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Glenfarclas 17-year-old

Overall rating 267 votes 84.71

Tastingtags

45 Notes

spigray
Expert Senior spigray Review note
22 Oct 2017 5:07 pm
spigray gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.7
Nose
83
Initial taste
84
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
84
spigray
Expert Senior spigray Tasting note
22 Oct 2017 5:05 pm
spigray gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

cooked fruit, mostly cherries like in so many farclas drams, oranges, plums, eau de vie, light caramel, ultra-light smoke.

Taste

fruity and malty, oranges, tangerines, caramel, a little bit of oak, hazelnuts.

Finish

medium

Comments

quite ok
84/100

Macheye
Expert Junior Macheye Tasting note
18 Oct 2017 11:26 am
Macheye gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Amber
Nose

A lot going on here. Muscavado sugar mix it up with berries (some fresh, some dried) and in particular strawberries. Interestingly there’s a real minerality steeliness running through the nose. Quite biscuity and with some nuttiness also, florals play a supporting act and provide some immediate complexity. Orange peels give yet more fruitiness and alongside both toffee and vanilla there’s a whiff of smoke – not peat, nope, this is more cask smoke, possibly charring.

Taste

Sweet. Very sweet in fact. Strawberries again, and now stewed fruits sit alongside a variety of sugars, caster, icing and muscavado. The nuttiness is present again and joined by nice damp earthiness and a lot more spice than was on the nose – cinnamon and particularly cloves.

Finish

Medium to long with pure sherry coming through strongly and clove spice lingering through to the end.

Comments

I find Glenfarclas 17 year old to be an odd bottling in the distillery’s stable. It’s lighter, sweeter and fruiter than its 15 year old sibling, but also less full-bodied and well-defined. The central role of juicy sweet fruits rather than deeper richer sherried notes is an interesting departure, and sits well with a good dose of cask spice. However, the overall sweetness is perhaps a touch too high for my personal taste and I could not find a balance of water that managed to take the edge of this without reducing the fruit intensity. Worth trying for a slightly different Farclas experience, though quite pricey compared to other expressions.

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Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
05 Aug 2017 9:23 pm
Allandale gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Fuller sherry. Light, fragrant smokiness. Clean oak.

Taste

Firm at first, then a surge of buttery notes in the middle,moving to fruity dryness.

Finish

Touch of almonds and bitter chocolade.

Comments

A rounded and firm body.

boy_genius_ck
Expert Senior boy_genius_ck Review note
02 May 2017 12:19 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.6
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
84
Presentation
78
boy_genius_ck
Expert Senior boy_genius_ck Tasting note
01 May 2017 11:33 pm
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

old school, wood, elegant spice, rich stewed fruits, creamy, malt, light bread, beautiful wood aromas/spice

Taste

this is how glenfarclas should be, full flavors bursting with fruits and cream followed by beautiful sherry

Finish

short, clean and satisfying, perfectly malted and fruity

Comments

despite a 43% abv, this really impressed me. an old school, fruity and creamy malt accompanied by elegant sherry. it will be my new standard by which all glenfarclases shall be judged, it’s just good.

Ivynor
Expert Senior Ivynor Tasting note
26 Feb 2017 8:10 pm
Ivynor gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Version testée :L18 01 16, donc 2016 :
Assez sherry, noisette, moka, cacao amer, toffee, légère amertume herbacée

Taste

Assez mou, mais légèrement crémeux, sur le toffee, la vanille, des fruits secs, assez sucré, un peu de prune cuite, des raisins secs, toujours des notes herbacées

Finish

Moyenne, boisée, vanillée, raisins secs,

Comments

Plutôt équilibré, un peu léger à 43% mais bien fait sans être très complexe

July-Malt
Member Senior July-Malt Review note
03 Feb 2017 6:37 am
July-Malt gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
83
Finish
91
Price
91
Presentation
91
MadScientist
Expert Senior MadScientist Review note
21 Jan 2017 8:27 pm
MadScientist gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
89
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
85
hans1971
Expert Senior hans1971 Review note
13 Jan 2017 7:58 pm
hans1971 gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.6
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
85
Price
84
Presentation
80
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