Review No.8. Glenfarclas 2003

You will find that many critics rave about Glenfarclas.  As a distillery they are unique in that they are family run and probably only one of a handful of distilleries that can genuinely describe themselves as craft producers.  Glenfarclas specialise in sherried style malts.  I tend not to follow the regional flavour profile perspective on whisky.  This is a distillery in speyside which is within the highlands and it describes itself as a highland but some would say has a typical speyside flavour profile….have I lost you so far? Anyway, my first foray into the Glenfarclas range did not start so well.


Whisky: Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2003, 40% vol.  (purchased in 20015 so guess it’s 10-11 Years Old).

Nose: Sherry for sure, strawberries, nuts and raisins. Medicinal notes

Taste: Cherry menthol, hints of strawberries, nuts and then medicinal

Finish: Short to medium, warming stewed fruits. Medicinal

Score: 2.5

Summary: Maybe something was wrong with my palate with this one but a medicinal note was present throughout the whole experience which I did not like.  It was hard to look beyond this but what I did manage to pick out I really liked.  Water helped tone down the medicinal note and bring out the other flavours.  This bottle was exclusive to Marks and Spencer so you won’t find this anymore. Due to the popularity of Glenfarclas, this did not put me off wanting try more and I recommend you explore their range too which you can do in one go by purchasing the miniatures from their range.


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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