Glenfarclas is one of a few independent distilleries to have survived the ups and downs of the whisky industry in the last 100 years. Their 105 Single Malt is a testament to their experience.
Keeping it in the family
To this day, Glenfarclas Distillery remains family owned. Having been bought by the Grant family in 1865, it has remained in their hands ever since. Today it is helmed by John L. S. Grant, who is the sixth generation and the great-great-grandson of the original John Grant to run the family business.
Being small and flexible has clearly worked out for the Grants, as the distillery has weathered many storms in the last 150 years that have taken down bigger distillers. From major world events, like two world wars, to whisky specific issues like the Pattison Crash, Glenfarclas survived them all and continues to strive today.
Glenfarclas 105 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Found in the heart of Speyside, near Ballindalloch, Glendfarclas malt is both a Speysider and a Highland malt. The distillery chooses to use the term Highland on their labels. The 105 is at the centre of the brands whisky collection and has been around since around 1968. Having been bottled at 60%, the name refers to the proof, which is 105.
This excellent malt is a combination of both sherry and bourbon casks, with no age statement. The flavours are intense and wonderful, with some wonderful tell-tale notes of Speyside malts. It is said to encapsulate the taste of Glenfarclas.
Tasting notes for Glenfarclas 105 Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky
Bottle cost: £53.75
The nose begins with bright, crisp flavours of orchard fruits and sweet caramel. Vanilla, oak wood and a hint of smoke also appear.
The palate is sweet and smooth. It brings in more sherried notes and lots of fruit flavours. The sherry is warming and spicy. Sweet nuts, like almonds and pecans, add a lovely depth and complement the oak flavours well. It has a delicate cinnamon note and chewy dried fruit.
The finish is bold and lingers on oak wood and fruit.
The Glanfarclas 105 Single Malt is a truly brilliant whisky. It is simple but delicious. No wonder they haven’t changed it since 1968.
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