Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Cask
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Jul 2007 10:32 pm

Average value

€ 85,96

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 21-year-old

115 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.58 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Administrator

    When you are looking for an older, substantial Single Malt that isn't outrageously expensive, consider Glenfarclas 21. Intense fruitiness, green apples, gooseberries and hints of pineapple dominate the nose. Fresh herbs, heather honey and faint smoke of 'burned stuff' linger in the background, adding a pleasant complexity. The age of this malt shows in the taste: heavy cask influence with wood spices and tannins combines with fruits and vanilla, culminating in a lasting, nutty and slightly dry finish. A characterful and intriguing Speysider for sophisticated palates.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Flou scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    The 21-year-old Glenfarclas is available for a good price and that naturally makes you curious whether this whisky is a real price / performance hit, or whether the whisky, despite the low price for 21 years in sherry casks, is rather not in his Home bar needs. It is amber in the glass ... a whole lot brighter than the 18-year-old Glendronach Allardice, whom I only had in the glass yesterday.

    I immediately have a wonderful fruitiness in my nose. But not the boiled, dark fruits and plum jam with a very heavy sweetness of very active sherry barrels, but rather a fresh fruitiness with red berries, sweet apples, orange and lemon peel. When smelling longer, I have a hint of peach and pineapple, the apples are now drizzled with a little honey. The fruitiness is closely interwoven with a spiciness with pepper and some cinnamon. Dark nut chocolate is now noticeable in the background and the wood of the oak barrels is also becoming stronger. Overall, a very pleasant aroma load, the whisky is pleasantly soft and harmonious on the nose.

    In the mouth, the Glenfarclas is very drinkable, a little pepper and a slight ginger heat can be felt on the tongue, but otherwise the whisky caresses the mouth ... soft, soft and a little too watery for my taste. The slight sharpness on the tongue feigns power, but it simply lacks the intensity of the flavors and the volume, compared to whiskys with a higher alcohol content. I also have the smelling fruit in my mouth, but this time less sweet and less clear, but sprinkled with pepper and a hint of cinnamon. The spiciness is more dominant than in the nose, the nut chocolate goes towards walnuts and coffee, a little bit of leather and tobacco are perceptible. The tannins are getting stronger, but after 21 years in oak barrels that's a good thing, otherwise you should grab a 12 year old whisky. Everything stays harmonious and soft in the mouth ... very pleasant, but somehow not really exciting.

    The finish is just medium length with some grapefruit, the aftertaste of sweet apples and some cocoa powder. The tannins with slight influences of leather, tobacco and oak overlay the other flavors. A little too lax for my taste.

    Overall, this is a really easy to drink whisky. I could imagine this wonderfully during a summer evening with friends. It has rather light, fresh aromas and no oppressive, heavy fruit sweetness. And yet it also has a spiciness and tannins, all of which are well integrated. This whisky will definitely be liked by people who have nothing to do with whisky. Dangerously tasty! But: This is not a highlight for the discerning whisky drinker. There is a lack of intensity, fullness, corners and edges ... this bottle was definitely not a bad buy! On the contrary, I find the whisky really good for the price and I like it even better than the 25-year-old brother. A whisky that I like to have on hand for cozy summer evenings with family or friends.

    I give it 87/100 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. pdby scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Balanced, even, with the aroma of banana pie, sherry, chocolate muffin, lemon and prunes, the taste is sweet, slightly astringent with tones of dry white wine, banana pastries, oak and black pepper, the finish is long, warming, vanilla-oak.
    This is a very affordable, understandable and enjoyable 21 year old adhesive tape. There is absolutely nothing interesting in it, as well as absolutely no flaws. Perfect as the first drink for exploring whisky, everyone will like it.

    RATING: 87pts - [n22, t21, f22, b22] → | 86-89: Remarkable |

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      A mature and elegant Sherrynoten leave a first positive impression. In the direct duel of aromatic intensity, the 21-year-old Glenfarclas against the Glengoyne 21 years and the 21-year-old GlenDronach Parliament has noticeably lost the eye - without, however, stating this as a negative trait. The Glenfarclas is instead soft and mild, the different aromas need a few minutes to unfold. Ripe, red fruits, sweet sherry notes, nuts, marzipan, caramel, juicy oranges, lemon ripeness, milk chocolate, Christmas spices and striking oak wood notes crystallize. A subtle smoky note blends in perfectly with the harmonious and very balanced nose.
    • Taste
      The soft and mild impression also continues in taste: The texture of Glenfarcla is gentle and slightly oily. Elegant Sherrynoten are present immediately. Ripe, red fruits, nuts, almonds, caramel, dark forest honey and chocolate follow. The initially juicy oranges turn into grapefruit, which are slightly acidic. Christmas spices and old oak notes are always present, but never too intrusive or dominant. Hidden in the background, I perceive a slight hint of smoke again. Still very round and harmonious, a bit unspectacular.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet and spicy and slightly warming. Gentle sherry notes, sweet caramel, citrus fruits, nuts, chocolate and light smoke slowly fade away. The Christmas spices and the old oak notes are unmistakable and leave a slight dryness on the palate. At the finish line, Glenfarclas lacks a bit of strength.

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The is wonderfully fruity, a lot of sherry, but also oak and vanilla. With that one knows again why I like Glenfarclas so much ...

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. keizerjos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Smell mild and unobtrusive, taste vanilla, sweet tobacco - even pungent, against the cigarette flavor - with mild soft aftertaste, not so long. Nice, no more. Glenfarclas is not that expensive for its age; nor is it very complex for its age.

  8. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, orange, citrus, raisins, grass, green apple, hay, fiberboard, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      light, sherry, marzipan, milk chocolate, creme brulee, honey, butter, pepper, wood tones

  9. keizerjos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Smell mild and unobtrusive, taste vanilla, sweet tobacco - even sharp, against the cigarette taste - with a mild soft aftertaste, not that long. Nice, no more. Glenfarclas is not that expensive for its age; nor is he very complex for his age.

  10. Martin1965 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry plums, raisins, dark fruits, very light citrus note in the background
    • Taste
      Full body, raisins and spices, sherry, nutty
    • Finish
      Long with milk chocolate

      Super complex, definitely try it


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