Aged for 25 years, this single malt Scotch earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Situated on the Recherlich Farm in the Speyside region of Scotland, Glenfarclas Distillery was founded in 1836 by Robert Hay, a tenant farmer. In 1865, John Grant purchased the distillery from Hay for £511. Grant was a cattle breeder at the time, and was looking for a staging post between his farm in Glenlivet and the commercial market situated in Elgin.
When Grant passed away in 1889, he left the estate to his son George. George died shortly thereafter and his children, also named George and John Grant, took control of the distillery. After saving the distillery from the brinks of bankruptcy, the Grant Brothers modernized and expanded the operations such that in May 1912, a rival distiller wrote "of all the whiskies, malt is king — of all the kings, Glenfarclas reigns supreme."
Today, George S. Grant — the great-great-great grandson of a cattle farmer — represents the sixth generation of Grants that own and manage the Glenfarclas Distillery, one of the last remaining independent distilleries in Scotland.
Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from freshly harvested barley, which is steeped in water sourced from the heather-clad slopes of the Ben Rinnes mountain. The crystal-clear spring water, which cascades down the 3,000-foot mountain through peat and granite, is the lifeblood of the Glenfarclas Distillery. After the barley is malted, it is milled and mashed before being fermented using 100% cultured distiller's yeast.
The wash — the liquid that remains after fermentation — is then distilled twice through Glenfarclas' copper-pot stills. While most distilleries use steam-powered stills as they are more efficient and preserve the lifespan of the still, Glenfarclas Distillery continues to use direct-heated stills in order to preserve the traditional flavors of the whisky. After distillation, the heads and tails of the distillate (the whisky produced at the beginning and end of the distillation process) are discarded and only about 15% of the distillate — the heart of hearts — is preserved for maturation.
Glenfarclas 25 Year Old is the quintessential Speyside sherried single malt scotch. The whisky has a smooth, silky texture, along with a rich aroma of berries, tropical fruits and fruitcake. The aroma gives way to notes of hazelnuts, toffee, dried fruits, milk chocolate and espresso on the palate. The finish is rich and everlasting, with hints of cherries, chocolate and nutty smokiness.
Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky earned the Silver Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2014. In addition, it earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009.
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86 (43% ABV)
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Smooth, silky texture. Rich aroma of berries, tropical fruits and fruitcake. Notes of hazelnuts, toffee, dried fruits, milk chocolate and espresso on the palate. Finish is rich and everlasting, with hints of cherries, chocolate and nutty smokiness.