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26 Jun 2013

Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman’s Reserve

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted 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
  • Tony

    I wonder if it is looking better value at this price a couple of years down the line and after recent ‘farclas price increases…

  • Tony

    I mean the regular 40 year old is now pushing £500 retail price (in the UK at least)

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