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Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43.0%)
Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
User Rating
(26 Reviews)

Glenfarclas 12 Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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User Reviews of the Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

Delicious stuff, very long finish

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

Daily Dram

This is the best 12yo for your money. Most complex and flavorful that you will find.

21st November 2015

Belle découverte

À renouveler.Un scotch qu'il faut avoir sous la main en toute occasion.

30th July 2015

One of the best 12 year old's

Lovely fruity-toffee, well aged. Full of flavours. On top with Bunnahabhain and Glendronach. Better than the 18yo version. Soo yummy!

29th July 2015

In another category of whisky

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

One of my favorites

I love the dry, nutty finish. Excellent before dinner with a few drops of water.

19th March 2015

My Favorite,so far...

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

Excellent 12

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

Great introduction to the Glenfarclas style

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

Couldn't get into it

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

About the unlucky dip

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

Lucky Dip!

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

One of the best!

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

Coming back at it

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

Yep yep yep!

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

Love it

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

Love this stuff...

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

Amazing stuff

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

My favorite 12

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

Lush stuff, can't wait to test the 40 year old at Xmas

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

Great Sherried Malt

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

Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

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

Mysteriously Great

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

Great stuff

I love the Glenfarclas twelve year old. Unctuous is the word I believe...

21st February 2012

Great stuff

I love the Glenfarclas twelve year old. Unctuous is the word I believe...

20th February 2012

Great speysider

-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

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