Glenfarclas Family Cask 1964 (Cask #4719), 48.5%

Price: $803 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

A sherry butt this time, which has allowed the whisky a little more space to breathe. Although as concentrated as you'd expect here, we can see more fragrance emerging and a big-boned elegance is on show — think Margaret Dumont. I pick up some rose hip syrup, dried apple, Armagnac/prune, and a licorice note, as seen on the '62; while on the palate, a good balance of rich chocolatey sweetness to offset the tannins. Big but balanced. £512