Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
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.
Faultless sample from MOM, then I bought the gift box edition with miniatures, on opening the bottle I found the cork had a very strong pine to it, which caused issues with the palate of the whisky, I sent the bottle back to Glenfarclas who gave me a replacement bottle, but this again failed to live upto the sample tried originally.
26th May 2014
Upon opening this bottle I would highly recommend letting it breathe for at least minutes. With a splash of cool water you get juicy raisins and sweet honey on the nose. In the mouth you get sweet fruit and a mouthful of almonds.
The finish is long and very sweet (less peaty). After drinking this I'm afraid I'm spoiled beyond repair and nothing will match the sensation I got when I took my first sip. Literally liquid cracked if there was ever such a thing.
21st May 2014
questo è un'ottimo whisky....uno dei migliori della sua categoria
27th February 2014
Hi there, although Glenfarclas state 'Highland' on the bottle, it's also very much a Speyside whisky. The Macallan do the exact same thing even though both distilleries lie in the heart of Speyside.
'Highland' and 'Speyside' aren't mutually exclusive, you see. The entire Speyside region lies inside the Highland region, which the Scotch Whisky Regulations define as "comprising that part of Scotland that is north of the line dividing the Highland region from the Lowland region".
This map is also useful: http://www.scotch-whisky.org.uk/understanding-scotch/whisky-regions-tours/
- The Chaps at Master of Malt
27th January 2014
Master of Malts has categorized Glenfarclas as a Speyside but the bottle clearly states it is a Highland Single Malt Whisky. This is also true of the Glenfarclas 25. The 15 year old is an excellent malt with lots of flavor. The sherry cask finish is definitely evident but not overpowering. A fine malt and an excellent value.
25th January 2014
Tried the dram of this original and it was superb, bought a bottle of it and its taste nothing like I remember, very disappointing.
13th January 2014
Christmas 2013 - the 15yo is fantastic, smooth and rich. Another bottle.? Yes.
25th December 2013
I'm in heaven. every mouthful is pure bliss. highly recommended.
20th November 2013
highly recommended for everyone
26th September 2013
long, fruity.... delectable.
I bought a sulfur tainted bottle of the 15 year old from mom early 2013. So it would of been the late 2012 bottling that has this issue.
9th August 2013
not great but ok, would i buy another bottle; no
4th August 2013
How old are the reviews complaining about this?
8th July 2013
bought a bottle from MoM a Cpl weeks ago and this whisky has its good points but its just got too much of a sulphurous nose and taste for my liking and I wont be buying it again. IMHO you are much better buying a bottle of glendronach 15yo if like myself you like the fruity flavours
5th June 2013
This is good stuff. I'm not even a huge fan of sherry'd whisky, compared to the Glendronach this is more subtle and less overpowering with the sherry. Very Complex. Deep winter fruits; baked apples and rum soaked cherries; all flavours over the underlining of sherry; there are oak and nut notes; whilst the nose doesn't really do the plate and finish justice, I think that is a common quality of sherry'd whisky, and this is a great whisky. More dark chocolate and raisin. The finish is so long, so, so long. A mouth-watering whisky.
28th May 2013
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.
23rd April 2013
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.
18th April 2013
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.
23rd March 2013
3rd March 2013
Sulphur on the nose and on the palate. Bad cask?
11th January 2013
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.
9th January 2013
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.
19th October 2012
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.
25th September 2012
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.
13th August 2012
Just ordered my second bottle, this stuff is gorgeous.
11th August 2012
Tastes more like a middle of the road 12 y.o. single malt.
9th August 2012
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!
30th July 2012
15 yr old whisky I've tasted. I love my sherry cask whisky and this is by far the best. Buy without hesitation.
22nd July 2012
... 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.
22nd June 2012
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
18th March 2012
.. but nothing beside the 21.
22nd February 2012
It sells out quickly enough on here...........
10th December 2011
Absoulutely Sublime,my current favourite, unsurpassed for me at this price.
8th December 2011
Absolutely Sublime, my current favourite, unsurpassed for me at this price.
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!
17th November 2011
A wonder for a 15yo, super rich sherry, lovely chocolate mouth feel.
17th September 2011
Not my favourite sherry cask single malt, but its pretty good for the price. It has attractive qualities but its nothing mind blowing.
17th June 2011
A perfect balance of richness and freshness. This is one of the best and well-balanced whiskies I've tasted. Masterpiece.
29th January 2011
In my opinion, Glenfarclas 15 is better than its older brothers and good value for money
22nd December 2010
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.
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...
21st December 2010
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.
18th September 2010
Glenfarclas are definately one of the best, this seems alot older than 15 though - really complex. My favourite winter warmer!
6th October 2009