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When I purchased my Glenfarclas 15 year old (based on the reviews from people on this site), it came with two small tasters of the GLenfarclas 21 year old and the 25 year old). Tonight I decided to get out the 21 year old.
The nose is nutty and buttery - really meaty and savoury and rich. After several sniffs and a bit of time warming in my hand, it opens up a little bit with subtler dried fruit notes, a hint of sherry, some caramel and an undertone of peat. Fantastic!
First taste is chewy, rich and lively! Not terribly complex, made up of malt, sherry, a bare touch of caramel and smoky nudge, but mouth-watering and moreish.
The finish is a long warm wave that builds for several seconds but never becomes hot, just comfortably warm. The smoke is there, and as the warmth builds, the peat note from the nose re-emerges. Sherry and hints of caramel slowly fade over several minutes.
This feels like a really complete, mature speyside malt. It doesn't try to knock your socks off, but boy is this both fantastic and easy to drink. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are worried that jumping form speysiders to drams like the Talisker 10 year old are maybe a step too far. It's not quite a 9, but it is close!