Glenfarclas 1966 SMWS 38 Year Old / Whisky Magazine Live! - Bottle No.1
'Nectar of the Gods'
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) was founded in 1983 by a group of friends lead by tax accountant Phillip ‘Pip’ Hills as a private members club. The concept behind the society was to source casks from all over Scotland which would then be bottled and made available exclusively to its members. Perhaps the most famous feature of these bottles are the unique codes. Each distillery is represented by a different number and the following digits indicate that particular release. That same year, the SMWS set up its first location in Leith’s Vault buildings in Edinburgh where it still stands today.
This bottle was provided by the SMWS for Whisky Magazines 2005 Whisky Live! event which took place in Tokyo.
The bottle states... "One of three distilleries whose name in Gaelic means 'The Green Valley', and one of only three major distilleries which has remained in the ownership of the founding family". That would make this whisky a Glenfarclas.
Glenfarclas is considered by many to be one of the finest distilleries in Speyside. Its direct-fired stills produce a heavy single malt that is almost exclusively matured in Jerez sherry casks. The distillery focuses on single malt over blends, and a cool microclimate around the distillery that means that their casks are particularly stingy to the "angels," resulting in an incredible depth of stock. Glenfarclas also feel they share some credit for the modern day love of cask strength whisky, introducing their acclaimed 105 proof expressions back in 1968.
The whisky was distilled in December 1966 and laid to rest in single hogshead #6461 for 38 years before being bottled in December 2004.
Bottle number 1 of 84 that has been signed by Dave Broom and the late whisky writer Michael Jackson.
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