Glenfarclas 15 Years Old

Glenfarclas 15 Years Old ~ 46% (Glenfarclas Distillery)

  • 46% ABV,
  • £46.95
  • Score: 84/100

Glenfarclas 15yo

What they say:

Colour: A rich golden amber.

Nose: Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit.

Flavour: Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours.

Finish: Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.

Comment: With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky.

We bottle this at 46% simply because my grandfather preferred it at this strength. It’s still a family favourite.

In his 2007 Whisky Bible, Jim Murray gave Glenfarclas 15 Years Old a score of 95/100, one of the highest scores he has awarded.

Glenfarclas 15yo

What I say:

Dram #3 from our WOLS tasting 14/1 Tour of the Regions. This Glenfarclas 15 years old was chosen to represent the Speyside region, and more specifically the heavily-sherried whiskies it produces


Amber with red highlights


Tannic leather, dusty old books, sweet heather honey and toffee/caramel, dried fruits, fruit cake mix, sultanas and raisins, orange oil or zest


Smooth and silky in mouthfeel, this had sweet honeyed syrup, sweet fruits, damson, dates, fig, raisins and cereal barley malt, with a little orange essence


Medium, sweet leathery sherry

Would I buy it again:

Sadly for me I had expected much more from this dram, I love a good sherry bomb but this seemed incredibly safe. Just enough sherry influence as to leave you no doubt but not enough to make my toes curl. I found this expression incredibly reserved, well balanced, etc. (a bit blah actually).  Perhaps tamed for the more occasional drinker, this has lots of complexity but pushes no boundaries.

Categories: Glenfarclas, Speyside

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