Review: Glenfarclas 10 Year and 12 Year Scotch Whisky

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 Year is a classically structured malt whiskey, with a moderate peatiness, hefty malt, and a lingering finish that offers smoke touched with just a light flicker of honey. There’s iodine and seaweed in there if you hunt for it, a nice counterpart to the other notes in the malt that calls one to the sea. This is a quiet whisky but a sturdy one, and a good entry to peated 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 Year, 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. Briny seaweed notes are huge here, with a big iodine finish rounded out by peat smoke. The 12 Year is more challenging than the 10 but not without substantial charms. B+ / $50


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