Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl / 46%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
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Customer Rating
Rich and sherried 15yo malt from one of the best distilleries in Speyside. Aged for a little bit longer and bottled a little stronger for a more concentrated, richer flavour. As always, Glenfarclas remains one of the best-value malts on the market – a must for lovers of sherried whisky.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
15 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Sherry Sherry
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Malt Malt
  • Butter Butter
  • Grape Grape

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Notes by George Grant

    Colour: A rich golden amber.
     
    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.

41 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    22 July

    This is whisky at its best. A supreme whisky that has everything I love in it -- I can detect a hint of smoke, certainly not wafts --- mix of bourbon sherry barrels works for me.

  • 1
    3 July

    The 12 year tastes better

  • 5
    2 July

    Great malt , smooth fruity balanced , medium body...

  • 5
    29 May

    Nose; butterscotch pudding, marmalade waterfall, crisp, green hay on a rainy day. one of the best nose ever! Taste; pumpkin pie, cold medicine, cucumber spice. Finnish; mouth watering lingering with sherry scent and berry bush. A true masterpiece of expression in a 15 year old dram. I would not be surprised to learn of significant age of and quality of the buts that this hails from. Like finding a needle in a haystack. Truly Epic!

  • 3
    17 May

    "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.

  • 1
    3 December 2015

    Badly sulfured, unfortunately (190315). This used to be a great malt back in 2013, but not anymore. I can't understand why people and professional reviewers just won't address this ever worsening sulfur issue.

  • 5
    2 December 2015

    I'm drinking it now... oh, it's good... rich fruit cakey mouth filler that leaves a citrus tang on the back of the tongue. One of the best, if not the best sherried Scotch of its kind...

  • 5
    8 March 2015

    Great smell and taste, I only just started experiencing sherry whisky. This is a great one, good value for money and an amazing taste, so rich and smooth, ticks all the boxes for me!

  • 5
    11 January 2015

    Absolutely loved this! Normally not a big whisky drinker, but after doing a load of research I settled on a bottle of this. My history with whisky is minimal, but clouded with cheaper bottles that gave the drink a bad rap in my eyes. Really wanted to change that opinion I chose this after careful consideration to really appreciate what is reviewed as a great single malt. Novice in my knowledge of whisky, I opted for this as it was described as fruity/sweet and I have to say it''s spot on! Lovely drink to have and to own. Here''s to many more whiskies for me!

  • The Oxford Whiskey Doctor. 15 March 2014

    stunning smell and taste, I look forward to this whiskey very much. smooth great tasting and an absolute bargain for the money!

  • Missouri, Merica 18 January 2014

    Nose. Dr. Pepper, orange cake, spices palate complex, more orange cake and spice, vanilla, dried fruit, raisins just a magnificent whisky. I'm in love.

  • Anonymous 23 December 2013

    In my view this excellent 15 year old is one of the best on the market and represents value for money..

  • Scotch Fan 12 December 2013

    Huge development compared to the 10 YO expression, Glenfarclas 15 represents great value without a doubt. It is distinct and sublime. Bottled at 46% AVB, not for the novice drinker. Hard to believe its price tag, it blows pretty much every other 15 YO single malt out of the water in terms of quality-price ratio. I liked it more than the much-praised 21 YO expression, this dram easily compares to Macallan on multiple levels and is a gem without a doubt.

  • Johnny Norfolk 14 April 2013

    This is a great whisky if its to your taste. Glenfarclas is a beacon of excelence.

  • Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews 14 June 2012

    "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.

  • Mikko 11 May 2012

    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.

  • BDK 15 June 2011

    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.

  • Anonymous 10 February 2011

    @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.

  • Denmark, Whisky lover 6 February 2011

    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.

  • Anonymous 17 January 2011

    Looks extremely dark - does anyone know (admin maybe?) if it has added colouring?

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