The Mac 25 sells for a whopping $600, 6x as much, has anyone had both of these? How do they compare? This is the most I've spent on a single bottle and I feel like I've definitely gotten my money's worth. $600 for a 25yr, sounds ludicrous to me now that I've opened the GF. Opinions?
dcb wrote:but it was delicious and balanced, not as sweet as I think I was expecting.
I have a huge soft spot for GF 25 as well. It isn't as "speysider sweet" as I expected as well but rather deliciously oaky. I think it's an atypical GF and one I'm glad to always have a bottle sitting around somewhere.
If you haven't done so already I'd suggest trying the 21yo, it's my favourite 'farclas and of course is cheaper too
That said, it was very good.
Never had the Farclas 25 tho.
The Mac 25 is amazing, but at over $400 it's tough to rationalize. Brora 30yo, Laphroaig 30yo, Lagavulin 21yo, and all sorts of other phenomenal bottlings are much much cheaper.
As far as sherry and Macallan comparisons go: I've tasted Glenfarclas' whole regular line (except for the 15, which is unavailable in the US) and besides the 105 c/s I find the sherry pretty low-key. Low key relative to Macallan, Aberlour, ect., that is. I'm not generally a fan of monster-sherry, but if I were I would stick to their very nice, and pretty inexpensive for a cask strength, heavily sherried 105 c/s or look somewhere else. On a whole different level of quality, the expensive and, in some areas, hard to find 1974 vintage c/s is also heavily sherried.
Here's an excerpt from my tasting notes last night:
Glenfarclas 25 yo
Colour: Pale gold with reddish hints
Nose: Tangerine, orangery
Body: Long legged with fishnet stockings and stilettos.
Palate: Prickly on the tongue caused me personally to drool in response, yummy.
Finish: Toffee, spicy, honey long mostly spicy finish.
Gallery comment: Mighty spicy.
I did enjoy it although the top candidate for the entire evening was the Glenfarclas 15 yo, which I now have to hunt for.
The one I tried at WhiskyFest was phenomenal and outperformed a 30+ year old farclas.
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