The Glenfarclas distillery has a very extensive core range, which contains 8 age statement whiskies (from 10 to 40 years old) and 1 non-age statement the 105, which is said to be the first whisky that is bottled at cask strength. Today I will review one of aged one, the Glenfarclas 17 year old. This Glenfarclas is primarly bottled for the US, Japanese and Travel Retail markets. But sometimes it can be found in European stores as well.
The 17 year old has, like all other whiskies that come from the distillery, matured in a sherry cask only. Although once in a while a Glenfarclas appears that has matured in bourbon casks, but these are generally released by independent bottlers.
This Glenfarclas has matured in a Oloroso cask and is bottled at 43% ABV.
Glenfarclas 17 year old tasting notes:
Nose: Oh that starts really nice! Butterscotch and caramel, mixed with dried fruit. Some lovely fresh dates here and honey as well. Macadamia nuts. A hint of citrus on the background. The nose is very subtle and quite soft.
Taste: Still a bit of butterscotch, but quite less than the nose. Clearly a lot of sherry influences, dried fruits and than mainly raisins. But all very well integrated. It is spicier than the nose; a hint of black pepper, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. Also liquorice. A little bit of smoke in the background.
Finish: Beautiful mid-long finish, with a touch of oak and all the above mentioned spices. Also some sweetness from the sherry influences and a bit nutty. Nice!
A very tasty Glenfarclas and for me the best out of their core range! Nice layers, good taste, just very enjoyable.