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Glenfarclas 1991

Overall rating
88.30/100
votes
36
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W17)
Vintage
1991
Bottled
07.11.2017
Calculated age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
209
Number of bottles
570
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 Jan 2018 5:41 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 454,00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1991

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.30 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] The winter 2017 release of the Family Casks was a very big one with all the vintages from 1977 onward present - so it is impossible to taste them all but this 1991 has to be tested, certainly...

    ...and it is extremely spoiled with sulphurous notes. Up to now I thought Glenfarclas does not release heavily sulphured whiskies at all but I have to correct my assumptions, unfortunately. Even this highly regarded and well-managed distillery produces drams for the devil these days... Please rethink your release policy, dear George and (at least) mark your sulphurous bottlings so that all allergic to the "smell of hell" can shy away from them - PLEASE!
    • Nose
      80 80
      The colour is auburn and the nose offers a sulphurous profile that covers all the fine other aromas almost completely. After some minutes of breathing the first sulphur shock wave has vanished and a sweet and bold modern sherry profile shines through that would have been excellent without the sulphurous spoilage. Unfortunately, the sulphur is way too dominant to be acceptable to my olfactory cells - but hell boys and girls will like this, for sure...
    • Taste
      78 78
      Of course, the taste is spoiled by these annoying sulphurous flavours too what is too bad as behind the sulphur my taste buds detect a very impressive sherry profile. But I cannot appreciate the fine sherry flavours when they are hidden behind a curtain of gunsmoke and burnt fireworks. Water rather increases the sulphur so add it if you are a sulphur-head only...
    • Finish
      77 77
      The initial mouthfeel is scurfy because of the sulphur and quite coating, which is rather bad in such a setting. The finish is very long as with most sulphurous drams (the devil will not let go) and because the sulphur blocks my taste buds for hours my tasting session has ended for tonight, unfortunately...

  2. Maltbehr64 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun: Colour: light amber. Nose: a much lighter sherry profile, all on sultanas and various expensive, aromatic tobaccos. A really sleek earthiness lies underneath as well. Coal dust, game meats, dried mint, hessian and soft waxes. Wears its 57% extremely deftly. Develops on candied peel, leaf mulch and lanolin - really beautiful. With water: perfectly gravelly, earthy and round. Full of big, fat, dark, boozy fruits. Aged cognacs and rums mingle with tea tree oil and freshly ground coffee. Mouth: big, red-fruited, sherry-driven, spicy, mouth-coating unctuousness. Lots of caramel, milk chocolate, hints of soy sauce and Chinese spices. Big and hugely impressive. There’s a slight element of rubber to it, but it’s a cleaner, earthier more natural ‘dirty’ quality, if you can really call it dirty. With water: meaty, maraschino cherry, ointments, fat earthiness, dried cranberries and white balsamico. A globulous hint of rancio in the distance as well. Finish: long, extremely leathery, spicy, perfectly tannic, peppery and with this rich, unlit cigar quality. Comments: A total gem of a Glenfarclas. Everything is big, intense and potent but held in perfect poise and grace. A real, old school sherried beauty! SGP: 771 - 92 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveseptember18-1-Macallan-Lagavulin.html

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Part of a 15 dram GF challenge my very good friend set up for me, I can relate somewhat to HS305 comments about the "666 perfume" but seem to get the sample out of a much more aired bottle, so the smothering effects have vanished somewhat.

    Still my score is hurt by this fact by about 4 to 5 points.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. robain scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, raisins, buttery, peppery
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherrry, dry and leather
    • Finish
      90 90
      Heavy dark sherrys, raisins, leather and iron.

      ----

      This was from a blind tasting, 1 of 6 glasses. I enjoyed this one alot.

  5. Cheng Chee Kaan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From whiskyfun.com

    Colour: light amber. Nose: a much lighter sherry profile, all on sultanas and various expensive, aromatic tobaccos. A really sleek earthiness lies underneath as well. Coal dust, game meats, dried mint, hessian and soft waxes. Wears its 57% extremely deftly. Develops on candied peel, leaf mulch and lanolin - really beautiful. With water: perfectly gravelly, earthy and round. Full of big, fat, dark, boozy fruits. Aged cognacs and rums mingle with tea tree oil and freshly ground coffee. Mouth: big, red-fruited, sherry-driven, spicy, mouth-coating unctuousness. Lots of caramel, milk chocolate, hints of soy sauce and Chinese spices. Big and hugely impressive. There’s a slight element of rubber to it, but it’s a cleaner, earthier more natural ‘dirty’ quality, if you can really call it dirty. With water: meaty, maraschino cherry, ointments, fat earthiness, dried cranberries and white balsamico. A globulous hint of rancio in the distance as well. Finish: long, extremely leathery, spicy, perfectly tannic, peppery and with this rich, unlit cigar quality. Comments: A total gem of a Glenfarclas. Everything is big, intense and potent but held in perfect poise and grace. A real, old school sherried beauty!
    SGP: 771 - 92 points.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For a Family Casks release this one is rather disappointing, too sulphurous. It was in the Blind Tasting Competition and I guessed it to be a Deanston.
    • Nose
      Almond, cherry, orange, caramel, blueberry, paint and a little smoke. A slightly gherkin-like touch of sulphur. It becomes rounder after breathing for a while, more toffee-like.
    • Taste
      More sulphur. Blueberry, pepper, caramel, orange, mocha, peach, hazelnut, oak and match smoke.
    • Finish
      More smoke. Cherry, mocha, smoked mackerel and chestnut.

  7. drinki scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    That's Just a beauty, Forget all the rest. Let it open a few minutes and this legend will give you all its best.

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