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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Impresses

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Impresses

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A truly refined Scotch whisky

The flavors of apricot, toffee, almonds and spice are opulent and pure.

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Highland Scotch, SRP $150.

Glenfarclas has been owned by a single family since 1865. They run a 24 hour operation which among other things manages 52,000 casks at varying states of maturity; these are all moved by hand. I recently tasted the Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Highland Scotch.

The Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Highland Scotch was produced using their traditional methods. Only three ingredients, spring water, malted barley and yeast are used to produce Glenfarclas. Aging was accomplished in a combination of traditional whisky cask as well as previously used Sherry barrels. This 25 year old Scotch has a big nose that simply brims with enticing aromas such as sweet apricot, hazelnut and gentle wisps of smoke. From the first sip the very last the palate is a knockout; it impresses with incredible depth and richness. The flavors of apricot, toffee, almonds and spice are opulent and pure. The Glenfarcas 25 has remarkable length and persistence of finish with copious spices such as pepper, bits of yeast and hints of caramel. This prodigious finish kept reverberating at the back of my throat long after I had swallowed the final sip.

In short this Scotch is intense, impressive and simply wonderful. This is a fantastic expression of an older Single Malt Scotch that everyone who loves great whisky should be angling to get their hands on. Do whatever you have to, but definitely grab yourself a bottle of Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt if you can. When talking top shelf spirits, this expression from Glenfarclas has to be in the conversation. It will be a wonderful addition to your bar.

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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

This review continues my examinations of the Glenfarclas Single Malt line-up. I have previously reviewed the Glenfarclas 12 Year, the Glenfarclas 15 Year, the Glenfarclas 17 Year, the Glenfarclas 21 Year, the Glenfarclas 30 Year, the Glenfarclas 40 Year, and the Glenfarclas Cask Strength 105. These whiskies have been matured in two styles of oak barrels, plain oak barrels which have previously contained Bourbon or Scotch whisky, and Spanish oak barrels which have previously contained Oloroso or Fino Sherry from Seville. The whisky is then stored in traditional ‘dunnage’ warehouses that date from the late 1800s. These warehouses have thick stone walls and earthen floors.

The Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Whisky which is the subject of this review has been bottled at 43 % and is produced from aged stocks of both first fill sherry casks and refill bourbon casks.

Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc has facilitated my reviews of by inviting me to a tasting event hosted by George Grant, the Sales Director for the Glenfarclas Distillery. Mr. Grant is part of the 6th generation of the Grant Family who originally purchased the distillery in 1865. His family still controls and manages the distillery today. This review was compiled based upon my tasting notes at the event, and subsequent re-visitations to the whisky.

Review: Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / April 4, 2018 by Jason Hambrey

Another Glenfarclas matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks, and for 25 years - so it has lots of time to pick up all the spicy richness stored in European oak.

Review (2017)

Bottling Code: L 28 04 14 3 10:4 88

The nose is very interesting – darkly spicy, with lots of clove, star anise, coriander seed, brown cardamom, and bitter oak – and yet this is contrasted with a light-spirited white grape sitting over the whole thing. Hazelnuts and almonds also here – it is entirely different than the 17 year old I recently reviewed. There is even a bit of earthy, smoky, peat like character very slightly in the background – and some fresh broccoli. On the palate, it is lightly fruity, primarily, with grape and gooseberry – but loaded with the same dark spice and some chillies in a very long, developing palate. There is a rumbling, earthy and fruity finish with lots of buckwheat, grape, clove, and nutmeg. I really like it. Frankly, a bit surprised given the previous expressions of Glenfarclas that I’ve tasted – it’s not as overloaded on the sherry, but is quite a bit more balanced and intriguing.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $200 - even for a good bottle of old scotch (and the cheaper side of 25 year olds) this doesn’t quite cut it for me. But I don’t like to buy most bottles that cost more than $100.

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Glenfarclas 25 Year

What the Distiller Says

100% Oloroso sherry cask maturation.
A great after-dinner whisky so rich and full that it is a dessert in itself, with a finish that goes on forever.

Tasting Notes
Colour: Amber with dark-gold highlights.
Nose: Complex, yet refined, with tempting aromas of marmalade, honey, freshly ground coffee, sherry and nuts. Some oaky tannins.
Flavour: Full-bodied and robust, the sherry and the oak fight for your attention yet neither overpowering.
Finish: Intense, long lasting, dry and malty. A beautiful dark chocolate taste at the back of your mouth to complete the 25 years old.

What Gary Says

Nose: Herbal, grassy, vegetal with notes of green tobacco and leather a bit of water brings out a subtle sweetness with peaches and honey.
Palate: Bam! Sherried almonds in fruits salad with pears, honey, chocolate and nutmeg sprinkled in a subtle port-like nuance going on.
Finish: Long, nutty sweetness with a spice kick at the end (when you get there).
Comments: This is even lighter in color than the 21 yr AND the 17 yr (very odd). The nose was a bit of an enigma like the 17 yr, it is a departure from the rest of the range – lacking in those sherried dark fruit notes you expect with an aged single malt that’s been in Oloroso sherry this long. But it makes a big comeback on the palate, delivering those sweet fruity notes. I got a port-like sweetness near the end on the palate, which I particularly liked (like the 21 yr, left me to wonder if there was other wood involved – but there isn’t). A delicious dram, although with a beguiling nose.

Rating: Stands Out

(Richard had reviewed this as part of a Whisky Advent calendar below are his notes from that review)

What Richard Says

Nose: Rich, deep, and refined sherry character with just a little bit of oak and tannins in the back.
Palate: Creamed honey, lighter sherry than the nose would foretell, oak, and a pinch of cracked pepper.
Finish: Lots of lingering cocoa powder and oak.
Comments: This is a lovely example of an older sherried single malt. Glenfarclas also seems to be priced rather attractively for a 25 year old. However, this particular malt is a little less complex than I would expect or hope for. Oak, tannins, and sherry are the predominate notes (understandably) but I’m not getting much else. Even still, this is a very nice dram and one you should consider trying, given the opportunity.

The Malt

Their malt now wins awards all across the globe and a shining example of their product is their 25 Year Old, which currently has seven awards under its belt.

This malt has been matured in Oloroso Sherry casks and wears its heart on its sleeve. Every ounce of it is packed with Sherry spice and sweetness.

The nose opens with oranges, tangerines, marzipan and honey. It is fantastically sweet and rich.

You can feel the flavours as you take them in, each one bright and bold. Oak and sweet nuts comes through as well, with a slightly Christmas cake feel to them.

Everything is warming and homely, with a little hint of cinnamon spice appearing.

The palate is just as packed with complex and rich flavours. The honey and sherry combine perfectly and lend a thick mouth feel to the overall flavour.

The oak wood comes through quite strongly here, with hints of vanilla and more cinnamon. It is chewy and bold, with a warming sensation.

Dried fruits and caramel also join the mix, adding a bit of texture to the mouth feel.

The finish is strong, with more Sherried spice and a dash of oak.

This is a wonderful example of the quality malt made at Glenfarclas, as well as beong one of the best Sherried malts you’re ever likely to come across.

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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old

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Glenfarclas 25 Year Old: KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar - Day 13

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Nose: Fresh and young nose but not too young as there’s no evident new make notes. It’s sherried to the max and very sugary sweet but not overly so. Strawberry, cinnamon and there’s some bitterness that hides below all that sweet sherry.
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