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Glenfarclas 17 vs. 21

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Glenfarclas 17 vs. 21

Postby xcel » Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:29 am

I'm looking to try a Glenfarclas, and I wanted to see what the forums view is on these two expressions. The odd part is that the 21yo is only $10 more then the 17 in my area. I was thinking about getting the 21yo, but I'm wondering if the 17 is better and which is why they're almost the same price.

Which one do you preffer?
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Postby Oliver » Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:06 pm

17.
The 21 imho too buttery and sweet..compared to the 17...almost effeminate. I say go with the 17, thought the 15 is probably the best balanced Glenfarclas...
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Re: Glenfarclas 17 vs. 21

Postby Lawrence » Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:27 pm

xcel wrote:I'm looking to try a Glenfarclas, and I wanted to see what the forums view is on these two expressions. The odd part is that the 21yo is only $10 more then the 17 in my area. I was thinking about getting the 21yo, but I'm wondering if the 17 is better and which is why they're almost the same price.

Which one do you preffer?


This last summer at Glenfarclas Ian McWilliam led us through the range (10yo Sherry Cask sample, 10 yo plain oak cask sample, 10 yo 40%, 15 yo 40%, 21 yo 43% and the 25 yo 43%) and I must say I enjoyed the 21 the best. Here in my home market we have the 10 yo, 30 yo and the 105 and I've also tasted the 40 yo and the 21 yo, IMHO stands out (that and the 12 yo).

Go for the 21 yo.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:39 pm

It seems opinion on the various Glenfarclæs is widely scattered and almost evenly divided. I have to admit I've never quite been able to get a handle on the stuff at all--I guess I'm going to have to get a bottle or three myself and check it out more seriously. As for you, xcel, I think the eenie-meenie-miney-moe method is as likely to produce a good result as anything else, given the divergence of opinion.
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Postby peergynt323 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:08 am

17yo is better (Deja Vu). One of my standard restaurant haunts has a good selection and I alternate between the Bruichladdich 15yo, the Springbank 10yo 100 proof and the Glenfarclas 17yo--all excellent drams!
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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:46 am

I'll be at Glenfarclas Thursday, hope to taste both of these, along with many other special offerings they have! Always good.
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Postby ScotchPalate » Mon Apr 16, 2007 2:54 am

I'm interested to know which you pick and what you think. Please let us know.
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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:22 am

Glenfarclas was fantatic on Thursday!!! So nice to experience and learn about a completely family owned and runned business, since its beginning. We didn't taste the 17y, but we did taste the new make, 12y, 21y, and 30y. They're all great, and uncolored and unchillfiltered! Especially special was visiting one of the oldest warehouses and getting to taste a few samples from the casks: an '89 sherry, a '92 bourbon, a '53 sherry, and a 2002 sherry that seemed well over 10 years old, all dynamite stuff, and to taste directly from the cask in one of the oldest warehouses was a real experience that will be difficult to top!
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Postby Leither » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:16 pm

Excellent that you got into the warehouses DB - when I was there a few weeks ago they were hoping to allow visitors in. They were also hoping to start doing some bottles only available from the distillery.

Anyway, sounds like you got some special stuff to try, I'll pop in next time I'm in the area.

Xcel - I haven't tried the 17 but in my opinion the 15, at 46%, is better than the 21 (more sherry influence). However, given your choice I'd be inclined to go for the 21yo at only $10 more.

You can't go wrong with 'farclas, for me it really beats the other sherried speysiders especially in the value stakes. The 15, if you can get it, is a multi-award winner and highly recommended by various retailers and reviewers, such as Jim Murray and the Malt maniacs.
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Postby Di Blasi » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:51 pm

Yes, I agree, Glenfarclas is quickly becoming a favorite of mine! Great, natural whisky well produced and aged and for a very good value as well! And better yet, family owned and run still!!
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Postby DramMeister » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:45 pm

I've had the 21 some time ago, but it was fantastic. One of the best drams I've tried. I would agree about the butter and cream theme, but they aren't negative tastes are they?

I've not tried the 17, but I've never had a bad Glenfarclas - I'd buy both. (My children don't need shoes)
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Postby vitara7 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:51 pm

out the two, id plump for the 21yo
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