Review No.103. Glenfarclas 12 Year Old

Glenfarclas are highly regarded amongst whisky critics and fans.  They are one of a few distilleries, like Kilchoman and Springbank that keep the entire production process in house and they are a family owned business.  The Glenfarclas house style is heavily influenced by sherry and they produce what many would describe as sherry bombs.  They have an extensive range spanning ages from 10 up to 25 in their core range and I think they offer the best value for money amongst all other scotch whisky brands if you look at it from purely an age to £ ratio.  I am able to get their 25 year old for £90! Anyway, this is their 12 year old that was bottled for Marks and Spencers.


Whisky: Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%

Nose: Cherry, vanilla, berries, menthol, sherry, cardboard

Taste: Sherry, vanilla, red fruits, hint of peat, walnuts, cardboard, mixed spices, tannins

Finish: Mixed spices, walnuts, cardboard, dry

Score: 4 then 3.25

Summary: My first impressions with this one was that it was quite funky and complex.  This was due to this odd cardboard aroma which followed through on the aftertaste and was difficult to ignore. I really struggled to describe this note, cardboard was what it was reminding me off but I have seen others describe it as pine which perhaps is a better description. Pinewood.  It is nice and adds something savoury to  counterbalance the sweet and spice. At first I found this to be moreish but over time the novelty of this notes wore off and I was not enjoying it as much as I did at first, hence my lower grade of 3.25.  It is still an enjoyable whisky and one which I would happily drink at a bar and maybe have on my shelf for a bit of variety.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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