Glenfarclas Quarter Cask 1987

Another lovely Farclas...

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14th Feb 2011

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Tasting Notes by galg

I like the Glenfarclas distillery, they do ONLY what they do well.Sherry maturation. From the 105 to the 12,15,15,21,30 to the amazing 40 year old which I’ve tried every single dram was great. At Glenfarclas they do not play with wood finishes, tricks or gimmicks, No sir. They keep on producing excellent sherry matured whiskey. year after year. This one is no different, well made, and fitting for the Glenfarclas name. What’s unique in this expression is the maturation in smaller “Quarter Casks”. Maturation in smaller casks means more surface to whisky ratio, faster maturation, and more flavours penetration from the wood to the spirit. The whisky was distilled in 1987 and bottled in 2006 ,

Glenfarclas quarter casks, 1987, 46% ABV

Nose: Lovely nose. sweet, Big prune, leather, wee wee smoke there.

Palate : Thick sweet flavours, the expected dried fruit, cocoa, dark chocolate, a lot of prunes, and wood.

Finish : Long, drying and woody at the end. licking the walls of a wooden box that held previously dried prunes. that's it in one sentence.

Bottom line:

This is a very good dram, the wood is quite strong, and the dried prunes reign. I do prefer the classic bottling of 15/17 to this youngster, however, it’s a thouroghly enjoyable dram, very suitable for winter (Istaeli winter, for sure).

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samasaam wrote:

WHAT!!? Can it possibly have been maturing in quartercasks for 19 (!) years!?

No, thats not possible is it? Laphroaig QC is firts matured in normal size bourbon barrels and then transferred to quartercasks for about 3-4 years...

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14 February 2011 23:50

samasaam wrote:

For 19 years in à quartercask would probably equal maturation for say 30 years in 'normal' barrel, right?

14 February 2011 23:51

galg wrote:

no. it was not matured for 19 years in those QC.... surely

15 February 2011 07:16

WhiskyNotes wrote:

No no, it has been matured fully in QC. It was an experiment that turned out great. I've seen successful new oak maturation for 20 years as well, something that wouldn't work unless you pick some inactive wood. I guess with the QC it's the same.

Gal, you should try (old) bourbon matured Glenfarclas! They're really good at that as well.

15 February 2011 07:29

galg wrote:

oh yea? QC for 19 years? that is very interesting/ Ruben, where can one find (old) bourbon matured GF? the new range is sherry only...

15 February 2011 07:31

WhiskyNotes wrote:

There are a few bourbon casks around. The Family casks from 1979 and 1984 for example.

15 February 2011 10:02

AboutChoice wrote:

According to their website, depending on the vintage, the usual ongoing Glenfarclas expressions are matured in about 1/3 used bourbon or scotch hogsheads, and 2/3 used sherry butts. The casks are blended together at bottling time. I particularly like to seek out 100% sherry maturation in whisky, and though Glenfarclas is not one of those, my 12-year indeed has a substantial sherry character, and is a lovely whisky. Alas, there was no mention of the Quarter Cask edition on the website.

15 February 2011 18:12

samasaam wrote:

OMG, sounds very imteresting with that long maturation in QC's!

15 February 2011 18:27

galg wrote:


15 February 2011 18:59

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