Glenfarclas 1979

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W17)
Calculated age
38 years old
4th Fill Hogshead
Number of bottles
47.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jan 2018 5:48 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 847,00

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12 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1979

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.78 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] I had three 4th Fill Family Casks so far and two were excellent (94 resp. 93 points) and worth their high prices but one was exhausted and just about average (87 points) - hence way too pricey. So I wonder if this was an one-off or if the 4th Fill casks are a 50:50 affair. That is why I try this 4th Fill Hogshead...

    ...and obviously the average-only was a gaffe because this one is again: superior! It is a truly complex, perfectly balanced and dangerously quaffable old style "naked" 'farclas that offers the distilleries' great malt profile at its very best...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers an unbelievable complex and rich profile of ripe fruits, spices, honeys, sugars, fine oils, nuts and and and... The wooden notes are just about right to contain the overwhelming sweetness of the other aromas and keep a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and herbal aromas. There is a great movie playing on my olfactory cells, I could watch (sniff) this for hours...
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is nicely layered with dozens of ripe fruits show up first followed by spices and different honey flavours. Next on the scene are some herbs before delicious white chocolates enter the stage. The final word is left to the woods, as so often - and they provide a fine transistion into the finish.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The whisky arrives charming on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a creamy feeling and not the slightest trace of any unpleasant moment. The finish is very long and gets more spicier and bitter-herbal which provides a fine contrast to the rather sweet taste. No distracting drying or astringent moment despite the 38 years in oak. Water releases some more aromas both in the nose and on the palate but be careful not to add too much of it as the dram flattens quickly. I like it best at around 43% abv.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] I just did a head-to-head comparison of the best two vintages of the winter Family Casks release: this 1979 versus the 1977 that I rated both 94 points (and both are 4th Fill Hogsheads).

    The nose is of a comparable complexity with the 77 is more of an old style dram with adorable OBFs while the 79 is more fresh and fruity. It depends on the mood I am in which one I prefer, tonight it is the 77 (but I can imagine that I will go for the 79 tomorrow). The taste of the 79 is more fruity and rich while the 77 offers more depth and complexity and a few more layers. Again I prefer the 77 tonight and the 79 (most probably) another day. The finish of both drams is of comparable length with more subtleness of the 77 and more boldness (fruits) of the 79. This is a draw tonight...

    Surely, these 4th Fill Hogsheads represent Glenfarclas at its best. Forget about a moment the heavily sherried 'farclas releases and imagine a perfectly aged (undisclosed) Speyside dram - this is it!

  3. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Simply excellent. The older Family Cask bottlings from 4th-Fill-Hogsheads are truly unmistakably terrific. And: The longer the malt is in the glass, the more intense it gets ...
    • Nose
      95 95
      After three quarters of an hour in the Premium Snifter, the Glenfarclas develops an enormous honey sweetness with a juicy-firm pear with beautiful clarity. Add to that this very special age note, which leads into a deep, dry wine cellar. From the background, the elegant oak finally emerges and primers the pear and honey flavors.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The first appearance is determined by honey, pear, pleasant waxiness. Then follow delicate oak notes, everything wonderfully clear and finely graduated. The honey and fruit notes are less prominent in the first appearance than in the nose on the palate, the oak notes, the old wine cellar, the waxiness in combination with the forest herbs play the lead role. Pleasant tingling with a surprisingly pleasant oak and herbal spice.
    • Finish
      96 96
      The finish continues the palate impression: The oak is now a little more intense, the forest floor moist, pear and honey recede into the background. However, you are back in the Ausklangsverlauf, because the departure is indeed very, very long and varied. Since the 38 years beat in full splendor.

  4. Oldie6.1 scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    already in the nose oily, fat, heavy, mushy pears.
    Accompanied by spicy honey, discreetly musty oak and a pinch of white pepper.
    The aromas are very finely interwoven and salivation is stimulated.

    first fruity fresh, then oily mushy pears with slightly tingling pepper and oak spices.
    For up to 30 seconds in the mouth, it remains waxy-creamy, then suddenly more pronounced with tingling spice and black pepper.

    With warming oak and a spice rack
    (this is all to break up, my experiences in this area are too limited)
    it stays very long, half dry and impressive back ... awesome!

    A dream of Family Cask, which plays in a different league than the sherrylastigen FCs I was allowed to try so far.

    6 out of 6 or 96 WB points.

  5. macca127 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    This malt takes time in the glass, after about 45 minutes, he thanks himself with overripe pear fragrance. Even in the taste comes this wonderful mushy pear with honey and herbs over. In the long finish, the oak mixes with wonderful prickles.


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