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Glenfarclas 25-year-old

Overall rating
85.57/100
votes
25
Whiskybase ID
WB149802
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Bottled
02.10.2019
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L02 10 19
Barcode
5018066254317
Added on
24 Feb 2020 5:33 pm by karloff
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 94.45

5 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 25-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.57 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    I've got several bottles of the 18YO, but only tasted the 25YO from a miniature in a tasting pack.
    So it's time for another "miniature", this time a sample from karloff.
    There are more than 30 bottlings of this expression, and judging by the deviation in the scores there have to be some inconsistency.
    I gave the miniature 89 points some 4-5 years ago, this is at the moment average 82. Is the quality dropping that much?
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very pleasant and quite complex nose.
      A lot going on and it takes some time to discover "everything".
      Milk chocolate, coffee, leather. Bitter sweet orange.
      A little bit tropical and soft sherry wood.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A very nice rich and sweet chocolate on arrival.
      The sweetness doesn't last very long before it goes rather more into bitter and drying coffee.
      Unfortunate, because the initial taste was so much better than the development.
      Midway there is a build up of spice. Too much actually, because it doesn't add anything to the taste, it just burns.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Let's say it's medium lenght, but it really is disappointingly short for a 25YO.
      A little licorice and coffee, but too dry and bitter, and despite the 43% it has a tasteless burn.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    I took a chance on this and to be honest I expected something better. It was on special offer and maybe they knew something I didn't. I much prefer the 15, a lot more balanced. It is not a terrible dram by any stretch, I'm drinking it and it's going down. Wouldn't buy it again.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Old leather, coffee beans, aniseed, dried fruits like raisins and peaches.
      There is also old wood dark furniture, some spice there but not sure what.
      Toffee apple, dark plums and cherry.
      There are hints of blood orange and even ripe mangoes.
      The nose is quite pleasant but by no means spectacular.
      There is a lot in there but as Eric Morecambe said " I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order ".
    • Taste
      79 79
      For a start this would have been a lot better off at 46% and because of that it suffers for it. Also it tastes off kilter, the balance isn't there for me.
      Too much spice and bitterness and not enough of the gentle stuff like the fruits and the coffee.
      There is a little hint of aniseed but it quickly fades.
      There is a strong oak taste and it's too much for me.
    • Finish
      75 75
      The finish is short to medium and again it's dominated by the dry oak and spice burn. On the bottle it says intense, I think he was being kind. Well I suppose it's one way of putting it.

  3. Sven81 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Price performance for me is still very good!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. jackteo scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. Islay1815 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Seanzhang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. peej84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

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