Dark, sherried 15yo malt from one of the best distilleries in Speyside. Aged for a little bit longer and bottled a little bit stronger, for a more concentrated and richer flavour. As always, Glenfarclas remains one of the best value malts on the market - a must for lovers of sherried whisky.
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CountryScotlandRegionSpeysideBottlerDistillery BottlingAge15 Year Old
Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.
Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.
Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.
Comment: With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky. We bottle this at 46% simply because my grandfather preferred it at this strength. It’s still a family favourite.
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Sugared raisins, honey and a big cinnamon spicy hit.
Palate: Buttery with brown sugar, allspice, more cinnamon and the rest of the brown ground spices hiding at the back of the cupboard.
Finish: Long, with sweet grapes, more spice, brown butter and the ever present cinnamon tingle.
Comment: The story goes that this is bottled at 46% as a nod to one of the earlier George Grants, who wanted to balance the taste of the whisky against getting enough out of a special Christmas release to go around the entire family. Whatever the reason, the higher strength gives this a bit more oomph, which along with the Christmas cake, dried fruit and spiciness makes this a fantastic winter dram, and an excellent sherried all-rounder.
Tasting Notes by Tim F
On the nose we find fruitcake, raisins, honey, crystallised ginger, orange marmalade, mixed peel, heather and cake spices like cinnamon and clove. The palate is medium-full and silkily-texured and continues with the flavours from the nose all on a base of polished oak, leading to a very smooth, long finish.
Customer Reviews: (28 reviews)
This is a great whisky if its to your taste. Glenfarclas is a beacon of excelence.
- Johnny Norfolk, 14th April
"Nose" (undiluted): Spicy, mildly medicinal with big sherry notes.
"Palate" (undiluted): Rounded rich sherry notes. This is a big sherried scotch. A wee bit of charcoal interspersed with the sherry. Raspberries and peppermint. Lots of oak (maybe too much). A little bit of a strong drink that makes it slightly off-balance.
"Finish" (undiluted): Candied ginger, smoke, and oak again.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 14th Jun '12
This is a really dense sherried malt, but a very good one. The complexity and the quality of sherry casks are... astonishing. This whisky is for real whisky enthusiasts. Not for easy going saturday drinkers.
- Mikko, 11th May '12
A sublime dram and great value for money. Have yet to be disappointed by any offerings from this distillery. The wonderful thing about whisky is that there's a style to suit everyone.
- BDK, 15th Jun '11
@Denmark whisky lover - Lol yes I noticed that the bottle was brown after I typed my question! I wish the UK was like Germany or Denmark where the bottle has to say whether it has artificial colouring.I love peated whisky, but I also like a good sherried whisky, so will definitely give this one a go.
- anonymous, 10th Feb '11
the color of the bottle is brown, so in that way it looks darker - but... it taste as an "dark" whisky. I bought my bottle in Germany and it is by law, that if it has been colored, it must say so on the bottle, and it doesn't!! I don't think that you would be dissapointed with the dram - unless you like peated whisky.
- Denmark, Whisky lover, 6th Feb '11
Looks extremely dark - does anyone know (admin maybe?) if it has added colouring?
- anonymous, 17th Jan '11
I honestly don?t care what it should or shouldn't taste like as long as it?s good. This one is a pleasant surprise to me and I think it amazingly enough tastes exactly what it looks like (!) Fresh honey, dark chocolate, rich cream, vanilla, milkchoco. Not very complex or demanding, doesn't need time or focus to be enjoyed. I'm getting some more of this spiked liquid christmas candy...
- Propaganja, 8th Jan '11
I enjoy the sherry tones of this offering and the smoothness compared to their 12 year old; much better value than the 17 year old. Not available in USA so enjoyed a rare bottle brought back by friends visiting the UK.
- USA Whisky Lover, 15th Dec '10
This is one of the truly outstanding whisky's available at a working man's price. I haven't tasted as many as jim Murray but have sampled several dozen over the years and am happy to agree with him that at worst it is superb and my bottle seems to suffer from rapid angel sharing whenever I have one.
- anonymous, 24th Aug '10
Considering that some malts are so heavily peated it's like sipping a bog, some of the negative comments here are just plain daft. If, like me, you tend to put turf on the fire, rather than in a glass, then this is a very agreeable whisky. Yes, it's heavily sherried and definitely not for the afternoon or early evening, but serve it up after dinner, and there'll be no murmurs of dissent from your guests. As they say...."horses for courses".
- KG, 2nd Aug '10
There is sherry and it is overt (so far so good), spices, vanilla, orange on the nose. The palate has a full rich mouthfeel and exotic spices dance around malt with sherry, vanilla and orange marmalade. It's a big boy and big is beautiful. A little less oaky finish could be ok but some nights, that oak transforms the whisky into something more than a savoured sipper, it becomes a party animal draped in colourful robes dancing on the rooftops. Lighten up, sherry up, give it up.
- James, 26th Jul '10
I tried this bottle on the strength of Mr Murray's 'Bible'. From now on I will decide for myself. I found this far too sherried and of no distillery character at all.
- robert johns blackburn, 12th Jun '10
Absolute superb single malt. Robust, sweet, matured fruits, dark honey...
- Peter Benkoczki, 28th Apr '10
This is a good dram for anyone who wants a drop of whisky with their sherry!
- Stephen Wainwright, 9th Mar '10
Can you all stop bickering please, it's getting very tiresome. Comments section is for product reviews only, any more of this and I will go back and delete all your posts.
- TWE Admin, 8th Mar '10
I agree with you, Robert!
- James Saxon, 5th Mar '10
I thought this area was for comments on whiskies not a check on spelling! Mr Saxon needs to get the message. I also find the 15 yo to be spoilt by sherry influence.
- Robert Stirling, 2nd Mar '10
I think Mr Lathwaite needs to root his dictionary out. Just check 'Disappointment'. ;) I'm really quite shocked at how divisively this one splits folk. To return to Mr Lathwaite, I tried this very early on in my malt experience and it was only coming back to it 50 plus malts (Ardbegs, Balvenies, Dalmores, Caol Ilas, Bowmores, Highland Parks included) later that I truly appreciated its unique quality. At least all this disagreement keeps the distillers on their toes.
- James Saxon, 18th Feb '10
I'm no expert and only just got into whiskey, but it's worth noting that Jim Murray's whisky bible 2010 rates this 95 out of 100 so I guess he would disagree with almost everyone here?