Glenfarclas 15 year old is the only bottle in the distillery’s core range (other than the 40 year old) with an ABV of 46%. Why? Well according to Glenfarclas, it was because previous family owner George Grant simply preferred it that way! A firmly established favourite and winner of several industry awards over the years.
Nose: Initially a little tight, but unravels nicely after a brief resting period. A woodland full of berries (raspberries in particular) and a hint of rancio. Lightly vegetal with some fine grass, but plenty of deeper notes from spent coffee grounds, chocolate cake. A touch of cask spicing comes across, as does an interesting almost wine-like quality.
Taste: A solid arrival with excellent body and viscosity. Sweeter than the nose with honey, butterscotch and a load of jammy fruit and marmalades. Deeper still there’s blackberries (perhaps the wine-like note form the nose?) and liquorice. The cask influence is much more prevalent than it’s younger siblings and offers some spice and some immediate astringency.
Finish: Medium in length, very jammy and with some interesting star anise. Quite drying on the palate.
Glenfarclas 15 year old’s higher ABV delivers solidly and allows some of the deeper and richer notes to shine through. There’s unarguably more complexity and cask influence here than younger expressions which gives this whisky more of the prominent notes that you might expect from sherry cask maturation and Glenfarclas in particular.