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Glenfarclas

Region: Highlands
District: Speyside

Glenfarclas Distillery was built in 1836 by a tenant farmer by the name of Robert Hay. It is located on the moors at the foot of the Ben Rinnes Mountain where the Avon and Spey Rivers meet. This very modern and fine distillery offers a wide variety of ages in their single malts, which can provide for some very enlightening tasting experiences. The age offerings usually include 10, 12, 15, 21, 25 and 30 year-old malts. In addition, one can find a cask-strength, 120 proof version known as Glenfarclas 105 or 104. The distillery is well-suited for visitors and has a most appealing Visitor's Center and educational tour. The spirit is matured largely in sherry casks. In fact, all new Glenfarclas spirit is now being matured in sherry casks. Some of the Glenfarclas states that the malt is not chill-filtered before bottling. The full-body character seems to bear this out. Glenfarclas is a distillery that seems to be aware of the single malt connoisseur.

8-10 year old, 105 Cask Strength

Proof 86
Color Dark amber.
Nose Full, with more sherry and smoke. Some oak.
Body Full and firm.
Palate Very full, bold, and round. Some sweet and malty notes, with a hint of oak, peat and smoke.
Finish Exceptionally long. Some woodiness, spice and sweetness.

10 year old

Proof 80
Color Light gold.
Nose Full, with some sherry, smoke and fruit.
Body Full
Palate Full and round, with malty notes.
Finish Long, with some spice and sweetness.

12 year old

Proof 86
Color Light gold.
Nose Full, with some sherry, smoke and fruit. A bit drier than the 10 year-old.
Body Full, firm and a trace of oil.
Palate Full and round, with malty notes and some peat and smoke.
Finish Long and smooth, with some spice and sweetness.

15 year old

Proof 86
Color Medium gold or amber.
Nose Full, with more sherry. Some smoke and fruit. Excellent bouquet.
Body Full, firm and well-rounded.
Palate Full, bold and round with excellent balance. Some sweet and malty notes, with peat and smoke.
Finish Long and smooth, with some spice and sweetness.

21 year old

Proof 86
Color Medium gold or amber.
Nose Full, with more sherry and smoke. Some smoke and oak.
Body Full, firm and well-rounded.
Palate Very full, bold and round, with excellent balance. Some sweet and malty notes, with a hint of peat and smoke.
Finish Exceptionally long and smooth, with some spice and sweetness.

25 year old

Proof 86
Color Dark amber.
Nose Full, with more sherry and smoke. Some smoke and some oak.
Body Full and firm.
Palate Very full, bold and round, with excellent balance. Some sweet and malty notes, with a hint of oak, peat and smoke.
Finish Exceptionally long. Some woodiness, spice and sweetness.

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