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Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

(70cl, 46.0%)
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
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(67 Reviews)
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Glenfarclas 15 Bottling Note

An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95 points from Jim Murray. A lot of the whisky in this is clearly much older than 15 years, this is a really sherried dram and we love it.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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User Reviews of the Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

Christmas Cake It Is

Master of Malt's description of 'Christmas Cake' is spot on.
This is very rich, sweet and delectable scotch whisky; on par with, say, Glenfiddich 15. Was taken a bit taken back by its heavy sherry influence at first, but with a wee bit of water it calmed down and I love it. Would absolutely buy it again.

1st November 2015

Favorite speysider

If you love ex-bourbon barrel aged whiskies AND ex-sherry cask aged whiskies, this is truly the heavenly balance. To be honest, I don't know if they use ex-bourbon barrels for this one, but it's not this lame 1st fill ex-sherry cask prune juice. To me it's prevalent aroma on the nose is cheesecake, yes. It smells of graham crust (not impossible with oak influences) and, well creme cheese. The body is dark fruits with pleasant dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. A bit of water brings citrus in the front nose wise.

13th October 2015

One of my favorites

If you like the flavor of whisky aged in a sherry cask, you will love this one. I'm on my third or fourth bottle now. It is one of my all time favorites. It is well deserving of the high praise it receives. There are only a handful of drams that get a 10 from me. This is one of them.

20th September 2015

A true benchmark whisky

This is probably THE whisky by which I judge the rest. The very distinct Glenfarclas taste is what I think of when I long for a classic Speyside whisky. When compared with its price, this is definitely a 10/10. A must-have for any whisky lover.

17th August 2015

birthday present

Best malt I have tasted for a while at a good price.

30th July 2015

Great Value, One of a Kind

Really awesome whisky. One of my favourites.

27th July 2015

the old soak

simply the best whisky per price in the world... enough said.

25th July 2015

good but not good enough

Firstly, Glenfarclas 12 is great but this doesn't hit the mark. Typical speyside but you definitely can see the quality that you would expect from a Glenfarclas. I am hesitant to give low scores because I think they do so much so right but this one... Is not for me.

26th June 2015

best i have tasted to date

we had the 12 yr old sunday night,outstanding malt.this scotch has a flavor to it cannot put my finger on.going to pick up the 17 yr old i like older scotch.this is considered one of the best distilleries in scotland and i agree,a big 10,

17th June 2015

let it age

I can't get over how great this dram has become since opening it at Christmas. It gets better everyday. I want to buy another just to open it to the shoulder and let it sit for 3 months. If you can let it sit you will be absolutely amazed.

6th April 2015

Enjoy each swallow slowly.

One of my favorites , so far! I'm still trying different distillery offerings
from various regions. I love to take in each sip and let it slowly enlighten my
taste buds , then swallow and enjoy the finish in my throat. Yes...I like this
whiskey! Very rich !!

30th March 2015

Glenfarclas 15 year old

Absolutely beautiful . The best single malt I have ever tasted .

12th March 2015

An absolute gem, must be in every whisky cabinet

What can I say. This is a whisky that every distillery strives to create. A huge, lovely piece of produce from this wonderful distillery. This has taste, complexity, in the nose, taste and finish. I personally can't wish for more in a whisky. And for a 15 year old very affordable, as are all Glenfarclas expressions. You'll never find me without a bottle of this in my collection.

28th February 2015

One of the must try whiskies in my opinion

Firstly i have no clue what the reviewer mentioning "Phenolic" is talking about. Not a hint of Phenols when i've had the 15.

this is a wonderful well balanced dram, too often sherry maturation can overpower the whole experience but not in this case, the sherry influence is opened into a wonderful wide and complex dram. Initially the sweet and smooth honeyed sherry leads to a clean, fruit cake like palate and its lingers without exposing any bitter or awful surprises. Hard to put this down. A bottle of this never lasts long in my home. A must try malt in my book.

10th February 2015

Better than the 21 year

One of my favs! Rich. Great amber color. Surprisingly better than the 21 year.

29th January 2015

Must have malt.

First third of my bottle was a struggle. Strong, confusing flavors.
The malt eventually opened up and became something fantastic.
It is intense, powerful and opposite to smooth, but in a good way :)
Besides the tasting notes above it has that really heavy, thick mouthfeel to it which only adds to the drinking experience.
A must have fantastic whisky.

1st January 2015


It's not the stand-out whisky I was anticipating based on reviews. Quite phenolic, certainly sweet. Not really getting the fruit, sherry etc 'complex' overtones. I also find the 105 a little disappointing, frankly.

24th December 2014

What a cracker!

This is a great whisky at an even greater price.
Tastes like a more expensive dram.
This is one of the best sherried whiskies that I have tried.
It is smooth, rich and well rounded.
I had to put my bottle away as I just couldn't get enough!
Will be ordered a new bottle very soon.

18th December 2014


Absolutely gorgeous !

14th December 2014

Good, but basic, which makes it great reference

Don't get me wrong. I like it. It really is good, and smooth ...but it is also very simple. I'd consider it a reference whiskey. I purchased it as one of 5 different bottles I brought for whiskey tasting evening with friends. Everyone liked it, but nobody found it in any way distinctive. It makes it a safe purchase, and a great start for tasting evening, because it somehow lacks any interesting features (only perhaps it's on sweet side), and everyone compares other whiskeys to it.

4th December 2014

Superb malt

Brought a sample and loved it so had to get a bottle. Was a little worried due to some other reviews claiming that the bottle was very different from the sample. None of that here.

Fantastic stuff, perfect for winter nights by the fire.

6th November 2014

marthedarts ; christmas grandmaster drink !

this is the best by far; the one from glenfarclas that tastes of Christmas plumb pudding/ butterscotch/ ,lovley smooth drink, 10/10 yes,jim murray was right 95/100,

19th October 2014

Happy Birthday to me!

I bought this on a UK trip as a present to myself, and believe I did myself proud. Sherry nose,dark chocolate and fruit palate, and (while I didn't see any other reviews mentioning this) a drawn-out oak finish.

5th October 2014


Simply Gorgeous. You'll fall in love with it from the moment you first smell it. Definitely one to keep for special occasions... If it lasts that long!

9th September 2014

Very disappointing.

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

Simply Brilliant

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 dei migliori della sua categoria

27th February 2014

@ Highland not Speyside

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:

- The Chaps at Master of Malt

27th January 2014

Highland not Speyside

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

Paul fenwick

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

definitely buy again

highly recommended for everyone

26th September 2013


long, fruity.... delectable.

26th September 2013

Sulphur issues?

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

it's ok 40/100

not great but ok, would i buy another bottle; no

4th August 2013

Sulphur issues?

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

Wow 89/100

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

Kriek - Glenfarclas 15

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

George - GlenFarclas 15

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 Mymic

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


Fucking shite

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

Best taken with an eyedropper.

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

Glenfarclas 15 years old

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.

Simply stunning.

13th August 2012


Just ordered my second bottle, this stuff is gorgeous.

11th August 2012

A dissapointment

Tastes more like a middle of the road 12 y.o. single malt.

9th August 2012

Eye Wateringly good

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

The Best..

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

Great, but...

... 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

This has layers and layers

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

Nice ..

.. but nothing beside the 21.

22nd February 2012

It must be half decent

It sells out quickly enough on here...........

10th December 2011

Nectar of the Gods.

Absoulutely Sublime,my current favourite, unsurpassed for me at this price.

8th December 2011

Nectar of the Gods.

Absolutely Sublime, my current favourite, unsurpassed for me at this price.

8th December 2011

A Step Up From The Beginner's Malt's

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

Geat whisky

A wonder for a 15yo, super rich sherry, lovely chocolate mouth feel.

17th September 2011

Its OK

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 Masterpiece

A perfect balance of richness and freshness. This is one of the best and well-balanced whiskies I've tasted. Masterpiece.

29th January 2011

15 better than 17 and 21

In my opinion, Glenfarclas 15 is better than its older brothers and good value for money

22nd December 2010

15 yo Glenfarclas

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.

22nd December 2010

long and rich

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

Only 15 yo?

Glenfarclas are definately one of the best, this seems alot older than 15 though - really complex. My favourite winter warmer!

6th October 2009

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