Well, technically I can’t call this Glenfarclas, since the label states ‘Mystery Speyside’. On the other hand, when something like that is on the label everybody knows what’s going on.
Usually, if you order a bottle like this, on the receipt it states Glenfarclas although it’s not allowed to be on the label. I bought this one in a shop so no confirmation there, but still.
Anyway it’s ancient, 1966 is when my mom turned eleven and it was still 15 years before I was born. I’m not kidding if it is the very oldest whisky in my collection. Also, the bottle is nearing it’s end so on this Friday’s bottoms up, this will probably be one of the highlights. Might as well get it over with…
It’s very gentle on the nose with a bit of malt, some timid fruitiness with some old apples, dried peaches and some lychee I think. There’s a hint of spices too with some ginger, cinnamon and oak. The wood is present, but far from powerful. Very different to the other Glenfarclas 1966 I had.
The palate is gentle at first, but displays a nice bite after a few seconds. Even for less than 43%, but still at cask strengths. More spicy than fruity, cinnamon, ginger, and quite some oak here. A lot more woody that means. Its not too sweet, with some bitterness.
The finish is very long, with still the spiciness being the biggest influence. The fruitiness is completely gone now, but there’s a lot of flavour.
This is a delicious whisky. I had forgotten how much I like the subtle flavours it displays. It does have trouble keeping up in any line-up unless it’s first up. Most whiskies have more impact than this one, so it’s one to do early, and make sure the guys you’re tasting it with know what to expect. Else it might be slightly underwhelming, but that would be a false result.
Awesome stuff, back in 2010 it was also affordable at some 140 euros.
Glenfarclas 1966-2010, 43yo, 42.9%, cask 3336, The Ultimate by Van Wees, sold out.