Here’s one for those who complain that I don’t review enough entry-level whisky. That said, I don’t think the Glenfarclas 8 is available in the US. I can’t remember seeing it, at any rate. Then again I haven’t looked for younger Glenfarclas for some time now. For what it’s worth, it doesn’t show up for the US market on Winesearcher either and nor does it seem to be available in the UK. It does seem to be widely available all over Europe and not for very much money. So it’s got that going for it. I’m mostly interested to see the progression from it to the 10 and 12 yo and from there to the 15 yo and 18 yo (this one’s Europe-only too, I think) and the 21 yo. I acquired most of these together in a bottle split some time ago (the 15 yo I’ve had many times before but I’ll probably buy another bottle for regular drinking in London). But let’s start with the 8 yo and see how it goes. I assume that, as with most Glenfarclas, this is from sherry casks of one kind or the other—but I could well be wrong.
Glenfarclas 8 (40%; from a bottle split)
Nose: A big hit of orange with a faint metallic note; gets hard candy’ish fast. Very fresh, very pleasant. With more time it gets sweeter (honey?). Maltier with water.
Palate: Well, basically a watery version of the above. Not very much happening here but it’s drinkable enough. The orange expands a bit with time (and maybe there’s some apricot in there too now). That metallic note from the nose expands as well. Interestingly, a few drops of water push the metallic note back.
Finish: Medium. Sweet with the metallic note turning into oaky bite at the end. Water pushes the bitter notes back here as well.
Comments: After the nose, which I quite liked, the palate was a bit of a letdown. Despite the low strength it actually seemed to improve with a few drops of water. And I will say it pairs nicely with dark chocolate. Well, I guess it’s decent, entry-level whisky but I’m not sure I’d recommend it to someone looking for one.
Rating: 78 points.