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Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Overall rating 550 votes 85.69
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
UncoloredChillfiltered

Tastingtags

88 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Moderator Slàinte Mhath Review note
10 May 2017 4:32 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 88 points

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 88 pts   ·FIRST-CLASS·

Weighted Rate
88
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
86
Price
88
Presentation
86
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
Macheye
Expert Junior Macheye Tasting note
18 Oct 2017 11:42 am
Macheye gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
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.

Comments

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/

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mer1973
Expert Senior mer1973 Review note
07 Oct 2017 12:10 pm
mer1973 gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.7
Nose
85
Initial taste
86
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
87
Presentation
86
Calmar
Expert Senior Calmar Tasting note
04 Oct 2017 8:10 am
Calmar gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose
Спокойный, открытый, солод, обработанная древесина, лёгкие бражные нотки, морилка, лёгкие ванильные и коричные тона, лимон в чае, через некоторое время - усиление хересных компонент, сухофрукты, в основном курага и немного изюма с черносливом, нотки плесени и сырой земли, немного сливочных мотивов - ириски, помадка.


Taste

Плотный, сдержанный, сладко-дубовый, медленно накатывающийся, с лёгкой перечностью, лимонная цедра, лако-красочные древесные нотки, как будто разжевал кохиноровский карандаш,

Finish

Продолжение вкуса, достаточно невнятное, слабое, с доминированием разжёванного карандаша.

Comments

Достойный аромат, чувствуется возраст, есть глубина и комплексность, хотя в целом и не так ярко и насыщенно как ожидалось, вкус в начале подавал надежды, но, увы, не смог дотянуться до аромата скатившись к однообразной лаково-древесной доминанте. Итог - слабо, разбалансированно и малоинтересно для таких лет.

Landryn
Expert Senior Landryn Review note
02 Oct 2017 7:55 pm
Landryn gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.8
Nose
92
Initial taste
88
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
81
Presentation
85
kot1803
Expert Senior kot1803 Review note
29 Sep 2017 10:44 pm
kot1803 gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81
Nose
80
Initial taste
81
Body
81
Finish
80
Price
83
Presentation
83
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Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
05 Aug 2017 9:44 pm
Allandale gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amber
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.

Comments

A big and firm body.

theograph
Expert Junior theograph Tasting note
17 Jun 2017 9:46 pm
theograph gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Sherry - und zwar sehr deutlich. Alter Sherry. Milde, weiche, reife rote Früchte. Schöne dezente Nussigkeit, Marzipan, Karamell, brauner Zucker, malzig, süß, und dezent würzig, irgendwie denke ich an Leder und auch altes Eichenholz macht sich breit; 

Taste

Sherry! Wieder weiche, reife rote Früchte und diese schöne Nussigkeit, angenehm würzig, malzig, süß, auch Marzipan und Mandeln sind da, rote saftige Äpfel kommen hervor, altes Holz und eine subtile Säure;

Finish

Mittellang, aber schön würzig und mit einer subtilen Eichennote; ohne wuchtig zu sein bleibt der Malt lange mit seiner Würzigkeit da;

Comments

Wunderbare Nase! Ein höherer Alkoholgehalt würde diesen Malt auf eine andere Stufe heben - mehr Prozente, mehr Punkte; Trotzdem ein angenehmer, schöner Single Malt.

Je länger der Malt offen steht, desto mehr macht er auf und "besser" wird er ...

#199 CA
boy_genius_ck
Expert Senior boy_genius_ck Review note
09 Jun 2017 3:55 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 79 points
Weighted Rate
79.2
Nose
77
Initial taste
79
Body
82
Finish
83
Price
74
Presentation
76
boy_genius_ck
Expert Senior boy_genius_ck Tasting note
09 Jun 2017 3:32 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 79 points
Color
Amontillad
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

Comments

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

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