Review: Glenfarclas 10 Years Old and 12 Years Old (2009)


These two bottles make up the youngest and most commonly available whiskys in the Glenfarclas portfolio (which includes bottlings as old as a whopping 50 years). These Highland malts are quite pleasing, accessible to either the new whisky drinker or the veteran looking for a solid standby.

Glenfarclas 10 Years Old is a classically structured malt whiskey, with hefty malt and a lingering finish that offers woody notes with just a light flicker of honey. The burly finish is a nice counterpart to the other notes in the malt, with just a bit of sea salt. This is a quiet whisky but also a sturdy one, and a good entry to Highland Scotch. At 80 proof, it’s one you can drink all afternoon and not have to worry about figuring out where you parked your sheep. A- / $42

Glenfarclas 12 Years Old, though just 2 years older, is a surprisingly different beast. 86 proof in the bottle, the 12 Year is noticeably darker in color and has a much stronger flavor than the 10. Bolder but more brooding, the 12 Year is more challenging than the 10 but not without substantial charms. B+ / $50

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