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.
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.
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.