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25 Jun 2013

Glenfarclas 1970 (SMWS 1.83)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * News

In the distillery list of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, number 1 is Glenfarclas of course. A 1970 cask, just like most of the other 1.8x bottlings.

 

 

Glenfarclas 1970 SMWS 1.83Glenfarclas 27 yo 1970 (56,8%, SMWS 1998, 1.83, 169 btl.)

Nose: fruity and elegant, with lots of orange peel and essential oils, yellow raisins and floral notes. Figs. Demerara sugar. Nutty aromas (almonds). Muscat wine. Honey and wax, hints of wood glue as well. In the background, there’s also a hint of garden herbs (dill, parsley) that reminded me of some very old rums (Long Pond 1941 anyone?). Very interesting. Mouth: medium attack, doesn’t really feel like 57%. Slightly on the dry side, with a little sourness of oak and soft bitterness of orange peel. Some varnish. Almonds and berries. Surprisingly few distinct aromas, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. Finish: medium long, quite resinous. Hints of dark chocolate.

This Glenfarclas was nicknamed ‘dark fruit complex’ but I don’t really agree. It shows little of the usual Glenfarclas sherry. Very good but I wasn’t blown away. Very hard to find. Thanks CE.

Score: 89/100

Glenfarclas 1970 (SMWS 1.83) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-06-25

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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