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Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

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Glenfarclas 21 Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Glenfarclas 21 Year Old Reviews

1.5 yr of aeration.

Green and ferny, nettles, very green, after a year and a half with air in the bottle. Very green.

25th August 2020

Tasty and smooth.

Very smooth. Spicy but not burning. Sherry comes through, not over powering.

20th December 2019


Could not wish for a better dram. Beyond my expectations 5 stars mark
One I had was cask strength 51.4%

13th December 2019

Not for the boys

Wau, this is one of the best 21 out there and the best for the price, but not for the boys. This in the gentleman's stuff. Elegant, silky smooth, nothing but true pleasure on nose and palate. Except for those who has ruined their senses with the harsh stuff.

Keep the bottles on store, I will pick them one by one. There is nothing disturbing in this, it is very rare for a whisky. Overall is almost perfect. I like glendronach 21 as well, but it has totally different approach than glenfarclas. Both are true masterpieces in whiskyworld. Best blended one for me is Nikka from the barrel. Again masterpiece of its own.

4th July 2019

Do I detect a hint of truffles in this?

2nd February 2019


It is a very pleasant whisky, but from my point of view, it is not as good as glendronach, glenmorangie or Arran whiskys. It's like it misses a little something to be on the top. I like it but will not buy again.

11th January 2019

It grows on you

As many others have pointed out this whisky needs some time to open up. The first few drams were a bit underwhelming. But once it truly opens up it becomes a great whisky. Plenty of ethanol with a dry and masculine palate with a wonderful finish. Maybe not the right whisky for sherry and peat lovers. The Glenfarclas 21 beauty lies in it's simplicity and strong character.

8th December 2018

Fine whisky

Good and smooth. With chocolate even better

12th October 2018

Smoother than Roger Moore

Lovely whisky...opens up more easily than 25. Great flavours that really linger and are memorable. Very good price last time I bought it (£82),so well worth with and a very rewarding,amazing single malt experience.Truly YUMMY!😎

1st March 2018


Nae bad

7th February 2018

Dried fruits, barley... and so smooth.

A really delightful and super reasonably priced whisky to enjoy yourself or impress guests. This whisky is nothing flashy and alternative, it's not take your breath away new and quirky drinking... it's a super mellow, super smooth sipper and the oils will leave such a delightful deep, rich and smooth flavour in your mouth with all of those nice deep sherry cask flavours but, with the 21 years, mellowed and combined to produce a truly tasty wee dram. It is also an eye pleasingly designed bottle to have on the shelf or in the cabinet.

11th January 2018

Amazing dram, for the experienced enthusiast

Too many rookies here marking whiskies well below what they really are. It takes experience to truly understand scotch and how different each and every single one can be. As an experienced drinker I realize there is no such thing as the perfect scotch... and why should there be. Life is imperfect and its what makes scotch so amazing. Glenfarclas is a fantastic distillery with its own character, cant be to everyones taste. Like women..
The 21 is a fantastic dram for me.. mature, sexy, full of character. Ive had this 21 in my collection for 3 years now... a sign that I just cant part with this one just yet.. needs to be savored until the last drop .
As with most/ i mean all scotches..
DO NOT be so quick to critisize your bottle after the first... second.. third ..fourth dram...
Every single bottle ive oppened and had the first few drams im always dissapointed in sone way.. with experience you learn to overcone that, i aknowledge the fact that it needs to breathe. You should too :)
Patience my friends

14th December 2017


Complex nose and a pleasant, but not very interesting, palate.

2nd December 2017


Loved it more with every sip. Oily, very Oaky and with caramel and vanilla. Thick and full. The complexity is ironically based on its simple bold and oily character. Fruit punch, malt, and butterscotch with a hint of salt, pecan, and nutmeg. I like very much!

2nd December 2017

Very good

Notes of sherry, fruit, and caramel.

19th November 2017

A little plain.

Nice flavor but not very complex.

13th November 2017

Lovely whisky, fantastic value

A masterful 21 year old; rich, complex and oily. At the price point it's virtually unbeatable

29th October 2017


Smooth and oily. Very pleasant and well priced for the age.

28th August 2017


Is it me, am I being pedantic? Why is it that the critics of this magnificent Whisky...
(a) Can't spell
(b) Prefer the 105
I suspect their palates are yet to grow up (like them).

10th July 2017

I decant and only share with great friends!!

One beautiful sip after another!

22nd May 2017

Nice Price Point

I hope they will not increase the pricing of the Glenfarclas and turn it into a "luxury brand".

3rd May 2017

Not great for a 21

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 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

A fair response

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

Best ever

Save it for a special occasion
because it goes fast. Very smooth, Pairs well with all foods.

6th April 2016

Great dram

Smooth sherried dram. With chocolate and coffee this is an excellent whisky.
Great also without chocolate
Some citrus.

21st March 2016

Not that great for its age.

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

Good but not great....

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

re: 15th may 2015 review

"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

Not disappointed anymore

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

good but not great

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 bottle
Give me the 25 year all day at $75 more

30th April 2015


Yes, it's smooth. But it's not very rewarding. No conplexity, no caracter. I like the 15 yo better.

28th February 2015

Love it

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.

28th February 2015

Nice Dram

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

Light as a balloon

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

Smoothest whisky ever!

Wow just wow, so smooth one of my new favs and certain to buy another when my bottle runs out.

2nd January 2014

21 year old glenfarclas

Rubbish. Would never buy again

26th December 2013

Re: Surprise difference between bottles

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

Surprise difference between bottles

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

A great whisky

Nose: Lots of nose, oak and harsh wood. Of course vanilla, nuts and sherry.
Taste: Again, harsh, wood, strong and bold. Bubbly and lovely
Summary: 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.


17th April 2011



23rd February 2011

After the 15 year the 21...

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

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