ralfy review 838 Extras – Glenfarclas 25yo revisited.



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25 Comments
  1. Reply
    Durpurz 89 August 12, 2020 at 5:33 am

    You cannot buy the 15 yo in America. Folks at glenfarcalas told me that malts are taxed higher at 46% than 40%/43%. Thats why they choose not to send the 15 to America- it would simply cost more.

    Maybe all this below 46% is because of taxation?

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    Drew from AZ August 12, 2020 at 5:42 am

    I love you Ralfy but I have a problem with my first episode I have ever watched of yours! First it appears your review was influenced by public opinion and then influenced by your paying Patreon customers for a retraction/amendment (shameless Patreon plug there as well). GF is a privately owned company in Scotland so I have huge respect for that, and if they choose to position their 25 yr offering at 43% in order to eek out a few extra dollars for the bottom line, I support that strategy. Does the 25yr taste different than your 1st review? I suspect not, as it is a luscious dram in my book and the difference between 43 and 46 is not something I would bash them about, but that is my opinion, just saying :). I guess my point is that I watch Ralfy because he is not influenced and gives his unvarnished opinion, and don't feel this was the case on the GF reviews.

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    jmhaddon August 12, 2020 at 5:50 am

    I'm going to Callander next week, is there any distilleries I should be made aware of in that area.

  4. Reply
    RobFut 99 August 12, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Guys, Ardbeg Wee Beastie is popping up in stock in the US. If you live there might be worth a look. I’ve seen at at two big bin liquor stores this week in large amounts. Hopefully it comes into stock in the UK as well for the rest of you.

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    Stephen Cannon August 12, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Given the various price points for the ranges of various ranges of whisky brands, it appears that the age statement is one, but not the only, signal of quality that indicates not only the amount of time spent in cask, but also the level of care that the manufacturer has afforded in producing the spirit. The lack of consistency between age statements and pricing across distilleries, therefore seems to suggest not that some 25 year old whiskies are a bargain and some are overpriced, although I would concede that this is possible in some cases, but that some distilleries intend to signal a higher level of quality with their age statements than others.

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    Ain Stolkiner August 12, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Bit of a rant in the end

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    Jason Bennett August 12, 2020 at 6:09 am

    if its not non-chill filtered, natural colour and presented at least 46% I'm starting to feel Ralfy has a bit of a problem with it, yes GF could present the core range at 46% etc but surely no one can have any complaint about the quality and integrity of the product we receive for the price, let me just say I agree with him, just look at Burn Stewart and most if not all offerings are presented at 46.3%, non-chill filtered and natural colour, luv Ralfy but think he is being unfairly harsh here with an excellent family owned distillery.

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    EyeWitnessChina August 12, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Not only do I want barley listed in the ingredients, but I want the location of the barley. Where exactly it grows and where it was milled. Same with the water source. I’m paying a peddlers ransom to buy the product. I’d like to know what I’m paying for. Especially now since factors like tariffs and hoarding are rearing their ugly heads. What I find refreshing is when all the employees sign the bottle or packaging like Deanston does. If you are involved, you need to stand by it and by name!

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    Craig Wadsworth August 12, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Ralfy, you've been a huge part of my whisky journey. I came to single malts later in life and have watched you from the start. Thanks for all you've given the community. I learn a little more with each of your videos. Am currently planning my fourth trip to Scotland to continue on the road to whisky enlightenment. Slainte mhath!

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    jui Jgen Tan August 12, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Role model for labeling : Deanston

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    VaryingViewpoint August 12, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Great re-review!

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    mark putham August 12, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Dude, everyone knows Glenfarclas doesn't spend on marketing. I don't know why you'd be an exception. If I wanted to pay for marketing, I'd drink the stuff from the TV shows. I'm not sure what you were expecting or why, but it's rather odd. Best.

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    hardindr August 12, 2020 at 8:33 am

    If the bottle does not state whether or not the whisky is chill-filtered, I assume it is. Simple as that…

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    Mario D August 12, 2020 at 10:16 am

    I would not insist in the marketing. Not important to put it on the label for me. Some great whiskies are chill filtered and that is ok…

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    vrudy6 August 12, 2020 at 10:42 am

    I agree 100%. All the Glenfarclas should be non-chill, 46%. Glenfarclas is one of my favorite brands. I do like the 17 better

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    ShamblesB August 12, 2020 at 11:10 am

    ralfy ! any reason you seem to drink from copitas or wine glasses in the Extras as opposed to in a glencairn for reviews ? is it for consistency? cheers!

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    Mike W. August 12, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I can't justify buying an older whisky at a lower abv than 46%. A 25 yo at 43? No thank you. But that's just me. About transparency? I learned that from you.

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    gcbrain August 12, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Ralfy. I was 20 years old in the year 2000 when i first encountered UAs like Adelphi and ever since i find those bottlings a lot more interesting than the standards. In all Fairness Glenfarclas does a lot of special bottlings, with a lot of extra prizing though.

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    Ashutosh Mavle August 12, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Ralfy, what exactly is the negative impact of chill filtration on taste of whisky ?

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    Peter Finucane August 12, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    "25 years I spent, patiently maturing away in the cask and they dilute me to 43% and filter me… they treat me like an NAS whisky…oh the shame and pain…"

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    Alexander Kan August 12, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Hi, thank you very much for the review, as always on top. what do you prefer glenallachie 10 cask strength, arran share cask or glendronach cask strength?

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    peter tilsley August 12, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Totally agree with Jason this is an awesome distillery…try the 12yo its absolutely tops for the money…you want to spend more go 15yo. Buy from a long established whisky maker that dont do bullshit. Pete from NZ

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    Reb Mordechai August 12, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I have a bottle of Talisker 57 Degrees North. 57% abv which when left for half an hour or more, the goes so opaque, it looks like diluted cloudy milk! Being Diageo, they won't tell you it is Non-Chill-Filtered. I have several bottles of Lagavulin 12 from several vintages. On the underside of the box it says "Mit Farbstoff", yet these single malts are so pale straw yellow that there cannot possibly be any E150a in them. That's Diageo for you.

    I was in Deanston last year and asked them outright, why they don't state on the label "Natural Colour" and "Unchill Filtered". The guy rolled his eyes (as if to say, oh no, another Ralfy fan….), and said, they don't bother as its company policy that all their expressions are natural presentation. I asked him, would it hurt to state it on the label?

    I also visited the Tullibardine distillery and had a lovely chat with the shop manager there. He told me that all Tullibardines are Natural Colour and Non-Chill Filtered. When I asked him why they don't state this on the label, he looked at me slightly puzzled and asked why anyone would be interested in this? When I told him that there are plenty of us that, having to decide whether to go for whisky A or Whisky B on the shelf, one being natural presentation, the other Caramel Coloured and Chill Filtered, this would be the deciding factor which determines which of those bottles reaches the counter and which one remains on the shelf.

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    Martin Douwe August 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    I would really appreciate if you review the Glendronach 15 again, because the 84 pnts you gave before becomes more and more surreal.

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    Adam Giles August 12, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Same with Deanston 18. Says non chill-filtered but zero scotch mist.

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