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A heavily sherried 21 year old from the Glenfarclas distillery. This offers loads of depth, a really thick dram and great value for money too.
Nose: Apple, orange, less sherry than the 15yo. Peppermint again?!
Palate: Incredibly smooth. Barley-rich, just a textbook smoothness and rounded character that leaves you gasping for another sip…
Finish: Long, barley-rich, awesomely smooth, very little oak influence.
Overall: Very, very pleasant. Could teach Roger Moore a thing or two about smoothness.
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Came as part of a tasting kit, which included 2 miniatures of the 21 and 25, and a 70cl of the 15 yo. I've had the 15 before and loved it, definitely in my top five. The 25 is delicious and moreish too, but the 21 was disappointing. As others have said, it lacks depth and complexity. There are better whiskys at this price.
13th January 2017
Light,dry,sweet slightly floral notes,vanilla.pine cones..one of the few summer whiskies...very smooth can drink neat easily...very nice whisky..found flavour improved once opened a few days...
16th October 2016
So many reviews conflicting here. I too enjoy 105 and the other similar CS releases. But this 21 Yr is not that at all. So much more complex and worth the time. By design, it has less Sherry which uncovers many more flavors that raisons and the normal 'farclas cherry. Vanilla, spices like allspice and nutmeg, citrus, rich vanilla, mint. Don't compare this to a port wood and strongly finished malt. It is more virgin-like and pure. Not covered up with a kick in the teeth. 21 YEARS - give it time. Take a few drams out, leave it alone for a month. Then start the journey! #Respect.
2nd June 2016
Save it for a special occasionbecause it goes fast. Very smooth, Pairs well with all foods.
6th April 2016
Smooth sherried dram. With chocolate and coffee this is an excellent whisky.Great also without chocolate Some citrus.
21st March 2016
My guess is the casks may have been refilled too many times before putting this down. Not much wood or sherry for something of this age. My patate may yet be a bit naieve but I much prefer the Glenfarclas 105.
18th March 2016
I stole this heading from a gent before who reviewed this malt. I think it somes it up well. It's a very smooth, cherried malt, nice finnish but not overly long.Great price point but not overly complex. This is a lovely malt and I really liked it but I expected more from a malt if this age.
16th February 2016
"I've found that as the bottle has gone down, the whisky has really opened up and revealed its true character."That's Glenfarclas alright. Regardless of which 'Farclas bottle one buys it's best to wait for a few weeks after opening the bottle and taking the first glass before going any further, and usually it takes a few months for their whisky to settle down and show all its colors.
21st August 2015
In the interests of fairness I thought I should correct my previous review where I stated that this whisky was disappointing. I've found that as the bottle has gone down, the whisky has really opened up and revealed its true character. A lesson for me in the power of oxidisation. Apologies to Glenfarclas. This is a very nice whisky with a depth of flavour that perhaps takes some time to reveal itself. In the end, I would have to say that in my opinion, it is superior to the 15. There is a dryness in the finish of the 15 which I think detracts from the experience. The finish on the 21 is longer, sweeter and more complex. YMMV.
15th May 2015
great nose. lots of orange. a bit too much alcohol on the palate. a bit hot/harsh. not bad. like the Balvenie 15 and the Glenlivet 18 better
9th May 2015
Love the 15. Great value for money and a very satisfying whisky. Tried the 12 and thought it was OK for the money but there are better options in this price range. The 21 is exactly as the previous two reviwers have stated. No complexity or depth of flavour, particularly for a 21 year old whisky. I would choose the 12 over the 21, but wouldn't buy either again. The 15 is definitely the one to go for in my opinion. Makes me wonder if Glenfarclas are flogging this one as a cheap 21 year old to people who don't know any better and buy on the "21" factor alone. Has really diminished my respect for Glenfarclas, although I will continue to buy the 15 if it maintins its current qualiity.
30th April 2015
very smooth but I agreed with the gent before me, it lacked complexity and the draw to drive me to buy a bottleGive me the 25 year all day at $75 more
Yes, it's smooth. But it's not very rewarding. No conplexity, no caracter. I like the 15 yo better.
28th February 2015
I love this whisky. I love the aromas, the flavours, and the mouthfeel. Sweet and rich and creamy. Hard to savour, because I want more.
A very palatable and smooth whisky but I was expecting a little more from a 21 year old. Lacked the complexity and depth normally associated with a malt of this age.
6th November 2014
So light and smooth you will, as the tasting notes above say, be wanting some more. Almost as good as the 40 year old, but at completely different ends of the intensity spectrum.
15th February 2014
Wow just wow, so smooth one of my new favs and certain to buy another when my bottle runs out.
2nd January 2014
Rubbish. Would never buy again
26th December 2013
I think it has something to do with it being closed. I have a bottle from 2011 and when i first opened it the one scent that dominated everything was as you said old-wet-wood! But after a prolonged oxidation in the bottle with some air and a little perseverance, it opened up to a wonderful dark fruit christmas cake flavor-profile. So according to my experience it might be the whisky being closed as i also had the wet-wood treatment that was so bad i directly thought the particular bottle i had was bad or just a duffer. So a usefull tip give it time, lotsa time!
16th December 2013
I must've gotten a bad bottle the first time I purchased this from a shop: serious taste of old, wet wood with everything else quite diminished and and a quickly disappearing aftertaste. The one I'm tasting right now has much bolder aromas with none of that 'soggy cask' taste to taint it, and it lingers on the tongue and in the throat much longer. Good stuff for the price it commands.
14th December 2012
Yes,you get peppermint and citrus + a whole range of whisky tastes. Oak is there as always (it is whisky after all),to describe it as 'harsh' in this case is, to me, simply wrong. While I don't entirely disagree with previous comments I want to comment on the smoothness and lingering special after taste.
25th July 2011
Nose: Lots of nose, oak and harsh wood. Of course vanilla, nuts and sherry.Taste: Again, harsh, wood, strong and bold. Bubbly and lovelySummary: Lots of character, peppery, very nice balance. Light and a feeling of summer. Smooth and complex. Not that much sherry as hoped but still a great whisky./Jens, www.chwisgi.com
17th April 2011
23rd February 2011
peppermint yes - nose and palate. Also some green grass. Long long finish - bittersweet. Less fruit cake than the 15 year for sure - but some citrus in the background? Rounded and smooth. Indeed, is it too rounded and smooth for its own good?
21st December 2010