Glenfarclas 25 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland
Reviewed April 7, 2023 (edited October 18, 2023)
Nose is clean and fruity, with cherries, a lot of pears, and the perception of rich sweetness, like a good fruit cocktail. Give it a swirl and light honey joins the mix, but try as I might I can’t find much else. It’s quite nice, but certainly not earth shaking. Palate shows off those sherry casks, with a warm, rich, oily sweetness that coats from front to back. Honey, pears, fuji apple, raisins and dates lead surprisingly quickly to drying astringency and then a clean close with just the slightest of cherry briefly lingering. Take a larger sip and swirl it around and you’ll find the same fruits, but also a dash of sage and basil, and the cherry is more like Luxardo than maraschino. I started this as a solid 4.0, but a prolonged tasting leads me to add another quarter. I wanted to go to 4.5 because it is really quite good, but then I remember this is a 25yr sherried single malt, and in that context it’s underwhelming. I’m happy I bought it, but my future purchases will be of the 10, 12, and 15, and the rest of this bottle will be shared with friends who are new to scotch.
229.0 USD per Bottle