Whisky Review: Glenfarclas 1999 Family Casks 19 Year for Shinanoya

2 min readNov 26, 2020

This is a special Glenfarclas Family Casks that was released in signed editions during Tokyo Whiskey Fest 2019, and is still available to purchase in Japan!

Glenfarclas 1999 Family Casks 19 Year / 55.2% / ¥25800

Tasted neat and with a bit of mineral water

Created for Shinanoya Ginza’s 25th Anniversary, it was distilled in 12/2/1999 and left to mature until 6/14/2019 in refill sherry butt #7062, for a whopping 635 bottles.

  • Color: tawny (1.4)
  • Nose: ethanol, mixed nuts, raisins; salty breeze, pine nuts
  • Taste: very thick, vanilla creme, ma-la spice; honey & beef jerky
  • Finish: long, shoe-leather and dark chocolate

This is a very tasty sherry bomb; it has to be one of the thickest tasting, most viscous sherried scotches I’ve ever had. I love the feel in the mouse; it’s oily and lingers forever.

It is almost bone-dry, but that serves to highlight more spiciness. Considering it goes for just a wee bit more than the Japan-exclusive 21 cask strength, I might consider picking up a whole bottle for myself!

Rating: 91/100




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