Glenfarclas 1989-2002 Trilogy Collection

Glenfarclas 1989-2002 Trilogy Collection - Showcasing the Sherry Cask

Arguably the culmination of our years of work dedicated to the fine spirits market, we are delighted to introduce the Glenfarclas Trilogy Collection in collaboration with Glenfarclas. Almost 3 years of exploration and tasting has delivered a set of whiskies which is one of the most exciting recent releases to enter the market.  We set out to celebrate what is an often misunderstood (or rather, misrepresented) part of the whisky process - maturation.  By showcasing the sherry cask, we wanted to shine a light on the diversity of flavour and profile that comes from sherry casks at different stages in their lives; for those who think they do, or do not, like sherry cask whisky, this collection will show that there is so much more to this conversation…

Having been emptied of Oloroso sherry and filled with new make spirit/whisky for the first time, a cask becomes known as a 1st Fill cask.  Once it is emptied of spirit and then re-filled, it becomes known as 2nd Fill, and so on and so forth.  The more times a cask is used, the less overt sherry character it imparts on the spirit, allowing for a shift in flavour profile.  Left behind are the Christmas cake flavours, and in come more fresh, vanilla aromas.  The Glenfarclas spirit is wonderfully versatile and naturally distinctly fruity, all the while being robust enough to ensure that the Glenfarclas DNA runs through all of the whiskies.  Click here to see our short film about the creation of the collection.     

The Trilogy consists of 3 different vintages – 1989, 1996 & 2002. 

Chosen at 46%, this is the preferred alcohol strength of the Grant Family.

1989 – 27 Years Old – 2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks

The perfect winter's dram, I am immediately transported to Christmas Market. The smell of roasted almonds, pecan pie and hints of Christmas cake waft over the first nosing. The palate is rich, powerful, and full of Oloroso Sherry. This is a delicious embodiment of classic old style Glenfarclas with bold tannins, beautiful balance and lip smacking sherry character.

1996 – 20 Years Old – 3rd Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks

This whisky is THE embodiment of the perfect balance within the cask. I am immediately drawn to the rich vanilla character and notes of candied fruit alongside oak spice. The palate is beautifully complex with the sweetness and spice vying for dominance and thus creating a rich plethora of balance and flavour. I challenge you to not pour yourself a second!

2002 – 14 Years Old – 4th Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks

This is very light and clean on the nose. The natural spirit of Glenfarclas comes to the fore with notes of orchard fruit, and crisp red apple. This character carries through on the palate with subtle hints of toffee honey and vanilla. Wow, the finish was not expected, big and bold - the perfect example of a really classic Glenfarclas in an unusual way. 


Housed in engraved Glencairn crystal decanters and one-off bespoke wooden boxes, the packaging is befitting of the nectar within. Each set consists of a bottle of each of the following vintages 2002, 1996, 1989.

  • Price: £850.00
  • Pack Size: 1 x 2.1L
  • Status: IB
  • Quantity: 9
  • ETA: Immediately Available
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