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Lots of sherry and fruit in this, Glenfarclas 12 was originally bottled for export and travel retail markets. In 2006, it was named the "Best Sherried Whisky" in the Single Malt World Cup, and in 2007 and 2008 it won Gold at the Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival.
Nose: Light and creamy with a mix of supple, soft sherry and Manuka honey. Gentle and well-balanced, there are hints of smoke, rich oak, and a little pine resin.
Palate: Medium-bodied, with notes of date and walnut cake, Oloroso sherry and hints of earthy forest floor. A beautiful note of malt, with toffee apple and a touch of smoke.
Finish: Spicy and long, notes of allspice, cinnamon and cloves, with orange zest and sherry.
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I recognise that I'm very limited in my appreciation of whiskies... the old Macallan 10 was a staple and since that all but disappeared from the shelves I've been very happy with Balvenie double-wood and Tamdhu, but as another poster has commented this has a VERY STRANGE/UNPLEASANT dominant note in taste. I couldn't put a name to it but he called it 'curry' and that sort of fits. Sadly unlike him I didn't buy a taster I bought a bottle. One hopes that the other more positive reviews were considering a different batch else I'm missing the point. Tasted alongside the Glendronach 8 which apart from a whiff of peat was far more pleasant.
8th March 2017
I just got one of your samples and really liked it. Very nice flavor, smooth and more complex than most 12-year old scotches.
22nd February 2017
I have had many Scotches in my life, and this is my favorite. It has a very nice blend of smoky, nutty, fruity, and citrus notes. It is a curious Scotch at first, but it quicky grows on you. I have been drinking it for over 20 years, and it is my go-to Scotch. A couple drops of water really help bring out the flavor. It gets 5 stars from me.
17th February 2017
If you're looking for an easy-going non-peated 12, then for me, there are far better options available. I was thoroughly disappointed with this. I think Aberlour 12 has a better balance of flavours (toasted nuts on the palate), and Glenfarclas 12 also doesn't have the same quality of finish or texture as a Redbreast 12, say. And a million miles off anything Suntory is producing right now. I think the quality of the 12 has declined since Jim Murray's high praise in 2014, and would not jump at this.
29th November 2016
Drinking neat: A VERY strange curry note dominates, Honey, spice, apple, nutty, herbal, sweet. A strange Scotch. A flavor and aroma profile I have never experienced before. It's so unique and so far off from the 10 year old, it makes me wonder if something went wrong with this batch. Luckily this was just a sampler and not an entire bottle. I'll have to try and revisit this one one day.
28th September 2016
Very smooth prefer it over most single malts
5th September 2016
I get all light sherry fruit in this one. Not necessarily dark, dried fruits, but rather cherries. Lots of cherry. Some oakiness. Very smooth. Not getting any smoke though. I don't think it's as thick and Christmas cake-y as the notes here. Lighter and a little fresher sherry fruit
20th May 2016
I'm a great fan of the 105, so tried this. Sadly, I've got to say this is very disappointing. The taste profile is just fine, but its got a disgusting nose of cheap spirit and sulphur that makes itself felt through the sips. I hope it will go down over the course of the bottle otherwise I've got a real problem getting through this one. Will probably have to make cocktails out of it...oh the horror...
19th March 2016
Fruits, toffee, well balanced sherry, nice oak finish...Perfect every day dram.
7th March 2016
I can't seem to dig into this one. Personally, it is overrated but I like the 15 years old - that's what I would classify as a Sherry Bomb. Sorry, for 12 years, Glendronach is still on the top of my list of Sherry B.
6th March 2016
Bought this expecting a sherry bomb and was very pleasantly surprised. Reminds me of a better Glenfiddich 15 lots of cherry and toffee apple followed by charred oak and butterscotch with a cinnamon/sherry finish. This is an awesome dessert whisky definitely want to try more from this distillery it has revived my interest in sherry aged Speysides(along with Mortlach). The Sugarbear
17th February 2016
Love this one. So good! Have only been drinking whisky for a month, but this is my best so far (and the cheapest actually). Have the GF 15 and the GD15 revival also, cant wait to open them.
24th November 2015
This is the best 12yo for your money. Most complex and flavorful that you will find.
21st November 2015
À renouveler.Un scotch qu'il faut avoir sous la main en toute occasion.
30th July 2015
Lovely fruity-toffee, well aged. Full of flavours. On top with Bunnahabhain and Glendronach. Better than the 18yo version. Soo yummy!
29th July 2015
I went to the liquor store looking for the 15 year old and to my disappointment they only has the 10, 12, and a 1973 family cask for $770. Needless to say I bought the 12. It's really an incredible whisky and has such a smooth, thick, and rich flavor. The finish is spectacular and it really tastes like you're drinking a bowl of butterscotch and vanilla pudding that was mixed together. It's probably the favorite in my collection which is why I'm giving it a 10. I know there's probably better whisky out there to find (such as older expressions of glenfarclas), but until I taste them, this is at the top of my list. Add a small amount of water and it will be the smoothest whisky you've tasted and the sweetness will explode.
8th July 2015
I love the dry, nutty finish. Excellent before dinner with a few drops of water.
19th March 2015
I've just bought a bottle of 105 and I really prefer the 12 yo. It is my go to whiskey when I'm in the mood for something w/o peat. I love the dry, nutty finish. I'm still trying to find the 15 yo. The 17 yo is available here, but it's a little out of my price range.
14th March 2015
Complex to the point of being mysterious. I finished a bottle over the course of a month and was sad to see it end. I felt like there was still more to discover. Recommend starting with a couple rocks on the first try and dialing back to neat on subsequent drams to really get a feel for it. Definitely worth repeating.
5th February 2015
In a blind tasting of a handful of 12 year olds, I truly think I'd be able to pick out the Glenfarclas. It just has that much character. The sherry butts lend a depth and complexity to the whisky that's pretty special. I'm a big fan of Glenfarclas overall, but this 12 YO is proof you don't have to completely empty the wallet to enjoy the quality of their range. Oh, I love the 15 and 17 year old expressions, and the 21 is amazing, perhaps my favorite overall, if cost were not a factor, but with an eye on the price/quality ratio. the 12 really stands out.I'm fortunate enough to live where I can easily pick up a full liter of Glenfarclas 12 on a duty-free island for under US$25 a bottle, the equivalent of paying US$17 for a 700mL bottle. Would be a bargain at twice the price. Love the fresh, sherried notes on this dram -- one of the boldest and fullest 12 I've sampled. It's not incredibly smooth, yet I'd never call it harsh. It's perhaps assertive, aware of its own unique character and unapologetic for it. Some time in the glass definitely relaxes this whisky -- opens it up, smooths it out. it There's a bit of fruit and honey on the palate, and perhaps even a bit of oak and peat at first, but that actually went away with just a few minutes' time (either that or the ice). Nice lengthy finish, too (once again, diminished with the addition of ice), a bit surprising for a 12 year old. Highly recommended.
18th January 2015
I'm usually a generous critic. but this one was rough. I have my favorites across the price spectrum (Ancnoc 12, Auchentoshan, Glendronach, Scapa, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, and an occasional splurge on Macallan 18 or a Balvenie 21). nonetheless, I like to try every single malt I find. so I picked a bottle up of the Farclas 12. And I was a bit disappointed after the reviews has set some relatively high expectations. this whisky is very immature. the nose is not nice and the finish not smooth. it got better with a rock but neat or on stones, it is down right gritty. Too much for me. I compare it to a slightly worse/less mature glenfiddich 12. Auchentoshan Classic or Ancnoc 12 are better in my opinion. the 5/10 is for the dram with one good size rock. I'd give it 2/10 neat/stones
7th December 2014
Never been unlucky enough to open a corky scotch. However, it happens more frequently with wine. The store where I buy wine and spirits here takes the corky bottles back and replaces them for new ones free of charge.
6th December 2014
Got to be careful with this, have drunk it a tonne of times in pubs and love it as per the glowing reviews elsewhere, a truly delicious dram. However, upon receiving a bottle for my birthday and excitedly opening it and diving in disappointment: sulphur!And it's serious sulphur too, underlies the nose with eggy/matchy stench and is basically undrinkable, don't know how it got to market :(
5th December 2014
Just finishing off a bottle. This has to be one of the best I've ever tasted. Just got a 15yr old and cant wait to open it. In fact I'm off to do just that right now. Someone below said in a word "unctuous" I couldn't agree more..fantastic! Wonder what the 40yr old tastes like?
3rd December 2014
Almost finished my first bottle of Glenfarclas 12. What a dram. Probably one of the first time I plan buying another bottle of the same scotch. Try it with a dark chocolate, it's a perfect match. That nose: ginger, bourbon vanilla, apricots. Add some water to it and let it stand still for a while before savoring. Sip is slowly to discover all the nuances in taste. Some peat, sherry, lemon, very crisp. Lovely stuff.
20th November 2014
Very good, not too intense, but flavorful, refreshing, sherry sweet, zesty, spicy, with a nice and neat finish. For the sherried malt lovers!
7th November 2014
Can't find a sherried 12 year better for the price. Nose: Lots of dried fruit (prunes?), sweet sherry. Palate: Very simple at first, but gets better with every sip and every drink, a little smoky, just perfect (and I'm not a fan of peated). Finish: nice and spicy! This is a really great malt for the price, something to keep in the house! Great to share
6th September 2014
Great dram, complex and youthful at the same time a great dram. Also have 15.17,21, 25 yo expressions and there all good toss up between this and 25 to to fav but at 35 a pop waitrose now stock the 12 and m&s the 10 you can afford to try this One a little more often....
1st March 2014
Glenmorangie meets Highland Park, but with a more pleasant overall nose and taste than both. Sweet with slight peat, and a complexity that I haven't yet found to rival. Best I've had so far.
6th February 2014
This 12 year old expression is big and bold; It is not gentle and elegant. Thanks to the largest pot stills in Scotland, Glenfarclas is robust with lots of rich vanilla, honey and cream. There is just enough wood and spice to balance its unapologetic flavors. This is my favorite 12 year old whisky!
3rd February 2014
This is a classy malt..very high quality feel and finish to it.Nose is sweet and honeyed smoke and oak there in the back ground Taste sherry evident good malt bit of warmth that hits the throat tad drying the honey and vanilla come through with sharper apple type taste and a hint of smoke,Finish sherry and spicy with good length than lingers.All in all a top spay side dram great example of its type.. Can't speak highly enough very good stuff. Hopefully the 40 year old will take it up several notches.. Only 7 weeks til Xmas..But 12 can be hard to find waitrosse (order job) or online best bet to find it..
6th November 2013
I definitely prefer sherry and port finished whisky and this is a great example, ranks alongside my favourite Glenmorangie Quintan Ruban and Macallan.
28th September 2013
Nose: Sherry. Grape and butterscotch. Dried fruits and a little spice. However there is also a tiny hint of match, which tells of sulphur from the sherrycasks. It doesn’t ruin the nose completely though. Taste: The sherry maturation this is evident. Dried fruits and sweetness, vanilla and honey. Spicy notes hits you in the finish.
25th July 2012
Nose- light and well-balanced Palate - mixture of spice and sweetness of a walnut cake. Finish - long, little fruity, spicy, and touch of sherry. This is good stuff, yet have to explore other single malt whiskeys.
29th February 2012
I love the Glenfarclas twelve year old. Unctuous is the word I believe...
21st February 2012
20th February 2012
-Nose- Starts out lemon, cherry and creamy vanilla, with time+water becomes honey, candied, sweet bakery goods and sherbet-citrus-Palette- fruity lemon-lime arrival progresses nicely to bitter-sweet honey and grassy, some sour in the back-Finish- Dry and oaky, nice lingering spicy-smoke(not very peaty)Overall impression- 86/100 Single malt rating
13th October 2011