In the summer of 2014, Glenfarclas released two 1954 casks: #1259 and #1260. On the label they say they were matured in ‘plain butts’ (so ex-bourbon casks? or rather some fourth fill?) and bottled after 60 years, give or take, making them among the oldest casks left in the warehouses at that time.
Glenfarclas ‘Family Casks’ 1954 (46,7%, OB 2014, plain butt #1259, 453 btl.)
Nose: some mentholated oak up front, as well as some leather, orange peel and a light suggestion of mango and mirabelles. Even passion fruits. Beeswax and fir honey. Some good vanilla and cigar leaves. Hints of buttercups. Close to the 1953 I could try.
Mouth: oily, rather compact, rather resinous and with the funny but really interesting hoppy / marihuana note that I’ve found in several venerable oldies already. Don’t ask me what they do in warehouses. Pipe tobacco. Tomato stems. Then more on toffee and cinnamon, leathery notes, peppercorns and hints of ginger lemonade. A light smokiness and camphory note underneath.
Finish: rather long, oaky with a light sourness and gentle pepper.
This is a very beautiful Glenfarclas, with an unbelievably gentle and rounded character with enjoyable oak. Prices tend to differ significantly, from around € 2800 to € 5000. Thank you, Jack!