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Glenfarclas 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.64/100
votes
124
Whiskybase ID
WB165930
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

€ 87.35

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 15-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.64 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 Connoisseur

    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 Senior

    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. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      First different types of sherry pointing in different directions. Caramel, marshmallow, cherry and nuts. When the sherry punch mellows down there's a lot of apple. Marzipan too. More apple when adding water.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sugared almond, cherry, apple and caramel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sugared almond, roasted peanut, apple, cherry and caramel.

  5. kikkerneve scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  6. Rody024 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Blind sample.
    Extremely well integrated ABV with the flavour profile, wow! Craftmanship at its best. Firm sherry bomb with more complexity than the standard 15y OB from Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Big sherry influences paired with notes of marzipan, cacao, cooked apple and custard bun.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily and a tat dry. Dried figs coated in honey with cacao and ginger lingering in the background. Some orange and wood as well.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Med-long (5-10 seconds) with more orange, wood and a slight savoury whiff.

  7. Comet67 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A good whisky. It may not be spectacular in the eyes of everyone, but it's a rock solid whisky in the niche for those who appreciate the earthy and nutty side of whiskies. Not that it is without fruit, it's certainly there to give balance.
    A good vatting between spirit driven whisky and some wood driven whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Rather earthy and leafy, with chocolate but also with dried fig. I've read in other notes that there wouldn't be dried fruit in the nose, but the way I nose it, is with dried fruit.
      Further it's nutty on almond and peanut and it has some orange zest. Gets friendlier over time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A bit shy, but with good balance between the sweet associated impact of the alcohol and dryness. It's rather fresh and citric first (orange juice and zest), it still has some dried fig to go along, before the nutty and leafy side takes over. It feels like eating a snickers bar: chocolate, peanut and some caramel (however less pronounced). It's not that spicy I would say. Of course it has some ginger but it is rather friendly.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is moderately long, leaving a good balance between sweet and sour, without too much dryness. It's rather similar to the palate, yet it has some additional liquorice and tobacco to offer.

  10. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Smell: medium, differentiated bouquet, oily, light smoke tone, alcohol present, note of cognac, subtle sweetness in the base, dec. Motor oil note, nutty, according to alcoholic base note, lactic, according to Maggie note, old wood, liquorice, lightly raisin

    Taste: medium bouquet, sherry sweetness - which is, however, driven by alcohol, fine wood flavor, overall great balance, if you don't expect the fat, wet sherry load, medium-long, classic wood-spicy aftertaste

    Color: Tawny (yellow-brown), narrow WR, clear

    Conclusion: The last sip from the bottle that has been opened for about 6 months - old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, never loud but always binding, in a rather tight relationship between age and barrel influence for Glenfarclas and thus clearly on the youthful side for the distillery, is fun and is a real character actor from the labor camp, who really pleases without any sugary attempt at ingratiation ....

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