SMWS 1.81
1970 27 Year Old Sherry Cask

70cl / 55.6%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society
SMWS 1.81 / 1970 / 27 Year Old / Sherry Cask
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A 1970 vintage single cask Glenfarclas from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, bottled in February 1998 at 27 years of age. Just 189 bottles came out of the sherry cask.

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  • This is an old bottle and the closure may have deteriorated – care should be taken when it is being opened. The item is sold as described and we do not accept liability for the state of the closure.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
27 Year Old
Bottling Date
February 1998
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Cask Type

SMWS 1.81 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes from the SMWS

    • The distillery which made this venerable malt is still owned and run by the descendants of its founder. It nestles in a green valley in the shadow of Ben Rinnes and has the largest stills and mash tun on Speyside. It produces a benchmark Speyside, but this example is excitingly aberrant. It is curiously green in colour - reminiscent of Swarfega, the antiseptic hand wash jelly. Even stranger, it smells a bit like Swarfega; this and syrup of figs, liquorice and cut grass from an oily lawnmower. Your guests might be pressed to identify it as whisky. But the flavour is splendid; very sweet and clean, with perfume and almonds when taken straight; more waxy when reduced.

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  • 4
    18 November 2018

    I drank this by the dram at the SMWS members room in London and bought 6 bottles when they came to light during stock taking at Leith. I have drunk three of my bottles and it is a fine whisky. Not the finest SMWS bottle that I have had but intriguing and the colour is possibly unique (a nail was found in the cask). I don't want to star rate it because that's too coarse a measure but I am being forced to. I'm mean with my stars. Others would award 5 stars to a lesser whisky.