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Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

Average score from 3 reviews and 4 ratings 91

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

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  • Brand: Glenfarclas
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 18 year old

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Glenfarclas 18 Year Old

Glenfarclas 18 is a whisky found in the travel retail. It comes in litre bottles. My bottle cost me 47 EUR, which simply is a bargain considering the age, quality and size.

NOSE: fruit, honey, wax. A loveley mix of different fruits notes. PALATE: fruit, honey and wax again. A quite complex palate with a freshness despite the age. You can find vanilla, grass and layers of fruit and cream. Wonderful to let this whisky roll in your mouth as you find new tastes. FINISH: fairly long finish. The many layers of taste makes it a very intresting finish aswell.

I'm impressed! A loveley whisky that feels very balanced and with a freshness that I really like. It' s a pity that I only bought one bottle, especially considering the price tag. It light be a winner in the "most whisky for your money" competition!

But it if you find it!

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Got a few bottles of this. Cracked open a bottle this evening. Sweet caramels on the first taste. Although it's only 43% it seemed it was a higher ABV - levels off with a little water. Does have some slightly bitter notes. After taste has a unique preserved asian plum. I don't like the 12 year variety of this distillation but the 18 is certainly so much better. The bitterness and the asian plum is quite intriguing.

Nice review, @arulkl. I wasn't impressed when I first popped this, and would have scored it similarly to you. I suggest trying it again in a month. This stuff really opens up beautifully.

@hunggar

This might be hard to find. It’s a limited release for the travel retail industry, and apparently it’s not easy to come across. But if you can find it, buy it. I love it. Usually I give top marks to big peat monsters or powerfully-flavoured cask strength whiskies. Not here. This one embodies subtlety, delicacy, maturity, and nuance.

Nose: Honey, wax, sherry, apples, peaches, cinnamon, fermented orchard fruit, musty oak, sawdust, woodspices, Fruity, musty, and complex.

Palate: Cream, butter, vanilla fudge, guava, bitter tangerines, pie crust, white wine, milk tea, burnt grass.

Finish: More citrus/guava bitterness, sour apples, sweet pears, peaches, fermented fruit, butter, oak, charcoal, roasted nuts, baking spices, touches of sherry as well as white wine. A metallic note lingers. Long, fruity, bitter, and drying.

Perhaps one of the most delicately nuanced whiskies I’ve tried. It was shy at first, but over time has become more intense. If you’re expecting an older version of the 15, don’t. Both are fruity, but the 15 is much more sherry-forward, rounded, and sweet. If anything, the 18 appears to be a continuation of the 12, with its tannic influences and a delicate balance of bitter and sweet. The bitterness of the finish may be a bit challenging for some, but the sophistication, complexity, and subtlety of this whisky has me rapt. This score would be higher still if it weren’t for an odd metallic taste that lingers. A mature whisky for a mature palate. Brilliant.

Thanks, @hunggar, Now I look forward to seeing how my bottle evolves. I initially wrote this off as a disappointing purchase (it seemed very closed and uneventful: lemon and almonds), but I have to admit has improved slightly after a month (stronger nut sensation). I'll slow down now and come back to the bottle in a few months, then...

@vanPelt, I'd give it another go. Mine took some time to open up, but it's still reasonably shy. It's a soft profile, but there's a lot of depth.

@Frost, as far as I know it's only available in the 1L bottles.

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