Sunday, January 18, 2009

Malt Mission 2009 #331

Glenfarclas 105 40yo
Glenfarclas 105 40yo
Speyside Single Malt Whisky
60% abv

In 1968 George S Grant, grandfather of the George Grant some of us might know from his whiskevangelism around the world on behalf of his family's distillery, created a Christmas gifts for family and friends. He selected a single cask that was 105° British Proof (60%abv). Glenfarclas 105 was born becoming the first commercially available, direct-from-distillery, cask strength whisky.

Now, 40 years later, John L.S. Grant (George S. Grant's son) has created this special bottling to commemorate this monumental creation. With only 893 bottles released, this is a very special offering.

For more distillery info and to see all Glenfarclas had on the mission, click HERE.


Rich and sherry sweet, raisins, nutmeg and brown sugar. Meaty, braised short ribs, honey, toffee... finger lickin' good.

Oh man... sherry, sappy or beeswaxy, and tasty treats fresh from the oven. Bakery for boozehounds: mincemeat pies, shortbread soaked in tea, baklava. Wild berries, vanilla cupcakes and a syrupy element that is hard to shake; not that you'd want to.


I do not know how they do it, but even at 60%, this whisky is wholly nose-able and although high impact on the palate, somehow smooth. Puzzling. And amazing. And worth celebrating. An excellent honour to one of my favourite go-to malts out there.

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