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.
Couldn't get into it
Great introduction to the Glenfarclas style
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
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 :(