Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – 25 Year Old

Location – Highland

Casks – Sherry

Price – £124.75

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 1/5

Fruitiness – 4/5

Oakiness – 3.5/5

Spiciness – 3.5/5

Boldness – 3.5/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 4.5/5

Value – 4/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

Wow. It says on the Glenfarclas website that ‘age makes it’ and it really does. With 100% of the whisky’s 25 years of maturation being in only sherry casks, it’s no surprise that the overwhelming aroma is of fortified wine. Despite this, when you taste the whisky the characteristics of Highland scotches are still there. There is a gentle spiciness to this whisky and it finishes with a grape-esk flavour. Unlike a lot of other Highland or Speyside whiskies, because the 25 year old scotch has been in only one barrel there isn’t the same oakiness or vanillery taste that you might associate with other products in the region. This is because a lot of other whiskies in the region make use of ex-Bourbon oak barrels from the US.

The Glenfarclas 25 year old Highland Scotch Whisky is definitely for special occasions. With the extra time in the barrel comes an increased price tag but it’s worth it. For any Sherry lovers out there, this is a must try.

Should I add ice or water?

We strongly recommend not to add water or ice to this whisky. As it has matured for 25 years, it has quite a deep flavour that you don’t want to dilute.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Folk, Rock, Acoustic, Jazz, Blues

What album have we chosen for this whisky?

plane flying

With it being a 25 year old scotch we need to pair it to an artist who is tried and tested. Mark Knopfler is someone who can tell a story with his music having studied English and journalism. His lyrics cover a variety of topics but the ‘Sailing to Philadelphia’ title track, about the Mason Dixon line in the US, is one of history and therefore time. This is why we’ve paired the album with the Glenfarclas 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, as time makes them both. The first track ‘What It Is’ is also a fantastic song and epitomises Mark Knopfler’s trademark right hand finger-style on the guitar. You can easily sit back and enjoy the stories in his music with this fantastic scotch.


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