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GLENFARCLAS 21 YO (2011, OB, 43%)

It is common opinion that Glenfarclas, a traditional Speyside distillery famous for its sherried whiskies, gives its best in the single casks range, while the core range is quite modest, in comparison. Be it true, be it false, we want to give our two cents on this. So we’re having two of the older releases by Glenfarclas, 21 and 25 years old. The first one, that we’re having today, doesn’t leave any doubt on the cask used: hardcore sherry, as you can see by the color, dark gold.

N: 43 degrees of pure friendliness. Very fruity (red apples, very intense, then raspberries, ripe melon… maybe pears, maybe even apricots? in the end, very fruity!); toffee, vanilla, pipe tobacco. It has citrus, we’d say orange marmalade. This is quite jammy, the couple “sugar and ripe fruit” dances full of grace. Hints of nuts, hazelnuts – maybe it’s chocolate with hazelnuts. Fresh, without sharp edges.

P: the body is a bit thin and loose. It’s not a sherry bomb, and we were expecting that, since the nose. Delicate here: orange marmalade, a small waterfall of dried fruits (hazelnuts, walnuts); a lot of caramel and toffee. Woodiness gives it a dry note; a lot of malt.

F: dried fruit, marmalade… Medium length, nicely lingering.

If the nose is delicious, the palate doesn’t really match: it’s actually disappointing, for it’s too easy and watery. Maybe (but who are we to say this?) if it was bottled at a higher strength it could give more satisfaction, but for now we can’t deny an honest 84/100. Serge is sharper, but they are different batches for sure.

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