Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength
Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland
Tasted November 1, 2019
Glenfarclas is unique in many ways. It is one of few major major distilleries in Scotland that is still family owned and operated. John Grant purchased the distillery in 1865 and it has remained in the Grant family's hands ever since. The stills are heated with direct fire, which is extremely rare nowadays. While Glenfarclas is located in the middle of what is considered the Speyside region, their labels proclaim that it is a Highland Single Malt. The distillery uses European Oak ex-oloroso sherry casks exclusively in maturation, which results in some of the most "sherried" whiskies available. 105° expression was first introduced in 1968, the first single malt to be bottled at cask strength. The 105° is actually the British equivalent of 120 proof. Supposedly, the distillery achieves 60% ABV through careful selection of barrels and without adding any water. On the nose there's lots of dried fruit, golden raisins, orange peel, berries. On the palate gummy bears candy, raspberry jam, orange marmalade, wood char. On the finish, more berry jam, grassy note and leather. This may be just me being used to higher proof with a lot of the cask strength stuff I've been drinking, but it does not seem all that hot at 60% ABV. This is one of the finest examples of sherry finished single malts.