I am out of town, staying at a hotel. I don't like going out to bars while out of town, and so I stopped by a local shop to pick up some whisky to sip back in the room.
I found a small mom-n-pop shop near the hotel, and went in to check out their offerings. What did my eyes spot, but a bottle of Glenfarclas 25yr for the very reasonable price of $119.00! Heck, that's just ~$20 more than GF 17yr.
I have tasted this whisky once before, from a 50ml sample bottle that came with GF 15yr. At the time, I reviewed the 50ml bottle and had this to say:
I ordered a gift box of Glenfarclas 15yr in January, and this wee bottle of 25yr came with it. I think it is now time to crack it open and enjoy!
Nose: WHAT A NOSE! Wow. DEElicious. Currants, apple fritters, cinnamon, and fruitcake! I am loving this. Just the slightest bit of nose tingle. Just enough to remind me its a whisky that I'm nosing, and not a frosted Christmas cake! Mmmmmm.....
Palate: Ooh! A little tart. Spices building. The mouth leaves a lot to be desired. Not very good, really.
Finish: THERE IT IS! Long and wonderful. Not very sweet at all; mostly spicy and cinnamon. The backwash of aroma is fantastic. Just a subdued version of the nose. More spice; less sweet.
I come back to the nose for the best part. It is intense, flavorful, and mind-numbing. Pralines. So good.
This whisky has a great nose, but the 15yr beats it -- hands down.
I felt that at this price, I could afford to give it another taste and check it out more thoroughly over time. The shop was nice enough to give me a promotional. glass to drink out of, as they didn't want me drinking a whisky like this out of a plastic hotel cup. It's a Famous Grouse branded glass, but that's ok with me.
I got the bottle back to the room, and peeled back the foil. One quick twist of the top, and the cork popped right out. Actually, half the cork popped out. Half of it was stuck down in the neck of the bottle. Great...
Not to be foiled in my attempt to enjoy a nice dram, I took the bottle down to the hotel bar and presented my problem to the bartender. He made quick work of it, handing me my bottle (free of cork!) and a spare cork to use in the interim.
Now I'm up in the room, sitting in a chair with a with a finger of Glenfarclas 25yr poured in my new Famous Grouse branded glass.
On to the review!
Nose: very spicy, sweet ripe fruit and bananas. Very nice. Lots of sherry coming through. I am quite enjoying this experience.
Body: a bit thin, not overly watery.
Palate: sweetness on the tip of the tongue, spices building. This is a tasty dram. The spices are building and building, tingling the tongue.
Finish: explosion of spice! Wow! Sweet sherry coming out, but not overpowering. This is a very tasty dram.
The GF 25 is a very nice whisky, and I rather enjoy the sweet and spicy profile. It is a great example of a beautifully crafted sherried Highland whisky. I feel it is a lot smoother than Aberlour 16yr, which is a favorite sweet-n-spicy profile of mine.
I'm not sure this is worth even the purchase price I found for this whisky. It is good, no, this is a great whisky, but I have to believe there are at least half a dozen others out there that are better, or at least just as good for the same or less money.
I look forward to tasting this against GF 17 and 15, and against maybe a few others.
I really like the building spice. It is active in the mouth and holds my attention. The more I drink the more I like this. We'll have to see what I have to say about it next week, after tasting it a few more times.