Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative Single Malt is a series of four “specially selected” Whiskies that were recently released at the LCBO to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin, and Halton Regiment). Founded shortly before Canada was to become its’ own nation, The Lorne Scots have a long and decorated history (more can be read at Wiki or Vintages).
The four Scotch Whiskies in the lineup are
- Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 8-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative Single Cask 2007
All four Whiskies have been specially selected but what exactly that means is left up to the buyer as it never really is explained. The 8-Year-Old appears to be a new entry in the Glenfarclas line up while the 10-Year-Old, and quite possible the 12-Year-Old, are just a re-branded version of their staples. The Single Cask 2007 is marketed as being from their Family Casks which date back to 1952 however in reading past releases for similar products this could be a 2007 distillation which was bottled in 2016.
The scotch is packaged quite elegantly in a box with standard Glenfarclas labelling. The bottle labels have been slightly updated to show its special selection pedigree. The lineup all look great together keeping a unified theme. The two extra years on this product has managed to slightly darken it in the glass coming out a medium gold.
Compared to the Glenfarclas 8-Year-Old Single Malt, this is still a very light nosed scotch. That slight increase though makes this a much more complex experience featuring fruits and citrus such as grape, dried orange peel, dried dates, and raisins. There are also hints of malted grain and salt. Rounded out with wine and toffee flavours, this is a wonderfully complex yet mild aroma.
This is by far the best of the three Glenfarclas Commemorative series single malts presenting as an all around very enjoyable scotch. Halfway to the warming side of smooth, this one will keep you warm on a fall day. Flavours are strong enough to make an impression without staying all day (peat monster or chartreuse). Sherry Wine is the constant backdrop flavour that is accessorised with grapes, spice (black pepper), toffee and the only real appearance of smoke that I saw in this series. The fruits in the nose make appearances in waves, raisin, and dried dates but the citrus is nowhere to be seen. Afterwards you are left with a faint taste of salt air on the tongue.
This is a long finish that doesn’t evolve much. It plays out the flavours above in waves over a few minutes until it fades away. It is a decently complex and has an overall pleasant finish. Easily the best of the Glenfarclas Commemorative series.
After adding two small ice cubes I will say this one is best taken straight. The nose became more sour, sweeter, smokier and added a larger hint of grapes to the detriment of the rest of the complexity. While the palate just becomes more sour which vastly diminishes the overall quality.
Spirit: Scotch Whisky
Product: Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Aroma: Dried orange peel, grape, wine, toffee, malt, raisins, dried dates, and salt.
Flavour Intensity: Medium
Flavour Characteristics: Fruits, grape, raisin, dried dates, spice (black pepper), toffee, smoke, salt air.
Complexity: Some Complexity - Complex
Quality: Very Good
Reasoning: Balance, length, complexity
Style: Scotch Whisky