Glenfarclas, from the Gaelic ‘Glen of the Green Grassland’, nestles at the foot of Ben Rinnes. Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. On the 8th of June 1865 John Grant acquired the tenancy for the Rechlerich Farm and as part of the transaction purchased the Glenfarclas Distillery for £511.19s.0d. To this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style. A rival distiller wrote to the Grant family in May, 1912: “of all the whiskies, malt is king, of all the kings, Glenfarclas reigns supreme”, a compliment the family still hold dear and close to their hearts.
Glenfarclas is famous for its heavily sherried whisky, and this whisky starts off in a similar fashion as it is made using predominantly first-fill sherry butts. However, it does offer more complexity than you might first expect.
Honey and raisins aromas mingle with gentle charred-cask bitterness. Stewed apples and pears develop in the glass, along with golden sugar, custard tarts, buttered fruit cake, nutmeg and clove. Despite being seemingly heavy it’s still has some fresh characteristics, with fresh apple and hints of candied lemon. The flavours on the palate are soft and rounded, with delicate sherry-cask spice and fruit notes. The flavours get richer as it develops in the glass, from raisins and dark fruit cake to gentle notes of black tea and mixed spice. At the end you get a blast of fresh apple, accompanied by damp autumn leaves and forest floor earthiness. The finish is of sweet spices, stewed apple and liquorice.