A Look at Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas are well known in the whisky world. The Speyside distillery has been owned by the Grant family since 1865 and is one of only a few distilleries that to this day is still family owned and managed. Having only tried one Glenfarclas expression before at a whisky festival I was keen to dive right in and try a few of their drams. Luckily House of Malt sell a Glenfarclas Gift Set for £24.95 which contains 3 x 5cl bottles – the 10 year, 105 Cask Strength and 12 year.

Below are my tasting notes for three Glenfarclas expressions – the 10, 105 and 12 years. Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.

Glenfarclas 10:


Dried fruit and sherry straight away, followed by toffee. Slight spice and a hint of almonds.


Sweet with lots of honey and dried fruit. Slight spice and oak.


Oak with a slightly nutty quality. Sweet once these notes subside.

Click HERE to buy the Glenfarclas 10.


Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength:


Alcohol (well it is 60% abv!). Once you get passed the initial alcohol burn though you get sherry and oak with a hint of smoke and a nutty edge. Then toffee sweetness followed by dried fruits and tart apple.


Sweet toffee then peppery spice. Once the spice subsides you get dried fruit and hazelnuts. The high abv on this also made it quite drying.


Fruit quickly giving way to oak, hazelnuts and peppery spice. Again drying on the finish.

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Glenfarclas 12:


Sweet toffee and honey, dried fruit and sherry. A touch of spice in the background – cinnamon and nutmeg.


Toffee and honey giving way to oak and mild spice (cinnamon). Then dried fruits and tart apples come to the foreground.


Oak, slight smoke and spice – nutmeg and clove.

 Click HERE to buy the Glenfarclas 12.


Glenfarclas are well known for their sherry aged whiskies and boy do they deliver! But they also have spice and oak thrown in to temper that sherry influence making for a well rounded dram. As expected the 12 year offers more depth than the 10 year with more depth, particularly in regards to the spice element. The real winner for me though is the 105 Cask Strength. At 60% abv this isn’t for the feint hearted and you may find yourself adding a drop of water this one to help tame that alcohol burn. It is well worth persevering past that initial alcohol hit though. If you’re not keen on the higher abv though I would recommend spending a bit more and going for the 12 year; you won’t be disappointed.

House of Malt also stock a wide range of other Glenfarclas expressions – you can check them all out HERE.

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