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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

Dark and silent stranger

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@vanPeltReview by @vanPelt

22nd Nov 2013

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Nose: Light. Nectarine with a touch of almond and butter; the fruit becomes even lighter strawberry/rose. A faster inhale reveals black caffeine (either tea, coffee or bitter chocolate).

Palate: Entrance of toffee and raw almond-- though a bit muted or stale (steamed white rice or the smell of coffee grounds). Some very dark cocoa becomes more apparent throughout the experience. (This cocoa gives the usual sophisticated bitterness, but the bitterness is lessened if given the chance to oxidize, developing some caramel.) Not much fruit here, but maybe thin strawberry juice if you had to point to one.

Finish: Woody caramel and a sensation of having just eaten some dark chocolate, which lasts medium-long.

The 25 is smooth and a bit dark. Compared to the 21, this is more cocoa and "muted" rather than peach/nut and lively. This is even more true compared to the 15, which looks like a bright flashy dancer-- vs. the casual onlooker in a dark corner. So if you're exploring the Glenfarclas range, don't expect the 25's character to be similar to either the 15 or 21.

The closest Glenfarclas is the 30, as they both share these smooth/muted/dark characteristics. I describe them very similarly. The main difference is that the 30 gives more grape character, whereas the 25 gives other light fruits and more cocoa (especially in the finish).

The closest other malt I can think of is the Macallan 18, which is less flat in the palate. Both have the same strong cocoa sensation, but the Macallan has more grape/wood/zest, whereas the Glenfarclas may have more cream/nut. Both are excellent for this shade.

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3 comments

Rigmorole commented

Very welcome comparison between the 25 and 30. Thanks for the thoughtful insights, vanPelt

5 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

This review was based on a sample enjoyed over a few sittings; but I just opened a new bottle (I'd bought as a result of the positive experience) and I my feeling is exactly the same as I described before. If there is any difference, my bottle seems to have less of that staleness I mentioned, and there is more caramel; so actually the new malt would gain a couple points. (But I will not alter my score now.) (Unfortunately, I will not be buying the full 30yo though, unless I find a much better deal!)

5 years ago 0

@Jimmy2fingers
Jimmy2fingers commented

In the UK the 30 year old is an absolute steal....You can get them for around 130 quid these days.... I'm stocking up on all the Glenfarclas I can get.... it's one of the few remaining whisky-bargains still left.

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