Whisky Review – Glenfarclas Distillery, 15 y/o
This weeks second review also comes curtesy of our September 2021 Pour & Sip box. However, our relationship with this whisky goes back quite a bit further! Originally introduced to us at the Soho Whisky Club, the Glenfarclas 15 y/o holds a very dear place in our hearts. Our first ‘proper’ whisky purchase, we always try to make sure that we have a bottle of this on our shelf.
Whilst we might have subscribed to Pour & Sip to be introduced to new whiskies, it is always lovely to be reminded of a family favourite!
Glenfarclas Distillery …
The Glenfarclas Distillery are committed to making quality Highland single malt whisky, with the traditions of Speyside. Owned and managed by the Grant family since 1865, the distillery has been in their family for six generations!
Realising the occasional limited expression for special occasions, alongside their Family Casks range – the distillery boasts an extensive core range.
Tasting Notes …
Glenfarclas Distillery 15 y/o – 46% ABV
As with the majority of Glenfarclas Distillery whisky, the 15 y/o is matured in 100% Oloroso sherry casks that have been hand selected by John Grant, from one particular family-run Spanish bodega. The distillery is particular proud of their cask selection, and even feature it on their website!
“Complex, sherried, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit. Full bodied with a superb balance of sherried sweetness and malty tones”
Nose: cut grass, butterscotch, coffee, mint, juicy oranges, toffee and dried fruit
Palate: buttery, creamy, oranges, Christmas cake, walnuts, cherry Bakewell, plums and toasted nuts
Finish: mince pies and Christmas wreaths
As you might expect with a sherry cask whisky, the Glenfarclas 15 y/o has lots of Christmas notes. We feel that the 15 y/o is a great bottle to keep on your shelf when you want to reach for something a bit special without breaking the bank!
It is no secret that we love Glenfarclas whisky here at The Dram Duo, we recently reviewed their 25 y/o expression for our Sherry Bomb Sundays series. There is a certain level of decadence that comes with drinking Glenfarclas, which made it the perfect dram to celebrate Burns Night with this year.
We would love to know your thoughts on the Glenfarclas Distillery. Do you prefer their older age statements, or opt for their slightly more affordable younger expressions?