Glenfarclas 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.49/100
votes
173
Whiskybase ID
WB165930
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition for The Netherlands
Bottled
04.08.2020
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

€ 89.99

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 15-year-old

43 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.49 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.

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  3. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. KB201 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The 15-year-old as a special bottling.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I would put it in the Speyside for now. Not a particularly pleasant contemporary, but consistent in its own way.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    OK, I wouldn't have thought of Glenfarclas now, but in retrospect I can remember having had it in my glass before. I didn't really like it then either.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Immediately after pouring a tangy mixture of cough syrup, apple cider and some cork. Only very briefly, the brittle and the cork evaporated immediately.
      After standing for a while, a calm, yellowish, slightly malty nose appears. Apricots, mirabelle plums and light honey. Behind it a hint of herbs.
    • Taste
      82 82
      In the mouth, the herbs dominate at first, the start is strong, a slight sweetness and clear acidity appear late. Finally, a slightly bitter note. Hardly any change in the second sip, the alcohol has a distinct spiciness, again herbs and backwards acid. Only the bitter substances have a much more cautious effect.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish dries up massively, the acidity disappears, a slight bitterness lingers for a medium period. Here, too, significantly less bitter in the second sip.

  7. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Jimbeau scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It does get better with every sip
    • Nose
      85 85
      Buttery caramel, green apples. Quite high on alcohol
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oaky, very dark chocolate. A tat too bitter. Gets a bit better after the first sip.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A bit sharp at the start. A little bit more balanced after. Ginger. Quite dry

  9. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice addition to the normal 15 standard. The higher drinking strength suits him very well. However, the finish is surprisingly short. This bottling also comes a little lighter and with less strong oak spice than the normal 15 (23.11.2018) that I have open right now.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Needs time in the glass. Then a very nice, fine and fruity sherry nose. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated.
      Peach, salty caramel, juicy oranges, hints of beeswax, unripe apple, lemon soda, green tea, unripe cherries, persipan, spicy oak and some cinnamon too.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Beautifully powerful and slightly oily.
      Orange marmalade, wax, ginger, cocktail cherries, a hint of mint, ripe apricots, old walnuts, moist beechnuts, fresh figs and grapefruit.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to medium-length finish - slightly dry. Diluted OJ with delicate oak spice.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I have a soft spot for unassuming, no-nonsense bottling such as this one. A reassuring, reliable "whisky" whisky that ticks a lot of boxes.
    Not sure I would've pegged this for an all-sherry-matured malt in a blind lineup, though. Character-wise, the citric notes really make it resemble a sherry/bourbon vatting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very warm and inviting, with that typical Glenfarclas spiced-orange feel. Christmas spices, cookie dough, and caramel with a citrus twist.
    • Taste
      87 87
      As so often with Glenfarclas, this one has seen a bit more oak interaction than you would ideally want, but it's also what makes it seem so lovably rustic and straightforward. Good balance between oaky refill tones and spicier, juicier first-fill influence.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Oranges and oak spice.

  11. g00se scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not exactly spectacular, but not bad either. I don't know the 15 OA, but even in cask strength and without cooling filtration it is not a candidate for purchase. Air in the sample hasn't changed that either.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh and light-fruity.
      Orange, milk chocolate, a little cinnamon. With water and time
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice oily start. Fruit and seasoning. water
      softens the spiciness, but flattens the flavors.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peppery and spicy. Medium-long finish.

  12. milkbonez scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A solid representation of Glenfarc. The finish is a quite the letdown though, but it is an enjoyable sherried standard to nose and taste.

    Add just a drop or two of water, no more. It is pretty approachable without a lot of water for it's ABV, and I am someone who notices high/harsh ABV.
    • Nose
      cinnamon pastries, dried red fruits, chocolate covered fruit, and a bit of nuttiness.
    • Taste
      Very on point with the nose. I would say more dry for a sherry cask, almonds and walnuts are at the front, and there is a mix of the other notes but more intertwined, the chocolate, the dried fruits, and the spices
    • Finish
      Dry with some dark red fruitiness, but not intense or long like one would expect for a 15 year sherry cask strength. Only the smallest amount of water was added, but based on other tastings from this bottle, this seems to be it's issue.

  13. kikkerneve scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  14. Rody024 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  15. Comet67 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  17. 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.

  18. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    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 ....

  19. Donpistoni scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose has some nice detail, but the whole is too brittle, drying, and sharp for me. Maybe it is just me, but I've always thought of Glenfarclas as a pretty big, fatty spirit, while the ones I've tried that have been distilled after 2000 seem thinner, grassier, and more spirity than before.

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      First some vivid chocolate notes, then a faint smoke, some walnuts, and pepper. Sharpish. Water helps with the sharpness, and brings out a bit of that fattiness, but also makes it nuttier and drier. Just a bit more water flattens it, and brings an early Highland mist.
    • Taste
      The entry is extremely sharp. A dry, woody mocha milk chocolate taste, with nuts. Water amps up the nuts here as well, and brings some spices, pepper, and lacquered wood. More water gives strong pepper, but it makes the body lackluster. I'm not sure I was able to find an optimal amount of water here...
    • Finish
      Drying, fatty, tannic, and grassy. Unusually dry for a teenager, even. Water makes it a woody dessert cake, with surprising amounts of oak coming in the tail.

  21. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A 15yo on steroids. But if it’s really adding something when compared tot the 46% core range 15yo? Nehhh. I was hoping for a new 25yo experience. That 25yo Cs really added something. But it isn’t.
    • Nose
      Oaky and not very intensely sherried. Alcohol is pretty dominant in my opinion. Something I don’t like. It gives berries like black- and blueberry and quite a bit of oak. I get plumbs when adding water.
    • Taste
      The start of the palate is nice. Full, warm and rich arrival. After that it’s going downhill a bit. It gives quite some bitter old oak hints. It seems to me that the casks have been worn out a bit. Rather onedimensional.
    • Finish
      Typical refill kind of experience in the medium length finish. But not in a good way unfortunately. It’s a lot in the bitter side with dried green herbs and dry oak. Even a bit of wet cardboard. Not really pleasant.

      Certainly not an equation of what they achieved with the 25yo at CS

  22. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not unpleasant and in a way actually quite likeable, but you'd have to enjoy oak-y single malts.
    • Nose
      Somewhat grassy but mainly sweet stone fruits (peach and plums) and vibrant orange zest. Finally some rum raisins and figs, with just a touch of sandal wood. Pretty attractive.
    • Taste
      Quite a bit of musty oak and pleasant wood spices—somewhat drying too. The mouthfeel is oily and rich with some nutmeg, leather, tobacco leaves and dates, as well just a touch of burnt toast, black tea and fennel. Even some coffee and mocha.
    • Finish
      Some faint strawberries and black berries. Drying and medium to long.

  23. ipchrist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  25. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  26. LittlePeat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Edit: A year later I like the malt a lot better. 89/89/90
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. 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.

  28. pr0mille scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  29. pr0mille scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fresh, slightly thin Glenfarclas, the sherry is there, but above all tart notes. Good whisky.
    • Nose
      Nose: sour, sweet, fruity sherry notes. Some toffee, not too sweet, rather fresh.
    • Taste
      Warm in the mouth and an astonishing amount of wood that was not on the nose, nutty sherry aromas, tingling
    • Finish
      Finish fruity, tingling sherry, rather nutty, tart oak, quite tart, bitter oak, menthol.

  34. Ptahr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Herbs, orange, honey, caramel, apple peel
    • Taste
      88 88
      Roasted almonds, cherries, herbs
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nut chocolate, herbs

  35. 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.

  36. dr.mad scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    the surprise of 2020 they say, that's right
    • Nose
      84 84
      the scent is sharper than you expect from the age statement. a very full fruity scent, with a sharp alcohol underneath.
    • Taste
      72 72
      sour, bitter
    • Finish
      73 73
      longer than you would like.

  37. Bottlin Bond scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. Roeltje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice Dram

  39. peej84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  40. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    There is actually nothing to add to the Notes from LeChiffre. Nice everyday dram :)

  42. fop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    seriously good whisky.

  43. 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

  44. 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. Even more of that when adding water.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sugared almond, cherry, apple, raisin, caramel and spice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sugared almond, roasted peanut, apple, raisin, cherry, caramel, yellow raisin and spice.

  45. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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