Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 12-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. Coming in in the middle ground for hue this one is pale-medium gold compared to the other scotches in the series.
The Sherry wine and grape scents make a prominent appearance, joined by lesser hints of malted grains, oak and brine. Although the strongest scented of the three Glenfarclas scotches, it was very simplistic after the massive improvement from the 8- & 10-Year old counterparts.
Keeping in line with the nose, the flavours on the palate are simple but they pull back on the intensity of the 10-Year-Old. The wine flavour I had come to expect from the 8- & 10-Year olds was gone leaving only grapes. Making a stronger appearance, the saltiness of brine was more prominent. To finish were hints of oak and spice (chili powder).
Finishing in a long and simple fashion this one is a rather poor showing. The flavours faded out uniformly into a nice smoky finish but it left you wanting for something more. As the most expensive of the Commemorative scotches I tasted, I expected a lot more from the product. This one will be better served sitting on a shelf until it’s complete.
After adding two small ice cubes the nose remained unchanged The palate however became smoother, saltier, very sweet, and had a rather drastic sour finish.
Spirit: Scotch Whisky
Product: Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Aroma: Fruits, flowers, brine, grape, wine, malt, oak, sweetness.
Flavour Intensity: Medium
Flavour Characteristics: Fruits, grape, spice (chili powder), brine, oak, sweetness
Complexity: Simple - Some-Complexity
Reasoning: Length, complexity
Style: Scotch Whisky