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26 Jun 2013

Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman’s Reserve

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenfarclas

I have to say I never really heard of this Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman’s Reserve. Of course we all know the regular Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary, but I didn’t know they made a second bottling.

It contains four sherry casks filled in the 1960’s, which means the ensemble is at least 42 years old and the combined age of the casks is… exactly 175 years indeed. It comes with a Glencairn glass and a jug.

 

Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary - Chairman's ReserveGlenfarclas 175th Anniversary ‘Chairman’s Reserve’ (46%, OB 2011, 1296 btl.)

Nose: beautifully fragrant and very fruity. Redcurrant, raspberry, quince… Old rum. Chocolate coated raisins. Really juicy sherry. Mint and a little cellulose varnish. Mouth: rich, heavily sherried and quite a lot drier now, almost savoury. Dark cocoa powder, hints of coffee. Lots of liquorice and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, anise). Prunes in Armagnac. Toffee. Intense and classical, including some tannins. Mouth: long, spiced, with burnt caramel, dark tea and tobacco leaves.

 

A lovely sherry nose and a body that’s starting to show its age and long oak influence. Given the price level, there are better value Glenfarclas options. A quality collector’s item though. Around € 420.

Score: 91/100

Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman’s Reserve 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-06-26

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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