Glenfarclas 25 Years Old (2015)
It’s no secret that the Glenfarclas 40 Year Old is an all-time favourite over here at Words of Whisky. Let’s see how its younger sibling fares, the Glenfarclas 25 Years Old.
While maybe not huge, Glenfarclas is certainly one of the more recognizable single malt brands in the world. Glenfarclas is known for their age statement core range, and their focus on sherry maturation. Take this 25 Year Old for example, which has fully matured in ex-Oloroso casks.
Glenfarclas 25 Years Old (43%, OB, +/- 2015)
Nose: Somewhat shy at first, certainly pretty delicate. A fair amount of oak and resin, with hints of tinned pineapple and sweet oranges. There’s a nice layer of beeswax too, as well as some honey and earl grey tea.
Taste: Some feint (dried) fruit, like raisins nectarines and peaches, leaving plenty of room for spices. A whiff of cinnamon, followed by some ginger. A touch of licorice too.
Finish: Slightly dry with hint of tobacco and oak.
Easygoing, but not completely convincing, as I was hoping to find a little more depth in such a well-aged whisky.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.