Glenfarclas 25 Years

One of the oldest bottlings in Glenfarclas's standard range. A very complex 25-year-old malt that shows a lot of dryness and oak notes but is not dominated by sheer sherry influence.

One of the oldest bottlings in Glenfarclas's standard range. A very complex 25-year-old malt that shows a lot of dryness and oak notes but is not dominated by sheer sherry influence.

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1009
Glenfarclas
Scotland, Speyside
Single Malt Whisky
25 Years
43%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Sherry
Chill filtration - WithArtifical colouring - Without
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Sherry:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Honey:
Oak:
Nuts:
Vanilla:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Orange:
Spices:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Coffee:
Raisin:
Dark Chocolate:
Peat Smoke:
Plum:
Cherry:
Dried Fruit:
Berries:
Date:
Malt:
Cinnamon:
Alcohol:
Apple:
Blackberry:
Clove:
Fig:
Oil:
Peach:
Tobacco:
Herbs:
Barley:
Coconut:
Floral:
Ginger:
Hazelnut:
Leather:
Mint:
Pepper:
Strawberry:
Tropical Fruit:
Tasting
Sherry:
Oak:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Nuts:
Spices:
Oil:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Dried Fruit:
Raisin:
Malt:
Dark Chocolate:
Honey:
Leather:
Peat Smoke:
Pepper:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Cherry:
Ginger:
Orange:
Tobacco:
Herbs:
Alcohol:
Cinnamon:
Coffee:
Fig:
Anise:
Apple:
Blackberry:
Chili:
Clove:
Floral:
Grape:
Grapefruit:
Hay:
Heather:
Nutmeg:
Peach:
Plum:
Tropical Fruit:
Finish
Sherry:
Oak:
Sweet:
Spices:
Peat Smoke:
Malt:
Herb:
Chocolate:
Nuts:
Fruit:
Dark Chocolate:
Oil:
Dried Fruit:
Honey:
Cinnamon:
Leather:
Zitrus:
Orange:
Caramel:
Cherry:
Grape:
Raisin:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Clove:
Coffee:
Floral:
Heather:
Mint:
Pepper:
Plum:
Strawberry:
Tobacco:
Alcohol:
Almonds:
Berries:
Cake:

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Tasting Notes 8

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Nosing:
Complex, yet refined, delicately peated, with fresh tempting aromas of marmalade, honey, freshly ground coffee, sherry and nuts. Some oaky tannins.
Taste:
Full-bodied and robust, the sherry and the oak fight for your attention yet neither is overpowering. A powerful nutty smokiness.
Finish:
Intense, long lasting, dry smoky and malty. A beautiful dark Belgium chocolate taste at the back of your mouth to complete the flavour of the 25 Years Old.
11. Mar 2016

Comment:
RaisinCaramelChocolateMalt
20. Nov 2020
Nosing: SherryCaramelNutsCinnamonCloveDried Fruit
Very well integrated sherry cask influence. Sweet, caramel and nuts. Very light cinnamon and clove. Mixed dried fruit. Really benefits from sitting in the glass for 10 mins or so.

Taste: Dried FruitRaisinOakSherry
Medium to dry arrival, but full bodied. Dried fruit, particularly raisin. Lots of well integrated oak. It doesn't really get spicy though, the oak is more of a background tannin affair.

Finish: OakSherryDried Fruit
Long, lots of residual sherry, dried fruit and oak. Sweetens slightly over time, but still relatively dry.

Comment:
This is a very good example of an older sherry matured standard bottling. The fruitiness seen in the younger versions of Glenfarclas is a lot more subdued and integrated overall. The nose is very good, and hints at a lot sweeter malt than this actually is. The addition of a few drops of water teases out a bit of orange oil on the nose. The palate is very straightforward, lots of dried fruit and oak balancing each other out. It's quite full bodied, but dry after all this time in the cask. The finish is long and a decent continuation of the palate, but no real noteworthy changes in it. It goes to show the difference the additional age makes on a release, the younger releases of Glenfarclas are a lot more lively in their nature. This is a good first stop in trying older whisky though, as the release is still relatively affordable relative to its age. Worth trying, but I enjoy the youthfulness of the 15 year old more at this point.

86/100
Nosing: BerriesTropical FruitPlumChocolateVanillaSherry

Taste: OilHoneyBlackberryOrangeCherry

Finish: long MaltOrangeSherryCaramel

Comment: Excellent!
24. Nov 2017
Nosing:
SherryChocolateCloveTobaccoBarley
Taste:
SweetSherryTropical FruitOilSpices
Finish:
long MaltDark Chocolate
Comment:
91/100
09. Nov 2018
Nosing: SherryPlumDateHoney and a distant earthy Floral note

Taste: CaramelOakPepper and the Floral carries over from the nose

Finish: CakeAlmondsLeather a cooling Mint element and an ever-so-slight Sweet that one really has to wait for

Comment: The Glenfarclas 25-year old presents several dimensions of sweetness on the nose. Fruit, sugar/honey, traditional sherry influences - all distinctly present. A soft, earthy floral scent is barely present as a background scent, but merges perfectly with this whisky's complex sweetness.

Absolutely no alcohol bite whatsoever. "Flatter" is an apt adjective, unfortunately. The soft earthy influences hinted at on the nose take over through the finish, as opposed to the shining fruit-forward first impressions this whisky offers. A worth-waiting -for and much-needed sweetness appears at the farthest extent of the finish, saving the flavor profile from falling short of its olfactory promise.

The strength of this whisky is its subtle, contradictory influences that stand in the background of both the nose and the flavor profile, waiting to be discovered.
04. Apr 2015
Nosing: SherryOakCaramelCoconut

Taste: SherryGingerCinnamonHoney toffee

Finish: Spices medium

Comment:
dimitar_81
05. Jul 2016
Nosing:

Taste: SherryOak

Finish:

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HerrThorsen
09. Dec 2017