Scotchvember is almost at an end, but fear not, I’ll be finishing up with some delightful drams. First up in the closing stretch is Glenfarclas 10 year-old. Glenfarclas is a family-owned distillery in the Speyside valley of Scotland, notable for their sherried style, and their dedication to single malts. Glenfarclas is one of the few Scottish distilleries still owned by the family that owned it 100 years ago. In fact, the Grants of Glenfarclas purchased the distillery in 1865, and still own it today. Very little in production has changed over the years at Glenfarclas, which is also unique among Scottish distilleries. Personally, I have not dabbled into much of the Glenfarclas range, but their whiskies are always reasonably priced for single malts, and I suspect that there will be more Glenfarclas reviews on Bargain Bourbon in the future. The Glenfarclas 10 year-old is aged in ex-sherry casks and bottled at 80 proof (40%abv).
The nose on this whisky is sweet and perfumey, reminding me a lot of apples or a hard cider. There is a distinct (but pleasant) bitterness to the nose, all backed up by sweet orchard fruits and honey. The palate continues the sweetness, with a creamy entry of honey and apple cider. The finish is medium-long and quite dry with those same tart apple notes present throughout the whisky. With water, Glenfarclas 10 year-old begins to show its sherried qualities more. Water brings out a nuttier palate, along with some raisin and marzipan notes on the finish.
Overall, this is a wonderful whisky that unfolds very nicely with water and time. I suspect (only judging by the whisky, itself) that the Glenfarclas 10 year-old is aged primarily in refilled sherry casks, as the sherried flavors are subdued in this whisky. Tasted blind, I highly doubt I would have guessed there was much more than 25% sherried whisky in this bottle. All that said, Glenfarclas 10 year-old is a spry, young whisky that packs good complexity into a drinkable, delicious dram. My grade: B. Price: $45-50/750ml. In some less expensive locations than Boston, this whisky is available at a very good price, making it a very good bargain buy especially for the holidays.