I have said it before but I think Glenfarclas produce the most quaffable single malts across the Speyside region and their malts stand out from all those other Speyside distilleries. They do not add colouring and do no chill filter their whiskies as far as I am aware and they are fairly priced compared to other single malts of similar age. I can’t find anything negative to say about this distillery. I am not sure if the 8 year old is part of the core range, limited edition or travel retail but I came across on the Master of Malt website so purchased a sample.
Whisky: Glenfarclas 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Sweet red apples, fruit salad, floral, bread, honey, butterscotch
Taste: Metallic, malt, honey, ginger, almonds, butterscotch, salted dark chocolate
Finish: Ovaltine and mocha
Summary: This is a decent sherry style single malt. Not as characterful as its older siblings but has some of that signature Glenfarclas malty chocolate fruit and nut sweetness to it. I can’t quite see where this sits in the range though unless it is widely accessible and very cheap. The 10 year old and the 12 year old are widely available within the £30 to £40 range. The price for the 8 year old was about £28 from what I can find but the fact that it is not widely available means that I would not suggest anyone to go out of their way to buy a bottle, especially when for a few quid more you get the solid 10 year old.
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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