One does not often get the chance to use “40 years old” and “value whisky” in the same review, but Glenfarclas 40 is exactly that: The most reasonably-priced 40 year old single malt that you may ever encounter.
The quality here is exceptional: Glenfarclas 40 is intensely sherried, with big orange peel character at play with smooth but heavy oak, and sweetness in the form of nougat and caramel notes. Glenfarclas 40 doesn’t show itself as tired, but rather as a very classic, old spirit, well aged and mellow as could be.
Bottled at 92 proof, it can stand a touch of water to temper a hot and overly woody finish, and a drop or two helps to bring out that exotic incense character that so many very old spirits have. A real winner.
Of course, it’s also quite a deal. At a “mere” $400 a bottle — and even less if you shop around — it’s one of the best old-whisky bargains around. (40-year-old Highland Park runs $2,000 a bottle.) Also of note, Glenfarclas 40 isn’t a special, limited-time release. The distillery has enough old stock that Glenfarclas 40 will now be part of the standard lineup. Put it on your Christmas wish list!