Glenfarclas Family Casks 1963

Ecco bartender Michelle teases with a bottle of Glenfarclas Family Casks 1963, bottled in 2011 for an in-bottle age of 48.
Ecco bartender Michelle teases with a bottle of Glenfarclas Family Casks 1963, bottled in 2011 for an in-bottle age of 48.

The nose is a subtle sweet Michelle calls caramel.

This experience is very Shakespearian, coming at you in five brilliant acts.

Act I: The first flavor to hit the tongue is a dried orange peel. The orange citrus is there as a suggestion, an introduction for the action and exposition in the following acts.

Act II: Cinnamon spice roars onto the stage with no apologies. Bold and precocious he demands attention. I would wager he understudied with a bourbon before moving to Scotland.

Act III: Things begin to mellow out with a smoky tobacco, a sultry bar scene to introduce the dangerous, yet irresistible ingenue.

Act IV: The resolution. Sweet dried fruits, cherry and sherry, dance across the stage to show is this was all a comedy instead of an everyone-dies tragedy.

Act V: The denoument. The cool down. After letting it sink in, a deep dark chocolate develops as you consider what you’ve just experienced.

Michelle’s quick summary: Black cherrywood with a lingering finish and smooth butterscotch.