Sips Review: Glenfarclas 21 Year

  • Distiller: Glenfarclas
  • Single Malt
  • Region: Speyside
  • Cask: European oak ex-Oloroso sherry cask
  • ABV: 43%

I order my Glenfarclas 21 Year on a whim while at the bar of the cigar lounge where I am smoking and reading. It will be my first time with this particular distillery. I see over the bar that the bottle is of a traditional styling with a simple label denoting who makes it and that it’s a 21 year old single malt. There’s also an illustration of what I presume is the distillery. It comes to me on the rocks and is a dark amber-gold color.

It smells of vanilla and caramel but also something akin to a forest after a heavy rain. It is thick and sweet in the mouth, incredibly rich and smooth. Surprisingly, it tastes of fruit, apples, oranges and the sweet taste of sherry from the casks. However, there are spices in there as well. It seems to have a never-ending finish that is smooth and smoky.

It is a complex flavor profile for someone who has a discerning palate but I would gladly share it with someone bold enough to try Scotch for the first time. It’s just such a well rounded Scotch that it’s hard to go wrong with it. The warm, rich flavor is perfect for an evening drink to finish out anyone’s day. I would gladly add a bottle to my home collection.

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