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Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

Going far with class

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@tjbReview by @tjb

29th Apr 2014

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I like the Glenfarclas range. Family run, independent, do what they do well, no "whacky" experimental bottlings in bright pink bottles with funky lables. Sherried Speyside how it should be. In my mind they are the bench mark for Sherried Single Malts. The 21 is a great example at a very reasonable price.

Nose: Honey, Sherry, creamy, oak, vanilla, leather with a wisp of smoke.

Palate: It has a wonderful smooth start almost creamy, flavours of sticky dark fruits like plums and raisins, spiced dates and gentle smoke. Peppery bite and some nutmeg.

Finish: A good length (medium to long) which as a gentle spice, very light smoked fruits and sherry tang.

Solid.

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5 comments

Rigmorole commented

Tasted this at a posh hotel in Portland and it won my heart. I just loved it. Bought a bottle about six months later and didn't like it at all. Again, I think the older bottlings were much better. I own a bottle of the 40 year. No plans to open it soon. I hope that when I do, it lives up to my expectations. I've never tasted the 40 at a pub, or anywhere else for that matter. Too expensive. I purchased my bottle for $439 last winter in a wind storm that blew my jeep off the road. I drove 120 miles to get it and really enjoyed the drive because I was off in search of "treasure." Any drams I've seen for sale are about one fifth of what I paid for the bottle. When I picked up the bottle, the clerk said, "Have you tasted it?" after I bought it. I said no. She said, "Well, some old guy bought one last week and he came in yesterday. He didn't like it much." I like to think that old guy was wrong. We shall see. Thank you for the very nice and helpful review. Short n sweet, but no less effective and helpful. Very cool.

5 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

@rigmorola Thanks for the feedback. I have some odd memories from Portland (Maine)involving a bar with lots of table football tables and a barber who was 100 yrs old and cut my hair with a comb and straight razor!

The 40 is lovely, it was on my hit list for a while. As with any 40 yr old it needs time to breathe in the glass.

I love way you called it a search for "treasure". I know exactly what you mean. I love finding new Whisky stores, they are like Aladdin's caves.

5 years ago 0

Taco commented

Glenfarclas, and many other sherried whiskies, can need a significant time to breathe and relax after opening. Put the 21 back for three months or so and try again. Some have taken nearly a year after opening to relax, but the wait is usually quite rewarding.

5 years ago 0

@Jules
Jules commented

One of the few sherried Scotches that still has a trace of smoke in them... they don't make 'em like this anymore.

3 years ago 0

Barnbip commented

Gorgeous whisky from a really good destillery!

3 years ago 0

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