Glenfarclas 17 YO

Single Malt Whisky
43% Alcohol content


The distillery has six stills which are the largest on Speyside and are heated directly by gas burners. Glenfarclas produce a traditional Speyside malt with a heavy sherry influence. The distillery was first granted a license in 1836 when it was run by Robert Hay. In 1865 it was bought by John Grant and is still owned and run by his descendants, making it truly independent. The company was named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Magazine in 2006.


House Style: Big, complex, malty, sherryish.

Tasting Notes

Taster: Paul Pacult

Nose: Honey, oloroso sherry, and dark toffee. Aeration reveals more oily aromas notably nougat, roasted peanuts, brown butter, and very sharp cheddar.


Palate: Sugar beet, chocolate/nut candy bar, maple and oak. At mid-palate there is marzipan and brandied cherries.


Finish: Beautiful, if a bit tight and suddenly reined-in.


Comment: A true borderline four star/five star whisky. When I hesitate bestowing a fifth star, then I know it's a strong four star.


2009 San Francisco Spirits Competition - Double Gold

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