Bought: Amazon, 22nd January 2015
83/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
85.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 224 member votes)
Although 83/100 in the Whisky Bible might not sound amazing it still classifies this mature single malt as “good whisky worth trying”. The author’s review reads “a chorus of sweet, honied malt and mildly spiced, teasing fruit on the fabulous mouth arrival and the middle compensates for the few blips.”
85.5/100 on Whiskybase is an excellent mark. A few reviewers express disappointment at a lack of depth, which they were expecting from 21 years of maturation, but others found it opened out nicely and had a good level of complexity. It sounds like the sort of whisky that needs a bit of getting used to in terms of adding water and giving it time to breath.
My boxed bottle came with the book “101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die” which, not surprisingly, includes the Glenfarclas 21-year-old. For £55, including the book and free delivery from Amazon (another ‘Daily Deal’) it was a bargain. Even at its normal price of £70, it’s hard to find another 21yo single malt at such good value.