Glenfarclas 21yo

Glenfarclas 21

When you are writing a blog about Whisky, you start to look around your house (specifically drinks cabinet) to find things to review. Sadly, at the moment, I have a rather depleted collection. Quality not quantity. Tomintoul 27, miniatures of Highland park 25 and 30, and Glenfarclas 21. It was Lucas that recommended Glenfarclas 21 to me in fact. I absolutely love the 30 year old, but my wallet would not stretch to it (although the Glenfarclas 30 is very reasonably priced compared to other 30 year old Whiskies)

Some information about Glenfarclas

John Grant bought Glenfarclas in 1865 for the princely sum of £511.19s and it has been family run since. In the 1890′s they sought investment from outside investors, but this partnership collapsed and since then they have remained firmly independent. Glenfarclas is based in Speyside, near Aberlour.

For the 21 year old, they used first fill and second fill Olorosso sherry casks that gives it a nice dark colour.

So what does it taste like?

Nose: Fresh is the first thing that comes to mind. Oranges, pineapple, nutmeg and a slight hint of perfume/nail varnish. A touch of cream with hints of vanilla. It’s not too overpowering but very enticing. It’s like fruit cake on the nose.

Palate: Sherried, hints of citrus, a slight smoke .A little bit biscuity. A really nice dram for relaxing in the house because it’s not too challenging.


Thank you for your recommendation Lucas. It’s a fantastic dram. Less heavy than the 30 year old. I won’t compare them, because they are both excellent. Different but excellent.


When I went to Glenfarclas distillery last year with my friends, we couldn’t go on tour because they were fully booked that day. But the man behind the desk sorted us out for a few drams instead. They are my favourite people since then, those Glenfarclas folk!


Available from: for £49.49
We would happily pay: £40

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