By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2012 | Send Email
When we found this cask of 1970 'Farclas, we'd already gone through something like 30 barrels. 10 of those were from this vintage, which is very strong, but we pushed and pushed to taste more and thank god because we found this cask. At the top of George Grant's largest warehouse sat five casks of 1970 vintage that had been set aside for a Japanese client who ended up not taking them. For years, these five casks of VERY old whisky sat in the highest part of this warehouse. The first two casks we tasted were over the hill. Bitter with too much oak. This cask, however, was like mana pouring from the valinch. So utterly rich in color, we couldn't believe our eyes. The yield was minute because of this time in the warmer part of the warehouse, but the whisky retained incredible balance. Awesomely rich and over the top aromas of fresh roasted espresso, quince jam, mint tea, pipe tobacco. This whisky outclasses Sherry monsters at twice its price. Honestly, it's a freakin' bargain. Don't regret not buying your first $500 whisky, once people get a taste it won't last long. I don't expect more than 150 bottles from this cask.