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Glenfarclas 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.99/100
votes
81
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition for The Netherlands
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
50% refill & 50% 1st fill oloroso sherry cask
Number of bottles
1800
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2020 6:15 pm by aspa
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 90.53

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 15-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.99 points

  1. Bam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite demanding sherry bottling, sometimes without dried fruit. Very dry from start to finish. But definitely complex and exciting. Quite thin for a barrel strength, or, if you want to put it positively, alcohol well integrated.
    • Nose
      Roasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, pumpernickel, grapefruit, peach. Musty, damp cellar. Very spicy, slightly herbaceous oak with cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. Carried by a subtle note of caramel.
    • Taste
      Easy start, oily / silky mouthfeel. Starts with different citrus flavors, especially grapefruit and lemon, then the fruit turns to peach. Burnt caramel, roasted hazelnuts. Then slowly spicy, pepper, nutmeg, dark chocolate. Suddenly some sulfur comes up, it wasn't noticeable on the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Grapefruit and lemon, espresso, nutmeg.

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a successful Glenfarclas, which is noticeably good for the higher alcohol content compared to the standard bottlings in the age group. Not very complex, but still tasty with what it offers. I like it best in the nose. The price is fair for what is offered.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fruity sweetness; Peach; ripe apples; Orange notes; some dried fruit; Caramel; delicate herbs; Nuts; spicy wood notes
    • Taste
      87 87
      a comparatively soft start for the alcohol content; lies silky in the mouth; bitter to sour fruity with grapefruit and citrus notes; with peach and some apple; Caramel; nutty notes; peppery seasoning is increasing
    • Finish
      87 87
      also here noticeably towards bitter / sour fruity notes of grapefruit; tender nutty; spicy, tart oak aromas

  3. robbert88 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    With 2 drops of water, the unwise sherry in the nose becomes a bit softer and rounder.

    The palette then has a somewhat more fruity overtone.
    • Nose
      A nice musty scent of sherry, pear, nuts and apples.
    • Taste
      Peach, a greasy mouthfeel, nuts, sour fruit, pepper, cloves, mild bitter.
    • Finish
      A sourness in the cheek pouches. Later some bitterness of wood and a pepper.

  4. LittlePeat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. The_Independent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A really, very well done Glenfarclas bottling. Lots of taste for the money.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, smooth sherry nose, sugar cookies, hazelnuts and spicy wood notes. With a little water, nice citrus notes come through - orange, lemon zest,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Initially thin mouthfeel. Then the alcohol kicks in, a certain sharpness comes through and it quickly becomes very spicy. Less sweet than the nose promises. Sour-bitter citrus notes with strong baking cocoa,
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length and creamy. Baked cocoa, spicy wood, light citrus notes, some menthol.

  6. pr0mille scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. pr0mille scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It starts off pretty modest in the nose, not much to discover. But in taste everything gets powerful and way more tasty.
    Very pleasant overall.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, red fruit, prunes, pretty modest actually. Not much alcohol noticeable.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong, fruity, red fruits, prunes, pickering. Some floral notes, leather, chocolate. Pretty oily, thick structure.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still strong, drying, a little bitter layer under a red fruity base. Some honey now as wel, pretty long. Tobacco now as well.

  9. sengaia scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This has a very dry and modern sherry profile which is okay but nothing to write home about. There is no sulphur and there are no off notes, but also nothing to lift it above average.

    I hope Glenfarclas do still have sherry casks better than this. If this is the future of sherry casked whisky, it will be somewhat boring.

  10. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quite well made. This is like the standard 15yo, but then CS. I Like this one better.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Full on sherry! Quite an hit of sherry, the syrupy one in this case. Fill of figs, raisins confectionery and other sweet and red fruits.
      Little leather and tobacco in the background.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full in sherry. Although above 50%ABV, quite drinkable. Loads of figs, raisins and sherry influences. Little woody as there is some sawdust and pencil shavings in the background.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length. Again quite heavy on the sherry side. Fades away softly with little change.

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