Glenfarclas 18 Year
Glenfarclas // Highlands, Scotland
First established in 1836 by Robert Hay, it wasn’t until 1865 that the distillery was acquired by the Grant family, the current owners of the distillery. Offering an ever-growing range, a core belief of the Grant family, and current distillery manager John Grant, is that whisky is for drinking. This is reflected in Glenfarclas’ lack lustre labeling and packaging and its affordable price, a deliberate move by John Grant; “It’s affordable because it’s not over packaged - it just comes out in a plain carton – and we have lots of it. We make a reasonable margin, and I’d rather people drank it than collected it”.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"The wood and grass of the Glenfarclas whisky becomes more noticeable with age and the spices deepen and tickle the nose. The sherry, honey, and vanilla also become larger with age with sugary tones soothing the senses. The spices build beautifully on the palate, with the fruits from the cask relaxing much of the oak and resin that threatens to rise. The sweetness is encouraged by the grass notes to appear and the finish is of medium-length with sherry spices to bring the experience to a close."