1979 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

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Glenfarclas is well-renowned for its heavily-sherried character, a mainstay of the Highland distilleries in its region. Located just down the way from Aberlour and other famous Speyside institutions, the dried raisins and fruit cake flavors of sweet sherry casks are ubiquitous in the region and in Glenfarclas whisky expressions. For that reason, the single cask of 1979 vintage malt we tasted from a fourth-fill sherry cask really caught us off guard. Because the barrel has already been used three times to mature other whiskies, the sherry residue left on the wood is quite faint, therefore having less of an impact on the eventual color and flavor of the spirit aging inside of it. After more than 30 years, the result is absolutely incredible and very unlike most other Glenfarclas whiskies (exactly why we wanted it!). Instead of rich sherry, the whisky opens with oily resinous notes, sweet barley, and supple texture that can only come from three decades of wooded slumber. The finish turns somewhat smoky, filling in the gaps with more oil and a wave of vanilla. The whisky is simply delicious, loaded with character, and unlike anything from Glenfarclas or any other distillery offering currently on the market. David and I are always on the lookout for the delicious oddball and we definitely found one deep in the plentiful warehouses of Glenfarclas. Easily one of the top five whiskies from our trip.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2012 | Send Email
Well this was a great surprise to us in the distillery. The color is ALL wrong for Glenfarclas, but this whisky is SOO right. This is a new type of 'farclas that I'd never experienced before. Striking tropical aromas of guava, mango, nectarine, and a hint of manzanilla sherry. The mouth feel is surprisingly rich despite the light color and is focused like a laser beam. It build on the tropical fruit theme and follows with the slightest tannin (white tea?), a subtle herbal or peppermint note, and a phenomenal length. An outlier for sure, but one that's worth every penny.

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Alcohol Content (%): 45