We have tasted our fair share of Glenfarclas from The Family Cask, however, today we’ll be looking at something that has been a part of the Glenfarclas range for many, many years. In 1968 the father of, George S Grant, decided to bottle a cask of Glenfarclas at natural strength as a Christmas gift for family and friends. The strength of that single cask was 105 British Proof and so the Glenfarclas 105 was born. The 105 is the first commercially available cask strength whisky, made up of some of the finest whiskies for the Glenfarclas warehouse, vatted together, without the addition of water – giving a constant strength of 60%. Not only does this make it rich and spicy but it is the perfect warming dram.
On the nose: are very warm, welcoming, notes of poached pears, vanilla and dark chocolate. These initial notes are closely followed by coffee, toffee and shortbread. After a few swirls, a hint of lemon zest starts to emerge, followed by spices, turmeric, cinnamon, marmalade and brown sugar. Rounding-off the nose are notes of hazelnuts, maple syrup, green herbaceous notes, raisins and rich oak. On the palate: those notes of toffee and coffee are ever-present, followed by currants, raisins and that rich dark chocolate note. Notes of a meaty nature start to emerge, proceeded by cinnamon, vanilla, all-spice and cracked black pepper. Notes of mint, nuttiness and a hint of salty caramel complete the palate. The finish: long, spicy, meaty, with lingering vanilla, toffee and oaky nuttiness.
The verdict: I’ve said it before and I shall say it again, I’ve yet to taste a Glenfarclas I haven’t enjoyed. This expression embodies the typical Glenfarclas traits but with everything dialled up to 11. While it’s not heavily sherried, its depth in spices and rich, sweet, toffee and chocolate notes can only be savoured. At 60 % ABV, I’d strongly suggest adding a few drops of water till it’s just right for you. Leaving it to breathe for around 30 – 40 minutes also yields a plethora of notes.
Glenfarclas 105 Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found online or in-store at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £50. For more information on The Family Casks range, visit the official Glenfarclas website.