The staple age-statement from the Glenfarclas distillery, the 15-year-old is a whisky the family-owned operation have long hinged their reputation on.
It has a greater complexity and stronger sherry cask influence than the younger whiskiesÂ and is bottled at 46%, slightly higher than their usual strength. In recent years the batches have taken on a lighterÂ disposition, with more sweet vanilla notes - presumably coming from a higher proportion of ex-bourbon casks.
In their own words, "Aromas areÂ complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.Â Full bodied on the palate with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.Â Finishes long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished."
The Glenfarclas distillery is located in the Speyside region, within the Scottish highlands. Founded in the 1830s, it was purchased by John Grant in 1865. The sixth and fifth generations of the Grant family still run the distillery today and it is often regarded as one of the top two examples of independently-owned distilleries which have survived from the Victorian era (Springbank being the other).
Glenfarclas produce a heavy spirit thatÂ works best maturation in ex-sherry oak casks. Their traditional dunnage warehouses keep a constant temperature and so their whiskies are uniquely geared towards long, slow maturations.Â
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