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.


My Favorite Whiskies of 2015

Spirits-based websites and blogs generally post a Top 10 list or Holiday Gift Guide at the end of the year.   I did the same in 2014, but this year I’m changing things up a bit.  Reflecting back on the past year, I came up with a listing of whiskies that I not only thoroughly enjoyed, but ones that I found were memorable.  These cover both American and Scotch whiskies, regular offerings and limited editions.

Except for the top spot, these are listed in no particular order.

The year is not over yet.  I’ve got some potentially incredible whiskies waiting to be tasted.  Who knows if they’ll make this humble blogger’s list of favorite whiskies of 2016.  Until then, Sláinte!

What’s the best whiskey you’ve tasted this year?



Glenfarclas 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Review

Glenfarclas 21

Concluding a short vertical tasting of Glenfarclas is a look at their 21-year-old expression.  Recapping, I liked the bright fruitiness of 12-year-old Glenfarclas, but was blown away by the complexity and robustness of Glenfarclas 17-year-old.  At 21 years old, this would be the oldest Scotch I’ve tasted.  Glenfarclas has a 25, 30 and even 40 year old expression in their lineup.  I’d love to sample those one day.