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Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

A+50% = T+50%

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

6th Dec 2010


Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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While I felt the 10 Year Old is a flawless (and rather nicely priced) Speysider, I feel the 15 Year Old has quite a bit more to offer.

The nose offers sherry (dark fruit), but also some young apples, very fresh and lively. Some nuts and something that reminds me of rum. Toffee and raisins. White coffee. A touch waxy. I can spend 30 minutes just smelling this dram before sipping. Salivating!

The attack is quite powerful (this has an ABV of 46%), with again very sweet notes that remind me of rum and apricote marmalade. Cinnamon and white pepper. Figs, sultanas, red apples and a hint of honey. I like it!

The finish is warm and long, but a tad bitter.

While this is not an axiom (because age doesn't necessarily mean quality!), I gladly apply this 'mathematical formula' to this one: A+50% = T+50%, with the A for Age and T for Taste. In short, half older and half better. Math was never my strong suit.

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AboutChoice commented

@markjedi1, I'm glad that you reviewed these Glenfarclases. The one I have is the 12-year, which I felt might be the closest to the much lauded 15-year, that i could find in the States. Have you tried the 12 ?

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markjedi1 commented

@AboutChoice I have not tried the 12 yet, sorry. Tonight I'll try the '105' cask strength, but also the 1994 signel cask.

13 years ago 0

jwise commented

Having tasted a sample of the 15yr, I took the plunge and placed an order for two bottles from overseas! The shipping is outrageous, but the dram is JUST THAT GOOD!

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