Glenfarclas 21
Added on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:11 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $115 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Honey, caramel, and vanilla nose -- yeah I know that sounds kinda standard... but that's what I get.  And compared to that nose, the palate is a bit of an explosion, with lots of warming, mulling spices.  Caramel-toffee-vanilla-creamy delight.  This is a rather exemplary, textbook (in a very good way) sherry-spice single malt. 
N: At first a bit sawdusty, then more honeyed with some interesting green notes (clove?).

P: Light and sweet, buttery, takes a few sips to build up a nice flavor.

F: Sugar and a tinge of wood spice. 


n:  Spring rain and balloon rubber


p:  Hint of damp wood. Musty rubber band.

N: Gently malty, tons of oak influence and a little white pepper. Some light notes of dried fruit and a touch of orange.

P: Woody at first and almost bitter. Maltiness begins to come through, and a bit of white pepper. Some light dried fruit.

F: White pepper and wood. Some more dried fruit, a touch of apple skin and malt.
Enjoyable. Right on the cusp of B+ for me. 

Current 21 square label: B

N: Sherry is present but very faint. More bourbon character (honey, caramel) and less of the sweet sherry fruits. There are floral and grassy components with the sweet smell of chewing gum.

P: Candied fruits (mostly cherry) with wood. A bit of spice and evergreen lingers.

F: Licorice and fudge. Lasting finish


Older bottling with wax stamp and oval label: B-

N: Oily, chalky and resinous. Dried/ preserved lemon and tangerine skins.
P: Weird and a bit funky. Metallic nuttiness of oolong tea.
F: Water with lime wedges



current release (as pictured above):

n: dark clover honey with red berry compote. Nice bit of wood and vanilla malt. I get a lot of heather and caramel with subdued fruit.

t: nice amount of malt and balanced oak influence. Caramel and leather with fresh cloves in the middle. This has a nice balance between the whiskey and the barrel with a hint of spearmint. [solid B]


previous bottling:

n: fresh tropical fruit, dried strawberries, and tan leather jacket. 

t: soft berry sweetness that quickly turns to caramel and clover honey. Thins out in the middle that leaves the mouth with a dry wood finish. [B-/B]


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