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 peaty (though the whisky is unpeated) 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.