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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

Sherry Bomb-bomb

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WReview by @Wierdo

28th Apr 2018

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Had a miniature of this and the 21 year old come free with a bottle of the excellent 15.

Nose. Big sherry and Kola Kubes (a british cola favoured sweet).

Palate. savoury initially with surprisingly white grapes and digestive biscuits, nutty and then raisins and sherry, lots of sherry. Finish is quite short, with surprisngly a little peat.

I expected this to be a one note whisky with that note being Sherry. Whilst it hits the Sherry notes big time it's actually got a bit more going on.

Lovely stuff.

Generally whiskies over 20 years are out of my price range. But Glenfarclas's older bottles are (relatively) reasonably priced and this whilst more than I've paid for a bottle so far I could just about afford if I didn't buy any other bottles for a month or two. So I may see if I can save up for a bottle at Christmas as a present for myself!

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7 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I have had a taste of this one and a taste of a cask strength version done especially for the 25th anniversary of a Canadian retailer. The 43% version is excellent; the cask strength version is otherworldly. Nice review, thanks.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Wierdo - Did you ever have the 21 year old? If so, what did you think of it?

I ask as I may be tempted to get another bottle of the 15 at xmas but if it's worth the extra for the 21 or 25 then i could be swayed. I also see TWE do a 15 but bottled at 103 proof . . . strewth, as they say dayn unda (well on TV in the 90s anyway relaxed )

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Nice review. After a rocky start to my relationship with Glenfarclas, they are becoming one of my favourite distilleries. There’s a real brightness to their spirit that I just love. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@BlueNote That Kensington bottling would have been more than I ever spent on a bottle, but it was exceptionally priced compared to other 25 YOs. Macallan 25 at 43% goes for $2000, Highland Park 25 at a higher ABV is $880. I think this one was less than the one reviewed here.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@nooch
nooch commented

@RianC I have had a number of drams from their range including a few family cask bottlings and the 15 still stands out. I found the the 21 muted comparatively.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@nooch = Thanks. General consensus seem to match your assessment so maybe best trying to get samples before splashing out the extra? The 15 @103 proof (c£80) is definitely whispering my name . . .

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

Wierdo commented

Sorry @RianC just read your question.

I've had the taste notes for a review of the 21 written down for a while just not got round to writing it up.

I didn't think that much to the 21 tbh. In fact in a side by side comparison I'd say the 15 was better than the 21. Like nooch says a bit muted. Definitely not worth the extra cash over the 15.

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