Glenfarclas Chairman's Reserve with Glencairn Glass and Jug

$1,310 AUD

46% ABV

70 cl

This particular Chairman’s Reserve combines four sherry casks from the 1960’s whose ages total 175 years. It comes complete with presentation box, a water jug and Glencairn glass. There were just 1,296 bottles.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Huge notes of sherry with beautifully creamy malt and fruit. It develops with butterscotch, manuka honey, and the sweetest, creamiest sherry you'll ever smell! A touch of berry fruit, and quince jelly.

Palate: Rich and umami-like, there is an intense amount of cocoa and panna cotta, with dry sherry and molasses. It becomes peppery, and there is a good dollop of caramel source too.

Finish: Very good length, ends on burnt sugar, dark chocolate and tobacco leaves. (Master of Malt). 

This product is located in the United Kingdom.

Distillery

Glenfarclas Distillery

One of the great classic Speyside distilleries, Glenfarclas is uniquely still in the same family ownership for the sixth generation, going back to 1865 when the Grant family acquired it from the estate of the original owner, Robert Hay. Glenfarclas is a pleasing combination of tradition and innovation. Whilst it is the only distillery still using direct heating, it was one of the first to create a visitors’ centre and was in the vanguard of those distilleries promoting their product in bottled single malt format. On the traditional front, the extensive maturing spirit stocks are held on site in old-style dunnage warehouses (which now number 30, compared with the 18 at the time of my visit some 32 years ago).

As I remarked at the time of my visit in 1986, when the distillery was already 150 years old, “….Glenfarclas is a modern, well-run operation with up-to-the-minute technology, combining well with the carefully preserved essential traditions of malt whisky distilling”. No doubt that is still the case today.

I was welcomed to Glenfarclas by George S. Grant, chairman, and his son, John, and enjoyed their handsome hospitality, for which the Grants are renowned. George, by then already the “Grand Old Man” of Scotch whisky distilling, continued as chairman until his death in 2002, to be succeeded by John.

The famous distiller and blender, Thomas Dewar, described Glenfarclas whisky as “the King of Whiskies and the Whisky of Kings”. He was speaking of an 1881 sample sent for his approval. I doubt that much has happened that would change that view today.