Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 8-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. Once in the glass it is a pale gold.
Starting off with a very subtle nose and never getting stronger, this perhaps will go down in my books as one of the least imposing scotches I have ever tried. Once you really dig into the glass you can find soft fruit tones like blackberries and grapes; the latter of which morphs into a sherry wine scent. Accenting those aromas is caramelized oak which gives off a toffee character. The longer I let it sit (5-10 minutes), the more I became aware that each time I went back I was always left with a degree of sourness.
While not as subtle as the nose, the body of this scotch remains a light one. The alcohol is just a touch past smooth and medium bodied. The palate is treated to malted grains, oak, toffee and wine grapes as the main features. Lingering in the background is a light saltiness.
This version doesn’t stay around too long on the palate. The sherry flavour quickly beats out all other flavours and just grows stronger until it is all that remains. It’s a solid finish but nothing to write home about. While it is a decent product at half the price, it isn’t one I would be clamouring back for.
I added two small cubes and swirled to see how it would change. The grape and toffee scents became predominant making it much sweeter than it was originally. The palate expectantly became smoother and sweeter but no other changes were noticed.
Spirit: Scotch Whisky
Product: Glenfarclas Lorne Scots Commemorative 8-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Aroma: Fruits, grapes, blackberry, oak, sweetness, toffee, sour and wine.
Flavour Intensity: Light-Medium
Flavour Characteristics: Malted grains, toffee, oak, sweetness, grapes and lightly salted.
Complexity: Some Complexity
Reasoning: Balance, and subity.
Style: Aged Scotch Whisky