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Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

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Glenfarclas 17 Bottling Note

A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Complex and sophisticated, notes of buttery toffee, malt sherried peels, dates and even a hint of peat!

Palate: Full-bodied and rich, it fills and coats the palate with warming nutmeg, sherried fruits, cinnamon and mixed peels.

Finish: Long, spicy and sweet with just a hint of smoke on the tail.

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Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Reviews


Incredible bargain for the price.

3rd November 2020

One of my new favorites.

I'm not going to give tasting notes. I think that has been done to death in other reviews. Glenfarclas was never on the radar for me until I got a bottle of Glenfarclas 17 as a gift. I tend to shy away from the older scotches since they are rarely worth the money. But this one I loved, so I decided to try the Glenfarclas 12 to see if the 17 was worth the difference in price. No brainer since I found the 12 rather boring. And the other nice thing, for a 17 year old, the ~$100 price tag was a pleasant surprise.

23rd August 2020

Excellent Sherry +

This is a very good sherried whisky and when it is on special, as it is now at Nick's Wine Merchants in Doncaster...go Nicks! -- it is simply a bargain.

4th December 2019

Fav Farclas!

Glenfarclas is often hit and miss for me, but this one is amazing. Orange peel, plum, sweet malt/cereal, barrel spice and a nice sherried finish. I can get in Aus for around £50 which I think is a deal all day long!

15th November 2019


Excellent dram, butterscotch and raisins.

14th October 2019

It's a steal

I buy half a bottle for 33 dollars here in Sweden.. could it really be the same whisky? It tastes really good!

26th December 2018

A too expensive bottle for what you get

The nose was very pleasant so I had high expectations. Malt and toffee coming through. The palate was slightly bitter and the alcohol content subdued the flavors. The finish left the flavor in my mouth longer than I like. I like a clean mouth feel afterwards.

Would I recommend it? No.

20th January 2018

Beautiful stuff

Surprised by the low ratings on this I absolutely love everything I have had from this distillery and this might just be my favorite. The nose is quite tame hints of sherry and red apples and even the initial taste lulls you into thinking this might not be worth the money but then my friends the finish comes along and stays with you for so long continuing to develop. Longest and most incredible finish I've ever tasted in a whisky so much butterscotch, vanilla, cinnamon apple, toffee,frosting, orange peel and it just keeps going. Smoothness is amazing as well doesn't need any water it is perfect neat. Got this as a Christmas gift and I am truly stunned by how good it is was gonna give it a 9 but really I think it deserves a 10 so that's what it gets. This is an outstanding whisky and probably the most treasured in my collection right now. Totally worth the money can't think of a better 17 or 18 year honestly. Cheers! The Sugarbear

11th January 2018


Nice butterscotch flavours in this one..and as usual with GlenFarc..a decent price for a 17 yr old!!!

30th November 2017


Complex sweet candy with mouth coating oilyness and some delicious spice. No smoke at all with this and a nice med/ long enjoyable finish. 89/100

26th November 2017

Very good - but not what I'd expect for the price

Like a number of the reviewers below, I liked it but was slightly underwhelmed for the price and the age. I would have expected more complexity, different notes, a nicer aftertaste. You know, the stuff you come to expect when paying over $100 for a bottle. A solid 4 star.

6th October 2017

Mifune - very drinkable

Rich in flavour, not much in the way of smoke, sweet occasionally spicy just lacks a little bit of complexity but still remarkable.

25th September 2017

Good everyday sherried scotch

I'm not a huge fan of sherried scotches, and for me this strikes the right balance of just enough sherry influence to add that sweetness and creaminess, but not so much as to be overbearing. There's some good depth of other stuff too (read the tasting note above, it pretty much nails it) if you let it breathe a bit. Extraordinary in its simplicity.

14th March 2017

Smooth but I don't love the after taste

Has a nice smooth feel but the body is definitely unique in that I don't love the after flavor

29th November 2016

Niceness confirmed

A bit pricey for what you get. I think if it were 46% it would benefit. As it is, it's a nice lightly flavored dram. Definitely got the buttery toffee on the nose, but not a lot more IMO.

22nd September 2016

Glad I picked this up tonight

Picked this up-- tried many scotches. This is sublime. Great balance, for me the sherry is wonderfully detectable but not overwhelming. This is definitely going to be a stable in my home. Spicy indeed. Very satisfied.

22nd September 2016


I could smell pears and vanilla and toffee. The nose is very smooth. For me it's too spicy. It kind of overplayed all others flavours.

28th May 2016

Great product

Glenfarclas is a fantastic distillery which makes unique and flavorful whisky! I can't find the 15 year old ANYWHERE but this one was gathering dust at a local liquor store with a price tag of $89.

Tastes a decent amount different than the 12 year. It's bolder and spicier with that slight hint of smoke some people have mentioned. It doesn't taste like butterscotch/vanilla pudding like the 12 year, it's a whole different experience. It has that trademark Glenfarclas oily, mouth coating feeling with a super long and satisfying finish. If you can find it at a good price, pick it up. If not... the 12 year old will be just fine and is at a great price point!

9th May 2016

For me this is the definition of a an awesome old school scotch

Even the label has a classic old school look and feel to it, admittedly I have not explored the entire world of scotch out there but when I got my first bottle of this, I loved the mouth feel and the flavours and smells that were appearing and revealing themselves.. rounded, buttery, oily, with great balanced flavours, not too sweet.

1st December 2015

Yes please

Rich, round and full. Incredibly long. An hour after it felt as though I had been eating "Fantails" (chocolate caramels) all afternoon.
Smoking is a health hazard ;-).
If you are tired of smoke, try this.

1st October 2015

Butterscotch Ripple

I've had a bottle of this in the cabinet since Christmas and decided to let it sit. I find Glenfarclas becomes spectacular after opening for seveal months. If you can wait this long you will be more than impressed. Nose-is still Sherried but the toffee is more pronounced. Palate-Butterscotch ripple Ice cream with caramel drizzle followed by praline,hazelnuts and of course sherry notes. Finish- You are left with a nutty, dry, satisfying sherried dram. Absolutely fantastic dram but should you give it time it becomes phenomenal;)

15th August 2015

Aussie in shed

This is an exceptional whisky.
Open from Scotland is superior to the export but both are delightful. Of the 100 bottles of single malt I have this is by far my favourite.

26th June 2015

Incredible Whisky

Prior to buying a bottle of Glenfarclas 17, the only whisky from this distillery I had tried was the 30yo (thanks to my very generous uncle).

The 17 is a splendid dram. It is an explosion of sweetness and sherried fruit. extremely complex. Christmas cake and caramel flavours kick you in the face in a great way.

20th February 2015


Satisfies the palate extremely well and an all around single malt

18th February 2015

Wonderful nose and taste

Would be rated higher except 2 of three persons reviewing forgot to give it a star rating even though their reviews were positive. I have been drinking a lot of peat monsters lately and have ignored non heavily peated whisky for much too long. It would be a huge mistake too assume the best whisky's must be very smokey. This whisky is a perfect example of a fantastic flavoured whisky that is not a peat monster. Will defiantly buy more of this wonderful 17 year old

17th November 2014

very yummy - perfect digistif

I love that one and in my house it often replaces a sherry or port after a goof meal. Got the bottle in Germany for around 50 Euros which seems to be the regular price. Although it is worth it I think twice in the US.

13th November 2014

New sample

loved it. hint of peat and my new favorite

27th December 2013

Glenfarclas 17 Year Old

Nose: Mellow sherry maturation. It sneaks up on you. Dried fruits, a little bit of spice from the oak and sweet honey. Malt.
Taste: Mellow, dried fruits, grape and honey, with a touch of raisins. Sweet and long finish with a bit of spice and tobacco.

25th July 2012

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