Pretty good price for 1L dram - 60% ABV (Was $150). $120 for 700ml @ Dans
Cask strength whiskies have not always been available to the general public. In fact, the very idea was incidental, and only materialised in 1968 when a fourth generation member of the Grant family bottled a single cask straight from the warehouse, and sent the bottles to family and friends as Christmas gifts. George S. Grant created a simple, hand written label for the bottles noting only the name of the distillery and the strength of the whisky (which happened to be 105 British Proof.) By the end of January the recipients requested further bottles. George obliged, and since then, Glenfarclas 105 has gone onto become one of the most highly sought after expressions in the Glenfarclas range.
The increasing popularity of cask strength single malts comes as no surprise. They provide an opportunity to taste whisky in its purest and most natural form without visiting a distillery, and conversely, to dilute to your preferred strength rather than the bottler's. Typically, they have minimal or zero filtration which tends to retain more flavour and texture. One has to take the good with the bad. Extreme alcohol can be prickly, and can even anaesthetise the mouth resulting in a less pleasurable experience. A high tax/alcohol ratio also means such spirits can be excessively pricey. If there was a holy grail of malt, then for many it would be the discovery of affordable cask strength whisky that's also achieved balance - to the degree that you can enjoy it undiluted. This is one. There are 'softer' cask strength releases on the market, but rarely in this style and very, very rarely at this price/volume ratio.
This amazing Scotch has been distilled and matured at the family owned and run distillery for over 170 years. The smoothness makes the 105 drinkable at cask strength, but by adding a little water you will be able to fully explore its great depth.
Glenfarclas 21 YO (Was $199) - for anyone that missed DM eBay deal as it was limited stock
Glenfarclas is renowned for producing Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy Sherry influence. In no other expression is this as evident than in the well-structured and expressive Glenfarclas 21 Year Old.
The 21 Year Old is an incredibly rounded whisky that leaves you refreshed and content. A whisky that always deserves a second glass, Glenfarclas 21 Year Old comes from a distillery that has been proudly family owned and operated since the beginning, and is one of the only distilleries in Scotland that can still claim to be fully independent. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.
Silver Medal - International Spirit Challenge (ISC) 2019
83 Point - Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2019
Gold medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 2019
"A chorus of sweet, honeyed malt and mildly spiced, teasing fruit on the fabulous mouth arrival", Jim Murray.