1970 Glenfarclas K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Previously $580)

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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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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/28/2012  | Send Email
HOLY MOLY. This is a VERY special scotch! From a first-fill sherry cask, where it sat for over 40 years, this scotch delivers caramel, toffee, rich dark spice, and the finish is mind-blowing Latin American coffee-like... It even has TANNIN. Crazy!

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/27/2012  | Send Email
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This is a wonderful expression of old single malt, not for the feint of heart and only for those looking for a unique and amazing whiskey experience. There is almost no fruit or grain flavors left on this aged beauty, just thick, black, malty flavors of chocolate and coffee that coat your mouth and keep on going. Add a little water to this 57% beast- it will help reveal what softer flavors the whiskey still has to offer.
Drink from 2013 to 2083

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2012  | Send Email
This is insane from the moment it leaves the bottle as it is poured into your glass. I don't know that I've ever seen a rum this dark, much less a Scotch! It's the color of an 1800s Madeira. On the nose you get burnt orange and caramel that has gone just past the point of perfection (if you were making a sauce). On the palate it is like my wedding cake in liquid form. Instead of the typical white or chocolate cake, we chose a porter spice cake, intense and malty with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. There is a waxy finish with a persistent dark molasses that brings me back to a childhood memory of trying black strap molasses for the first time. Cautiously tasting a drip from the glass container, it was exotic, and something I wasn't able to fully wrap my head around. This has me going back for more.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2012  | Send Email
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Whoa, this is an experience, just think, this spirit sits for over 40 years in this sherry barrel but it tastes so incredibly fresh, like someone just put a dollop of rich, creamy sherry into your glass. This is an experience that you have to prepare for, put on a safety harness, and strap yourself in because this Malt is a bombshell. There is so much concentration, so much flavor it is like you get a glass and half when you pour a glass, just incredible. This is a Cask Strength Malt so a wee bit of water would work well to open this enormously flavorful Malt in your glass, I always like to try them first straight to get the complete experience but with a few drops of water this became a different product. It still has the intensity but the layers of flavor became more visible, the spiciness becomes less cacophonic and more symphonic. A must for all collectors, and when you think that a 50 year old Macallan costs $17,000 this 42 year old is an absolute steal, donít pay for the hype this is the real deal.
Drink from 2012 to 2052

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2012  | Send Email
The 1970 Glenfarclas is perhaps one of the most unique barrels of Whisky that Mr. Discoll has yet to return from across the pond with. I have never in my life had this well aged of a first fill Sherry butt, it is extraordinarily exotic and complex. Even as I write this review, the finish of coffee and cocoa are still singing in my mouth, and my mind is racing trying to pull out all of the flavors that just charged through my palate. This Scotch pours reluctantly out of the bottle, a hint to the mouth coating viscosity that this is waiting to reveal. The color of Oloroso cut with molasses, deep and dark, it is the darkest sherried whisky I have come across. The palate is filled with dark roasted coffee, coco nibs, roasted pecans and rum raisins. Very rich and decadent. If you are a fan of whisky that seeís a sherry barrel, this is for you.

 By: Michael Cicero |  Review Date: 5/10/2013 
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Awesome!! One of the best I have ever tasted. I was a little thrown off at first seeing as it was completely different from the only other high year scotch I had tasted. The more I have though the more I want. It has that flavor that just somethings have that you enjoy so much you have to keep going back for more. I am glad there are still more available because I plan to pick up more.

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Malt

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Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 51