Review: Glenfarclas 105 Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenfarclas (Ballindaloch, Scotland)

This is a big whisky - the heavily sherried spirit from Glenfarclas, bottled at a whopping 60% (105 UK proof, hence the name). This is one of the most common and most talked about "sherry monsters" alongside other well known whiskies such as Aberlour A'Bunadh.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Earthy, with vanilla, and a bit of sherry funk. Tastes and smells a bit young and raw. Cacao, bitter almond, wildflower honey, hazelnut/caramel chocolates (like toffifee), black tea– and a bit spicy. On the palate, black tea, tasting a bit young – sherry, obviously, and almond, roasted walnuts,  white raisins, and with some typical clove and cinnamon as well. The finish is big, as expected at this ABV – but not that complicated. A good dose of tannin, too.

The strength is nice, and it very much fits into the profile of a sherry monster (as expected) – big sherry, at big abv. However, amidst some of the other fantastic sherry monsters out there (A’Bunadh, GlenDronach CS, Tamdhu BS) this one doesn’t have the complexity or flair of the others. As proof, if you dilute this down to say, 45%, and compare to a 45% Tamdhu, GlenDronach CS, or A’Bunadh you’ll easily see what I mean.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $84.