Glenfarclas 1991

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W17)
Calculated age
26 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 jan 2018 5:47 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 356.80

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1991

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.87 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. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    17 Oct. 2019
    I took the bottle over from hs305 after his dislike and 13 months after my first assessment, I have the last dram out of the this bottle. The 666 perfume went away almost completely, I'd call this at maximum slightly meaty with some tobacco now.... Some nailpolish and a slightly pleasantly sour (seville oranges, as in juice of and mixed with Kikoman (not Kilchoman) soy sauce) and pleasant sherry notes hit the nose, dark cherries, lots of them, with some hazelnut as well and some dark chocholate/cocoa powder with Carmac (carmel bar from childhood). Old school somehow with some olde english club leather arm chair and newspaper smell ...;-) This gets repeated on the palate with a warming lingering finish. Do you hear the old clock ticktocktickin'? I do, actually.
    With this final experience I up my score from 82 to 89, thus by 7 points. With this one, either you like 666 and drink it straight away, or air and time will help, the more empty the bottle gets. Ha, time is a healer...;-) but it is certainly not 90(+) for me.

    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
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I like it quite ok, very powerful undiluted, but for its age, it could be a bit more settled and less attacking. But anyway, give it a try when you got the chance!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 3 drops of water.
    The nose is far from expressive, really closed at first but if you sat with it the tell tale smell of burnt matches emerge and not much else to be honest.
    There is some red berry and dark sponge cake with a little sherry but it there is a little sulphur which knocks the points but depending on your view of sulphur some may like this, for me it is a negative but the spirit is not ruined and it is drinkable and with time in the glass it does improvev.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. robain scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • 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.

  7. 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.


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