This is the 15 year core expression from Glenfarclas which is sherry cask matured and bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Big, meaty sherry with cloves, raisins, toffee, spiced pears, and apple pie.
Palate: Fruit cake with baking spices, raisins, and cinnamon – turning into apple strudel after a bit.
Finish: A bit sour and vinegary at first with sherry seasoned oak lasting a long time.
Rating: 86/100 – A very nice heavily sherried expression from Glenfarclas.
Value for the money: These will run you about $50 + shipping from UK sites like MoM and TWE and I think that’s a pretty great price.
This is a 1968 Vintage expression from Glenfarclas that was matured in ex-sherry casks for 36 years and bottled in 2004 at 43% ABV.
Nose: Prunes and dates with a putty type note, quite oak heavy with sawdust and slight matchhead smoke. Sherry is muted and a bit darker than I was expecting.
Palate: Sherry influence still on the more muted side with subtle dark fruits, baking spices, toffee, bananas foster, and a nice balance of oak.
Finish: Dark chocolate, fresh breadcrumbs, mild oak, and raisins.
Rating: 92/100 – A very enjoyable dram – would obviously love to taste at a bit higher proof, but fantastic balance and a real treat to try.
Value for the money: I think these originally retailed for $1000, and at that kind of money I think I’d rather look at Brora personally, but if you’re a big fan of Glenfarclas, that price could be right for you.
This is a 15 year Glenfarclas from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was matured in a first fill ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 51.5% ABV.
Nose: Pervasive dusty oak with banana candies, honeydew melon, cinnamon, slight anise, and herb infused olive oil.
Palate: Sugary bananas up front with musty oak arriving shortly afterwards. Dark cherries, marshmallow creme, anise, and herbs de provence.
Finish: Dries out quickly with mostly oak and subtle spices remaining.
Rating: 88/100 – Interesting to have a non-sherried Glenfarclas – I found a lot more depth here than I typically do with their offerings.
Value for the money: This retailed for $140 at SMWS which is a pretty fair price in my opinion for what you get.
This is a 25 year sherried expression from Glenfarclas that is part of their core range. It’s bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Toasted oak, red delicious apples, wisps of smoke from an extinguished match, sultanas, figs, and green bananas.
Palate: Seasoned oak with subtle berry cobber and vanilla. It was a stretch to pull much out of this – very bland all around oddly given its age.
Finish: Even more bland than palate – hints of sherry but barely anything. Comes and goes with nary a note.
Rating: 78/100 – The nose is nice, but palate and finish are so underwhelming. How does a 25 year malt end up so flavorless?
Value for the money: These retail for $150+ which is laughable given the quality. You’d be better served buying pretty much any other malt at that same price point as you’ll be almost guaranteed to buy something better.
This is a 24 year Glenfarclas that was selected by K&L Wines and bottled at 50% ABV.
Nose: Heavy raisin notes with overpowering sherry and sweet malt. Not for those that aren’t fan of big sherry bombs.
Palate: Again very sherry dominant here with plums, leather, and sweet oak.
Finish: Sherry becomes slightly bitter.
Rating: 92/100 – I generally love heavily sherry influenced malts, so this one was right up my alley.
Value for the money: I paid $170 for this, but it later dropped to $130. I’d be happy to buy at either price, but I believe they are sold out now.
This is part of the Glenfarclas core range – it’s a NAS expression that’s bottled at 60% ABV.
Nose: Sherry laden with cherries, vanilla, cream, and strawberries. Very sweet nose with little to no oak.
Palate: Plums, black cherry, mascarpone, vanilla, honey, very robust palate overall.
Finish: Very short and dry with an earthy sherry profile.
Rating: 88/100 – A very fruit forward sherried malt that makes for an easy drinker.
Value for the money: These retail close to $100 I believe which is steep for a NAS sherried malt in a core range. I’d like to see this closer to $70 or so, but not a terrible buy at retail.