Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.68/100
votes
1395
Whiskybase ID
WB139
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

€ 130.55

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 21-year-old

138 users have left 150 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.68 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Considered by the PLV, my best from Glenfarclas. The difference to the 15: the 21 is more sweet and less sherry dominates. But more vanilla and therefore it has the better character of a distillery. Personal impression !
    • Nose
      Light, sweet smoke rises and mixes the great aromas together. Dry fruits underlaid with citrus notes. Everything is included, from light sherry with nutmeg to oak and almonds. Great barrel selection! Add a touch of vanilla to it ... great. Delicious !
    • Taste
      Rich aroma fills the mouth. Very pleasant with plenty of butterscotch underlined with oak tones. Wonderfully full-bodied and round, everything slowly develops into fruity, smoky and at the same time spicy aromas. Great.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and gentle with a hint of dark chocolate, it ends pleasantly. A round and full-bodied whisky that is always worth pouring.

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  3. KennyH2O scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I love Glenfarclas and the way they approach things, this 21 expression is another proof. There are definitely better whiskies at that age but I cannot find any bettwr in the price range sitting close to 100 EUR
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, caramel deep and complex, well balanced
    • Taste
      89 89
      Red apples, sherry, dry and sweet at the same time, somehow balanced on all the tastes I enjoy
    • Finish
      87 87
      mid length, warm, pepper spiciness

  4. birkzehn scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. The_Osprey scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Original Rating 2018: Numbers only - 90 points

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    May 2022
    Glenfarclas 21 year old SMSW 43%.

    30ml sample at home May 2022.

    A nice natural-looking yellow.

    Aroma is pear, green apple, some lemongrass and pale biscuits. Refill casks, a bit ‘furry’ and musty. A fight between the fresh fruity vibes and the musty clay-like ones.

    Body is moderately oily.

    Taste is salty on impact, some russet apple peel and pear peel, salted crackers, becoming bitter and astringent, mixed pepper and chilli. Can’t detect any European oak character here at all.

    Not the experience I feel like I’ve had in the past with Glenfarclas 21 (either may palate has changed or there's batch variation). It’s fine but the cask quality just doesn’t seem to be where you’d expect it to be. Nevertheless I’m one of those weirdos who can enjoy a bitter musty refill cask vibe so I still find this enjoyable enough. 3.475/83

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    SEP 2022

    Glenfarclas Aged 21 Years, HSMSW, 43%. 50ML miniature Sep 2022. Very dark golden. Aroma had candyfloss, simultaneously fruity and vegetal, fruit cake but some spinach ... or maybe its more that ‘old style spirit’ cheese rind note I get from whiskies distilled a couple of decades ago. Body is watery. Taste is watery, underpowered, faintest fruit n barley squash, lightest spiciness, papery oak. Pretty underwhelming and light, watery. Building peppery spice. Not much character coming through. Hmm. Perhaps it should have been bottled at a higher abv. Pretty underwhelming up front but grew on me. Always pretty boring though. 3.45/82

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. TimkoT scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Jolemann scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peach, Banana, Apples, Nectarine, Oak, Cereals, Dried Fruits
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peach, pleasantly mild, mild oak spice, malt
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length - long, pleasantly malty and fruity, becomes dry at the end

  9. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    S 6
    A thick, enjoyable sherry dram with a unique layered spice experience. However, lacking a bit of complexity for whisky in such an age.

    N 25
    - Expressive semi-sweet sherry aroma (raisin, juicy fruit)
    - Barley
    - Honey hiding behind the sherry sweetness

    P 24
    - Intense barley at first
    - Then dried fruit sweetness
    - Peppery spice sparked momentarily, with warm winter spice remaining at last
    - Creamy mouthfeel

    F 22
    - Mid-short, dry finish
    - Touch of orange peel
    - Malted barley

  10. Svjatogor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    n: intense sherry, mature & sweet, fruity, old wood, dried fruit, hint of vanilla
    t: pleasant, sherry & wood
    a: sherry, walnuts, sweet, good to explore

  11. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Great whisky in PLV, just considering its age. Unfortunately nothing extraordinary either. A typical glenfarclas, only in old.

    N- Orange, Vanilla, Biscuits, Ginger. Almonds, butter, Christmas cookies, cream, wax, some burnt wood

    M- still a bit watery in the first few seconds, it quickly becomes oily, and the medium bitter oak soon spreads thickly on the tongue and leaves beautiful, very intense nutty aromas with a pleasant bitter spice load of cloves and sandalwood/liquorice

  12. niski scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/25/scottish-drive-by-2021-part-4-6-ardnamurchan/

    N: After some less-than-adequate Glenfarclas experiences of late [WLP], this is the Glenfarclas I know and love – stylistically that is – though incredibly, I’ve never before tried the 21yo in its own right. This is a fresher, less fusty Glenfarclas [of old], with a bready citrusy complex. Furthermore, this one’s moreish consolidated sherry influence is noted.

    T: Lovely,… not too complex, just so with a relaxed freshness/[modern] youthfulness throughout,.. slightly metallic,…

    F: Though fresh to the last, nothing is overt, it’s all [again] ‘just so’ in a comfortable rounded/consolidated way. The relaxed freshness resides.

    C: Pleasing easy drinker which doth’s one’s hat to the past & present rather well. Much like the GlenMo but for different reasons, I’d recommend this to beginners and enthusiasts alike. Incredibly, it’s just €78 on the mainland! Lucky Europeans.

  14. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Monstruo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very creamy, almost syrupy nose, spicy honey, conifers, a hint of anise. Red fruits, of course, but more on jam, or even syrup, than natural. Currants, blackcurrants, cranberries. The palate is still so creamy, cherry pie, or is it a raspberry? The spices rise, paprika, saffron, nutmeg, a pinch of cloves and pepper. The finish is up to par, oaky, on cereals and heather, sufficiently long, dry earth, chestnuts.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/glenfarclas-21-yo.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good, ripe whisky framed with a high degree of fruitiness. Perfect both drunk solo and with a little water. Strong sherry, raisins and chocolate make it quite an outstanding drink for little money. For me, one of the best whiskys, and additionally a cigarette smoke, which adds an additional aftertaste of well-baked yeast dough along with the other flavors. Pride!!!
    • Nose
      88 88
      slightly sweet, sherry, oak, milk chocolate, varnish
    • Taste
      89 89
      lots of fruit, apricots, apples, cherries in chocolate, vanilla, a bit of smoke
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, sweet sugar, again a small chokeberry in a chocolate coating, the tip is slightly peppery.

  19. Don Cassi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Fruity (cooked pears and dates) and slightly chocolaty on the nose. Sweeter and far less sherry-heavy and "old" than expected.

    In the mouth again chocolatey and slightly fruity but unfortunately also relatively thin.

    The chocolate intensifies in the finish. In addition, there are finally dark raisin notes that you would expect from such an old sherrymalt. Unfortunately, there is also a certain bitterness in the background, which suggests that the barrels have been filled too often.
    Length: 5/10

    Overall nice chocolaty sherry representative, which is a little too unconvincing for its age, but makes up for it with its PLV. A few percent more would have done him fine too.

    Grade: 2+

  20. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is delicate and greatly balanced with domination of white wine and bananas followed by gentle chocolate.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is slowly rising with soft biterness and notes of citrus fruits, black pepper and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium, gentle and fades slowly with notes of spicy oak and sweet ripe pears and apples.

  21. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Modern, rather easy drinkable - not bad
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange zest, black tea, pepper, ginger, hints of nuts and raisins, honey, whiffs of sherry wood, little vinous notes, spices, cloves - really not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruity, subtle sweetness, citrusy, oranges, fruit juice, spices, little vanilla, new oak wood, little honey, little ginger, pepper - pretty good
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, spicy, fruity

  22. arex1337 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

  23. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2020-04-08
    • Nose
      very intense sherry, nutty
    • Taste
      Spices, light smoke
    • Finish
      Chocolate and smoke

  25. RGH86 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    If you are at the beginning of your whisky journey, stay away from Glenfarclas 21. In my humble opinion, a beginner is someone who tried less than 100 whiskies.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The presence of wood dominates the nose. One can feel the age in the smell, the dungeon dumped, humid smell - it's all present. The spirit character fades, with rounded notes of apple peel, hidden hints of ananas and lime. In the background, far away hints of honey develop. Maltyness, and hey emerge with time - be patient, give it time.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Slow development, it grows it rises. Bitter tannins from the wood greats your palette. Citric notes, lime, grapefruit, unripped oranges are present in the back - you need to search for it as it hides beneath the wood taste. It's round and velvety - it has a story to tell, you need time to listen.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium finish, bitter, oaky and oily. It coats the mouth with grapefruit bitterness and slowly fades in apple peel, pear notes, vanilla, and nuttiness before disappears. The spirit is tired, slowed down, rounded....after all, it has been looked in wood for 21 years. Take your time, adjust expectations

  26. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  27. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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

  28. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  29. 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

  30. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  31. sUrs scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      nice and fruity, sherry quickly gets into your nose, a little lemon?
    • Taste
      82 82
      Full of fruit flavor and also sherry and vanilla
    • Finish
      81 81
      long finish, some smoke also comes out

  32. sarthur71 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Mordeth scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. P.K.S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In my humble apinnion, this miss a lot of vask influens and abv. Glenfarclas use the cask 4 times and that van you notes on r
    This one. I mixed the 21 andre 105 andre it became stunning 250ml of 105 andre 100ml og the 21 let it married in the bottle 4 weeks then have 1 glass and wait 2 moren weeks and it became amazing. On the nosse: Full pluss,chili,oak,marsipan,oransj taste: reel power kick off plums and oak,chili,pepper,oak spises finish: Long lasting plums and spisyness full bodied Wold say 89poins
    • Nose
      85 85
      first thing is sweet ripped pear, wood notes,some cinnamond maybe????
    • Taste
      83 83
      sweet its watery on the palate
    • Finish
      83 83
      sweet ripped pear,oak, some good oak spisyness some cinamond in the wayway in the back. A sweet oak dryness in the end.You need to take a big mouthfill to get the taste

  36. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-12-2020 at Helgoland.

  38. 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.

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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

  43. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  44. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    delicious ripe whisky, less sherry and less oak than the 17er, but more lawful and quiet.
    • Nose
      sweet and flowery, intense, little sherry, more oak, not tart and spicy, more honey.
    • Taste
      mild and sweet, only slight hints of pepper and oak, rather malty.
    • Finish
      Tart oak, pepper, mint, slight idea of fruit, barely noticeable sherry.

  45. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very reliable, gentle, well balanced Glenfarclas expression. No wonder the master distiller manager Callum Fraser told me this to be one of his favorite expressions (the other one he said is the 15yo)
    It is kind of a middle of the road whisky imho.
    • Nose
      Initially a burst of forest fruits, with a little time it gets more to red fruits in general. Also there is a pleasant load of caramel into it. There is a good balance between spirit and cask. It's not too sherried, but also not too spirity. A refined oak influence is also present as well as hints of fresh herbs. A nicely sweet, full and multidimensional nose.
    • Taste
      Rather thick, sweet, oily and gentle on the palate. Red fruits and caramel also present here. Caramel in a fudge kind of way. There is a trace of butter as well which makes it rather creamy. some mild spices complete the palate. very well balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish. Here the Glenfarclas note comes through the best. A, what I call, typical wet, aged (old) sherry wood taste. I like that! It's sweet, again well balanced and very gentle. Also there is a wee dry note to it in a woodspice kind of way

  46. 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

  47. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

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

  48. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      55 55
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      60 60

  49. wbarchive_976627 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    • Nose
      moist American white oak, malt, orange
    • Taste
      pungent alcohol, dry, bitter, grainy, orange
    • Finish
      long, bitter, biting, grapefruit, some sulfur, astringent

  50. whiskyd scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  51. wbarchive_12330 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Balanced complex sherry whisky, light smoke, sweet and fruity.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  52. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose mellows with a few minutes, becoming quicker as the bottle gets lower, and begins to really show the depth of the maturation. The alcohol and cough syrup notes fade, and the sweeter and woodier notes take the foreground. The palate likewise benefits from time in the glass. For me, adding water doesn't add much, so I don't recommend it. 
    • Nose
      Malt, a touch of salt, syrupy dark fruits (dates, raisins, prunes, and cherries) soaked in alcohol, oak and candied citrus peels, mixed cereal grains and mellow cherry cough syrup, faint wood-char and some coriander, and a little licorice pastels and red grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Raisins with dates and raspberries, a touch of leather, malt and oak, cherry cough syrup, dark chocolate and cinnamon, bitter-sweet baking spices (nutmeg, clove, and ginger) and olorosso sherry, and spiced candied citrus peels.
    • Finish
      Licorice, walnut oil and slightly charred roasted puffed oats, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and oak and sherry tannins.

  54. davidloosli scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind, thought this must be something young
    • Nose
      Soapy, alcohol, dark fruit, musty, cherries, blackberries, black currant
    • Taste
      peppery and spicy, berries, still a light soapiness
    • Finish
      Furry mouthfeel, astringent, black tea, light burned taste

  55. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  56. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, apple, red fruit, berries, strawberry. Hay too. Honey, lemon, some light touch of chocolate
    • Taste
      Light pepper / prickly, sweet, honey, caramel, red fruit. Later becoming softer. Vanilla. Oil-like structure.
    • Finish
      Soft, yet warming, citrus, sweet, honey, chocolate. Mid-length.

  57. OKoster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Though their house style of whisky has been defined as heavy on the Sherry casks, Glenfarclas doesn't fall in the sticky-sweet-am-I-drinking-rum style of whisky. The malted barley is always present and the barrel aging offers more than just dried fruit. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  58. 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.

  59. Georges scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  60. Georges scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, sherry, fruity (apples, oranges, berries), porridge, vanilla, butterscotch
    • Taste
      Full, rich, oily, creamy, sweet, sherry, malty, liquorice, spicy (cinnamon), toffee
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, malty, chocolate

  61. Dominik scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Wonderfully crafted and well-balanced whisky that only improves if given enough time to breath. Not as much cask influence or as sherried as the 25-year-old, but its light sherry character works nicely alongside the fresh fruity notes this dram has to offer. The fact that it is very fairly priced makes it all the more appealing, especially for those who would not otherwise be able to afford a 21-year-old single malt whisky.
    • Nose
      Fresh fruits with green apples, oranges and, somewhat sweeter, ripe pineapples. The nose also has a minty freshness to it, but it's well-balanced alongside hints of sugary cinnamon spices.
    • Taste
      This is where the whisky's sherried character becomes apparent. Dried fruits with orange peel, vanilla and toffee. Again, hints of mint. You can tell this is a mature whisky as it got quite a bit of cask influence (hints of oak) even though it was not bottled at cask strength.
    • Finish
      Long with oak and a slightly bitter ginger spiciness.

  62. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I found that giving this whisky time brings out the best in this whisky, but adding water does not.
    • Nose
      Unsweetened apple juice, tangy red fruits (raspberries), mint/menthol, orange zest, and malt and milk chocolate. After a few minutes, maple syrup and rich cinnamon sugar coated dried fruits take over the apple juice and tangy fruits. 
    • Taste
      Barely oil, almonds and dried fruit, malt cookies, marzipan, and orange peel. 
    • Finish
      Cocoa, walnut oil, and something bitter-herbal (like hops). 

  63. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. Pulliworm scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas 21 year old is a real highlight in the distillery’s line-up of expressions – it’s flavoursome, very well put together, and extremely balanced. It’s not a sherry-bomb, but offers just enough sherry to those who want it, whilst a variety of other interesting aromas, tastes and inflections for those seeking more. At just a shy under £90, this offers great value for the quality of the liquid and experience.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glenfarclas/glenfarclas-21-year-old/
    • Nose
      Soft sherry with a touch of smoke. Honey, toffee, raisins and prunes (all as you might expect), but with some thought-provoking additions: Green apple and a certain light herbalness mixes really well with some light smoke (could be peat, could be cask char – I’m really not sure) and prominent ginger spicing. A zesty fresh orange note which runs throughout gives way to some light varnish and leather showing off a few of the aged characteristics of this whisky. A bit of resting time in the glass reveals some malty undertones and a touch of eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      A great arrival (which is only improved by a period of resting) offering silkiness and a substantive mouth-feel. Toffee apples and zesty lemon with ginger spice and well integrated vanilla cream. Again, there’s a hint of eucalyptus/mint which sits alongside some herbal and earthy notes. Polish and leather and in the background and there’s just a touch of struck match (which in this instance I rather enjoy).
    • Finish
      Long with a lovely level of astringency and ginger spicing.

  66. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  67. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A decent aroma, the age is felt, there is depth and complexity, although in general it was not as bright and saturated as expected, the taste at the beginning was giving hope, but, alas, could not reach the fragrance by sliding down to the monotonous lacquer-wood dominant. The result is weak, unbalanced and uninteresting for such years.
    • Nose
      Calm, open, malt, processed wood, light notes, stain, light vanilla and cinnamon colors, lemon in tea, after a while - strengthening of sherry components, dried fruits, mostly dried apricots and a few raisins with prunes, notes of mold and damp earth, a little creamy motifs - toffee, fudge.
    • Taste
      Dense, restrained, sweet-oak, slowly rolling, with light pepper, lemon peel, lacquer-colored woody notes, as if chewing a Kohinor pencil,
    • Finish
      The continuation of taste, rather indistinct, weak, with dominance of a chewed pencil.

  68. Landryn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  69. kot1803 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  70. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A big and firm body.
    • Nose
      More sherry.Butter.Sultana-like fruitiness. Sweet lemon juice on a pancake.Greater smokiness, as well as a dash of oak.
    • Taste
      Immense flavor development.Raisiny,spicy and gingery.
    • Finish
      Long with lots of sherry, becoming sweetish and perfumy.

  71. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful nose! A higher alcohol content would raise this malt to a different level - more percents, more points; Nevertheless, a pleasant, beautiful single malt. The longer the malt is open, the more he opens up and becomes "better" ...
    • Nose
      Sherry - and very clearly. Old sherry. Mild, soft, ripe red fruits. Nice subtle nuttiness, marzipan, caramel, brown sugar, malty, sweet, and subtly spicy, somehow I think of leather and even old oak wood is spreading;
    • Taste
      Sherry! Again soft, ripe red fruits and this beautiful Nussigkeit, pleasantly spicy, malty, sweet, also marzipan and almonds are there, red juicy apples come out, old wood and a subtle acidity;
    • Finish
      Medium long, but nicely spicy and with a subtle oak note; without being stupid, Malt stays with its spiciness for a long time;

  72. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      83 83

  73. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    sssssoooooooooooo boring, better to get the 12 or the 15 instead and save yourself some hard earned cash because this is definitely not worth the price and very very disappointing as a 21 year old
    • Nose
      rich honey, light fruits, light grass, hints of yeast, hints of bread, something funky like yeasty damp wood
    • Taste
      rich sweetness, stewed light fruits, honey, grains, butter, burnt grass, light wood, thin spices
    • Finish
      short, woodsy sweet, light fruits, very light smoke, smoked fruity light grass at the back followed by light wood with hints of vanilla and a touch of mint

  74. domani scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    For 21 years you get very little here. Even if the price is interesting, there is still a lot of quality on the track here. Nevertheless, the low price must be rewarded. The overall impression of this whisky is rather flat, unspectacular and almost meaningless. The flavors are indicated at best - 20.05.2017
    • Nose
      Diluted, Concise Alcohol, Cereal, Somehow Reminds Me of Double Grain, Solvent, Malt Sweetener, Apple, Cooked Pear, Pomegranate, Tangerine Peel, Coconut Chocolate, Bounty
    • Taste
      Sweet, honey, slightly sparkling like a sparkling wine or Prosecco, slightly spicy, watery texture, the oak is very pale and can only be guessed, the smoke is just as little to find, some almond
    • Finish
      Short

  75. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  76. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  77. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    looks ripe but quite boring, nothing special, for the 2016 now and then required 57 € ok, but for 21 years simply unspectacular - better Glenfarclas are characterized by more acidity and usually more, more intense orange notes or berry notes - I drink already forever at the bottle - it will not be empty.
    • Nose
      mild sweetness, wood, orange oil, buttery-oily-creamy, spicy, with more time, the sherry aromas are stronger, beautiful round and ripe, restrained chocolate notes,
    • Taste
      Honey with wood dust but little acidity, lemon zest, orange peel, mint, very smooth mouthfeel, pepper, spicy pricklende oak, oak and sweetness and the lemon dominate with each further sip more and more
    • Finish
      medium to long, warm, lemony, spicy, sweet, tingling, nuts

  78. peej84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  79. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A rock solid malt; However, I miss something "own", especially when I think that this Glenfarclas is 21 years old.
    • Nose
      Reminds the first Nosing to the Aberlour 16y with woody-honey sherry notes and yes, also vanilla.
    • Taste
      In the mouth neat first start with sharpness (again similar to the Aberlour 16y); the aromas in the nose continue on the palate. The second sip makes it softer.
    • Finish
      A medium-length finish without special reverberation.

  80. peej84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  81. Patrick93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  82. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    dark fruity sherry notes in this one. Nice.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  83. Butz75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  84. KOQ24 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -Peach,strong Oak,Citrus,green Apple,Caramel,Pineapple,Vanilla,light spicyness

    Taste:
    -Oak,light Sherry tones,Spices,bitter,Pineapple,Vanilla Ice

    Finish:
    -long,soft with a faint smoke

    O:
    Probably the Malt with the lightest Sherry Influence in the core Glenfarclas Range.
    It's extremely well balanced and again, fairly priced.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      100 100

  85. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Trademark rich dried fruits and peels of citrus freshness. Very
    pleasing. Balance with sweet dates, marzipan and tinge of roots and
    dried leaf earthiness. Zing of tobacco.

    Palate:- Great depth and full. Well rounded and silky, sweet barley and nutmeg freshness. Elegant and standing tall.

    Finish:- Ultra smooth and velvet, long finish.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  86. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  87. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Overall, a great aroma experience! He might be able to tolerate a little more% vol, which is quite gentle.
    • Nose
      Fruity sherry on the nose, dark fruits, oranges, tangerines, citrus fruits. This whole fruit cocktail is complemented by spice, a slight Nussigkeit and a delicate smoky note. The aromas are very closely interwoven.
    • Taste
      Directly spicy oak, then comes sweetness and fruitiness. However, the sweetness fades quite quickly and gives way again to a woody spiciness and citrus aromas.
    • Finish
      Spicy oak with citrus flavors that could be grapefruit. It follows a slight bitterness that melts with fine coffee notes. There is a nuttiness in the mouth. Towards the end it becomes drier, the finish I would call rather medium long.

  88. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  89. Laga93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  90. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      I received a small sample of this old favourite on 1.10.2016 so time to make a proper note:

      Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cookie dough, general christmas-y ambience. I think this latest sample is more forward on pepper and less forthcoming with the elderly wood. The sherry's there but it's complementary rather than dominating. There's also more sulphur than I remember from the last time. 
    • Taste
      Medium body, slightly oily. Sweet, like a fruit cake. I can almost feel the cake's texture :) Very even, high quality taste with no discernible flaws. It should be just a bit heavier though. Wax and apple jam, and some cocoa.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste this time is more metallic than before. The finish is solid and long enough but could be more present. At the very tail there is some surprise iron (blood!). 

  91. Waykid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A sophisticated, dryish sherry in the delightful Farclas house-style that is fresh and light in a good way. What I really love about the way the Grant family does their business is the quality combined with a foot-on-the-ground pricing of their core range. Where else do you get a really good 21 OB for 65€ nowadays?

  92. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose is wonderfully fruity. The taste of the Glenfarclas flattens off a bit, there are hardly any fruit notes left. The taste and the finish is dominated by a spicy and sulfur oak note. Unlike the 25-year-old Glenfarclas is 21 years old sherrylastiger. A rock solid standard.
    • Nose
      Fruity sherry pours out of the glass. Dark berries play with hints of orange and mandarin, subtle sulfur and light smoke are noticeable. Now, the nose is slightly musty and musty, before chocolate and subtle sweetness make their way through the sherry.
    • Taste
      Spicy wood marks the first impression. Sulfur and slight heat follow, briefly sweetness and fruit flashes, then dominated only spicy oak. Grapefruit flavors come from the spicy wood. Gradually more sharpness spreads in the mouth, above all lies a noticeable sulfur note.
    • Finish
      Again, this spicy oak with light grapefruit flavors and a subtle hint of sulfur. Slightly bitter wood aromas dominate the medium-long finish. Fine coffee notes combine with the wood flavors. At the very end of the finish, a fine walnut aroma is produced, or better said, an aroma of unripe walnuts and wet leaves.

  93. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sampled this in a line up of Glenfarclas 13 (SMWS bourbon cask), 10, 12, 21, 25, 40, and the 105. One of the better ones. I preferred it over the 25. 
    • Nose
      Elegant and mature sherry notes. Sweet and oaky. 
    • Taste
      Sweet and smooth with a pleasing tannic grip. Grape, red fruit, light lemon. 
    • Finish
      Long finish with grape notes and spice. 

  94. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  95. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Between the parallel tasted (12s, 15s, 18s, 21s, 25s) the most sherrylastigste and heaviest, but the muff disturbs something. Still, if I had to choose the best one out of line it would be this one. However, qualitatively the same with the 25, just different. Hard decision!
    • Nose
      Uff, clearly set, intense, heavy, slightly musty sherry, very different caliber than the 18s, slight note of yeast, plums, raisins, marzipan, oak, chocolate, toffee, Significantly more spicy oak and barrel influence than the 18s. The note of sulfur soon passes and gives way to dark sticky-fruity sherry notes, a little nutty, honey and a touch of vanilla, very creamy
    • Taste
      very sweet, honey, sherry, then the spice from the oak, chocolate, coffee, wood, light citrus notes, a little sulfur but rather musty than disturbing, old wooden furniture, ripe, old, yummy!
    • Finish
      Oak, moist barrel stave, espresso, liquorice, almonds, medium-long, getting drier

  96. whiskybros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    View our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Glenfarclas-21yo/c21kp/57693fe40cf2b41ee7543f10
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  97. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Spicy. Toffee/brown sugar. Raisins. Malty. ChocolateTaste: Toffee. Christmas cake. Cinnamon and cloves. Milk chocolate and coffee.Finish: The dried fruit sweetness and toffee fades away. It dries out with some
    roasted nuts, coffee and feint notes of dark chocolate.

    Very balanced. But also
    a bit toned down. Not the big full blown sherry punch. But good.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  98. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A little stingier than the 15-year-old. Less red wine, more sherry. Pancakes with lemon juice.
    • Taste
      Some sweetness, then oak and dry bitterness. The aftertaste is reminiscent of raw carrots.

  99. ScottFrench scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A disappointing Glenfarclas! Sherry's notes are almost non-existent and all the other flavors are as powerful as the voice of Carla Bruni ... There is almost nothing in the glass. For 100 €, prefer something else! This 21-year-old Glenfarclas is largely dispensable. What will I do with my bottle ...
    • Nose
      pretty shy. I was expecting to have a big presence of the aromas brought by Sherry's barrel and well, I was wrong. It's very light, and it looks pretty dry with hints of cereals and hazelnuts. There are some fruity touches with apple, kiwi, lemon, orange, raspberry and cherry, sweetened with chocolate, vanilla and frangipane and then, not much else ... Pretty disappointing for a 21 year old Glenfarclas.
    • Taste
      despite the 43%, alcohol is noticeable. We find the woody dryness of the nose, dry notes of hazelnuts and some spices: cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne pepper. The fruity side is also very shy, offering episodic notes of mostly green apple. And then, some sweet touches of honey cake but, again, all this is surprisingly very light.
    • Finish
      of a rather mediocre length on dry and spicy notes. It remains in the mouth a little green apple and caramel. The reduction to 43% seems to defy the potential of this 21-year-old Glenfarclas.

  100. 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 ...

  101. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  102. spigray scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    n: light sherry nose with cereals and nuts.
        some vanilla, pastry, a little butter shining through. the oak is rather mild but
        becomes louder after a while.
        the fruity side is ruled by apple skins and maybe a few oranges.
    t:  very much on the cereals, bread, pastry.
        malt candies and toffee. rather dry but pleasantly so.
    f:  long, a bit dull on wet tea leaves as often with glenfarclas ( as far as I´m
        concerned)
    comments: pleasant dram but nothing I would have to run after.

    85/100

  103. spigray scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  104. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, almost sticky sherry; very light smoke; dark Score
    • Taste
      spicy; Herbs; between sweet and dry; slight bitterness of some burned caramel
    • Finish
      long to long; rather dry sherry

  105. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  106. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: intensiever sherry, dark fears, citrus fruits, oak
    Taste: sweet, dark fruits, pineapple, sherry, oak
    Finish: medium length, citrus fruits, oak

  107. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  108. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  109. HunterRomario scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasting at the Xth Tasting BR, then rejoicing again at home. Expectations were much greater after Glenfarclas 12 and 15yo. Those younger and much cheaper whiskys addressed me a lot more. At home, I placed it in a comparative test with King Ronert II Deluxe and Ballanines 12yo, and Glenfarclas 12yo stable single malt. The smell was cheaper (King Robert II), the other two were better. But to make the twenty-one not worthless, the bland blend had a certain hippolytheality, and G21 added some kind of smooth elegance. However, the result is rather miserable due to the price. Due to age and price, great disappointment for me.
    • Nose
      I have to say that the aroma is surprisingly flat and not very pronounced. Nuts, a smooth sherry, but only in a mild to a little boring form. (82 b)
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy woody taste. Milk chocolate, nuts. For 21 years, she was thin, thinner. (84 b)

  110. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An excellent sherried Speyside whisky with a great balance of sherry,
    fruit and oak spice. Very smooth, palatable and thick with a great
    value for money. Nicely complex with lots of character. I like it!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      The nose starts off with sherry, dried fruit, blueberry and gooseberry,
      Christmas cake and butterscotch. Lingering vanilla arrives with a touch
      of citrus notes. There's a whiff of delicate peat smoke in the
      background. It needs time to develop its fill aroma. Very complex on the
      nose.
    • Taste
      Rich and delicious. Lots of sherry, dried fruit, raisins, liquorice,
      crème brûlée and delicate toffee notes. Soft with pleasant malt and a
      slight smokiness in the aftertaste. Creamy even chewable, with nice oak
      spice. Very enjoyable.
    • Finish
      Powerful and lightly peaty with a long finish. Sweet toffee, honey, malt
      and lingering liquorice with delicate nutty flavours and smooth spice
      on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Stays sweet with sherry and ripe fruit on
      the nose. Some floral notes, maybe heather is coming through as well.
      More powerful than neat. Quite vigorous on the palate with significant
      more spice, oak and white pepper, even a bit ginger arrives. Sweet and
      fruity with a long, lingering malty and spicy finish.

  111. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Mixed feelings. Even though I am not a huge sherry fan, I liked this one but on the other hand I find it a little too "light".

    Tasted at Whisky Live Paris 2015.
    • Nose
      Does not smells 21yo. On sherry, with some distant lemony notes. Fudge, and light coffee notes. The good point is that it is not too winey.
    • Taste
      On sherry, elegant but a tad too light. Nuts and cinamon. Sweet and a bit sugarry in the end.
    • Finish
      Medium long, on malty and coffee (bitter?) notes.

  112. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  113. kaasklop scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  114. kaasklop scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overall i value this whisky average to ok
    • Nose
      sweetness, citrus fruits, sherry
    • Taste
      There is a taste of sherry, some Sugar, oak, and candy.   an enjoyable sweetness.
    • Finish
      The performence of this whisky in the end is not strong. it fades away quickly.

  115. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  116. irrerelevant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    nose "typical" Speysider, very mild and soft, clearly nutty, amaretto / marzipan, sweet bright fruits (ripe pear, boiled quince, vll mirabelles), honey, slightly dry bitterness, europ. Oak is present, more pleasant, rather light sherry, garden herbs, nicely ripe, dense, everything very well integrated, later comes some vanilla
    taste Sweet, dry and spicy start, stronger than the nose suggests, there are the 21 years, alcohol is not noticeable, then comes light sherry, sweet, like juice, round and velvety soft, very clear honey, then the nut, in some ways maybe Milk chocolate, easy to drink (maybe a bit too light), falls slightly off the nose, the Brennereicharakter is still through, very harmonious and consistent
    leaving Rather short, it remains a pleasantly dry, vinous mouthfeel with oak, nut, honey and herbs
    A beautiful, mature Sherrymalt, harmonious and round, great balance between barrel, sherry and Brennereicharakter, the Nussigkeit I like very much, should not overwhelm anyone, the taste is a bit too thin, 46% vol might not have been bad. At the price (~ 60-65 €) you make sure nothing wrong.

  117. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion a relatively fresh citrus fruited presentation but a lack of depth due to x-filled sherry casks. Not much sherry going on here in the finish. Quite a simple presentation concerning the sherry part for a 21-year old whisky.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruits, floral, toffee, sour, lemon.
    • Taste
      Fresh, sweet sherry (not first fill!), dark fruits, pineapple, spices.
    • Finish
      Medium. Lemon and oak.

  118. Rom scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Intense sesame nose and nuts. Soft woody, floral and dried Sherry fruit. Warming average final. Not very complex but good.

  119. Achany scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  120. pierrethesnack scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    An OK whisky, but it's a bit simple and underwhelming for a 21 YO.

    The nose is where the event is, it's wonderful if you let it open up for 10-15 minutes.

     The finish does not match the nose and initial taste.
    • Nose
      Recognizable 'Farclas sherry, slightly floral, surprisingly fresh sweetness, soft but intense, butterscotch.

      Really opens up after a while, superb nose.
    • Taste
      Pleasant sherry, balanced, not as sweet as expected, oak, slight licorice, spices
    • Finish
      A slightly sour and dry finish, surprisingly short although the dryness lingers, 

  121. Koloman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The similarity to the 15yo is greater than that to the 25yo.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  122. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  123. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  124. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  125. DRS scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  126. Glenfarclas1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  127. Fable scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  128. Cast Olila scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  129. ricallende scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  130. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Significantly fresher and lighter than eg the 17yo or 25yo. The finish is shorter and sweeter. Recognizable a Glenfarclas, but for 21 years mMn a bit too young.
    • Nose
      Dark fruit, raisins, slightly smoky. Sweet and sour citrus flavors develop, lime and pineapple gain the upper hand. Some salt liquorice and oak in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet, dark fruit, again pineapple, now clearer and more mature. Some licorice and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium long with citrus flavors, some oak and smoke. Fading.

  131. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Rather underwhelming for a 21yo. I would have expected something heavier, with more sherry influence and more pizzaz.
    • Nose
      Nail polish, very minor peat smoke, stewed fruit; gooseberries, blueberries etc. Floral, almost light.
    • Taste
      Rather sweet, honeyed oak, hazelnuts. Caramel and toffee with grassy, herbal undertones.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and drying.

  132. n1d0 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: Sweet sherry, smokey vanilla and liquorice. Bananas and pineapple. A hint of lemon.

    Body: Medium/heavy weight. Almost creamy.

    Taste: Very sweet, coming from that pineapple. A mixture of nuts, with some spice.

    FInish: Long with smooth spice. Some banana and oak.

    Verdict: The price you pay for this 21-year old is very reasonable. However, I find this dram lacks the complexity and is too mellow for its age. At 46% and maybe using some more interesting sherry casks could make this a lot better. Nevertheless a dram I can enjoy.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      84 84

  133. rg-80 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    There is new packaging available the 21 year old with 101 World Whiskys before you die - very nice present. Of course is the 21 included in the list.

  134. jocmueller scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  135. MCL748 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    I like this whisky, at first it tastes like intensive sherry, but in finish only these delightful oak tasting. Only oak, no sherry.MMMh
    • Nose
      Sweet old sherry and wood. Nose is pleasant smooth and you can smell the age of 21 years.
    • Taste
      Sherry and sherry, also a bit strong alcohol. No smoke.
    • Finish
      Very Long intensive sweet oak finish.

  136. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Clear difference compared to 15YO, here the intensity is replaced by a flavor that is dominated by sweetness, feels less sherry, but there`s more vanilla and hints of yellow fruit.

  137. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Soft and fruity nose, with a drop of water bringing out even more fruit and vanilla. Sherry is present but doesn`t dominate. Full and smooth on the palate, with only a slightly over-dry finish bringing it down from being a top level sherried speyside malt. Excellent value for money...but I really wish they would bottle it at 46% like the 15yo.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  138. granella2003 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intense aromas and sweet sherry, dried fruit, nutmeg, oak and almonds with subtle notes of citrus and hints of vanilla and sweet smokiness
    • Taste
      A full, rich flavor of sugared fruit, butterscotch, smoke and spices with clear tones of oak
    • Finish
      Soft and long aftertaste of smoke with hints of dark chocolate

  139. m884 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sherry, oak, a bit smoke, flowery, typical Glefarclas character, thick and warm

    Mouth: soft and mellow, sherry, very nicely integrated oak

    Finish: a bit tanins - but not negative, sherry candy (?), a bit malty, medium long ,tad grassy and earthy, orange marmelade

    Comments: Mellow and enjoable. Nothing earth shattering but pretty good. I like it. For it`s age the price is very good as well.

  140. Igor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    After 15-20 minutes the aroma opens up, getting much richer, more complex even. Splendid.
    • Nose
      Dog's wet hair, resin, plum jelly, marmalade, crushed praline, candies.
    • Taste
      Complex, mellow, well-balanced. Herbal sappiness, clementines, hazelnuts, nougat, hints of eraser. Very smooth body.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Incremental. Fresh citruses, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, allspice, tea, zest of orange, lime and lemon. Excellent balance.

  141. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, rich, perfectly balanced. The smoothest middle aged, sherry matured whisky what i had so far. A bit too round for me - however the perfect "Lady Whisky" (according the feedback from the Whisky Live Shanghai 2012).

  142. Drochaid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Glenfarclas 21 year old is an intense well developed whisky. Full

    bodied with big fruit and sherry flavours leaving a pleasing hint of

    sweetness on the finish.

    ************
    Colour: Dark amber-gold.

    Nose: Intense, full of aromas - sherried fruit, tropical fruit, nutmeg and almonds with slight citrus notes at the end, all held together with a vanilla sweet smokiness 

    Flavour: Full bodied rich and rounded develops slowly into fruity, smoky and spicy flavours. 

    Finish: Long-lasting, smooth a smoky with a chocolate feel at the back of your throat. 

    Comment: An incredibly rounded whisky that leaves you refreshed and contented. A whisky that always deserves a second glass.http://www.glenfarclas.co.uk/en/pages/73,21_Years_Old.html

  143. alectron scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nice beeswax, malt & honey (90)

    Single dram note (Dramfest NZ 2012)

  144. nijholtm scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet marmalade with lots of ripe oranges
    • Taste
      Leathery with a drying taste towards the finish
    • Finish
      A rather short and tender finish

  145. mmaclean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A complex dram, need another go at it and add couple drops of water to let open up a bit.
    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, some green apple, spices
    • Taste
      Complex, a tinge of smoke, raisins, some bittersweet chocolate, and roasted nuts
    • Finish
      Fruity toward the end, long and strong, some old wood at the end

  146. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A dark amber-gold, full sweet vanilla delicately smoked with a rich and

    long lasting finish. Glenfarclas 21yo is delicious stuff, and a bargain

    at this price.

  147. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Whisky very nice for the aperitif
    • Nose
      Dried fruits (grapes)
      Red fruits
      A little sherry
    • Taste
      Wood
      A little bit of astringency
    • Finish
      short

  148. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherried and nutty.  Malty.  Apple crisp.  Soft notes of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sherry off the bat, followed by malt, and some florals.  Milk chocolate.  
    • Finish
      Dry and long.  Heather and some smoke.  Raisin bread.

  149. tomy63 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A really good sherry!
    • Nose
      fume et boise, tres sherry, fruits, raisins secs, chocolat
    • Taste
      confirme le nez, raisins secs, epices, orange, chocolat, noix
    • Finish
      longue sherry chocolat, boise

  150. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic nose. The flavors is very nice and the peppery attack is really good. Not much to complain about.
    • Nose
      Smooth and fresh nose. Very sweet, lots of sherry notes. Exotic fruits, peaches. Fantastic.
    • Taste
      Very smooth, flowery. Not as much sherry as the nose, instead malt and oak.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish, fruity and with a good attack.

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