Glenfarclas make fantastic, and I mean fantastic single malt whisky, and the 15 year old is one of their best moderately priced offerings â or so Iâm going to claim in this review.
Many of you are probably familiar with the Glenfarclas 15 year old and if youâre not then thankfully Iâm here to help. Glenfarclas whisky is typically smokey and fruity yet light and it makes an excellent end of summer whisky as we draw into the longer nights but still manage to scrounge a few hours of sun here and there. With that thought in mind we head to the Glenfarclas 15 year old review.
Glenfarclas 15 year old Nose
The initial feeling from this one is like being kicked in the nostrils by an elephant â it is strong and slightly overpowering. Giving it a minute (and backing off from the glass) we start to get something that doesnât smell like a drunk. First to hit the still reeling nostrils is autumn fruits giving way to fruit and nut chocolate (Possibly Dairy Milk). As the whisky interacts more with the air we get a much more citrus smell with lemon more than your typical orange citrus coming through; perhaps mixed with a nice touch of dark fish. All in all the nose is a little overshadowed by the alcohol (46%) but it comes through in the end well and does the Glenfarclas 15 year old proud.
Glenfarclas 15 year old Taste
Relaxation â distilled, barrelled and touched by the angels before making its merry way to my glass. Pure unadulterated rest. This is just where the Glenfarclas 15 year old simply excels. If youâve had a long day this whisky could not be better for you itâs soft, sweet, mellow and turns to gold on the tongue. Thereâs nothing that hugely overpowers anything here and itâs an incredibly soft whisky with gentle dark citrus, a gentle light peat and a little sticky toffee cream to just ease you in.
Glenfarclas 15 year old Finish
Gentle oil seeps through but it is light and leaves the mouth coated but not overwhelmed. End is rich and warm making a very nice progression from the much lighter sweeter start. It builds to a beautiful peak like Icarus stretching towards the sun without the inevitable plummet.
Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Balance
The journey is wonderful if a little short and none of the flavours quite beat the others making it a very well balanced single malt â much like the sun and breeze of the autumn days we alluded to. This isnât quite perfect of course â and many of you might look for something that is just more complex but the simplicity of the 15 year old lies in its careful balancing of flavours.
Glenfarclas 15 Year old review
If it wasnât for the nose this would be absolutely perfect. It might not be the most knock your socks off single malt and itâs not going to win any great prizes for complexity or originality but the taste is just perfect when you want something soothing after a long day this bottle is what you should go for. To conclude the Glenfarclas 15 Year old review Iâll say this â buy a bottle.