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Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.55/100
votes
1119
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066214311
Added on
11 Jul 2007 10:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 94.86

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 21-year-old

127 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.55 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super 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 Expert Junior

    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. 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.

  4. PaulDvorak 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 |

  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 Connoisseur

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

  7. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    expected a bit more
    • Nose
      sweet pear, dense forest honey, cinnamon, boiled apples, apple strudel, oranges, buns, trace of sherry, raisins, apples, jelly bananas, rum sweetness, vanilla, toffee,
    • Taste
      very sweet, sherry, grapefruit, malt, trace of smoke, hint of smoke, sparkling, oak, hard caramel
    • Finish
      boiled apples, raisins, buns, dark chocolate, Brazil nuts, ginger, buns

  8. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    So for its 21 years the Glenfarclas surprises me with its great fresh fruit cocktail in the nose. The taste is also very tasty after a little getting started. Compared to its older brother, the Glenfarclas 25y, I find it much fruity and less barrel-dominated. However, if you expected a classic sherry malt with lots of dark fruit and the like, you will be disappointed. I am not at all. It shows the Glenfarclas nose and taste that is typical for me. At the current price for a 21y it is certainly an option to buy.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The color of the whisky is a beautiful dark gold. It hugs the edge of the glass with a thin film that slowly changes into the typical legs. A whole basket full of ripe fruits on the nose. Oranges and mandarins appear next to red apples and pears. Tropical fruits like pineapples and maybe even a small mango also shine through. The sherry is rather subtle in the background. So he's not a sherry bomb. It does not matter anyway. The fruit cocktail is framed the whole time by vanilla and a distinct sweetness that is honey-like, but also allows associations of milk toffee. In general, the nose is very round and harmonious. Very fine. Behind the fruit there is also a little spice from the barrels, light white pepper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy, slightly watery mouthfeel. Initially a subtle, sweet start in which the fruit basket from the nose initially transforms into a grapefruit. With the next sip and the one after that, dark, dried fruit is added. One or the other raisin also shows up and it becomes sweeter. The gentle pepper impression in the smell intensifies in the taste and combines with ginger and more spice from the barrels.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Finally, the Taninne from the oak wood of the barrels pick up speed. With the medium finish, cocoa-heavy chocolate with darker fruit components now becomes more dominant. At the end, the malt becomes slightly astringent.

  9. lys1 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A cheap 21-year-old, but it is also watered out to 43%, at the same time it is not exactly used much first or second time filled barrels.

    Barrel character dominates, along with a distaste that I can not quite put my finger on (herbs of any kind).
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

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