In a nutshell: A full, rich and sweet cask strength Speyside single malt matured in ex-sherry casks.
The lowdown: Glenfarclas 105 is so named because when it was first released back in 1968 105 Proof was the measure of its alcoholic strength. That's 60% ABV in new money. It has all the classic flavours of Glenfarclas in one glass, a complex nose of oak, apples and pears, and a dark toffee sweetness. The dry and assertive palate has a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit. And it all leads to a smooth, long and lingering finish. They recommend you add a drop of water to bring out the full range of flavours.
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.