Glenfarclas 105 Scotch Whisky Review

I love scotch.  Obviously.  But I mean I love all types of scotch, including peated, honeyed, fruity, smoky and everything in-between.  On the sherried side, one distillery stands out for me – Glenfarclas.  The Speyside distillery produces beautiful sherried malt, ranging from a young 8-year-old to their 40-year-old, an elder statesmen if there ever was one.

There’s one expression that stands out.  Glenfarclas 105.  It’s a cask strength version of their 10-year-old.  Coming in at a massive 60% abv, Glenfarclas 105 is a bold and delightful whisky.  The “105” in the name is a nod to the old British Proof system.  Under that system, 105 proof equaled 60% abv.

The nose is full of vibrancy and richness, with sherried malt, toffee, nutmeg and oak.  This is high proof whisky, so adding a little water helps bring out the fruity notes in the nose a bit more.  That high alcohol content also packs a punch in the flavor department.  Big notes of dry sherried fruit (raisins especially), clove, vanilla shine against a backdrop of rich, creamy toffee.  The long finish is leaves behind sweet and spicy notes, and becomes a touch dry after a while.

Glenfarclas 105 recently won double gold at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition.  A well deserved award for a great whisky.  I had a chance to try the standard 10-year-old a while back, and while it has its place, Glenfarclas 105 is my preferred dram of the two.  At such a high proof, Glenfarclas 105 also holds its own against a mild-to-medium cigar.  You won’t regret picking up a bottle of this.  Recommended!  8.5/10

Thanks to Sazerac Company for the sample.  As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.


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