Review: Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength (2009)


I really enjoyed Glenfarclas’s 21- and 25-year Scotches at last year’s WhiskyFest, and had the opportunity to sample Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength — a somewhat more commonly found whisky — last night.

First, understand that the 105 actually refers to the old British proof system: Glenfarclas 105 is actually 60 percent alcohol by volume, or 120 proof on the modern scale.

That makes it deadly hot, to be sure, but a splash or two of water allows one to fully appreciate Glenfarclas 105’s charms.

There’s no age statement on the whisky but it feels young. A bit rustic, really, lightly peated  and easygoing with the wood. It’s fresh apple, with light honey, heather, and flowers, that come through strongly here, ultimately proving to be a refreshing and very pleasant Scotch.

Prices vary enormously.

A- / $75 /

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