A Glenfarclas Double Header.

This review is in association with The Dram Team and will look at two expressions contained within their Sibling Rivalry subscription box. 

This months box contains expressions from Glen Moray, Old Pulteny and Glenfarclas. Each distillery offers two expessions of ascending age, allowing you to enjoy 3 side by side comparitve tastings.

This limited availability box is released as The Dram Team’s box of the month for July 2017, with a Twitter Tasting, which I will be taking part in, scheduled for Thursday 29th June at 7:30pm. Join in using #TheDramTeam. 

I’ll only be looking at the Glenfarclas 10 and 25 in this review but you can find my thoughts and notes on Old Pulteney 12 and 17 in The Tasting Notes Archive.  

The 17yo, alongside the 21yo Old Pulteney has however recently been discontinued and you can read more about that here.

 
Glenfarclas Distillery is situated in Ballindalloch, Speyside.  

 
Glenfarclas, meaning ‘Valley of the Green Grass’, produces around 3.2 million litres of spirit per year and has been in the hands of the Grant Family since 1865. The stills at the distillery are amongst the largest on Speyside, and are some of the last to remain direct fired.

All of the distilleries output is sherry matured and is a varying mix of first and second fill Oloroso butts and hogsheads. 

Glenfarclas 10, 40% abv, OB, (Dram Team Sample)


The nose is rich but initially a little estery. There are some sweet honeyed notes among some toffee, cereal and malty elements. There are hints of florality and a slight nuttiness.

Thankfully the palate leaves the esters behind, with some good sherry notes here. Raisins and toffee interplay with cloves, fresh bannana bread, pan seared pineapple and some charred vanilla. 

The finish is long and spiced. It is savoury and mildly tannic, reminiscent of Earl Grey tea with its slight hint of Bergamot and a lingering oakyness.

Im not so keen on the nose as its a little overshadowed by the esters (which do fade in time) but both the palate and the finish are nicly rich, much beyond its price point.

Glenfarclas 25, 43% abv, OB, (Dram Team Sample)


The nose has a much bigger citrus element than the 10. Its lemony and nutty with raisins, mild marzipan and a mild malty element, although much lesser so than in the 10, the esters are also much more tempered. Given time shortbread notes appear alongside some faint furniture polish.

The palate is deliciously buttered and spiced with a strong cedar element that wasn’t noticeable in the 10. Beeswax infused with mild spices overlays some more citrus and gingerbread notes.

The finish is, again, nutty with a tannic twist. Cinnamon and light cloves are here, along with some oak that lingers alongside a slight dark chocolate element.

Many of the more hidden elements take some time to appear as the dram unravels in the glass, definately a dram to sit and take your time with.

*Full disclosure: Although these samples were kindly provided by The Dram Team I am not making any financial gain or commission from reviewing or featuring them*

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