Review #41: Glenfarclas 25

This is a review of Glenfarclas 25 bottled at 43%. The sample for this review came from a sample from /u/Lasidar from a long while back.

N: Classic dried fruit sherry notes, sultanas, honey, lemon zest, orange, wet earth, apricot, strawberry, becomes a bit grassy and floral with time.

P: Raisins/sultanas, strawberries, apricot, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, some mild spices (cinnamon and nutmeg).

F: Medium-long. Orange peel, raisins, oak.

Overall: I found this to be similar to the 21 but with a heavier sherry influence and a touch more oak. The nose has more classic sherry notes than the 21 and is less bright and fresh but is otherwise very similar. Its pretty light overall but especially on the palate where I was expecting more intensity and depth of flavour. I personally prefer the freshness and vibrancy of the 21 more. This is definitely a pleasant dram but I was expecting more and in my opinion this is not worth the extra cost over the younger Glenfarclas expressions.

Score: 85

Review #39: Glenfarclas 21

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%.

Score: 86

Review #38: Glenfarclas 17

  1. This is a review of Glenfarclas 17 bottled at 43%. Thanks to /u/Devoz for the sample.

    N: Baked apple and pear, honey, sultanas, damp leaves, apricots, orange peel, ginger.

    P: Raisins, apples, pepper, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, oak.

    F: Medium-long. Brown sugar, oak, ginger, and orange peel.

    Overall: Compared to the 15 this is not as sherry rich and is more balanced between the ex-bourbon and sherry notes. The notes are also not as loud but are more harmonious, subtle, and complex. The mouthfeel did take a step backward from the 15 and I really wonder why they didn’t also bottle this at 46%. In the end this is a different than the 15 but just as good in my opinion. If I had a bottle of the 17 I could see myself going back and forth between them equally depending on my mood.

    Score: 83

Review #37: Glenfarclas 15

This is a review of Glenfarclas 15 bottled at 46%. The sample for this review came from my own bottle.

N: Dried fruits – raisins and prunes, orange marmalade, lemon, chocolate, vanilla, green wood, apricots.

P: Raisins and oranges, oak, lemon, chocolate, fruitcake, cinnamon.

F: Medium-long. Raisins, orange peel, and some oak.

Overall: Recognizably the same family as the 12 year but with a much darker and richer sherry influence. A lot of the weaknesses in the 12 were addressed in this expression but I still felt it was missing a little something, some additional depth and complexity perhaps, for it to go from a good dram to a great one. A step in the right direction and a dram that will hit the spot when in the mood for some sherried malt.

Score: 83

Review #36: Glenfarclas 12

This is a review of Glenfarclas 12 bottled at 43%. The sample for this review came from my own bottle.

N: Sweet raisins, strawberry jam, candied oranges, lemon, after some time it becomes more malty with some walnuts. Light and sweet nose that is not overly complex.

P: Fresh red fruits, raisins, honey, malt, lemon, some ginger and slightly earthy.

F: Medium. Raisins, honey and some ginger.

Overall: A solid straightforward dram. It’s not spectacular but is a nice, light, simple, easy drinking intro to sherried single malts. Some additional richness, complexity, and a longer finish would really improve this but as it stands is a nice dram that I reached for when I wasn’t in the mood to be particularly challenged.

Score: 79

Review #35: Glenmorangie 18

This is a review of Glenmorangie 18 bottled at 43%. The sample for this review came from a swap from a while back with a member who is no longer on the network.

N: Fresh. Rich heather honey, strawberry, floral, orange pound cake. Similar to the 10 but much richer and more pleasant.

P: Fresh again. Honey and apple, lemon cake this time with some orange peel, vanilla.

F: Medium. A lot more pleasant than the 10 here. Honey, citrus, floral and a bit nutty.

Overall: Very nicely balanced and quite a bit more complex compared to the 10. The nose and finish in particular are much better with the notes being much clearer and overall just tastier. While you can definitely tell this is from the same family as the 10 it has really developed with the additional 8 years (eg. grass became flowers, light honey became rich heather honey etc.) while still preserving the same malty light character at its core.

Score: 84

Review #34: Glenmorangie 10

This is a review of Glenmorangie 10 bottled at 40%. Thanks to /u/Justin89 for the sample.

N: Light, apples, pears and a little bit of peach, honey, floral, some citrus. Pretty simple.

P: Very thin and light, malty, butterscotch, apples, grass, citrus, slightly bitter.

F: Short. Some malt, fruit, and honey.

Overall: I find this to be very straightforward, thin, and ultimately a little bit boring and forgettable. It’s easy to drink but is lacking depth and has a very short finish. This could possibly be a decent summer dram if you want something easy drinking during the warmer months but there are so many alternatives that fit that category that I’d personally pick something else over this. I definitely recommend trying this before committing to a bottle.

Score: 74