Glenfarclas 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition for The Netherlands
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
52.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 03 12 19 3 20:20 88
Added on
17 Dec 2019 7:20 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 249.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 25-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.91 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Comment: When I read "25 year old Glenfarclas in barrel strength" it was immediately clear that I absolutely had to order this bottle. When I was a beginner, the 25er Glenfarclas was the measure of all things. Over time, however, you develop your taste and very quickly I realized that the 43% are simply "too little". Hence the immediate purchase of this bottle. And my expectations were not disappointed. The 25er Glenfaclas captivates with an incredibly fruity, sweet nose, while the taste in the mouth looks clearly more adult. The complexity pleases without overwhelming the taste buds. The alcohol is very well integrated and does not interfere at any time. For my taste, Glenfarclas should bring out such bottlings more often. Significantly better than the 25 in the core range and not "worse" than some comparable family casks, which then cost 60-80 euros more. A great bottling, from which I will surely get another 1-2 bottles. In terms of taste, I would give 91 points, but since the price is relatively fair and you get a lot of good, old whisky for the money, I would like to give 92 points and a clear buy recommendation
    • Nose
      Clearly more present than the "normal" 25er Glenfarclas. Much fruity, powerful and more present. The dark fruits stand out particularly. Dark plums, cherries paired with sweet dates, pickled raisins, a hint of brittle and toffee. The 52.5% are very well integrated, do not bother. If there is a long smell, add notes of grapes to Butterscotch. A very nice nose, significantly better than the 43%
    • Taste
      The 52.5% push on properly and on the tip of the tongue it is relatively neat. In the mouth, the 25er Glenfarclas is significantly spicier than it would appear in the nose. White pepper, ginger, hearty herbaceous notes, sweetness from the sherry, fresh cigar box, plane shavings and a hint of menthol and a slight nuttiness can be heard. Very nicely done, very pleasant, very tasty
    • Finish
      The 25er Glenfarclas leaves a wonderful feeling in the mouth. The flow of saliva is very strongly stimulated, it literally runs down the cheeks. However, the mouthfeel is pleasantly fresh, so you might think that you have garbled a mouthwash with menthol. However, these notes will soon be replaced by the spicy notes of oak. The sweetness sticks to the tip of the tongue, while a hearty, tender bitterness spreads in the rest of the mouth, which should not be missing after 25 years of barrel storage. Very nice, I like it very much, much better than the "normal" 25 from the Core Range.

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    as many farclas this one again is extremely dry in taste and finish and has loads of metal notes in the taste..
    i wouldnt call this a bad dram, but i also wouldnt call this very good
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    To label this edition with "Dark Sherry" for the market launch was probably a misunderstanding - presumably it should have been called "Dark Cherry".
    • Nose
      Initially a sour, closed red-fruity potpourri. Over time, red and black currants crystallize and the scent of fresh bread dough and oak / tobacco leaves. Later the Black Forest cherry cake is in the foreground. No sulfur or pungent alcohol perceptible.
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy, red groats, sherry, subliminal cherry juice and a pleasant herbal note (no Maggi / Liebstöckl but a mix of dried herbs, e.g. lavender, sage, rosemary, marjoram). A hint of menthol is noticeable.
    • Finish
      Sherry, cola, oak flavor, no bitterness and at the long end black sour cherries / cherry stones occupy the tongue.

  4. hawk31 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    My favorite of the house bar was the normal 25er. This was emptied and now let's see what the limited and stronger brother can do. The smell on the cork was very similar, let's see how it does.

    Nose: very intense fruity sherry nose with many exotic fruits, oak, the alcohol is excellently integrated. More presence and thicker than the nose of the regular 25er. Toffee, chocolate, caramel, unmistakably Oloroso barrel and unmistakably a Glenfarclas. Clear plum note with oranges, thick citrus aromas, cinnamon and honey. The flavors alternate without losing each other's intensity.

    Taste: Sweet and peppery taste, a nice oak boost, chilli catch, lots of spices, cinnamon, cocoa, light anise, heavy hazelnut, again orange, a little fresh wood.

    Finish: very long, the oak lingers on the tongue with a lot of cocoa, pepper and a slight persistent tingling. It stays sweet but gets tart over time, drying out at the back and again lots of cocoa.

    Yes, what can I say, hammer part, it is much more intense than the normal 25er but the flavors are comparable.

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky, due to the extreme graininess in the nose, I am initially inclined to locate it outside of Scotland, in the mouth I am no longer so sure. In any case, it is idiosyncratic, not really harmonious. The nose had a few signs of smoke, but I am now under deception.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    OK, I really would not have thought of a Glenfarclas, I find it extremely untypical.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry, clear and pungent alcohol form the beginning. Shortly afterwards cocoa powder, Ovaltine and some solvent. Dry storage (grain). The sherry and everything fruity is gone for now. First lid on and in the corner. After standing a lot of peach compote, everything else in the background as usual, very grain-heavy. Warmth initially attracts more fruit, later also clearly sour notes, vitamin C / dextrose drops from the pharmacy, raspberry and cherry aroma, in the background there is also a clear dung note. With increasing temperature, the bouquet disintegrates, the fruits disappear and new make, dung and other weird notes remain.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong alcoholic start, surrounded by a strong, rather sour sweetness. The acid strengthens towards the back, I don't find oak at first. Associations that arise are e.g. B. effervescent powder and acid drops. In the second sip, there is a clear bitterness towards the back, which, however, has disappeared as quickly as it came up and therefore does not pass into the finish. The mouthfeel has a slightly oily, rather fluid character.
    • Finish
      82 82
      It warms up vigorously, otherwise a sour breadiness occupies the mouth area while a subtle bitterness resonates. Overall, the finish is short to medium.

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a perfect example why cask strength is better than watered down whisky. A must try, especially when you like the 25 of Glenfarclas.
    A very well made 25yo!
    • Nose
      90 90
      A burst of red dried fruits, a lot of shoepolish, leather and a hint of cigars. A hint of citrus is in the background. Some Christmas cake.

      Very deep and layered and well aged.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A very big burst of dried red fruit, some figs, hint of citrus, camphor. And some wood influence.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long length. Very creamy and oily. Very sweet and mellow. Wood influence is very nice and not bitter nor dry.

  7. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted a healthy dram in the shop at ‘the Old pipe’ today. At first it’s somewhat closed but don’t! add water, warm it up in the palm of your hands. After the temperature settles it’s quite impressive what happens with this whisky. It is evolving like a maniac and it truly opens up. A beautiful complex Glenfarclas character reveals. Every extra minute in the glass gives an impressive development to it.

    Compared to the standard 25yo at 43% abv this is for sure, a lot more intense.

    A more detailed tasting note will follow later.

  8. The_Independent scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    —- blind tasting —-

    I actually didn't recognize him as Glenfarclas - and I really like bottlings from this distillery. Ashes over my head, but unfortunately this bottling did not convince me!
    • Nose
      First, flat, hot alcohol. Then vinous, fruity, quite spicy and somewhat dull. After the first sip, sweeter, slightly vanilla, minty-fresh.
    • Taste
      Spicy, sparkling, somehow thin. Then getting sweeter and denser, spicy, honey, coffee with milk, licorice.
    • Finish
      Bittersweet, cocoa, spicy wood. Away quickly.

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    standard boring modern exhausted casks farclas - hyped by kids fascinated by big numbers of maturation in so felt 16th fill casks

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful Glenfarclas 25J in barrel strength. Everything more intense and exciting than the standard 25J in 43%., Where unfortunately there are a lot of worn out barrels in use. This shows once again what I really love about Glenfarclas: intense, well-matured malts from the sherry barrel without being overwhelmed by sherry. Glenfarclas, gladly more of such bottlings.
    • Nose
      91 91
      sweet and fruity; spicy; Red fruits; Cherries; Plums; Oranges; delicate citrus notes; Raisins; Cinnamon; Caramel; Chocolate; delicate oak
      Intense, constantly changing and complex aromas in the nose, better in all respects than the standard 25J 43%.
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet and peppery (white pepper) on arrival; Alcohol very well integrated; Dried fruits; Oranges; beautiful herbal notes; Cocoa; a wonderfully integrated oak note increasingly comes to the fore
      Wonderfully intense, harmonious mouthfeel. Doesn't need water.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long; slightly sweet and increasingly a pleasantly tart (no to hardly any bitterness) oak note; Cocoa; some pepper; a touch of menthol freshness


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