I've heard the 17yr is quite delicious however I have also heard the cheaper 10yr is a perfect 1st experience.
Malt-Teaser wrote:As you say you are a "starter" I would recommend either the 12 or 17 but I will also say that your list is missing one of the great Glenfarclas drams - 1987 Quarter Casks.
Hey Malt-Teaser, about that 1987 Quarter Cask, is it available at the distillery? I'll be visiting them in mid-April and wonder if I can get it there. I looked for it in London since you've highly reccomended it, but no luck. What do you think is a fair price to pay for it if I do find it??
the one I have personally used was a limited edition: 1987 QC of only around 1300 bottles and it was an OB.
This particular one comes not in a cardboard box, but in what can only be described as a real straw condom
I have since seen another listed in a different online shop, but it was in a typical Glenfarclas cardboard box and I can't remember if it was also 1987 and limited.
The Glenfarclas QC, unlike the Laphroaig WC, is entirely matured in a QC and not just finished in one.
The correct price to pay would be €60 to €65 which would equate to 40 GBP to 44 GBP.
Let me know if you don't find one, maybe I can help.
They are soon to release single cask vintages, a few at a time from as far back as 1952, which sound great.
A really good tour they offer, the only downside is no access to the warehouses. Whilst I was there a tanker of new make was being filled up to be taken away. They're at full capacity just now.
Anyway, wondeful stuff is 'farclas - favourite of mine is the 15, as such I'd go for the 17 if I were you Lillyburn.
The 105 is also pretty good but I prefer the Aberlour A'bunadh over that.
In that case, go with either:
1) The 12yo, if you want to experience the refined, sophisticated side of Glenfarclas, or
2) The 105, if you want to experience the in-your-face sherry side of Glenfarclas.
Both are excellent drams, just different interpretations of the Glenfarclas magic.
Tasted the 21yo and picked one up for the sum of £37.50 to add to my already open 15yo and, waiting for a the right occasion, 30yo - picked up for a steal in an Oddbins sale.
The guide told me that 'they are working on the distillery manager' to open up one of the warehouses. You'll see from Mr T's pic they are double padlocked - traditionally one key was kept by the distillery manager and one the customs officer.
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