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Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary

Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary.   43%

A while back Glenfarclas released its Family Cask series – 43 casks covering 43 years. It made a fascinating insight in to the distillery’s DNA, reflecting at once the distinctive core Glenfarclas characteristics and the considerable diversity between casks of different eras.

There were dips, but overall it reaffirmed the view of many that Glenfarclas has created consistently great malts without fuss for generations.

It’s 175 years since the Speyside distillery first received a licence and to mark the milestone it has released this.

It’s a mixture of malts dating back to 1952 and including malt from each of the following decades, from the heavier and peatier malts of the 50s and 60s to the more floral ones of the 80s and 90s and through to the fresh and vibrant malls of the turn of the Millennium. This then, is six decades in a glass.

Nose: Orange liqueur, dark chocolate and some Camp coffee notes soften to a creamy, toffee, honey and dusty rose bowl nose

Palate: War and Peace in a glass. Perhaps unsurprisingly the first taste is a squabble between sherry and peat, the fruit and spice exchanging blows,too. But once you find your range with it there is lots going on, love stories breaking out all over the place as orange, bitter cherry, toffee, burnt treacle and chili cuddle up and get cosy.

Overall it’s a bitter sweet affair, as uncloying as a Speyside malt will ever get.

Finish: neither sherry nor peat give up the fight but an uneasy alliance is formed. There are, oddly,  traces of apple late on, then our two heroes take a long stroll in to the sunset.

Don’t you just love a happy ending?

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