In a nutshell: A delicately light, malty and smoky Speyside single malt matured in ex-sherry casks.
The lowdown: Matured in 100% oloroso sherry casks Glenfarclas 10 Year Old is a gloriosly smooth single malt which has a lot of the smoothness you might find in an older whisky. It's delicate and light with a combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves lead onto a long smooth finish. A wonderfully sherried style and an excellent aperitif.
In a world where the ownership of most Scottish distilleries is in the hands of multinational drinks corporations Glenfarclas stands out by still being owned by the founding family. From their origins in 1865 the business is now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generations of the Grant family with John Grant heading the business and his son George acting as brand ambassador.
As well as having a good reputation as blending malts they also enjoy something of a following for their single malts, most of which are characterised by being matured in ex-sherry casks. It's good to see that their commitment to producing single malt Scotch whisky in the traditional Speyside way is likely to continue for some time to come.