Glenfarclas Family Cask 1981 (Cask #57), 50.8%

Price: $386 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

This is a refill (or in 'Farclas terms, ‘plain') hogshead, so there is less wood on show and more distillery. The nose is like a gentleman's club at lunchtime: roasting meat, some pipe tobacco, polished wood, and the scent of a freshly-dug garden wafting through the windows. The palate shows slightly more fresh fruitiness (in line with the 1971 cask). There's decent grip; think treacle this time. Fluxes and changes, which makes it all the more intriguing. £246