We're thrilled to announce that from the 11th of June, we will be swapping out our bottles of Glenfarclas 10 Year Old in our barbershops and serving the very special, very limited and very delicious 105 Cask Strength.

Available for a very limited time, the 105 will naturally be served to your preference, however we will also be pairing this fine Whisky with Ginger for the week - a combination inspired and approved by our favourite Distillers.

But wait, there's more! And here's the cherry on top... Any Murdock Man who books a Full Service during the week will receive a complimentary 20cl bottle of Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength. To take home and put pride of place in the collection, savour and enjoy on special occasions, or wrap up as a special gift for your dad this Father's Day - it's entirely up to you! But we encourage you to come and see our barbers as soon as you can from the 11th to enjoy a drop before we run dry.

 

To book a Murdock Full Service appointment, for you, your father, or to arrange a group booking, please call our Concierge team on 020 3393 7946, or book online.

 

History of Glenfarclas ‘105’ Cask Strength

In 1968 when George S. Grant, 4th generation of the owning family, bottled a single cask straight from the warehouse, and sent the bottles to family and friends as Christmas gifts. By chance the strength of the cask George S. Grant selected was ‘105’ British Proof*, and along with the name of the distillery, this was all the information he detailed on the hand written label. By the end of January the recipients of the gifts requested further bottles, hence Glenfarclas ‘105’, the first commercially available cask strength whisky of the modern age was born. The name refers to the strength in the British Proof system, equivalent to 60% alcohol by volume.

*The British Proof system developed prior to the invention of the hydrometer. It is well known that most distilleries evolved from what were originally illicit stills, so the early distillers were not always completely straight in their business dealings. One trick was to sell watered down whisky to innkeepers. To check for this potential fraud the innkeepers devised a method to check the strength. They would add gun powder to the whisky and try to light the whisky, if it did not light, water had been added. If it lit, the whisky was ‘proved’. 105 stands for 5 over proof, equivalent to 60% vol.

 

Tasting Notes

Alcohol: 60% vol (Cask Strength)

Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.

Flavour: Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.

Finish: Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming with a lingering.