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Glenfarclas 15 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl

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The nose is predominantly malt, burnt salt caramels, and fiery red pepper jelly. There are hints of coffee, chocolate, and tobacco smoke. Though rich and heady, there is an herbal, almost eucalyptus, undercurrent to it. Grant employed the services of one John Smith, former distillery manager at Glenlivet, to run his business but when Smith left to create his own distillery at Cragganmore, Grant was forced to take over himself. Incredibly, however, for one seemingly so reluctant to get involved, the Glenfarclas distillery remains under Grant ownership, five generations later. As Ralfy notes in review 606 – Glenfarclas 12 yo, direct firing requires more attention and care by the Stillman, so the stills don’t over heat and burn. Burnt stills result in charred wash/low-wines, the stills must then be shut down and scraped clean. Steam coils cause less mess and less damage to the still, meaning less cleaning and a longer life. However, the method of heating the stills does impact the character of the spirit – direct firing tends to provide a fuller, richer, meatier spirit.

Glenfarclas 15yo - Majestic Wine

The 15 yo has improved a lot over the weeks. The alcool is not as presents as it was fresh opened. But it is still there bringing a very winy Sherry influence with a dry spicy wood and some green cereals. With air and time you have cherries and almond like on a Canadian rye. I love this whisky because it's exactly what you'd want and expect. I have a hard time imagining anyone being outright disappointed by this dram. When I drink this, two things occur to me.

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Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Whisky, 46% vol Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, Highland Single Malt Whisky, 46% vol

I have high hopes for this whisky. Everything I have heard about it is that it is a sherry bomb of a dram, and probably the best tasting of the Glenfarclas line. However, it is my understanding that the 15yr is not available in the United States, as the inventory is not able to support the US market. So, it is a real treat for me to even be able to taste this expression from Glenfarclas. So let us get on with the tasting! I'm sad to say about half the bottle has gone and these notes are from a neat pour that's sat for about twenty minutes.Energetic, heady, rich. Wakes up the palate and demands to be heard. The marshmallow note is uncanny and overpowers the rest of the dram at points, but overall this regains its footing, albeit with a somewhat abbreviated finish. All in, a step up from the 12 year old expression and solid value for money. Score: 7/10

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