Glenfarclas 25 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and dried fruits. At first there are two layers of fruits sitting close together. One is the dark fruits with raisins, plums and a hint of blueberry and the other contains brighter dried fruits like pineapple and apricots. With time they merge and create a single mixed fruitiness. There’s vanilla around the edges and a hint of sulfur in the back. A thin note of seaweed is surprisingly showing up somewhere in the middle. With time a black coffee bitterness start to come through in the background as well as a hint of oak. This is a nice nose but it’s really mild and doesn’t make a big impact (It becomes more noticable after about 20 minutes in the glass though).

Mouth: It starts out mild with a vanilla creaminess with a layer of fruits underneath. It’s liqueuer-soaked cherries, raisins and plums and it’s all accompanied by a black coffee bitterness as a background. It takes a few seconds for the spicyness to come through but when it does, the whole starts to demand a lot more attention. The fruitiness is moving out towards the edges to make room for the coffee, oak and a thin complex array of flavours like leather, dust and old books.

Finish: The finish starts out with a huge impact of an espresso bitterness. The sherry fruitiness seem to cover all the sides to create an outer boundary which keeps the rest of the flavours inside. The age related flavours are still sitting in the background and creates a nice complex layer. When the oak finally takes over it’s a spicy and dry oakiness intertwined with the espresso note. This is a great whisky, but the somewhat low ABV makes it a bit muted, especially on the nose.

Additional information
This 25 YO is part of the Glenfarclas aged range. It’s aged for the entire period in european ex-Oloroso sherry casks.


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