The Whisky Exchange

Whisky
of the Year
-2013-

After years of winning awards at TWE, we decided that we should give some of our own. With that intent we proudly present The Whisky Exchange Whisky of the Year 2013.

We attempted to decide on a single whisky within the company but after several weeks of unsuccessful discussion we decided to bring in the best people to decide - our customers.

A tasting was organised and a shortlist of eight whiskies selected. Our criteria were simple - we wanted the whiskies to be easily accessible drams that could be found and enjoyed by everyone.

The whiskies were all:
Less than £50 / Non-Limited Editions / Non-Cask Strength

Sixty TWE customers along with invited bloggers and members of the press tried all eight blind and then voted for their favourites based solely on the flavour of the whiskies.

The
Winner

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

Glenfarclas
15 Year Old

Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
70cl / 46%

An intense, dark, sherried 15yo malt from one of the best distilleries in Speyside. Aged for a little bit longer and bottled at a higher strength, for a more concentrated, richer flavour and resulting in an incredibly long finish. As always, Glenfarclas remains one of the best value malts on the market - a must for lovers of sherried whisky.

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Tasting
Notes

Tasting Notes from George Grant, Glenfarclas

  • Colour A rich golden amber
  • Nose Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromoas,with a hint of dried fruit.
  • Flavour Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.
  • Finish Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky and distinguished.
  • Comment With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great drinker's whisky.

Tasting Notes from Billy A

  • Nose Sugared raisins, honey and a big cinnamon spicy hit.
  • Palate Buttery with brown sugar, allspice, more cinnamon and the rest of the brown ground spices hiding at the back of the cupboard.
  • Finish Long, with sweet grapes, more spice, brown butter and the ever present cinnamon tingle.

Glenfarclas
Distillery

Glenfarclas has the distinction of being one of the oldest family owned distilleries in Scotland. The distillery was bought by John and George Grant back in 1865 and to this day their descendants are still running it from day to day.

Images relating to the Glenfarclas distillery

Another John and George Grant, father and son, are now the 5th and 6th generations to lead the Glenfarclas team. With the distillery owned by the same family, they can more easily look to the future, with projects handed from father to son down the generations.

A strong focus on tradition allied with a fresh look from each generation allows the distillery to adapt to the times, while still producing some of Speyside’s finest Scotch whisky, combining traditional techniques with modern technology and ideas.

Glenfarclas Stills

The
Glenfarclas
Stills

Bucking the trend across Scotland they still directly fire their stills, creating a rich and heavy spirit that is well suited to long ageing. This is not without cost, as using gas flame rather than more modern steam coils slowly burns away the copper of the pot stills, leading to more frequent repairs and replacement. However, the difference in the character of the spirit is easily enough to justify the expense.

Bucking the trend across Scotland they still directly fire their stills, creating a rich and heavy spirit that is well suited to long ageing. This is not without cost, as using gas flame rather than more modern steam coils slowly burns away the copper of the pot stills, leading to more frequent repairs and replacement. However, the difference in the character of the spirit is easily enough to justify the expense.

Glenfarclas Warehouses

The
Glenfarclas
Warehouses

The casks are all stored at the distillery, with Glenfarclas’s traditional dunnage style warehouses the perfect place to age Single Malt Scotch whisky. With earthen floors and even temperatures throughout the years, the casks are left to slowly mature and pick up the distillery’s characteristic flavours.

Rich, sweet and heavy – the trademarks of long aged sherry cask whisky – as well as lighter and fruitier spirit both run through their range, giving Glenfarclas the ability to tailor make each expression to show off different elements of the distillery’s character.