Review: Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

17 years; Oloroso Sherry Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Glenfarclas (Ballindaloch, Scotland)

An older sherry matured whisky that has had quite the love at spirits competitions - it sits as the fourth level of aged glenfarclas after the 10,12, and 15 year old - once again the result of 100% oloroso sherry cask maturation - not something you usually see.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L 06 03 14 3 06:19 88

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Interesting, rich, and very complex. Layers of honey, blackberry, lots of parmesan notes, caraway, white grape, some really nice rancio notes interwoven without them being fully immersed in the sherry. Also a bit of bubblegum-like candy to it. A nice full spicy finish, leaving behind a bit of fino sherry as well. I'm not sold on some of the cheesy flavours though, though this affects the nose more than anything else – but it does knock my score down 2 points. Regardless, a very nice whisky.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, at $137.