This is the 2nd part of my small Glenfarclas vertical tasting. (Part one is here).
From the lower-end of the official bottling we liked the 15 yo the best although the 12 yo has nothing to be ashamed of.
But what about the 105 bottling – only 10 year old but also cask strength? And the older siblings?
Glenfarclas 105 (60%, buy for £41.35 here)
Nose: Oooh – heavy weight sherry bomb with raisins, red berries. lots of chocolate, spices galore – nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper.
Palate: Starts with oak and then spices attack with lots of pepper. Rolling on the heels are chocolate and sherry sweetness.
Finish: Long finish, more sherry sweetness, some wood spices and oak, dark chocolate.
Glenfarclas 21 (43%, buy for £60 here)
Nose: Heavy chocolate, plums, heavier & concentrated sherry, some spiciness with mild chili pepper but gentle, nose isn’t attacking you aggressively.
Palate: Spices with nutmeg, sweet concentrated sherry, chocolate, some oak wood.
Finish: Shorter finish than the younger siblings, but full of sweet sherry & chocolate, weak mild bitter wood.
Glenfarclas 25 (43%, buy for £106 here)
Nose: Leaning back to sherry notes, sultanas, plums, red berries, then some chocolate, bit waxy & wood polish.
Palate: Starts dry comparing to others, wood and polish, then sweet sherry & chocolate with mild spices and bit of saltiness.
Finish: Medium finish with mild sweet oak and sweet sherry with some herbals thrown in.
Conclusion: This part definitely contain some heavy weight whiskies. The 105 is a cracker with a great VFM. Out of the other two whiskies, I personally preferred the 21yo over the 25yo, although the 25yo is very good as well. Overall, out of the six whiskies I covered in this vertical, I’d go and recommend the 105, 15yo and the 21yo. I already explained earlier in this paragraph why 105 is great dram and as for the other two – the 21yo is delicious and is more of a gentlemen club dram to savor at will, while the 15yo is more a live, vibrant whisky – kind of a dance club dram for me. Slainte!
A great write up Yoav! Glenfarclas produce some sublime whiskies! You’re right that the 105 is such GVFM!