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Glenfarclas 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.31/100
votes
37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Added on
19 Jan 2014 8:08 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 13,14

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 21-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.31 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  When I am on the road in Scotland I usually do some re-tasting of standard whisky releases using miniature bottles. 

    The colour is amontillad and the texture shows fast quick legs and late fat tears.  The nose is all about a fine and delicate sherry profile with some nice OBFs (lacquer paint) - I really like that.  The mouthfeel is a little peppery and warming but not coating at all.  The taste cannot keep the high profile of the nose and is significantly weaker but still very delicate and complex.  It comes in different layers that require some time to be decoded - but it is worth the effort.  Subtle and delicious, but lacking the "oompf".  As does the finish that is rather short and unimpressive, but still enjoyable.  A nice dram to nose and chew but a little weak on the throat...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Jordanite scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A quick vertical of the Glenfarclas tasting pack. For one of the quintessential sherried brands, the sherry notes in these Glenfarclas are surprisingly well integrated. There are even distinct notes of apple as well as malt flavours that have not been smothered in the sherry fruits. It is only in comparison to the 21 and 25, does it become clear that the 15 has some metallic notes. The 21 has some additional smoothness whereas the 25 has a deeper richness. But the family profile is remarkably consistent. On the palate the youth of the 15 is more apparent, it is more bitter and the fruits are somewhat sharper. The 21 has a gentle smokiness in the background and is clearly rounder, whilst the 25 is more full bodied and mouth coating. The finish is the typical sherry and some wood bitterness. Of the three, the 21 has the best price/performance ratio.

  4. Kaleva scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky with very pleasant and light sherry nose but rather simple and flat palate and aftertaste. Quite oaky on its bitter side, which I personally do not like. Relatively humble result as for 21 years of age. And guess what is the strongest side of this Glenfarclas? Right, its price :)
    • Nose
      Sweet and fresh, buttery, fruit acid drops, citrus peel, ripe red apples, sultanas, toffee and blossom honey, hint of vanilla, some minerally notes, gentle oak, a hint of sulfur
    • Taste
      Slightly sweet and quite peppery, a bit malty, some mineral notes again, baked apples, porridge, roasted hazelnuts, grapefruit zest, oak with light bitterness
    • Finish
      Dry, medium-long, malty, oaky, raw peanuts, some leathery notes, hint of berry jam at the end

  5. Marvin B. scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. Highlander1965 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Andreas W. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overall, very good complex whisky, less sherry-heavy than Glenfarclas 15/21.
    • Nose
      84 84
      intense sherry, sweetness, salt, citrus, nutty
    • Taste
      86 86
      thin onset, minimal smoke, sherry, spices, sweetness
    • Finish
      84 84
      very dry, pleasant tart oak, sweetness, chocolate

  9. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Seen from the PLV, my best from Glenfarclas. The difference to the 15er: The 21 dominates more sweet and less sherry. But more vanilla and therefore he has the better distillery character. Personal impression !
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light sweet smoke rises and mixes the great flavors together. Dry fruits lined with citrus notes. Light sherry with nutmeg to oak and almonds is all there. Class barrel selection! Another hint of vanilla .... great. Delicious !
    • Taste
      87 87
      Rich aroma fills the mouth. Very pleasant with plenty of butterscotch accompanied by oak tones. Wonderfully full-bodied and round everything develops slowly to fruity, smoky and at the same time spicy aromas. Great.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long and gentle with a touch of dark chocolate, it sounds pleasant. A round and full-bodied whisky that is always worth pouring. This bottle is always safe on my shelf. Promised :-)

  10. Astrid scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      74 74

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