Insider knowledge: Glenfarclas 15 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Glenfarclas 15 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Intense, powerful sherry. Cream sherry, certainly – Pedro Ximenez? almost… a touch of peppermint? An almost rancio quality to this. Smells older than 15.
Palate: Raisins, more sherry, orange peel, walnuts, dates.
Finish: Incredibly long, complex, more of the Walnuts again.
Overall: Water draws out sweetness. This is Christmas cake, not whisky. Simply astonishing.
Glenfarclas are definately one of the best, this seems alot older than 15 though - really complex. My favourite winter warmer!
I love cakes and this one is the best what i ever had.I can only image how taste 21 and 25. This 15 is great indeed. oh men what a nose. Incredible.
and like butter fruit cake. Or indeed pannetone with raisins and fruit peel is the closest on my palate. Complex and enjoyable - and I only had a sample dram! Onto the 21 year now...
Glenfarclas is the best and the 15yo is my all time favourite. Visit the Distillery and try the 15yo with a drop of spring water from the Green Burn - Heaven.
In my opinion, Glenfarclas 15 is better than its older brothers and good value for money
A perfect balance of richness and freshness. This is one of the best and well-balanced whiskies I've tasted. Masterpiece.
Not my favourite sherry cask single malt, but its pretty good for the price. It has attractive qualities but its nothing mind blowing.
A wonder for a 15yo, super rich sherry, lovely chocolate mouth feel.
Fantastic Dram, you will not beat this for under 50 quid,if you are a novice malt lover you should definitely try this.This takes you to another level just so many flavours explode in your mouth without appearing overly complex fantastic stuff,one to drink before you die!
Absolutely Sublime, my current favourite, unsurpassed for me at this price.
Absoulutely Sublime,my current favourite, unsurpassed for me at this price.
It sells out quickly enough on here...........
.. but nothing beside the 21.
Nose of spice, caramels, hints of maple, delicate smokiness.
Slight oakiness, cork, rope with a hint of minerality and pitch.
More wood expands on immediate taste with that warm mouth feel
Revealing sugary, maple, cork, spiceiness with a full rounded
Slightly oily mouth feel. This now reveals the Yamazaki 12s woodiness
And fiery tones
... the 15 year-old from GlenDronach is even better. I wouldn't want to be without either of them, but if I was forced to pick one, the GlenDronach would come slightly higher on my list.
15 yr old whisky I've tasted. I love my sherry cask whisky and this is by far the best. Buy without hesitation.
One of my favourite speysiders, an absolute fruitcake of a whisky as mentioned, lovely rich hints of dried fruits, sherry and christmas pudding. Ending with a velvety sweetness reminiscent of sugary dates. Unbelieveable stuff. Highly recommend this, its an absolute bargain for the money, a LOT of whisky for your buck. This is no entry level malt, Enjoy!
Tastes more like a middle of the road 12 y.o. single malt.
Just ordered my second bottle, this stuff is gorgeous.
OK, so malt whisky is all about personal preference (unless you think Highland Commisioner is better than 16yr Lagavulin, in which case you are just wrong), so I'm not going to preach to anyone about how good this is.
I like peaty smoke, I really do, but I'll always lean towards a sherried Speyside first. If you are like me then buy one of these;
This is without a doubt the best whisky I have ever had, and I've just finished a Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel which was outstanding.
This Glenfarclas is not like most sherried malts which are blended from a mixture of bouron or white oak whisky and sherried cask - it spends it's entire (mimimum of) 15 years in sherry casks, given that most of the whisky in here is much older than this (it just has to be) it's a heavy little beast.
This is just superb! It screams sherry from the nose to the palate! It is 46% so a tad on the strong side. However, this enhances its powerful flavour. Certainly one of my MANY favourites - up there in my top 10! Anyone would think that this is much older than a 15.
Amazing carmello koala nose that tastes like Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate. Fruity and nutty. The best way to enjoy this is to load up an eyedropper and drink it one drop at a time. Gives you time to explore the amazing Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate taste. Seriously have to try this. A bottle lasted two years drinking it this way.
I first received a corked bottled: inflated gray/blueish cork, strong nose of sulphur, tastes like the nose. Impossible to recognize something else than this horrible smell.
Master of malt cordially replaced this bottle, thanks a lot for that.
The second bottle is equal to what has been said here: a christmas cake, seems older than 15yo, spicy, raisins, wallnuts, oranges etc... It would have been perfect if only... Sulphur wasn't still there. The sulphured taste is discernable, among the others delicious flavors, precisely on the final notes of the taste, and on the finish. The cork is intact on the second bottle, it doesn't seems moldy like the first one, so I guess this sulphur taste comes from the sherry cask. Quite disappointed by this dram.
Sulphur on the nose and on the palate. Bad cask?
The small amount of sulphur in the bottle of this I bought has killed what should of been (and indeed what I was expecting) of this venerable distilery. So disappointed.
Really great 15 year old single malt; it would seem they have an issue with consistency, but I personally have not found this. Of the range, I think the 15 best represents the house style and also the best value for money. A real favourite and a must for lovers of sherried malts. Nose: Strongly assertive sherry characters present from the off. Powerful and richly creamy, with a hint of the candied peel to come. Palate: Mouth-watering richness, like an old fashioned Christmas cake/pudding or a true sticky toffee, due to a nutty quality. Element of sharpness, as if from orange peel, sherried raisins or cranberries; complex but well-balanced. Finish: Long; a sustained feel of nuttiness and highly sherried fruit. A hint of cloves, and the warmth of a Christmas fire that stays with you. As above, water draws out the sweetness, but I feel loses some of the complex sherry notes and embracing wintertime cosiness that makes this a wonderfully nostalgic dram.
Full bodied with a nice dose of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. Finish is long lasting, very sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished. Not my favorite, but good for the price.