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New Glenfarclas 40 year old whisky

April 21st, 2010

 Some of these older Glenfarclas whiskies are outstanding. I haven’t tasted this one yet, but hope to soon.

Oh, and the nice thing about this release: it’s being launched worldwide–including the U.S.–and it is priced fairly.

New Glenfarclas 40 Years Old Launched

Speyside, April 2010:  Family owned Glenfarclas have added a new 40 Years Old whisky to their portfolio of premium Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Glenfarclas 40 Years Old has been bottled at 46% vol. from casks filled in the late 1960s, and selected by George S. Grant, Director of Sales and the sixth generation of the family which own and manage the distillery.

With good stocks of casks filled in the 1960s, the distillery is now able to offer whisky with a 40 years old age statement as part of their core range. This whisky will be available worldwide, with a quarter of production destined for North America.

George Grant’s tasting notes for this new expression read: ‘The nose is reminiscent of relaxing in an old leather armchair, while eating walnuts and chocolate-covered raisins. It has a sweet initial taste – orange segments dipped in liquid chocolate – then a lovely flavour of burnt brown sugar at the back of the mouth. The dry finish oozes big tannins and more rich dark cocoa beans. Let this whisky breathe a little or add a drop or two of water to fully open up the dram.’

Glenfarclas 40 Years Old will be formally launched on the 29thApril 2010, with a consumer tasting at the distillery during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Places at this unique tasting, hosted by George Grant, are available to book via the festival’s website.

Glenfarclas 40 Years Old is presented in the Glenfarclas amber bottle and a ruby gift tube, with a design akin to the Glenfarclas 10 Years Old. By deliberately not over-packaging this old whisky, J. & G. Grant are able to offer the Glenfarclas 40 Years Old at a competitive UK recommended retail price of GBP 350.00. As George Grant explained, ‘Compared to other whiskies of a similar age, this has been priced to open and enjoy.’  

For those looking to try before purchasing a bottle, The Coburg Bar at the Connaught Hotel, in London’s Mayfair, and the Mash Tun Pub in Aberlour, Speyside, are already offering drinkers the chance to enjoy this exceptional whisky by the dram.

25 Responses to “New Glenfarclas 40 year old whisky”

  1. B.J. Reed says:

    Oh, sure now they say the Mash Tun is offering this by the dram – why not in March? 😉

    We did try a 40 YO when we were at Glenfarclas but not this one – Another great chance to try something special!

  2. Red_Arremer says:

    So damn nice! How often do you see whisky marketing that brags about the modesty of the package, about the fair value, dismisses collectability, and encourages enjoyment?

    I was talking with my father the other day about how for many sorts of products there is no longer any item, which is supposed to be situated in the “well made–fairly priced” category. Everything is either cheap crap sold on economy or overpriced crap sold on branding. It’s great to see Glenfarclas going against the flow.

  3. Ralph Biscuits says:

    Kudos to Glenfarclas for eschewing the fancy packaging and recognizing that many of us are more concerned with what’s inside the bottle. I’ve often wondered how much cheaper some whiskies would be without the fancy packaging.

    This sounds like another great whisky from one of my favorite distilleries.

  4. Gal says:

    this is a bottle i’d love to have handy for my 40th birthday.
    time to put aside monety… 80 quid a year, and i can afford this baby.

  5. George Jetson says:

    Thank goodness the Grants were industrious in the 60’s while everyone else was turning on and tuning out. They were busily creating nectar of the Gods for when the hippies gave up their love beads and picked up their drams again. Can’t wait to taste test this one. I assume that there will be various “batches” and lot codes to obsess over too, since this seems to be a mainstream offering for the near future from what sounds like sizable stocks in inventory.

  6. Seth Nadel says:

    Glenfarclas is a great whisky. The 1968 is one of my favorites

  7. Louis says:

    I have been fortunate enough to own or sample several Glefarclas’ (Glenfarcli?) up to 35 years old, and they have all been really good. This is one malt that really ages well. The going rate for 40 year old SMS is around $2000, and a lot of those are rather tires, so it is nice that the distillery is doing something for SMS lovers, as opposed to collectors/speculators.

  8. Mike Dereszynski says:

    Yes n Praise to the Tun!
    It gave me the opportunity last July to buy drams from the Family Collection of Glenfarclas. I couldnt afford the bottles but a dram of 1969 was a nice choice for celebrating our 40th wedding Anniversary!

  9. JMF says:

    Hmm so 350 GBP sounds great for a 40y/o. Does anyone know around what price it will be over here in the States?

  10. Steffen Bräuner says:

    Its actually on sale for £255 at the whisky exchange


    • Mark Davis says:

      If you live outside of Europe you don’t have to pay VAT. it comes to $375 shipped to America. I’ve never spend half that much but I am tempted.

  11. Paul M says:

    A Scotch that age that, ‘Compared to other whiskies of a similar age, this has been priced to open and enjoy’ seems to be quite the exception lately. Maybe some of the other distilleries could learn from them that we like to DRINK our Scotch and not put it on the shelf just to look at.

  12. Mark Davis says:

    shoudkl we expect a formal review? if so when?

  13. Texas says:

    Kudos to the folks at Glenfarclas for not over-hyping, over-packaging, or over-pricing. For a 40 year old whisky that price is amazing. I have never had Glenfarclas, but I guarantee you my next purchase when I am back at home will be a Glenfarclas!

  14. H.Diaz says:

    That Glenfarclas is family owned may have something to do with things. If this 40 y/o was a corporate release/brand, mega-bucks would be the price of entry. You know it.

  15. Joel says:

    Looks good, doesn’t it. And a good price too.

    Check out tasting notes here to see if it lives up to it all:

  16. sam k says:

    Keep in mind that at this price they are making a reasonable profit. Compare this to the prices of some other bottlings of similar ancestry and you can see who is making a laudable effort to focus on the whisky enthusiast. Thanks, Glenfarclas!

    • Red_Arremer says:

      What do you suppose is the focus of the companies who are not making this effort, sam?

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