Rebooting the blog with the Glenfarclas 25 Year Old that was hidden behind door #1 of Master of Malt's Whisky Advent Calendar this morning had me reaching for some Glenfarclas 21 Year Old on my shelf just to remind myself how tasty that is. Life is especially good in December!
Glenfarclas 21 Year Old, 43% alc., £67/$100
N: Stewed apples, golden raisins plumping up in a cup of boiling water, hint of fresh pencil shavings, and freshly grated nutmeg
P: So pleasingly warming with cooked fruits (steamed pears with ginger), malted barley, and a sherry sweetness that mingles with milk chocolate into the finish
F: Lingering sherry sweetness and milk chocolate with a comforting soft spice towards the end (thinking cinnamon sticks when you pull them out of a mug of hot chocolate)
In conclusion: This may very well be the best 21 year old general release on the market and a bit of a bargain at the price (which would have blown my mind a dozen years ago!). It does everything well and demonstrates exceptional balance.