Colour: Toffied amber.
Nose: Creamy sherried notes; some dried muscatels.
Palate: Some earthy flavours, a little fruity but overall not as sweet or chewy as I would have expected.
Finish: A little dry in the finish. Oak, some very light strawberries and cream flavours.
Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Single Malt. Speyside, Scotland. ABV: 43%. Tasted at home, bonus 50mL miniature bottle from a Glenfarclas 15 Year Old gift box.
Colour: Ever so slightly lighter than the 21 year old, which is a minor surprise. There’s really not that much between them though.
Nose: Rich, syrupy berries. Some light oak, just the right amount.
Palate: Salted caramel, quite syrupy, some awesome fruity flavours.
Much more of an oily mouthfeel than the 21 year old.
Finish: Fuller bodied than the 21 year old, still a little drying but there are more sherry notes in the fade. Medium to long length.
Overall comments: I definitely preferred the 25 year old to the 21 year old, it just has more complexity and some sweet chewy characteristics. However, you look across the range I think value for money wise you can’t go past the Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Single Malt. I’d be keen to try it side by side with the 25 – it’s been a while since I’ve tasted the 15 year old, but based on tonight’s tasting I think it may even be my preference even compared to the 25 year old.