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1990 Glenfarclas "K&L Exclusive" 24 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1185304

Price: $199.99

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Tasting Notes

We've always loved Glenfarclas. As you may or may not know, this distillery is one of the last independently owned in all of Scotland. It's owned by the Grant family. It also happens to be on most knowledgeable people's list of top distilleries and has consistently provided us with excellent sherried Speyside offerings at incredible prices. We've had success finding single casks in their vast warehouse system, but found that current market conditions have made purchasing a single cask from the Grants rather cost-prohibitive. Negotiating the price down on those casks is also out of the question as wholesalers worldwide are privy to the price structure and the Grants are very loyal and fair. With that option off the table we decided to get creative. Those single casks have a set price list, but picking multiple casks for one bottling afforded us some flexibility. We knew we were onto the next crazy value, but we never imagined how versatile a multi-cask bottling could be. So, into the warehouse we went. George bragged about the quality of the 1990 vintage, but we had no idea how special they were until we were standing in front of the barrels. These casks are from a sequential lot of first fill Oloroso sherry butts at 24 years old. Without a doubt, 'Farclas fans will be pleased, but this bottling is approachable enough for even the most novice whisky lover to appreciate.

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Staff Reviews

  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    While I loved the sweetish intensity of the Glenfarclas Faultline Casks this bottling is about the ethereal aromatic, not that it lacks power but the flavor profile is alluring, beckoning, not bursting from the glass, no overly bold adjectives but subtle grace, length with an incredible finish. Here one finds the delicate flavors woven like silk threads to form something much more profound than any one flavor just a beautiful kaleidoscope of aromatics, none stronger than another just a complete fabric. Stunning quality, superb balance for all of those who really appreciate “fine” malts.
    Drink from 2015 to 2045
  • Daniel Maas
    By: Daniel Maas
    K&L Staff Member
    Listen. I'm a peat man. I like super rich, intense, smoky whiskeys. That being said, imagine my delight when I was fortunate enough to taste this 24 year old single cask that was selected specifically for us at K&L. Famed distillers Glenfarclas have once again proved their skill with this absolutely gorgeous Highland scotch. Medium plus in body, with just enough complexity and peat to please someone like me, while also proving to be quite approachable to novices, this is quite the steal. It is remarkably easy to drink, thanks to its age, and leaves a lingering finish in your mouth that will make you wish you were traversing the Highlands while possibly wearing a kilt. Grab this while it is around.
  • Mike Barber
    By: Mike Barber
    K&L Staff Member
    Another outstanding release from this fantastic Highland distillery! Even at 100 proof--I felt that this malt didn't need any water addition. The flavors are so mellow and integrated from age, the whisky is smooth as silk--more exquisite and elegant than most Scotch on the shelf. Light fig, caramel, coffee, and oak flavors dance behind a rich and malty core of deliciousness. Any fan of Highland whisky will love this very special release!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Stunning. Has some similarities to the "Faultline Casks" bottling but with more refined flavors and more developed, savory rancio characters. The texture is supple and elegant. Whilst this doesn't seem to have the chewy texture and raw "youthful" exuberance of the 9-10 year old bottling, it oozes subtle flavor intensity, focus, and purity. The sherry quality shows a little drier and more nutty rather than sweet and fruity. A beautiful bottle and crazy good for the age / money in today's climate!
  • Dave Genevro
    By: Dave Genevro
    K&L Staff Member
    I am usually all about the bourbons...but this Scotch might be the one that converts me! Amazing color, structure and flavor. I will be getting a bottle to add to my spirits collection for sure. I am so glad our buyer got this in for all of us to enjoy! Get a bottle while you can--if you love Highland whisky, you won't regret it at all.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Glenfarclas is such a quality producer of single malts that it is always a joy to taste one. The 1990 Glenfarclas is wonderful and luscious, with inviting aromas and big, expressive flavors. Balanced and not too sweet, is is easy to drink yet is complex enough to give one something to think about.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    The 1990 vintage is a soft and supple whisky bottled at 100 proof that really captures the rich, cakey, textural elements of Oloroso sherry. A special marriage of sherry butts all chosen from one particularly good year at Glenfarclas, it's a straightforward, easy-to-like, and deliciously round whisky that offers easy accessibility, but also depth. When you're thinking about 24 year old, sherry-aged single malt it's exactly what you hope it will be. Not big, not powerful, not overly-sweet, not sulphured or bitter from too much time in wood, and not all that spicy. Just flat-out awesome in the most basic of ways. This is our replacement to the 18 year old Glendronach casks we used to do annually. We just added an extra 6 years of maturity. Hot deal.


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