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