Malt of the Month – Glenfarclas 15 year old

George Hutton, Master of Malt
George Hutton, Master of Malt

George, The Wild Boar Master of Malt, has been reminiscing about childhood family holidays in Scotland as he chooses for his Malt of the Month, the Glenfarlas 15 year old.

This month as I continue on my whisky journey I am back in Speyside, famed as much for is scenic splendour as for the number of distilleries. Having explored the area on many occasions whilst on holiday with my parents, it is an area that I love to come back to again and again.

Glenfarclas 15 year old Single Malt

Glenfarclas-15-year-old
Glenfarclas 15 year old

Glenfarclas distillery was bought by John Grant in 1865 for the princely sum of £511.19s and today is owned and operated by the 5th & 6th generation of the same family. Glenfarclas is one of only a handful of family owned distilleries left in Scotland, the rest being owned by large multinational companies.

Glenfarclas is renowned for producing Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy Sherry influence. They produce a wide range of expressions from the mouthwatering freshness of the 10 years old, to the indulgent 30 years old. One of the delights of Glenfarclas is exploring the subtle differences between the different expressions.

The distinctive character of Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, with only three essential ingredients – pure spring water, malted barley and yeast – is due to the Grant family’s commitment to traditional distillation methods, combined with the unique size and shape of the Glenfarclas copper pot stills, the specially selected oak casks, and the style and location of the warehouses.

Tasting Notes:

With greater complexity than their younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky.

  • Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.
  • Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.
  • Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.

Next Whisky Tasting Evening

Join George, our master of malt on Tuesday 11th November at the next Wild Boar Whisky night. Back by popular demand – Penny Ellis, Speyside Malts.

To keep up-to-date with future tasting nights follow the blog or take a look at The Wild Boar Events page for our upcoming events.

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