Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

70cl / 46%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
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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.
Distillery Bottling
15 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


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

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by the Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Complex and full, with heather honey, sweet vanilla fudge and dark fruit – raisins and plums.

    Palate: Rich and oily texture, with layers of marzipan, fruity sherry and spicy cinnamon and ginger.

    Finish: Lingering with brown-sugar sweetness and fruit.

  • 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.

46 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    20 December 2017

    Very good full bodied whisky and great value.At 46% it lacks a punch but also gives it real flavours beyond its 15 years.Marvellous.I have purchased this 4 times in 4 months!

  • 5
    2 December 2017

    Nose: Nicely aged fruit like raisins or dried sultanas, smooth sweetness and it also makes my nose sting slightly in a pleasant way. Palate: soft spicyness and warming, like my mouth is being caressed by warm oil. Finish: the spicy and sweetness carry my senses off into the sunset.

  • 5
    22 November 2017

    Brilliant smooth whisky with Fruit Cake notes

  • 2
    27 October 2017

    This used to be the best of the Glenfarclas regular range back in 6-7 years ago, but now it's just horribly sulfuric. Last time I tasted this in 2015 and that was totally undrinkable due sulfur contamination (bad sherry casks). Now in 2017, not much better. Drinkable yes, but only a shadow what it used be. Actually I am really puzzled because Glenfarclas has high quality single malts and 15 years old is the only one where I have run sulfur.

  • 5
    18 December 2016

    Wonderfully smooth with obvious notes of sherry and cinnamon, a must for the whisky drinker

  • 5
    22 July 2016

    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 2016

    The 12 year tastes better

  • 5
    2 July 2016

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

  • 5
    29 May 2016

    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 2016

    "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.

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