1970 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

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The next time we head over to Scotland for a business trip, we could easily spend the entire week at Glenfarclas.There are multiple warehouses with an endless amount of barrels, making our discovery of fantastic whisky almost the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. One of the oldest distillerlies in all of Scotland, Glenfarclas is perhaps the most legendary Highland producer. In 1865, the Grants purchased the company and since then has passed it down to successive generations. Today, George Grant still proudly runs the show, making Glenfarclas a true rarity: an independent, family-owned distillery that still maintains complete autonomy over its operations. There are no corporate obligations, which is why David and I were able to walk in, meet with George, and pick out any cask that we wanted from the storied, sherry-aged stocks. With so many mature expressions available, we knew we had to take advantage. The 1970 cask is over 40 years old, with a savory richness that oozes with fudge and coffee grounds. The sherry morphs into cakebread and rancio notes before going back in for more richness on the finish. The full proof really makes this whisky special, adding a punch that most older malts lack. It's the entire package - rarity, depth, and a complexity only found in whiskies of this age. One of the best we've ever found and very limited. We wouldn't bring in something this costly if we didn't think it was worth it. AMAZING!

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Staff Image 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.

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Alcohol Content (%): 51