Glenfarclas 15 year old review

Glenfarclas make fantastic, and I mean fantastic single malt whisky, and the 15 year old is one of their best moderately priced offerings – or so I’m going to claim in this review.

Many of you are probably familiar with the Glenfarclas 15 year old and if you’re not then thankfully I’m here to help. Glenfarclas whisky is typically smokey and fruity yet light and it makes an excellent end of summer whisky as we draw into the longer nights but still manage to scrounge a few hours of sun here and there. With that thought in mind we head to the Glenfarclas 15 year old review.

Glenfarclas 15 year old Nose

The initial feeling from this one is like being kicked in the nostrils by an elephant – it is strong and slightly overpowering. Giving it a minute (and backing off from the glass) we start to get something that doesn’t smell like a drunk. First to hit the still reeling nostrils is autumn fruits giving way to fruit and nut chocolate (Possibly Dairy Milk). As the whisky interacts more with the air we get a much more citrus smell with lemon more than your typical orange citrus coming through; perhaps mixed with a nice touch of dark fish. All in all the nose is a little overshadowed by the alcohol (46%) but it comes through in the end well and does the Glenfarclas 15 year old proud.

Glenfarclas 15 year old Taste

Relaxation – distilled, barrelled and touched by the angels before making its merry way to my glass. Pure unadulterated rest. This is just where the Glenfarclas 15 year old simply excels. If you’ve had a long day this whisky could not be better for you it’s soft, sweet, mellow and turns to gold on the tongue. There’s nothing that hugely overpowers anything here and it’s an incredibly soft whisky with gentle dark citrus, a gentle light peat and a little sticky toffee cream to just ease you in.

Glenfarclas 15 year old Finish

Gentle oil seeps through but it is light and leaves the mouth coated but not overwhelmed. End is rich and warm making a very nice progression from the much lighter sweeter start. It builds to a beautiful peak like Icarus stretching towards the sun without the inevitable plummet.

Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Balance

The journey is wonderful if a little short and none of the flavours quite beat the others making it a very well balanced single malt – much like the sun and breeze of the autumn days we alluded to. This isn’t quite perfect of course – and many of you might look for something that is just more complex but the simplicity of the 15 year old lies in its careful balancing of flavours.

Glenfarclas 15 Year old review

If it wasn’t for the nose this would be absolutely perfect. It might not be the most knock your socks off single malt and it’s not going to win any great prizes for complexity or originality but the taste is just perfect when you want something soothing after a long day this bottle is what you should go for. To conclude the Glenfarclas 15 Year old review I’ll say this – buy a bottle.

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I just thought i’d quickly share the funniest spam comment I think i’ve ever seen with you all. Oddly enough this user appears to be having problems getting pregnant on Johnnie Walker Black Label – quelle suprise.

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Lagavulin Distiller’s edition 1994 – 2010

Lagavulin Distiller’s edition 1994 – 2010

I’m generally a huge fan of Lagavulin and I am sorry to say that the Lagavulin Distiller’s Lagavulin Distiller’s edition 1994 – 2010edition 1994/ 2010 is a little bit of a let down from this distillery. Which is a really great shame. That is by no means to say it is a bad whisky – in fact the Lagavulin distillers edition is very drinkable and tastes lovely. I’m more disappointed with the lack of complexity this single malt whisky has to offer as the flavours on offer in the distillers edition are not particularly exceptional. Maybe I’m being unfair as I did enjoy the whisky I think I just had higher expectations so I’ll just dive into the review and let you decide. Continue reading

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The Balvenie 14 year old Golden cask review

The Balvenie 14 year old – Golden Cask

Balvenie are one of the few distilleries to still run the whole whisky making process from one location. They even grow their own barley and still employ coopers to make the whisky The Balvenie 14 year old golden cask reviewbarrels. Whilst I may sound like parrot for quoting their own publicity I do feel that in a world of Diageo’s and Pernod Ricard’s it’s nice to have a whisky that is still completely made locally. Owned by the Grant family Balvenie, who own Glennfiddich as far as I’m aware, Balvenie usually make flavourful and complex whiskies. The Balvenie I’m reviewing today is the Balvenie 14 year old Golden cask. It weighs in at an impressive 47.5% vol and is double matured in oak and Caribbean rum. So onto the Balvenie 14 year old review; Continue reading

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Stags Breath whisky liqueur

Stags Breath whisky liqueur

Call me a philistine but I love honeyed whisky and the stags breath liqueur from Badenoch Stags breath whisky liqueuris probably one of the best around. Deliciously sweet the whisky still has a strong note to play in the overall flavour as the honey is just short of overpowering. I’ve only given a brief review of this one as not a lot more is necessary for Stags Breath liqueur.

It goes perfect over ice, try something like the Ice Ball Maker from MondernBartender.com

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Johnny Walker Black Label

Johnny Walker Black label is currently my favourite blend I have 2 bottles at home and they aren’t hanging around particularly well. That is because Johnny Walker black label is just so light, yet rich and smooth with a great finish and beautiful taste.

I actually love it – though I’m terrified Diageo is going to change it if they outsource production from Scotland – as has been implied by the company. Continue reading

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Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt review

I really do think that Glenfiddich gets better with age and the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt, another reasonably priced whisky from the classic Speyside distillery, is no exception. This single malt is made in three different types of barrels – sherry, bourbon and new oak. After aging, they are married together in a Solera vat and then spend more time in the Solera tuns. Continue reading

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Glennfiddich 12 year old review

Glennfiddich 12 year old


The name Glennfiddich means the ‘Valley of the Deer’ and Glennfiddich is one of the most well-known single malt makers in the world. Whilst some of the toffee-nosed inner circles of to the whiskey buffs do not hold the brand in high repute I think this is generally unfair. The Glennfiddich 12 year old finds a place in almost all the shops that sell single malt whisky and without a doubt, Glennfiddich 12 year old is sipped and relished by many whiskey tasters all around the globe. Continue reading

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Bruichladdich – Laddie Classic

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Matured in oak casks and weighing in at an impressive 46% the Bruichladdich Laddie Classic edition 1 is a really superb single malt from the Islay but with a little bit of a kick. I am a huge fan of this distillery for its usually light and honeyed expressions. Continue reading

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Bowmore 12 year old review

Bowmore 12 year old single malt review

Tonight’s review is another offering from Islay; the Bowmore 12 year old tasted and reviewed for your pleasure – and maybe also mine. Founded in 1779 Bowmore havBowmore 12 year old reviewe a good track record of producing peaty smoky malts thick with the lovely salty oiliness that this region offers. Continue reading

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