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Glenfarclas 25-year-old

Overall rating
88.54/100
votes
105
Whiskybase ID
WB138049
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
London Edition TWE Exclusive
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Casks
Number of bottles
606
Strength
50.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
30 Aug 2019 10:11 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 206.03

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 25-year-old

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.54 points

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A Glenfarclas in the guise of a family cask ... bottled for The Whisky Exchange with a cool label. 25 years old, Oloroso Sherry Cask, presumably cask / batch strength? 150 pounds as the issue price and currently still available, that amazes me. Compared to the current Family Casks of the winter release, actually a bargain. Also qualitatively? In the nose it is already typical Glenfarclas full of dried fruits, sultanas, dates, pomegranate and willow flowers. Mild, malty and full of (dry) fruits. Creamy and oily in the mouth, the alcohol is well integrated. But just think that it is not cask strength, does anyone know more? Jam toast, perhaps with raspberry, most likely. Again malty and very sugary. Oak spice and vanilla without killing you with oak freight and bitterness. The finish is sweet, still this dried fruit component with a slightly musty touch. Leather. At the very end surprising with a slightly salty component - where does it come from, I've never had it so pronounced at Glenfarclas and still gives that certain kick. Wow, the finish lifts the malt to the "next level". 90 points

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An enjoyable and good quality Glenfarclas, but too sharp for me neat, and not much of a swimmer, making it hard to find the best way to enjoy it.

    Since this was only a sample, it is possible that a long time in an open bottle would make it better for me, and make me add a point or two. I seem to often have an issue with fresh cask strength Glenfarclas bottles, prefering those that have been open for a few months at least, so maybe it's just me.

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      First it noses like you'd expect a 25yo Glenfarclas to, but after a moment you start to spot some differences. Next to the gingerbread spice coctail and fine, dry oak there's crushed walnuts and something a bit grassy or leafy, with a boozy sharpness lurking in the back. Water cuts that last bit out, and brings occasional Glenfarclas signature gingerbread dough fattiness to it, but also a piece of an almond soap bar.
    • Taste
      Dry waxy sherry, sweet but not juicy, nor resinous. Some old oak, those walnuts again, and echoes of dark chocolate (the chocolate bar is calling you from another room). Neat the body works perfectly, which is a surprise after the sharpness on the nose. This sugary, more shortbread- than winelike sweetness works very well here. With water it becomes more austere and grassy, losing that firmness it had. Raw peanuts. Feels best neat.
    • Finish
      I was wondering where the somewhat boozy notes from the nose went. Ouch. They're all here, concentrated on the moment you swallow, with that sharpness just jumping out, piercing your palate. On a second try it's more manageable but still it seems to cut all the good tastes from the palate short. Water helps a lot in managing it, but there we have a problem: if it tastes best neat, but the finish is better with water, what to do? With water there is also this odd bittersweet tail that's very vivid but I'm having difficulties naming it. Rosehip jam?

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good and balanced, considering the price.
    • Nose
      A lot of peach, apricots, plums, a bit malty, distillate driven, lovely golden apple, oiliness, copper, typical Speyside 20+ yo vanilla scent.
    • Taste
      Rich and spicey, some peat even, crystalised orange, sour and loud, quite balanced, fresh herbs, chocolates, minty. Very decent Speyside 20+ yo.
    • Finish
      More sherry influence, dried fruits, something close to port wine, classic Glenfarclas nuttiness.

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Unmistakably a Glenfarclas, or am I just imagining it because, thanks to the resolution, I already know that I have a piglet in my glass? Definitely a very successful bottling from Speyside. Old and dignified, full of character and elegant, this wonderful malt inspires me due to its varied nature (sweet, fruity, subtly hot and spicy), and in my opinion the dignified age is reflected in the taste and nose. Amazingly, I repeatedly discover a subtle smoky note in older bottlings from my favorite distillery.

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber shimmers in the color of caramel in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter a multitude of long "legs" pull their syrupy paths back into the glass. The subtle sherry aroma is reserved, subtle roast aromas start with a touch of dried grapes and berries, and apricots and peaches dissolve from caramelized sugar. There are hints of oranges and mandarins, malty aromas of grain in the air, a bouquet of meadow herbs joins them. Raisins play with creamy apricots and velvety peaches, hints of milk chocolate and toffee exude their creamy and gentle aroma. Roasted hazelnuts appear, I imagine I perceive a very minimal smoke note, even if only minimally and very muffled.
    • Taste
      Muted fruit aromas pour over the tongue with slightly tart wood tones, a small pinch of pepper spreads a subtle spicy note over the entire mouth area, and the saliva flow is stimulated to be cozy and warm. Salted peanuts, zest from old oranges, wonderfully spicy wood with lots of meadow herbs, the second sip starts out aromatic and mild, but ends again with a good portion of spiciness on the tongue and on the cheeks. My saliva is stimulated again, walnuts fall into liquid caramel, a few dashes of espresso stick tart on the palate.
    • Finish
      With minimal hints of furniture polish and wax, the aftertaste starts powerful and warming. Dark fruit notes and roasted hazelnuts dissolve from dried and spicy wood tones, and in the aftermath I also imagine that I perceive a subtle smoky note. Dark malt is mixed with raisins and dried apricots, a few cubes of orange peel roll over the tongue, herbs and fresh mint lie in the background ...

  5. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    -Blind tasting-
    Here I would be happy if it was really a nice, old Speysider and not such a young thing that only makes big pants.
    Great from the nose to the finish.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A wonderful sherry nose with raisins and dried dates, plums, nougat chocolate, marzipan, toffee, roasted orange slices and almonds. Doesn't seem like a whisky has been pulled through a wet sherry barrel here, but rather as if it has been given enough time to slowly develop.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Pleasantly strong start. Creamy and creamy, spiced plum jam, grapes, raisins, dried and roasted orange slices. It doesn't convey that superficial and thin sherry feeling, as many young (and yet dark) bottlings do these days. It looks dignified and set in the best sense of the word, as if it no longer had to prove anything to anyone.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long, still creamy and full. Finishes off with beautiful sherry barrel notes, delivers plum jam, nougat and marzipan for a long time.

  6. ratkovranes scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Excellent Glenfarclas, for me like a cross between Family Cask 1999 and 1979. 1979 is better, but this is still very very good! Slightly smoky, plum jam, red fruit, leather, cigarettes, pepper. Sherry not so dominant as I expected. Very round and elegant dram.

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. EILACOBESA scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    On the nose right at the start, dried fruits, mirabelle plums, apples, oranges, marzipan, no alcoholic note that bothers.
    Dry taste, nuts, tart light fruits, spicy notes from the wood.
    Medium-long finish, becoming slightly dry with sour notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Whiskyghost scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    Scratching my chin at all the overwhelmingly positive reviews. I am a huge Glenfarclas fan, and find enjoyment in most all of their bottlings. This is really the first to disappoint me, even despite the very reasonable price point.

    Nose is… fine. Good even, with typical notes of raisin, dried fig, cinnamon, and… well, alcohol. If not for the ethanol note, the nose would be in line with what Id expect for a well-vatted 25 year old Glenfarclas at cask strength.

    Palate: Man, that burns. Ethanol… Like, a LOT of it! “Wow, this must be 60+% ABV” I said to myself, just before consulting the label and remembering it’s actually a more modest 50.5%. The color of this dram really foretells it’s flavor — very, very light, which would be fine for Fino, Paulo Cortado, or Manzanilla casks… but we know they are Oloroso.

    If I were to have tasted this bottle blind I would have a guessed single digit age statement. Instead, I’m left pondering a few possibilities, one of which was proffered in a prior review: one or more dead casks were “buried” in the vatting.

    3rd, 4th, 5th and even 6th fill Sherry casks can imbue fabulous flavor while serving their primary purpose of taming the ethanol. That is, unless they are no longer active. At least one of the casks used, in my opinion, was “dead” and perhaps married with others to meet George’s’ minimum standards for a Glenfarclas bottling.

    Don’t get me wrong, there is clearly a Sherry influence, and those lovely notes of dried fruit, citrus peel, treacle, etc. are there, but they are muted… and you must be prepared to break through a wall of ethanol before you actually find them.

    Finish: there is Sherry and tobacco, but it is rendered dry and fleeting by a unpleasant mouthwashiness that defies both the stated age of the whisky and frankly, the grand reputations held by both Glenfarclas and TWE. But that’s ok… they can’t all be crackers, can they?

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Refill-heavy 'Farclas with a solid all-round performance.

    Loves water!
    • Nose
      89 89
      (Re-) refill Oloroso, baked apple, cinnamon strudel, orange jam. Perhaps a bit simplistic, but without any flaws or alcoholic nip whatsoever.

      A reassuring "whisky" whisky.

      88 points without, close to 90 with water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Naturally cloudy apple juice, berry jam, orange jam, honey, nutmeg, pancakes with maple syrup. Nicely spicy in toward the death.
    • Finish
      87 87
      More acidity now – perhaps 2/3 orange and 1/3 grapefruit – speculoos, and quite a bit of old wood.

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