Glenfarclas The Family Casks Single Malt Scotch: The Family Casks are a unique collection of the best single casks from the distillery’s warehouses. Launched in 2007, the collection initially consisted of 43 single cask bottlings, with one cask from every year from 1952 to 1994. It is their intention to continue to offer as wide a range of consecutive vintage dated single casks as possible, hence since 2007 there have been seven further releases, to replace casks which have sold out, and to extend the range to include 1996. The Family Casks are bottled at cask strength and have natural colour, which allows you to explore the subtle differences between casks and the history of the Speyside family owned Glenfarclas distillery.
GLENFARCLAS 6612 SHERRY BUTT RELEASE IX
On the nose: you’ll get an intense waft of very sweet port, followed by honey and a tiny bit of aniseed. This initial nosing is then followed by vanilla, some lovely cardamom spices and floral notes that complete the nose. On the palate: that initial waft of port is there but not as strong, though the sweetness remains (albeit with a common grainy port texture). Some caramel notes will start to emerge followed by vanilla and a few spices. The finish: is very smooth, with very little alcohol burn. It is a little grainy but also has a warm, musty lingering finish (almost like that of old worn plimsoles).
The verdict: This has to be one of my all time favourite Glenfarclas whiskies, it has so much depth and is full of the most beautiful notes that blend so well together. For, sure this is a whisky that has been added to my collection list. As with all single malt scotches – this is best enjoyed straight, or with a very small amount of mineral water to allow the flavours to breathe.
Glenfarclas The Family Casks Single Malt Scotch (Bot. 1995) Whisky can be found online at the Whisky Shop for approximately £185.00. For more information on The Family Casks range, visit the official Glenfarclas website.