Glenfarclas, Valley of the green grass, a fantastic Speyside distiller indeed. Unfortunately all I know of its history is that the distillery was founded around 1836, and that is has been run by the Grant family for 6 generations.
The 15 year old expression which I’m taking a look at today is priced at about $55 which makes it exceptionally good value for money. I don’t know if I should say this quite so publicly (though I am surely flattering myself in considering that anyone from the distillery should stumble upon my humble blog), but I would gladly pay near the double for a bottle of this outstanding whisky.
More than once has it been referred to as the Christmas cake drink because its flavors and aroma are quite similar to the traditional British holiday cake, but also because it goes so fabulously well after a slice. The nose is warm and thick, beautifully balanced and full of seducing aromas; glace cherries, nuts (perhaps pine), heather, honey, sherry and lots of warming vanilla. The body is voluptuously full and creamy, a magnificent texture, and with it comes flavors such as orange, vanilla, raisin, sherry and spice. If I were to recommend having it at a particular time, it would be around 10:00 PM on Christmas day as the perfect way to end the festivities and unwind. If you have an open fire, sit by it.
On a final note, I would serve it at room temperature and refrain from adding water. Add ice only if you wish to ruin it, tell me you have only if you want to see my eyes tear.
Color: Golden sherry.
Nose: Thick and warming, perfectly balanced; candied cherries, nutty, heather honey, sherry and warming vanilla.
Taste: Full and creamy texture; orange, raisin, sherry, vanilla and spice.