Bottle: Standard Glenfarclas distillery bottling.
Nose: Golden syrup, butter menthol sweets, a little dusty. The aromas are a bit shallow and thin.
Body: Light and silky. Very nice texture. Clean and light.
Palate: The signature Glenfarclas Christmas cake is there, gingerbread, caramelized orange zest, butter menthols again at the back.
Finish: Gingerbread lingers, cinnamon, single cream, sherry.
Neat/Ice/Water: Neat. It’s too light for any sort of watering.
Verdict: Quaffable. For one of my favourite distilleries, I find this dram a little underwhelming. I gotta say I’m a touch disappointed even though it’s quite good. I shared this with another fan of the distillery just to be sure and he agreed with me. For circa £125 I expect a rocking bottle of scotch and this fell short. In each age bracket for their core range that I’ve tried so far I’ve been a happy man. The 12 punches above its weight. The 15 is the sweet spot based on what you get for the price. The 21 is uber smooth sherried heaven and way more affordable (and better I think) than this. What happened over the extra 4 years? This is also super smooth like the 21 but lacks it’s younger brothers character. It’s all subjective anyhow and I can see that many people regard this as top drawer so I’ll have to split from the crowd on this one and say good but not great.