Oct 222014

Glenfarclas are known for their almost religious traditionalism, sticking with sherry and bourbon casks and staunchly opposing new ideas such as finishes. However, every once in a while, a non traditional gem pops up. When I say non traditional, I only mean that it’s a cask that you don’t traditionally see, because even the whisky found in non traditional casks, fully matured there its whole life.

In 2012, there was a 43 year old Cognac Cask bottling, which I have regrettably not had. However, at the whisky show, a 31 year matured in port casks was on pour, as was a 1966 Fino Sherry cask that I will review at a later date.

The liquid was distilled in 1981 and placed in a first fill port cask yielding 480 bottles and was released last year.

Photo Credit: thewhiskyexchange.com

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Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask (42.8% ABV, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Dark gold with rather quick legs.

Nose: Coffee, bittersweet pralines with chocolate-nut filling and notes of gentle spices (ginger and clove).

Palate: This is very different than the “normal” Glenfarclas. The mouthfeel is very dry and the spices are very dominant. You’ll find allspice, clove some nutmeg and turmeric (curcumin).

Linger: The finish is medium, very dry with notes of chocolate, soft spices and coffee, leaving a tingle on the inside of your cheeks.


This expresson is very special. I didn’t get to taste the Congac cask from two years ago, but tasting this completely different animal from Glenfarclas was fun.

In a way, both the special bottles offered at the show, the Port Cask and the 1966 Fino are expressions that vary quite widely from the “regualr character” of the distillery.











  5 Responses to “A Glenfarclas Like No Other! Glenfarclas Port Cask”

  1. Looking forward to your 1966 review – that was a superb whisky in my view. This port one was good, for sure, but overshadowed by the complexity and balance of the ’66 I felt. The fino cask was less overpowering to the whisky than the port one (as I find is often the case).

  2. This sounds really good.
    Do you know where it can be bought?

  3. […] This was another face of Glenfarclas I got to see, following the previous day’s Port Cask I previously reviewed. […]

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