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Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 - Auld Alliance

(70cl, 42.9%)

Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 - Auld Alliance

Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 Bottling Note

This incredible pair of 1953 vintage spirits were both aged in cask for almost 60 years. The Glenfarclas was matured in a single Spanish Sherry cask whilst the Hine was matured in French Oak, prior to both being bottled at natural cask strength - the first time Hine have ever done this.

The 1953 Glenfarclas comes from the oldest maturing cask in the Speyside distillery's inventory, filled during George Grant's grandfather's time (his father would have been just 18 months old!).

1953 for Hine means one of the greatest vintages of the past century alongside 1914 and perhaps more recently 1988.

The pair are presented in obelisks made from English Oak by the Queen's cabinetmaker, N.E.J. Stevenson, with the faces of the drawers having been made from the casks each of these spirits were matured in!

There are only 125 of these extraordinary sets in existence.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Hine 1953 (cask 284) - 41.9%
Nose: Vanilla initially. Brown sugar, honey. Then into dried fruit, mandarin, pear drops, orange jam in very light chocolate cake and a little polish. Peach and almond tart.
Palate: Orange chocolate cake again, candy notes leading into soft oak at the end.
Finish: Peaches on the finish, as well as more syrupy, reduced peaches. Very nice!

Glenfarclas 1953 (cask 1682)- 43.9%
Nose: Calves leather, warm sand, gooseberry and nettle before it opens up to reveal beeswax, peaches in a wooden fruit bowl, pear, and a little honeyed oak. A hint of rich and creamy apple sauce, cloudy lemonade and apple blossom.
Palate: Oh! Silver birch!? Fizzy grapefruit squash and champagne develop.
Finish: Dry, long and slightly tannic. Stunning stuff.

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Glenfarclas & Hine 1953 - Auld Alliance Reviews

not quite as good as bleach

ordered 4 sets because i was due a spring clean and to be perfectly honest i was not impressed!!!! needless to say the limescale remained over the christmas period.

8th January 2014

Expert Palette

I would compare it to Budweiser and Jack Daniels mixed, microwaved, then served chilled.

28th December 2013


wow - wonder if the Halifax would give me a mortgage for a set. . . .

13th November 2013

Low Flyer

15 quid for a bottle of Grouse or 22 for a litre in the coop just now

20th October 2013

I was born....... 1953 so can I have a free sample please?

12th October 2013

Needs a mixer

Goes nice with cherry coke

26th July 2013

Any Left?

Well, did the reviewers share or did they keep it all to themselves? And what about the empty bottles? Whats that going for?


Johnny Five Toes

24th July 2013

Master of Malt

Can you sample up 3cl for me. please..

24th July 2013

@HAHA tasting notes?

Actually, we did just that! It was mighty tasty, too ;)

- The Chaps at Master of Malt

22nd July 2013

HAHA tasting notes?

Who are you trying to fool MOM? Only 125 bottles at £13 000 and you are trying to tell me you tasted it for your tasting notes? LIES!!!

19th July 2013

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