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

€ 93.11

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 21-year-old

128 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.54 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 86 points Expert Junior

    The 21-year-old Glenfarclas is available for a good price and that of course makes you curious whether this whisky is a real price / performance hit, or whether, despite the low price for 21 years of aging in sherry barrels, the whisky is not in his Home bar needs. It is amber-colored in the glass ... a whole lot lighter than 18-year-old Glendronach Allardice, who I had in the glass yesterday.

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

    The Glenfarclas is very tasty in the mouth, a little pepper and a very slight ginger spiciness 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 spiciness on the tongue feigns power, but the intensity of the aromas and the volume are simply missing compared to whiskys with a higher alcohol content. I also have the fruits of smelling in my mouth, but this time less sweet and less distinct, but sprinkled with pepper and a touch of cinnamon. The spiciness is more dominant than on the nose, the nut chocolate fades towards walnuts and coffee, a little bit of leather and tobacco are noticeable. The tannins get stronger and stronger, but after 21 years in oak barrels that's a good thing, otherwise you'd better grab a 12 year old whisky. Everything stays harmonious and soft in the mouth ... very pleasant, but somehow not really exciting either.

    The finish is just about medium long with a little grapefruit, the aftertaste of sweet apples and a little 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 whisky to drink. I could imagine this wonderfully on 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 is sure to please 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, abundance, rough edges ... this bottle was definitely not a bad buy! On the contrary, I think the whisky is really good for the price and I even like it 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 got 86/100 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  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

    Banana chocolate muffin with white wine, spicy oak, black pepper and prunes.

    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. Gaedo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Overall, a bit more pleasing and sweeter than 25-year-olds, who have even more oak flavor and a slight acidity.
    The 21-year-old is in full harmony. The icing on the cake would be if it had 46%, like the 15-year-old sister bottle.
    • Nose
      Great ripe sherry flavors rise very harmoniously and sweetly. Of the . The alcohol is well integrated and not noticeable.
      Honey, ripe cherries and plums, tender European oak, fresh grass, pear quince. With increasing warmth, even lighter fruits such as peach and passion fruit are added. Delicious!
    • Taste
      Strong enough for 43% - does not appear watery. Salivation is stimulated.
      As in the nose, the following fruit aromas can also be found here: cherry, plum, peach, plus pineapple. In addition, a wonderfully delicate, spicy oak load that brings notes of walnut with it.
    • Finish
      Very pleasant and of medium length. Cherry, plum, marzipan and delicate seasoning remain.

  8. 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

  9. 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.


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