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Glenfarclas’ Historic New Family Reserve: £511.19s.0d


They say that even a year is a long time in whisky these days – so after 150 years the Grant family have a lot of history in their family tree.

150 years ago – 8 June 1865, to be exact – John Grant purchased the Glenfarclas Distillery for 511 pounds, 9 shillings. That distillery has been in the family ever since and is now one of the most revered independent whisky distilleries in the world.

The fifth and sixth generations of family ownership (John and George Grant, Managing Director and Global Sales Director respectively) have marked the occasion in the best way they know how this year with a Family Reserve bottling called the Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d – the price the family originally paid for the business.

Now landed in Australia, the bottle is now available at The Oak Barrel.

Created using predominately first-fill sherry butts – as is the distillery’s house style – the £511.19s.0d is one of the more elegant expressions in the distillery’s portfolio. The classic sherry tones of Christmas cake and raisins are present, but there’s citrus and spice as well balancing amongst the fruit.

“I hope this bears some resemblance to the whisky that was produced on the 8th June 1865 when my great, great, great grandfather bought the distillery,” George Grant writes on the bottle.

Available in limited quantities in Australia, this is available online and in-store now.

Tasting Notes By George Grant:

Colour: Rich golden amber, almost like a shiny bronze sculpture.

Nose: Sweet, rich sherry. Toffee syrup over a freshly toasted French baguette. Fresh fruit smothered in heather honey. Nose ending almost like a sweet port.

Taste: Dry then sweet, very palatable, long easy finish that has neither highs nor lows. Lovely balance of fruit, light nuttiness and milk chocolate.

Scott Fitzsimons