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08 Aug 2010

The new Glenfarclas 1968

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

Glenfarclas 1968 Thosop Last year, a cask of Glenfarclas 1968 was selected by collector Luc Timmermans to celebrate a couple of anniversaries (of his club Lindores, of his website and of himself). This bottling got excellent reviews across the board.

Now there’s the announcement of a new cask from the same year. It is a vatting of two sherry casks, one oloroso and one fino cask. By mixing them, the specific aromas from both cask types were extracted and the result turned out to be exponentially better than the individual casks.

Interestingly, the Grant family agreed to have a special label, with elements of both the classic Family Cask labels and the specific hand-written labels of the Thosop bottlings.

It will be bottled on August 18th, with the first impressions published on WhiskyNotes that very same day!

The new Glenfarclas 1968 Ruben Luyten 2010-08-08
  • Michael

    I am looking forward to your review, Ruben. Thank you for heads up.

  • Gal

    Ok, i sold my liver and kidneys.
    now how much is it ? 😉

  • Ruben

    You seem to have many livers Gal? 😉
    It will be about the same price as the previous bottling, which is good value – an official Family Cask would be much more expensive.

  • Gal

    Only kidding ruben.

    will you buy one?

  • Ruben

    I definitely will. Together with the previous cask, it’s a nice showcase of the different sherry profiles Glenfarclas is famous for.

  • Charlie

    Please do not give it a high score, so I do not have any reason to buy it.

  • Ruben

    A high score from someone else is never a reason to buy something 😉 I’m sure samples will show up on Luc’s website.

  • Charlie

    I am fully aware of that, but the socre you give is different. 😛

  • Michael

    I have to echo what Charlie said: I trust your testing more than any other, Ruben. These days, I only pay attention to what you and Serge are saying. I understand the difference between yours and Serge’s preferences so I can see what a particular whisky is all about.
    Thank you for your help.

  • Ruben

    Thanks Michael. My pleasure. Still, we can’t emphasise enough how important it is to try for yourself.

  • Geert

    Tasted a vattingsample,and I liked it.
    Very smooth whisky,one to savour with some friends in front of an open fire.Play some cards and the bottle is history.

  • Duffer

    I am not aware how much the previous bottling were…
    I would like to know how much this one is going to set me back, so if you know please tell me.

  • Ruben

    There’s a link to the other review.
    About € 300.



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