From Ireland we travel back to Scotland for my thoughts on the Glenfarclas 12yo. The single malt whiskies of Glenfarclas are matured almost solely in sherry butts. Interesting to note is that the Glenfarclas 12yo was originally bottled for export and travel retail markets.
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Style: Single Malt
Age: 12 years
Glenfarclas, meaning Glen of the Green Grassland, was founded by Robert Hay in 1836 where on the original site there is some evidence that there was a distillery on the site over a century prior since 1797.
The single malt whiskies of Glenfarclas are aged in the considerable onsite warehousing facilities; the 28 warehouses hold 52,000 casks with stock from every year from 1952 to the current year. The whisky distillery has an extensive range of single malt whiskies, particularly so after the 2007 release of the Family Casks range with a bottling from every vintage between 1952 and 1994.
Colour: Deep amber gold with very many thick, slow and long legs.
Nose: Polished wood (pine wood polish), citrus fruits, raisins and dried fruits. There are hints of smoky creaminess with some medicinal notes, caramel (crème caramels) sweetness and a touch of spiciness. A rather delicate, smooth and light nose.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with a lovely sweet, spicy and smoky character. Medicinal, but not Laphroaig like, almost earthy. Has a sharp bite upfront but mellow out with melon, sherry notes and a whisper of smokiness.
Finish: Long, spicy and warm with a sweet smokiness at end.
Overall: A great introduction to the Glenfarclas range. I find the 12yo to be a rather well balanced and put together whisky. Quite a gentle and elegant whisky.
My Score: 81