Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman’s Edition

An Exclusive Bottling

This is a review of the Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary Chairman's Reserve. For their 175th Anniversary (1836-2011) the people of Glenfarclas released three different new bottles, one more exclusive (read more expensive) than the other. Guess the whole special edition/anniversary sell-out is a less recent phenomenon than most people would expect!
175 glenfarclasFrom left to right:

  1. 175th Anniversary
    (6000 bottles released)
  2. 175th Anniversary Chairman's Reserve
    (1296 bottles released)
  3. 175th Anniversary Ceilidh Held
    (200 bottles released)

The one that we're tasting today is the Chairman's reserve, the middel class release going by whiskybase's standards also the best out of the three. A vatting of four 40yo casks from this distillery, praised for its inexpensive well-aged sherry monsters (with bad corks), can only mean one thing: we're in the fast lane to single malt paradise! 

glenfarclasCMRDescription: a vatting of 4 sherry casks from the 60's whose age adds up to 175 years, red mahonie in color, bottled at 46%.

Nose: Dry and sherried with notes of varnished sandalwood. With a swirl sweet aromas of blackcurrent, chocolate shavings, pomegranate and black cherries are revealed.

Mouth: a less powerful body than expected after the nose, but rich and dignified on the palate. A bouquet of Oloroso sherry and crumbs of dark chocolate, with maybe just a touch of pear juice.

Finish: : a drying and slightly bitter herbal finish. Notes primarily consist of dark chocolate, dark wood and chewing tabacco.


The Verdict: Excellent whisky, but I expected more from a 175th anniversary vatting, even more so from this upscaled "chairman's reserve" release. The nose is an olden golden blast from the past, but at this price, the palate and finish just won't do. I no way a bad dram, but why not get yourself a equally good, but younger Glenfarclas? More of a gimmick than a gem worth tracking down.
Score: 85

Nose: 23

Taste: 21
Finish: 21 Balance: 20
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house