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Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.63/100
votes
687
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
Added on
11 Jul 2007 10:00 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 86.49

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 21-year-old

103 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.63 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. 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.

  3. 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 ...

  4. Geri6363 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

  5. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. davidloosli scored this whisky 83 points Member 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

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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