Glenfarclas 1968 Vintage, 43%

Price: $200 Issue: Summer 2004 Reviewer: John Hansell

It has been quite a while since we've seen a new Glenfarclas here in the U.S. but, after tasting this whisky, it was worth the wait. Glenfarclas is a rich, stylish whisky that ages very well, and this 1968 vintage proves it. It is very deep and mature, with complex fruit (sultana, marmalade) layered by sweetness (honey, caramel, and toffee). All those years in oak contribute another dimension to the whisky, providing a dry, oaky spiciness, polished leather, and a hint of tobacco-especially on the finish. Never does the whisky taste tired or excessively woody. It expresses all that is good about an older whisky, without any of the down side. I'm told that most of the 1,400 bottles imported to the U.S. went to the Chicago area. It's worth taking the extra time to track down a bottle.