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The Whisky Exchange Under 50 Whisky of the Year

6th December 2013
The Whisky Exchange name the Glenfarclas 15 year old their "under 50" Whisky of the Year 2013.

This week saw The Whisky Exchange host a very special blind tasting at Vinopolis, London for their customers, industry friends, bloggers and the press in order to declare their Whisky of The Year. Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky came out on top after a rigorous selection process.

The Whisky Exchange carefully selected whiskies to shortlist for the tasting event and after much debate it came down to a final eight, which were broken down into three categories - light, medium and heavy. The lighter style whiskies were Glencadam 15 Year Old, Glenmorangie 10 Year Old and Benromach 10 Year Old, the medium styles were contended by The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old, Tamdhu 10 Year Old and Glenfarclas 15 Year Old and the heavier whiskies were Kilchoman Machir Bay and finally, Lagavulin 16 Year Old.

All the whiskies selected had to fit certain criteria; they had to be a single malt scotch whisky, not be cask strength, come in at under 50 and be in ready supply so that everyone can get their hands on it!

Sukhinder Singh, Director at The Whisky Exchange said: "Having spent many weeks accumulating a list with as many as 40 whiskies, The Whisky Exchange staff then began fine tuning the list in order to get to the final eight drams. Having bloggers and writers at the event made it very interesting for us to see which products shone through under the parameters of a blind tasting with a few surprises amongst the flight."

A very special ninth whisky was presented to guests as a thank you for their invaluable support during the evening. The final celebratory dram was a Glengoyne 1990, 19 Year Old - an exceptional whisky that was matured in a first fill American oak bourbon barrel. Only 201 bottles were released exclusively for The Whisky Exchange, having been selected by their customers back in 2009.

Nick Tether, Marketing Manager at The Whisky Exchange who also hosted the tasting said: "The Whisky Exchange Whisky of The Year is about celebrating a whisky that can be enjoyed at any occasion by one and all and not a limited edition that only appeals to the connoisseur. Putting it to a people's vote, not only made it an impartial final decision but kept harmony in the office! There were many passionate, strong and conflicting opinions at head office, as you can imagine, so we must say big thank you to all involved and of course, congratulate Glenfarclas."

In celebration of The Whisky Exchange's inaugural Whisky of the Year, the Glenfarclas 15 Year Old is available to buy from The Whisky Exchange at the special price of 39.95 (4 off) until the end of January 2014.

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Tasting Notes

The Whisky Exchange Tasting Notes:

Dark, sherried 15 year old malt from one of the best distilleries in Speyside. As always, Glenfarclas remains one of the best value malts on the market. Top-quality, consistently great whisky.

Nose: Fruitcake, raisins, honey, crystallised ginger, orange marmalade, mixed peel, heather and cake spices like cinnamon and clove.

Taste: The palate is medium-full and silkily-textured and continues with the flavours from the nose all on a base of polished oak.

Finish: Very smooth, long finish.

The Glenfarclas 15 Year Old is available to buy HERE priced of 39.95.

Glengoyne 1990 19 Year Old Tasting Notes

The Whisky Exchange Tasting Notes:

A beautiful hogshead of Glengoyne 1990 bottled at 59.6% ABV for The Whisky Exchange. Creamy melted vanilla ice-cream on thick crust baked apple pie. Glengoyne's lack of peat leads some to regard it as a worthy but dull whisky, but the truth is that the spirit made here is of remarkable quality, and when it gets into the right cask the results are magical.

Nose: Frankly gorgeous. Creamy vanilla, baked apples, whiff of cinnamon & cocoa. Gets quite leafy for a while, then wonderful varnished wood aromas. The balance of fruit and wood is just about perfect.

Taste: A delicious mix of sweet and savoury, with mild toffee flavours and the vanilla from the nose balanced by the appley fruit and very well-defined spicy oak and spices. Impressively deep and very moreish.

Finish: Good length. Gentle and warming, with toffee and some hitherto unnoticed nuttiness.

The Glengoyne 1990 19 Year Old is available to buy HERE priced of 140.

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