Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Sample3cl / 46%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Reviews
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
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!
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.
Brilliant smooth whisky with Fruit Cake notes
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.
Wonderfully smooth with obvious notes of sherry and cinnamon, a must for the whisky drinker
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.
The 12 year tastes better
Great malt , smooth fruity balanced , medium body...
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!
"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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
stunning smell and taste, I look forward to this whiskey very much. smooth great tasting and an absolute bargain for the money!
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.
In my view this excellent 15 year old is one of the best on the market and represents value for money..
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.
This is a great whisky if its to your taste. Glenfarclas is a beacon of excelence.
"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.