland)

Glenfarclas is one of the few distilleries left which is a "family" distillery - not owned by a massive corporations. This has enabled them to present their whiskies very well, not generally compromosing - as can be seen from this 10 year old, the youngest whisky in their core range, being matured in 100% sherry casks (which are expensive!). And, if something changes, it is usually stated (i.e. rather than go NAS they just lowered the age statement). They were licensed for production fairly early (1836; the first was Glenlivet in 1823), and they are known for using a lot of sherry in their spirit production.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Spicy, but with some brilliant grape lightening up the whisky and some very nice dried fruit – prunes, raisins and lots of figs. A very nice balance between the spiciness and the dried fruit – quite a brilliant nose, in fact. It is, just a touch, raw and young, which does detract slightly – but it is almost there - and is more of the quality of a grappa than of a raw, oily new make whisky distillate. There’s also a touch of good dirty earthiness – which I quite like in my whiskies. The palate is quite full, with layers of honey coming through alongside figs and brown sugar. Light tannins emerge on the finish alongside the honey, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a touch of oak. This score would be up to 84 if it didn’t smell a bit raw on the nose – but as you can see it didn’t affect my score very much.

Value: Average (based on $60)