Still in family hands since it was founded, the Glenfarclas Distillery is one of Speyside’s independent whisky producers. The Grant family have been running Glenfarclas since 1860, producing an individual Speyside malt that many whisky enthusiasts number as one of their favourites. The water source is melt water from the slopes of Ben Rinnes which runs through granite and heather before reaching Glenfarclas (meaning ‘the valley of green grass’). With a long history of bottlings stretching back to the early 20th Century, both proprietary and independent, Glenfarclas is keenly collected. Creating a great malt whisky is a time-honoured process. Here in the heart of Speyside, Glenfarclas has cherished the skills and traditions of fine malt whisky making for over 165 years, handing them down through six generations.
The colour is a rich amber; darker than you would expect from a refill cask. Give this whisky time to breathe as the heavy nose, rich in old leather, definitely develops with a little air. There are also hints of fresh tobacco. It is a spicy whisky that has a lot to offer: some citrus at the front of the mouth giving way to light sherry and a hint of tannin from the wood. Light at first, the finish develops and is long, elegant.