Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 17 Years
Price Point: $75 – $85 for 750 ML
Distiller: Glenfarclas Distillery
I recently wrote a review of Glenfarclas 12 Year Old, a Highland single malt Scotch. It’s a whisky that I enjoy, but not one that I would likely purchase regularly. Fortunately for people like me, most brands of Scotch have multiple expressions available, some different by ingredients and technique and some different by age. Glenfarclas has multiple age expressions; 10, 12, 17, 21, etc. Luckily I have a bottle of the 17 Year Old readily available, so here it goes.
The nose on Glenfarclas 17 Year Old is pretty nice – surprisingly reminiscent of Glenlivet. There’s some of that “pineapple” sweetness present. I suppose when distilleries are within ten miles of each other, they’re bound to share certain qualities.
The taste is quite a bit maltier than the younger expression. As with the 12 Year Old, there’s just a hint of smoke, which is a nice little surprise. In addition to the malt, there’s a bit of sweetness to counteract.
It’s a little harsh on the back-end, which I happen to find appealing, but some people may not like.
Rating & Recommendations
Glenfarclas 17 Year Old is a solid whisky and definitely worthy of a score of 84 out of 100.
Leave this one alone and drink it neat. If you have to, only add a couple drops of water.
I like the Glenfarcals whisky line as a whole, and the 17 Year Old is no exception.