Glenfarclas 1995

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W17)
Calculated age
22 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
42.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jan 2018 5:47 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1995

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 points

  1. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This 1995s, with its comparatively soft 42.1% from the sherry hogshead, is an elegant coffee malt with nuts, cinnamon and leather that turns with a few drops of water to dark fruit and sherry.
    • Nose
      Espresso, caramel, old leather. Oak, sweet plum, cinnamon, marjoram; Crumble cake, and then also a little dry sherry and the Glenfarclas baked apple notes, which are about 25 years old malt the standard range after some time so beautifully present. No "plum-sweet Sherry Monster" like the 1998, this is the espresso malt with caramel and leather scent. Pretty elegant, very beguiling.
    • Taste
      Great oiliness; to the espresso with caramel and cocoa sprinkles comes a little olive oil. Followed by plum roaster with some cinnamon and marjoram, dark chocolate; intense hazelnut aroma, the oak remains in the background. A "coffee malt" of the special class. He is very great in his own way - again comes to me in 1995 the Tomatin with its nuttiness in the sense. What leads to a very artificial taste and finish for Glenrothes, which is also comparable to the "main aroma" in the nose in 1995, produces a very outstanding "time-honored traditional single-malt brilliance" at Glenfarclas.
    • Finish
      The finale is long. After some time, cinnamon and caramel, the nuttiness and the very fine espresso notes remain. This style inspires me.
      With a few drops of water: Now the malt is fruity and sherry emphasized. Even a tender mint bite shows, very interesting! The palate also produces dark fruit and sherry, without losing any of its nuttiness with cinnamon caramel. This game continues in the finish. A few drops of water bring new experiences.

  2. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Elegant and sweet with a subtle acidity. Old sherry, dark dried fruits, pickled plums. Freshly ground espresso beans, a bit dark balsamic vinegar, raisins, walnuts. Ripe oranges, juicy dark grapes, tobacco, leather. Old books, rotten dark wood. A distant trail of smoke.
    • Taste
      Oily. Plum jam, old red wine, leather. Sour cherries, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, espresso. Dark grapes with bitter and sour wood notes.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] This is an extremely interesting Family Cask because the much smaller sherry hogshead (in comparison to a butt or puncheon) gives the spirit more wood contact and hence enables a faster and/or bolder maturation (quarter casks are even more extreme and I liked the 1988 quarter cask edition very much). The low alcohol level of 42.1% abv and dark colour provide additional hints for a bold profile...

    ...and indeed it is bold: If there were not these minor sulphurous notes this would have been an outstanding "sherry bomb". Unfortunately, the sulphur reduces my score by two to three points (only) but people that are not sensitive to this annoying flavour (or maybe even like it) might adore this bottling...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is old oak and the nose provides a very sweet oloroso sherry profile (just as expected) that reminds me a little bit of old Paxarette improved drams. It is complex with loads of wet raisins, plums, apricots, figs, dark chocolate and leathery aromas (and more). Unfortunately, there is a minor sulphurous note too as if the raisins were sulphured ones. It is not really annoying but it disturbs somewhat the fine balance of all the other aromas.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is impressive on sweet and sour fruits, different nuts, dark chocolatey flavours, espresso beans, spices (ginger) and more. The sulphur is a little stronger than with the nose but the other bold flavours somehow contain this flaw. Again it is very sweet and Paxarette-alike (but the use of Paxarette was banned in 1989 already). Water is not recommended because it increases the unwanted sulphurous flavours and mouthfeel (unless you are a hell boy/girl).
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives bold and instantly coating in the mouth with a minor drying-astringent moment from the sulphured raisins and tannins, of course. The finish is very long (like with most sulphured drams) and adds more sour winey flavours that are a nice counterpoint to the very sweet profile. The wood grows stronger towards the ending and turns the dram more drying-astringent. Unfortunately, the last say has the sulphurous flavour (as usual with sulphured drams)...

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very interesting in my opinion, whereby I feel the tart fruit flavors in the taste and aftertaste and slightly distracting. For me a rather mediocre Family Cask, although it also has an interesting character.

    23/22/22/21 (88P)
    • Nose
      Already when pouring sweetish and dark fruit flavors waft across the glenfarclas intense amber in the premium snifter shines. Wet wood and subtle musty cellar aromas end in a hint of subdued sulfur, the initial dominance of the sweet and dark fruit flavors is almost completely gone at the moment. Dried berries mingle with wet and moldy leather, lovage rises and mixes with other spices and herbs. From old leather dissolves velvety peach, nut chocolate and parched raisins give the tart nose a subtle fruity and sweet appeal. Dark caramel and a reappearing fruit aroma make the harsh and minimally musty aromas forgotten. Apple and orange are showing up, caramelized sugar is slowly coming to the fore, and mossy and decayed wood tones are increasingly coming to the fore.
    • Taste
      With slightly sour fruit flavors, the first sip flows through the palate. Sour cherries and decayed wood elements are a joke, but the mouthfeel is relatively flat and one-dimensional. Sour fruit flavors are also evident at the second sip, sour cherries and blackberries are sprinkled with a pinch of white pepper, after which a discreetly sharp film sticks to the tongue. Cold coffee and a few drops of vinegar sound relatively fast and dominate only sour fruit flavors and rancid wood until suddenly sets extreme hazelnut flavor.
    • Finish
      Hazelnuts stick to the tongue and palate, in the background are sour cherries and spicy wood tones. In the meantime, intense hazelnut aroma has spread throughout the mouth area, meadow herbs and an oriental spice blend join. Intensive hazelnut flavors stick to the palate almost indefinitely, otherwise the aftertaste has faded relatively quickly.

  5. FrankDrebin scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    An extremely interesting family cask, which does not quite put its mouth in a hostage because of its lower volume percentages. As a result, it takes less time to decode the complex aromas. And there is a lot to smell / taste. Overall, very delicious and completely wrongly ignored because of the few alcohol percentages. In fact, the barrel has the best of what such barrels have to offer, directly in the whisky rise - a must for lovers of old-fashioned sherry malts with the classic, dry-sweet-sour-fruity-bittersweet profile. This one is for the distinguished connoisseur. Nothing for fashion drinker. Noble old whisky nobility.
    • Nose
      Oh, he is different. At first very sweetish and a strong impression of old wooden barrel and damp cellar. Great. Then after a few minutes extremely complex and tender: old, ripe sherry, strawberries, custard, leather, jellybeans, amarena cherry, peach Melba, increasingly flowery and fragrant. Great!
    • Taste
      Actually different: With so few percent you expect a restrained start, but the opposite is the case. Directly very strong spicy and sweet, sparkling, fogs the cheeks, mouth-filling and -wässernd. Drinking chocolate or cocoa, but of the bitter variety, malty-nutty, prunes, while still sweet and tingling, a little ginger, discreet wooden box and actually beautiful espresso. Expressive, but distinguished and distinguished.
    • Finish
      Departure very creamy, slowly drier, bittersweet and sweetish-sour, mild and long, the cheeks remain steamed by oak flavors, at the end remains an impression of dry red wine and caffè crema.

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the nose, I think that's really good. In my mouth comes for me, as already mentioned, an Oloroso sherry very close. But I do not really want that with a whisky.
    • Nose
      The sherry is clearly present. Rum raisins. Cherry and plum brandy. Wild berries. Not too sweet red groats. Some fudge. Nut nougat cream. Then rotten, wet wood. Wine cellar. Clay soil. Sourdough. Tree resin.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel comes close to an Oloroso sherry. To be honest, almost too close for me.
      First, I have cooked sour cherries. Sour blackberries and redcurrants. Then the famous nut notes of an Olorosos with the dry mouthfeel. Sour grapes with the tannins of the oak. Now it is getting drier.
    • Finish
      It gets less dry. Cocoa. Cinchona bark. Leather. Nuts. Some fruit acid.

  9. asmazda scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bold flavors... but on the palette the sherry may be overwhelming for some. If you are a sherry head and enjoy gunpowder nose this is the family cask for you.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Gunpowder, figs, cherries, chocolate, caramel, pecans, damp soil. Dark and decadent nose if you don’t mind the gunpowder, which I don’t.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sherry (like its actually mixed in), sour cherry juice, espresso, burnt caramel, mixed nuts, damp soil and compost leaves.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, bitter walnut skin, more sherry, coffee candy.

  10. sealgair scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    In my opinion, superimposed and a fermented in sherry barrel bottling. To offer something like this in the Family Cask series is very borderline. He does not get better with more time.


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