I’ve commented on this before when I reviewed the Glenfarclas 15-year-old, but allow me to briefly revisit. The Glenfarclas 15 and Glenfarclas 21 often seem to compete for the title of best core range Glenfarclas whisky. I guess it’s all a matter of preference for the most part, but I figured I should at least also review the 21-year-old. So that’s what I did.
Glenfarclas 21 Years Old (43%, OB, 2017)
Nose: Sweet and fruity, with peaches, apple sauce and pear skin. Good balance and maturity. Hints of puff pastry and icing sugar as well. Just a tad floral. Taste: The sweetness certainly makes an encore, in the way of sultanas and pralines. A whiff of cherry syrup as well, loads of caramel and just a tinge of charred oak. Finish: Soft spices, honey. Medium in length.
It has the same DNA as the 15-year-old, yet is very different. I like them equally though.