Type: Single Malt Whisky
Age: 15 Years
ABV: 46 %
Colour: Golden Amber
Nose: Give this dram some time to open up! The Sherry is very present which makes sense as this whisky matured for 15 long years in Sherry Wood. I also get Mineral and Floral tones (Heather, Straw) as well as Caramel/Toffee/Butterscotch, Oak, Malt, Cocoa, Fruitcake with Raisins and Nuts and, unfortunately, some Sulphur. Very light Spices (Cinnamon, Ginger) and hints of Cherries and Honey. It's okay but I had expected more from this Glenfarclas. Sherry and Toffee dominate. It's a bit more complex but slightly less balanced than the Glenfarclas 12.
Palate: Good delivery with Sherry, Creamy Fruitcake with Raisins, Nuts and Citrus Peel, Spice, Cereals, Caramel/Toffee, Rum, Oak, Nuts, Brown Sugar and light Licorice.
Finish: Middle-Long with Nuts, Sherry, Oak, Red Fruit, Mustard, White Pepper and Nutmeg.
I added a bit of water and Blossom, Butter, Honey, Cooked Apples and extra Butterscotch and Caramel make themselves known on the Nose. Palate and Finish do not change too much but become a bit more mellow. This dram certainly accepts some water.
Rating: 84 (out of 100)
Nose: 21 - Taste: 21.5 - Finish: 20.5 - Overall: 21
General Remarks: The Glenfarclas 15 Years matured in Sherry Wood. It is believed that a lot of the whisky in the 15 is actually older. It costs around 55 US Dollars.
Drinking Experience Neat: Good
Conclusion: Sometimes you take a sip and you immediately fall in love with a whisky. That's not the case here for me. Of course it depends a lot whether you like Sherried whiskies. Personally, I love it when the Sweet Sherry enhances the other flavours. But in this case the Sherry dominates the rest and that's not quite to my liking. It's certainly not a bad Sherried Speysider but I would rather recommend Aberlour A' Bunadh Batch 37 CS if you're in to this type of whisky!