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Glenfarclas 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.56/100
votes
1567
Whiskybase ID
WB137
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066154617
Added on
11 Jul 2007 10:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55.37

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 15-year-old

198 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.56 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Sweet banana pudding with dried apricots, white currant, apple jam and wet wood.

    RATING: 86pts - [n21,t21,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  2. rich_93 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    The marketing doesn’t lie… it really is beautifully balanced. On the nose, the interplay between cask and distillate, sherry and whisky is very much to my liking. It’s light, sweet, fruity, woody but not overtly so. There’s your usual sherry notes - raisins, sweet white grapes, fudge, walnuts, hint of raspberry. The nose also has a solventy edge from the spirit which I enjoy a lot. The oak is elegant and well integrated. There’s also an aromatic top note that gives the nose lift and brightness - I’d say a mixture citrus oils, with bergamot being dominant for me, with a hint of something like lemon balm or mint. Highly enjoyable!

    On the palate, the arrival is dominated by sweet and juicy sherry, with raisins, nuts and again citrus (orange). Then I get hit with a blast of spices from the cask, some black pepper. Sadly, the finish is where this whisky lets us down - it’s pretty nothingy. After the spices, we get some remnants of raisins and dates but mostly just a general alcohol sensation with not a lot of flavour. Reminds me of most Diageo standard releases.

    Glenfarclas show some serious mastery here with the balance of the whisky - too bad the overall experience is let down by them cutting some corners on quality, resulting in this whisky ultimately feeling quite ‘mass-produced’.

    I shall pour the dregs of a bottle of Glen Scotia 15 into this Glenfarclas to give it a bit more body.

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is perfectly beautiful for the age and has a profile of sweet banana pudding with apricot jam and vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is well sherried and has notes of baking spices, caramel, milk chocolate and overripe bananas.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is soft but dissapointly short with hints of dried fruits followed by vanilla and sweet oakiness.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I can be brief here. This malt is completely ok and sure has its lovers, but it didn't convince me. Because, 21 picked me up immediately and forever.
    • Nose
      Apples with honey and spicy wood. The sherry is also clearly ahead. Fruity.
    • Taste
      Christmas and cake with lots of sherry and sweet. The spice from the barrel unfortunately ends a bit bitterly sulfur-heavy.
    • Finish
      Medium to long but impure finish. Dry and spicy with a tendency to bitter sulphurousness. Is there smoke?
      Gone again.

  5. hansreitzema scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. hansreitzema scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    January 7, 2017
    • Nose
      Plum, wood, some vanilla, conifers
    • Taste
      What dry mouthfeel, caramel, some citrus
    • Finish
      Medium-long, ebbs slowly without developing flavor

  7. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 47 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      53 53
    • Taste
      36 36
    • Finish
      50 50

  8. KOQ24 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -Caramel,Raisins,Toffee,Earthy,Spices,Oak,Chocolate,Red Apple,Plum jam

    Taste:
    -strong Arrival
    -Spices,Oak,Caramel,Sherry,Chocolate

    Finish:
    -bitter & spicy
    -short with medium-strong Alcohol Presence

    O:
    Very good in it's Age class at a really good Price.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      40 40

  9. sapecosta scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    Thin, fruitiness as diluted, gammelig - almost a chewy prickling on the tongue - like foul fruit. Bitter notes. almost not drinkable
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      61 61

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