Glenfarclas has an extensive range, with no less than nine age statements between 10 and 40 Year Old. Glenfarclas 21 Years sits in the upper half, but it can still regularly be found for under € 100, quite reasonable in today’s climate and not far the Glenfarclas 25 Year Old.
This is part of the excellent Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram.
Glenfarclas 21 yo (43%, OB 2016)
Nose: quite delicate and malty, with less sherry than we’re used to. Butter biscuits, baked apples, a little vanilla. Orange peel. Hints of banana and toffee as well. Golden raisins. Some earthy notes in the background. Floral overtones. A tad light but nicely complex.
Mouth: very smooth, with sweet honey and oranges. Caramelized apple. Less complexity now, and surprisingly chewy for 43%. Moves towards roasted nuts and drier, slightly herbal notes.
Finish: medium long, heathery, leafy, with hints of peppery oak and a dry cocoa note.
This seems to be George Grant’s favourite expression. It’s certainly smooth, well balanced and moreish. I like them a bit bolder and with a bit more fruity sherry. Around € 100 from Master of Malt or TWE.