Glenfarclas 25-year-old

Category Single Malt from Speyside, Scotland
Distillery
District Speyside
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie New Label
Bottled 2007
Age 25 years old
Casktype Sherry Cask
Strength 43.0 % Vol.
Size 700 ml
Price 79.80$ 101.35£ 63.04
Uncolored Chillfiltered
jazzpianofingers Note
about a month ago

‘Moorish yet muddled’


N: Its Glenfarclas show down time with the 25, 30 and 40yo’s ready and waiting, so lets see what the 25 has to offer. Chocolate notes with a sherry wine body - notes i suspect i’ll see on the palate. The buttery, sherry pancake malt combined with yeasty old casks wood give this 25yo a super maturity beyond its labelled 25 years, so of course there are some much older casks in the mix. Theres lime citrus connected with the wood oils, a fair amount of nuttiness [chopped hazelnuts mainly], miso soup and a not quite definable fish sauce/meat stock ‘thing’. The nose then offers equal amounts of charm together with curiosity - many moorish notes equal to some quirkier ones.


T: Sherry wine arrival as i suspected, various wood spices, hints of chocolate that come and go and then some undefinable herbs and spices thrown in together. Fairly long yet muddled development.


F: Herbal chocolate notes - salted, chilli chocolate with light sherry touches throughout. Fairly drying and yet consistently giving out in flavour and activity. Peppery tingles on the tip and sides of the tongue, dryness in the middle and theres some old bitter wood lurking around the back. Theres a fairly odd finish - stale old Wotsits where the oils are starting to become rancid. Reminds me of bad crisp batches from the early 80’s.


C: This is a single malt with lots to offer, some good, some not so. Theres definitely a muddle in the middle and theres the worryingly unique and odd finish - either its a weird batch or my palate is off tonight. Lets score this with the ‘benefit of the doubt’ over the finish and move onto the 30yo.


Scores a B-

Hvdree Review note
about a month ago
Hvdree gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
86
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
88
Presentation
86
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Fable Review note
a couple of months ago
Fable gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
85
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
88
Price
85
Presentation
80
Cast Olila Review note
a couple of months ago
Cast Olila gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
85
Presentation
88
milanista Tasting note
less than a year ago
milanista gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Old, spicy sherry. Mushy, ripe fruits. Some herbs. Little caramel. Some honey.

Taste

Sweet sherry. Very sweet. Caramel, biscuit, spicy oak, a hint of peat smoke. Sherry still dominant over the oak after all these years.

Finish

Long finish, very spicy oak. Milk chocolate with grapes and hazelnuts. Just a little driness, easily retraped by the sherry sweetness.

Comments

Beautiful! Very mature. Perfectly balanced. I like it a little better then the 30yo Glenfarclas.

tscherny Review note
less than a year ago
tscherny gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
90
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
90
Price
100
Presentation
90
Angelos Tasting note
less than a year ago
Angelos gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Intense sherry with blackberries and currants, dark chocolate, ripe oranges, caramel

Taste

Sweet and very creamy with sherry, raisinis, ripe cherries, alcohol is hardly noticeable

Finish

Medium with clear european oak and sherry!

Comments

I AM IMPRESSED !

[2stoned] aKu Tasting note
less than a year ago
[2stoned] aKu gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

schon beim eingießen steigt der Duft herrlich in die Nase, deutlich Sherry, dunkle Schokolade und Kirschen (erinnert mich an Mon Chéri), Johannisbeeren, Brombeeren, etwas Vanille, nach dem ersten Schluck ist ganz hinten etwas Rauch wahrnehmbar, sehr komplex und vielversprechend

Taste

kraftvoll, voluminös, Sherry, dunkle Schokolade, Kaffee, wieder dunkle und reife Früchte, leicht trocken und prickelnd auf der Zunge, die 43 vol% spürt man gar nicht

Finish

lang, leicht bitterlich/herbe Schokolade wird dann etwas zarter, man spürt den Sherry lange, auch ganz wenig Rauch ist spürbar

Comments

ein Spitzenmalt, super Preis/Leistungsverhältnis, das Aroma verspricht sehr viel und man bekommt bis zum letzten Tropfen noch mehr als man erwarten würde! Einfach ein MUSS! Wundervoll komplex von Anfang bis Ende und es gibt immer wieder neues zu entdecken

Malt Hans Note
less than a year ago
Malt Hans gave this whisky 90 points

Fruity and spicy aroma, apples, mango, passion fruit, kiwi, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla. Vanilla sweet taste, soft tannins, mint, eucalyptus, cardamom, cinnamon, sweet mustard, toffee and malt. Long, herbal and malty end.

Magnus Hillman Tasting note
less than a year ago
Magnus Hillman gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Dark cocoa dominates the initial impression. Chocolate coated fruits, pineapple and rhubarb. 

Taste

It's really spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg. Powerful delivery. Candied fruits, beautiful sweetness, very well balanced. Water brings more spices, pepper in particular.

Finish

Very dry finish with black pepper and dried apple slices.

Comments

Amazing! I just had one dram but will buy this one in a near future. 

(Rating interval 87-90)
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Overall rating All versions
207 member votes
87.39
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
88.56
Nose - Aroma
87.75
Initial taste
89.38
Body
89.25
Finish
88.75
Price
89.88
Presentation
85.50
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