Glenfarclas 2005 Oloroso Sherry Cask
March 2020

Glenfarclas 2005 Oloroso Sherry Cask

Club Exclusives simply don’t get better than a big red bottle of inimitable Glenfarclas, made specially for our Members from exceptional, hand-selected Oloroso Sherry casks.


United Kingdom

Colour Golden honey

Nose Sweet, tropical fruit combined with delicious aromas of vanilla, malt and toffee. Fresh and inviting.

Palate An exciting combination of sweet sherry with light caramel, followed by tempting notes of boiled apples, stewed fruit and spiced crumble.

Finish Smooth butterscotch, lightly spiced with a soft mouth feel and lingering sweetness.

Food Match Roast lamb with caramelized roast root vegetables finished off with pecan pie and mature cheddar.


The Glenfarclas operation is large, boasting the biggest stills in Speyside and the biggest mashtun in the industry. Great care has been taken, at the expense of forgoing more cost-effective modern technologies, to ensure that the whisky’s flavour remains consistent over the decades. Their stills are some of the few that are heated in the traditional manner by direct fire (from gas burners) rather than internal electric elements. The distillery experimented with elements the early 80s but found that this method changed the flavour of the spirit and the experiment was soon canned, with that batch of spirit being sold off to blenders.

Very early on the distillery replaced their wooden mashtuns with steel, and later stainless steel when the steel ones kept rusting through. The move away from the traditional wooden tun came from the need for consistent wash. Wooden mashtuns are favoured by some distilleries because an element of yeast remains in the wood after cleaning and can give the wash interesting flavours, but lacks the consistency of stainless steel, something that Glenfarclas values highly. Nowadays whenever a new system is trialled it’s run alongside the old and is only implemented once an identical result is achieved and current chairman, John Grant, personally oversees all barley and barrel purchasing.

Glenfarclas has substantial onsite warehousing facilities with 28 traditional dunnage warehouses, some more than 200 years old, holding a massive 52,000 casks, the majority of which are traditional Spanish sherry casks. This is of course because, above all, Glenfarclas whisky is a traditional old-style Speyside malt, unpeated and synonymous with sherry casks. In the early days, sherry was the cask of choice for all Scotch whisky, but as the demand for whisky matured in these casks outgrew the amount of sherry that the world drinks, the resulting shortage drove the price up. This coincided with the expansion of American whiskey, where a law dating back to 1935 prohibits American distillers from reusing bourbon barrels. Suddenly there were vast amounts of affordable American oak barrels on the market, and with their very attractive vanilla and caramel influences, the Scots snapped them up. Such has been the popularity of the cheaper American oak casks that today around 97% of all Scotch whisky is matured in American oak bourbon casks. Glenfarclas and a handful of distilleries including Glendronach and Macallan resisted this temptation, remaining true to sherry casks despite the fiscal advantages of American oak casks. It is precisely this kind of long-term thinking that has ensured that the Glenfarclas that you taste today is identical to that which you would have tasted fifty years ago.

Having worked with George Grant and the team at Glenfarclas on two Club releases already, we were super excited to be able to delve into their warehouse once again to see what we could come up with, and the results have blown us away. A select batch of Oloroso hogsheads and butts, all laid down in 2005, were deemed perfect for bottling and brought together to create our 2005 Glenfarclas Club Exclusive Oloroso Sherry Cask release. Bottled at 48% ABV on January 22, 2020 without chill filtration or colour added, this is a notably different whisky to the regular Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, which is not only a lower 46% ABV, but is the only expression in the line-up to be a mixture of sherry and American oak casks.

This is a one-way ticket to luxury sherried Speyside heaven, where you’ll find layers of sweet tropical fruit and delicious aromas of vanilla, malt and toffee that lead to decadent sherry with creamy caramel, stewed fruit and spiced crumble, and finishing very long with a lingering smooth butterscotch sweetness. Incredibly easy to drink, you’re sure to find yourself pouring another glass.



Price: $135.00

Age: 14 Years Old

ABV: 48%

Maturation: 100% Oloroso Sherry Cask

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Glenfarclas's History

Glenfarclas has one of the most remarkable stories in Scotch whisky history. Fiercely independent, it is one of only three distilleries that has remained in the same family since establishment. 



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Distillery Facts

Region: Speyside

Origin: Glenfarclas Distillery, Ballindalloch, Speyside, Banffshire AB37 9BD, United Kingdom

Founded: 1836

Water Source: Ben Rinnes

Washbacks: 12, Stainless Steel

Stills: 3 wash and 3 spirit

Capacity: 3,000,000 litres per annum

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