To continue my reviews of the Glenfarclas range this is a review of Glenfarclas 21 bottled at 43%. The sample for this review came from my own bottle.
N: Lots of fruit, apples, pears, apricots, orange sherbet, lemon zest, mint, strawberry jam, rich honey and some milk chocolate. Quite bright and fresh.
P: Sultanas and oranges, nutmeg, vanilla, almonds, cocoa, rich honey again.
F: Long. Honey, oranges, sultanas, oak, nutmeg, tobacco.
Overall: The sherry influence in this one lies somewhere in between the 15 and 17. The nose is light but complex, very fruity, bright, fresh and more tropical than the younger Glenfarclas expressions. The taste and finish have much more obvious sherry cask notes with raisin/sultana, tobacco, chocolate/cocoa all coming through more and the fresh fruit fading to the background a bit. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin though and I found it very light on the palate. The finish starts sweet and then turns a little spicy, bitter, and dry at the end. Overall this is a very pleasant and fairly complex dram. It’s a little too subtle for my tastes however and like all OB Glenfarclas other than the 15 I think it would really benefit from being raised to 46%.