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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.
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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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
Has a nice smooth feel but the body is definitely unique in that I don't love the after flavor
29th November 2016
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
loved it. hint of peat and my new favorite
27th December 2013
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