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Glenfarclas to introduce “The Family Casks” whiskies

July 31st, 2007

I was in Speyside about a week ago helping Glenfiddich’s whiskymaker, David Stewart, select the vintage for 2008. But, I managed to visit George and John Grant of Glenfarclas while I was there. It was there when George Grant introduced me to the new “Family Casks” line of whiskies.

The Family Casks is a “good news, bad news” sort of thing. It’s really good news that they’re doing this, because Glenfarclas has an extensive collection of vintage whiskies and Glenfarclas ages very well. The bad news is that they’re only bottling at 70cl, which means they won’t be available in the U.S., which mandates 75cl bottles.

The range spans from the 1950s to the 1990s, and are all single cask, cask strength whiskies. George had samples of every vintage and offered anyone of them for me sample. Talk about too much of a good thing…

I chose to taste one from each decade, and an extra one from the 1960s (my wife’s birth date, and no, I don’t dare mention which vintage). It was a delight. I tasted my birth year, 1960, and it was one of the darkest whiskies I have ever tasted. Toffee, roasted nuts, tobacco, molasses, fig cake, spices etc. In short: a peculiar Glenfarclas, but, in technical terms: yum!

If you’re interested in procuring a bottle of one of these vintages, I suggest you email George directly at: I’m not sure if they are on the market yet, so let him know that I told you about them. If you live in the U.S., maybe you can find a way to get a bottle. Know anyone traveling to the UK?

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