Glenfarclas 1953

on May 14 in Scottish, Single Malt Whisky by dan

This morning a special bottle of whisky arrived, it was a bottle of Glenfarclas 1953 Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. And I couldn’t be happier!

Its a 58 year old whisky, and the oldest Glenfarclas has ever released. Bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered, this is actually a piece of history more than a bottle of Whisky.

Thank you to Glenfarclas for digging deep into there Dunnage warehouse and dragging this ancient whisky out for the world to enjoy.

With the whisky there is a book written by Ian Buxton, and a wealth of literature that came with it too.

UPDATE: Press Release

I got around to opening the press release which came on a fairly impressive brushed aluminium card shape USB Pen. The gist of it was this:

Glenfarclas launches limited edition single malt – the oldest whisky in its history
The Glenfarclas distillery has launched a 58-year-old whisky – the oldest spirit ever to leave its walls. Only 400 numbered single cask bottles will be put on the market.

The single cask whisky launched by Glenfarclas is the oldest spirit released so far by the distillery. The privilege of exclusive access to the distillery’s rarest and oldest stock, the remaining 4 casks distilled in 1953, were given by George Grant, of Glenfarclas to a panel comprised of Serge Valentin, a whisky connoisseur and a key member of the internationally renowned Malt Maniacs, Ben Ellefsen, Sales Director for Master of Malt (Whisky Magazine’s ‘Global Online Retailer of the Year’ 2012), Michał Kowalski of Wealth Solutions and George Grant himself. The panel was unanimous in their selection, and cask #1674 was selected to be bottled.

The carefully chosen cask began its life in Spain, where it was used to mature and then transport fine sherry to Scotland. It was bought by Glenfarclas and filled with whisky on 20 November 1953. After 58 years of slow maturation in Glenfarclas’ traditional Highland Dunnage warehouses, the 1953 cask yielded only 400 full 70 cl bottles. The whisky was bottled at cask strength of 47.2% abv and, of course, is naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.

Layer upon layer of flavour. A splendid old whisky; still lively, and not displaying any woodiness. Much influenced by the American oak cask, but wholly beneficially. Best enjoyed unreduced. Cheerful and
friendly at natural strength, said Charles MacLean, a writer and whisky connoisseur, summarising his appraisal of the spirit. This exceptional whisky deserves a special setting. Each bottle is accompanied
by a special book written by Ian Buxton, a well-known Scotch whisky enthusiast and writer, the author of the official history of the Glenfarclas distillery entitled Glenfarclas – An Independent Distillery. The whole set is enclosed in a plain oak box.

For more information contact:
Ben Ellefsen: Telephone: +44 (0)7816 661657. E-mail:

The book which comes with the whisky is authored by the prolific whisky writter Ian Buxton, and is a very nifty letter box shape hardback. The images, as you would expect, are beautiful featuring various aspects of the distillery, and a rather nice two page spread of a snow covered distillery. Other contents are a tasting notes section written by Charles Maclean and some nice historical information.

Glenfarclass 1953 Tasting notes
by Charles MacLean

Appearance: The colour of Golden Syrup: ex-Sherry U.S. oak refill ? Oily legs and moderate beading.
Aroma: (straight) A mild nosefeel. Very clean, fresh and highly perfumed — the scent fills the room: hair lacquer, shampoo, face cream, almond oil (and pounded flaked almonds). I was reminded of an oldfashioned barber’s shop. Beyond this, a fruity complex which includes fresh apricots and dried figs, and the gradual emergence of sweet tablet. (@ c40%) Even a drop of water reduces the aroma. After a while some rich vanilla sponge emerges — even steamed syrup pudding, very slightly burnt. The latter develops into scorched brown paper.
Taste: (straight) Smooth and fresh; not as sweet as expected. Centre palate and quite tannic/mouth drying, with some spice. A long, rounded, warming finish. (@ 40%) Still smooth, fresh and lightly sweet; a trace of ginger in the warming aftertaste.
Development: Warm sand and sand-dunes, with sun-tan oil.
Comment: Layer upon layer of flavour. A splendid old whisky; still lively, and not displaying any woodiness. Much influenced by the American oak cask

glenfarclass 1953 Miniature and Book

You can see from this video that the whisky is being aimed at polish Investors, watch the video to learn more.

Update 2:

You can now buy this via Master of Malt for the princely sum of six thousand of the queens own whisky tokens. There are no user reviews about this ‘oldest of old’ Glenfarclas 1953 bottling yet, I’m not sure if I should be suprised or not, but for now you will have to rely on Charles MacLean’s notes, which is no bad thing I assure you.


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