Glenfarclas 58 – 1953

Glenfarclas 1953. The oldest Glenfarclas ever bottled at 58 years old. The oldest whisky I ever tasted (in age, not in the year it was distilled, that was this one).

I got this sample as a total surprise a week or two ago from Master of Malt, the only shop selling this one. It has been bottled for an investment company in Poland, called Wealth Solutions. I think the € 7500 the bottle cost is a pretty effective way to solve your wealth problems…

The fact that I got a sample of it, apart from it coming as ‘a thunderstroke in a clear sky’, was pretty awesome. For some reason my blogging appeals to some people. At least, I hope that’s the reason!

Yesterday Anneke and I went to the echoscopist to see whatever alien is growing inside of her and has been there for 20 weeks. Everything is well and I thought it a terrific moment to celebrate stuff and what better way to do so than with a terrific dram!

Glenfarclas 58 at Master of MaltWith every whiff it changes, right from the beginning. I get a lot of dry wood when I poured a dram, but that went away very quickly. After that I get long aged white wine, what I imagine a Chateau d’Yquem would taste like. I also get some mint, toasted oak and a complex mix of ginger, milk chocolate and hazelnut. After about half an hour I also get some bacon!

Quite fierce at first, which I found surprising for a 58 year old whisky. Slightly sweet with caramel and tingling like there’s carbondioxide in there. I goes gentle fairly quickly and addition of water is unnecessary. Might be worth a try though, but I’m kind of scared of drowning it. Light sherry with nuts (brazil and cashew). There’s something new coming along with every sip I take.

The finish revives everything a little bit, after the taste had gone very gentle. It’s lasting forever and gives me cinnamon, wood, wild peaches and toasted oak again.

Wow. Just, wow. This is an absolutely stunning dram. It’s gentle and you have to pay attention. Dangerously drinkable but with massive amounts of flavour. As everybody said who has reviewed it, it just keeps giving layers and layers of flavour. I wish I could afford stuff like this!

Glenfarclas 58, 1953, OB for Wealth Solutions, 47.20%, € 7510.66 only at Master of Malt

5 stars (97 points)


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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