The official Dram Association review of

Glenfarclas - Strath Edition Cask Strength 12

"Strathfarclas"

The official Dram Association review of

Glenfarclas - Strath Edition Cask Strength 12

"Strathfarclas"

Dram Code: T225
Producer: Glenfarclas
Bottler: Official Bottling
Region: Speyside

Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: Ex-Oloroso Sherry
Age: 12
ABV: 58.6%

Release: Limited Edition 1 of 300
Price: $147.74 (at time of review)

Dram Code: T225
Producer: Glenfarclas
Bottler: Official Bottling
Region: Speyside
Whisky Type: Single Malt
Cask Type: Ex-Oloroso Sherry
Age: 12
ABV: 58.6%
Release: Limited Edition 1 of 300
Price: $147.74 (at time of review)

92.44/100

Flavour Profile:
Rich & Round

Visual: 4.69 /5
Aroma: 23.00 /25

Taste: 37.25 /40
Finish: 27.5 /30

92.44/100

Flavour Profile: Rich & Round

Visual: 4.69 /5 Aroma: 23.00 /25
Taste: 37.25 /40 Finish: 27.5 /30

About This Dram

One of the biggest events of 2020 which I was looking forward to was the annual Victoria Highland Games in May. Not only for the usual reasons I look forward to the games but also because George Grant of Glenfarclas was going to come over and help us launch our very own special edition bottling of his incredible malt. Now, that naturally didn’t happen. As with many plans in 2020, it got cancelled. Not only that, but our bottles didn’t even arrive until December!

This bottling came to fruition after a wonderful conversation in Big Bad John’s with George himself, and local sales rep Rich Whitwell. And frankly, I’m shocked and honoured that we actually made it happen. This is the classic Glenfarclas 12, heavy on the sherry, but bottled at full cask strength. It also comes complete with a homage to the classic Glenfarclas artwork, featuring The Strathcona Hotel by local artist Wes Dunlop. It all came together in the end – and better late than never. Unfortunately, this meant that it wasn’t until the recent “Dram It’s Good To Be Back” event that this whisky was able to be sampled by our members! You can see what our Premium Members scored this dram below, and don’t worry – it’ll show up again soon for everyone to get a chance to try.

 

 

Tasting Notes

This is the classic Glenfarclas 12, but ramped up! Yes in ABV, but also in flavour – especially the sherried notes. The lightly spiced figs, dates, and honey notes you may be familiar with are all on display with an added boost of mandarin zest, marzipan, oloroso sherry, cinnamon and toffee. This is a bottle which we are proud to have our logo on.

by | Aug 1, 2021

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fruity & spicy
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