Country Scotch Whisky
Distillery/Brand Glenfarclas
Distillation Date 20 Nov 1953
Style Single Malt Whisky
Maturation Sherry
Chill Filtered? No
Cask Number 1674
Single Cask? Yes
Natural Cask Strength? Yes

Glenfarclas 1953

This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas.

It was chosen by a panel consisting of Serge Valentin, key member of the internationally renowned Malt Maniacs, our Sales Director Ben Ellefsen, Michal Kowalski of investment company Wealth Solutions and George Grant, of Glenfarclas.

They assessed the distillery’s rarest and oldest stock, the remaining 4 casks distilled in 1953, and unanimously selected cask 1674 for bottling.

It’s a Spanish sherry cask filled on 20 November 1953, and the angels have been greedy - after 58 years of slow maturation in Glenfarclas’ traditional Highland Dunnage warehouses, the 1953 cask yielded just 400 bottles.

This exceptional whisky is of course bottled at cask strength and is naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.

This exceptional whisky deserves a special setting. Each bottle is accompanied by a special book written by Ian Buxton, a well-known Scotch whisky enthusiast and writer, the author of the official history of the Glenfarclas distillery entitled Glenfarclas – An Independent Distillery. The whole set is enclosed in a plain oak box.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Charles MacLean, a writer and whisky connoisseur, had this to say about Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old:
Taste: Smooth and fresh; not as sweet as expected and quite tannic/mouth drying with some spice. A long, rounded warming finish.
Diluted to 40% abv: Still smooth, fresh and slightly sweet; a trace of ginger in the warming aftertaste.
Development: Warm sand and sand dunes, with suntan oil.
Comment: Layer upon layer of flavour. A splendid old whisky; still lively, and not displaying any woodiness. Much influenced by the American oak cask, but wholly beneficially. Best enjoyed unreduced. Cheerful and friendly at natural strength.

Allergy information

This product does not contain any notifiable allergens
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Reviews for Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old
'no' for investment
I had a chance to taste it some time ago. It was solid whisky - not flabbergasted at all, at the same time I did not have to make myself finish the sample. Nice to try something oldie.
What struck me is the price. Far more what I expected. You could get family cask for 1/3 of the price (1953, 58 yrs, sister cask!!!). Not sure then who decides to go for it. It is not the oldest as well - there are 60yr already. I keep checking auctions occasionally and IMHO demand is artificially created to 'proof' it is worth its price.
Think twice before purchase and do not look only and previous auction results. Might be deceiving.
Master of Malt Customer
8 years ago
Many thanks
Bought for me from my daughter Somer sky croft.
for her dad Stuart James Thomas croft Torquay Devon
Master of Malt Customer
8 years ago
Great whisky, say nothing of investment
I had an occasion to try this bottle last year in Poland. That wasn't the best dram in my life but it is definitely fantastic whisky. Sweetness and primarily sherry influences are indescribable. I thought that would be only oak (in generally) but balance in this whisky is just perfect. If you can, try it. It's worth the price which is current today!
dzikzone , Poland
8 years ago
Good investment
For those who are interested in investing in such products this is a good one to start with. It is an expensive product but give it a number of years if you so wished to sell it I am sure you would get your money back. I have invested in some wine's and other types of whisky before and the value of 99% of them have actually increased faster than gold.
Master of Malt Customer
11 years ago
More of a question
At this point are we just not paying for rarity rather than taste?
Master of Malt Customer
11 years ago