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Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

A Christmas treat

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@AlexswedenReview by @Alexsweden

3rd Feb 2016


Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
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I opened this whisky on Christmas eve and how appropriate it was. A sweet, full-bodied and warming whisky perfect for a night together with your loved ones while a blizzard rages outside the window.


The nose immediately lets on what you're in for. Sweet honeyed dates and perhaps a small hint of peat. Traditional Christmas pudding and sweet dried figs. It really is quite a sweet treat.

Allowing it to open up a bit in the glass elevates the experience and introduces chocolate covered raisins, sugared orange peel, a touch of green mint, walnuts and old quality leather. Plenty of time in the glass really lets the sherry casks speak loudly and adding water adds a distinct note of bramble.


The palate starts of lovely with big cherries and milk chocolate praline. It is sweet and round going into Winter spice and Heather honey.


The finish offers a slight black tea bitterness, chocolate and mildly drying subtle oak. It fades away leaving me with fragrant, bitter orange peel. After it has died theres a lingering mineral, flinty feel in the mouth.

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JoePass commented

Thank you @Alexsweden for a very vivid review, I could almost taste it! Glenfarclas 15 has always been on my whishlist, somehow I havent had it YET. I remember Ralfy reviewed it once, two or three years ago, and at the time I was certain it was going to be my next purchase. Well, it wasn't. But, you've just brought it back to the top of my list...

8 years ago 0

Alexsweden commented

Thank you @JoePass. I think its well worth its price, solid age and good flavors!

8 years ago 0

Jules commented

Great review. It makes my mouth water, which is what a good review should do, imo :-)

8 years ago 0

Jules commented

*EDIT of above: I of course mean a good review OF A GOD WHISKY... a good review of a mediocre one can still be well written, even if the quality of the drink doesn't make the mout 'water'

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

88 sounds like a good whisky. 100 might be a GOD whisky

8 years ago 0

Robert99 commented

@Alexsweden It seems you have the good version of Farclas 15. I had a bottle in 2012 that was incredible buT my actual bottle has a big alcohol burst that is annoying. Farclas are probably the best at getting the Christmas cake spices. Enjoy!

8 years ago 0

Georgy commented

This one is an absolute favorite of mine. Its combination of flavors go perfectly well with a Cuban cigar too. Great review! I'm missing this whisky.

7 years ago 0