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Glenfarclas 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.83/100
votes
95
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

€ 79.93

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 15-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.83 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. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  5. 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.

  6. ipchrist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. LittlePeat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.

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