Glenfarclas 105

Overall rating
84.31/100
votes
215
Whiskybase ID
WB10880
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
60.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Barcode
5018066105015
Added on
04 oct 2009 1:09 pm
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Average value

€ 50.70

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 105

35 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.31 points.

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another legend from the Glenfarclas Distillery. The 105 used to have an age statement of 10 years. It's been gone for a number of years. It is justified with the filling strength of 60% vol., which is batch strength. The casks are mixed in such a way that you end up with 60% vol, 105 proof. Due to climate change-related rising temperatures in the Highlands, fewer and fewer barrels keep this strength for more than 10 years, so you have to mix in younger barrels. Ok, maybe that's the case.

    Otherwise, the whisky is sherry-aged and available in liter bottles for less than €50. Sometimes for less than €40. That is a word.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      Glenfarclas also sells massively expensive Family Casks that are forth fill. So you can also assume a number of refills here. Nevertheless, it has a clean aroma, there is no old, musty wood. He has fruit cocktail with ripe pears and cherries - yes, even those oddly colored artificial cherries, which still have their appeal. The alcohol clearly carries the aromas to the fore - but it doesn't sting unpleasantly and is well integrated. On the nose, the aromas are not young and immature. This Glenfarclas makes you want to take the first sip.
    • Taste
      He needs a little water - but it's not that bad without it. There are 60% vol. quite an announcement. Ok, he needs water...

      The taste is more difficult than the 18, which is due to the strong alcohol that needs to be diluted, which also leads to a dilution of the aromas. This then promotes somewhat more tired wood to the fore. Overall, however, it remains beautifully sherry-fruity with a light nougat. Yes, the cocoa butter here is substituted with palm fat—but it remains an aspect of Prinzenrolle and its imitators. You also know that it's not the best chocolate and still drools for the next biscuit.
    • Finish
      Clean, no off notes, no bitter wood - the aftertaste is not pronounced and complex - but it is not weak and musty either. There is still fruit, there is still cocoa and spice.

      He is good. Point. With this whisky, you shouldn't even think about which great, infinitely hyped individual casks you tried and then thought: Well, maybe, maybe it's nice - but the price? The 105 no longer has an age statement, ok. Maybe it's worse than it was several years ago, maybe. But the world has gotten worse anyway. In the end, the bottom line is: buy a liter of the stuff, enjoy it, have fun. And finally stop whining about those wretched, syrupy whiskys that are infinitely expensive and end up leaving musty rotten oak fur on your teeth. This Glenfarclas 105 is a clean crafted whisky that is easy to drink and fun to drink. Slainte!

  2. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A tasty sherry bomb with no age statement and at a reasonable price. Even if you can enjoy it at full strength, it is highly recommended, especially with a little water.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/glenfarclas-105/
    • Nose
      Dry sherry dominates. This brings slightly musty and earthy notes. In addition, there is a slightly pungent alcohol note at the beginning, which is still very moderate for 60% alcohol by volume. After a few seconds, dried fruit (prunes and apricots) and citrus come through, as well as oak. The spicy, slightly tart oak notes remind me of freshly cut wood. Over time, the sweetness intensifies a bit, the oak and the dry sherry are better integrated. This now allows associations of baked apples with a hint of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      The full load of sherry, much sweeter than in the nose. The alcohol tingles a bit on the tip of the tongue. The fruit is rather ripe and fresh compared to the nose (apples and pears), complemented by raisins. Then comes the oak with a bittersweet note and almonds.
    • Finish
      Sweet with oak and dark chocolate. Again, the almonds and raisins come through. A nice, warming feeling spreads down your throat. Towards the end I have a typical taste of chocolate with rum, grape and nuts in my mouth.

      With water:
      With water, the aroma becomes significantly sweeter on the nose, but with less heavy sherry notes. The fresh fruits displace the dried fruits somewhat. In the mouth, the entry is very soft and the mouthfeel is sticky sweet right through to the finish. The delicate bitterness of the oak is still present, but comes with a delay.

  3. Chris_V_Swan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Unfortunately no longer declared as 10 years old.
    Nonetheless, the classic:
    young, strong and sherry driven.
    What self-respecting distillery doesn't have something similar in its portfolio?
    With the first sherry bomb.
    • Nose
      Fruity, cream caramel, ginger and a very light note of spice.
      The alcohol is noticeable but not perceptible as 105proof (/7*4=60% vol.).
      You can also see the distillery with its delicate basic character.
      Charming and sharp at the same time.
    • Taste
      The body is firm, the malt is mouth-filling, the flavors continue and add some dried fruit and pepper.
      In fact, I find this malt best enjoyed neat. Adding water makes it kinda spicier for my taste.
      My advice:
      Better to leave it for a long time and enjoy it in homeopathic doses.
    • Finish
      Since a long time.
      More creamy caramel comes through.
      The fruitiness is still there, but more in the background.
      Some sharpness can also be heard.
      But it doesn't burn the throat, even undiluted.
      This malt is an experience.
      Either way.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/20/bottle-polishing-an-autumn-quartet-2021/

    A bottle I have tolerated for three years is finally polished. In-between blending it away and sharing it out, my insights each year were as follows:

    2019: Initially scoring this 77, more than a 1/3rd down, I’d say it’s adequate drinking fodder at best.
    2020: Resigned to the occasional hip-flask, “the type of whisky a bloke in a pub would offer you for your first one”, [Ashley].
    2021: [Still] feels more like a chore than a pleasure.

    Time to bury the hatchet. From the heel of the bottle, here goes. Bear in mind, I’ve always been a fan of the 105.
    _____________________________________________________

    N: A vanilla-ed~cinnamon-y/sandy > orangey/sherry syrup-ed spirity/chemically-malty/metallic nose, one that’s nigh-on impossible for me to attribute this to pot still whisky against a young ‘grain’ whisky from a column still.

    T: Indeed, this is not far from young grain spirit, except some grains – 9yo Strathclyde [WLP], 4yo Loch Lomond [WB], for example – are far superior. With a sharp/cutting/sandpaper-y/cinnamon-y/ > peppery ~ raisiny/grainy/sandy orange-ish Lucozade-lozenge into banana-ish fruitiness, I ask myself – of this palate-wrecking stuff – am I now simply drinking this for its ethanolic properties?

    F: Continues rum-like, [feint-y] orangey, banana-y [husky coconut hints = optimistic stuff],… cinnamon-y/peppery/chemically [again],…

    C: After that disappointing Glenfarclas 18yo [WLP81], and now this! No one can say I didn’t give it my best shot. I’m so pleased mostly everyone is more enamoured with it. A poor [travel retail] batch perhaps?

    Scores 77 [at the most]

  5. jykoo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Medium intensity, Dried fruit, toffee, vanilla, chamomile
    • Taste
      82 82
      Medium intensity,dry and gripy.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium finish

  6. LDB scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Phew, that's tough. I'm not really excited about this fighting pig.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Toffee, some berry compote and a considerable dose of model construction glue - ouh!
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fruity, biting sherry, cheap nut chocolate, an incredibly strong alcohol note, whether pure, with 1 or 2 teaspoons of water.
    • Finish
      82 82
      It dissipates quickly and remains a malty note.

  7. olgakrasnogor did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      The aroma of whisky is complex, with oak, apple-pear and candy notes
    • Taste
      The taste of whisky is dry and stable, rapidly developing, revealing notes of spice, oak and dried fruits
    • Finish
      Finish is surprisingly soft, despite the fortress, pleasantly warming, rounded, slightly smoky.

  8. Gareth74 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The number of the beast.

    It’s been ages since I’ve gone under the spell of Glenfarclas’s 105, I’ve seen things here and there alluding to signs that things have slipped a little but hindsight can do that sometimes. So, when I scored a brace at auction for less than £55 a little bottle I was happy enough to take a trip back to visit one of the original NAS sherry beasts.

    If there’s one thing this and Aberlour’s mauler of a dram their A’bunadh can do, it’s convert even the most ardent bourbon drinker to a whisky lover. Let’s see if that’s still the case.

    On the nose. Before the nose is in the glass it’s reaching out like a velvet wrapped sherry sledge hammer. There the unmistakable chocolate and baking spice and dark, dried fruits. It’s sooooo boozy and there’s a lovely strong sense of wood and varnish and vanilla emanating from liquid that makes the mouth water. It’s hot too, not horrible solvent heat but a hotness that you get from rich bourbon. Sweetness. Rich. Red fruits. Tasty wood glue. Almost no sulphur, maybe the tiniest of whiffs.

    In the mouth and it is an unrelenting arrival. The doors are, just like Michael Caine wanted, blown off. And then everything else is blown off. Just like in the film. WHOOF! Initially it is syrupy and sweet, then the arrival morphs quickly into a lovely prickly rye like heat mixed with a voluminous sherry and cocoa bloom. Wood attacks the palate and in comes a swift slap of pepper and ginger. The wood and sherry comes back in and the heat builds again with a pinch to the tongue before the volume drops.

    It’s goes out on ginger and bitter chocolate and cocoa and sherry. The wood is nicely drying. They heat is intoxicating and you leave a dram of this stuff knowing you have been converted. To what, maybe it isn’t obvious but it has you in its power.

    105 is an animal of a dram. At 60% it is a heavyweight that needs to be consumed with care. as others have mentioned, it needs a splash of water to open it up and dial down the woodiness. Go too far with the water tough and you’ll be left in no doubt how young it is. Aim towards the high 40’s% and it’s good. And... If ever there was an affordable dram that could convert even the most stubborn of bourbon drinkers then this is it.

    One final note. This whisky goes extremely well with dark chocolate. What further possible recommendations are needed?

  9. Daan2 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Strong sherry taste, with Springbank-like stale flavor. First time i tasted dried apricots. Very nice in cask strength

  10. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    One of my all time favorite whiskys. Intense taste, fruity, balanced - no whisky for in between - rather for the main evening program;)

  11. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. Dubnobass scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A friend of mine advised me to try the 105, after I didn't really like the 12 years. I usually buy the 18 years old, which I think is a tasty whisky price-wise. I agree with most of the reviews, but what I certainly agree with is that you need to add these well with the right amount of water. I am not that quick with water myself, but with some you certainly have to and this is certainly one of them. after this it becomes a rich woody sherry-like tasty dram! A bitter barrel taste and dry fruit-like on the tongue. the aftertaste remains bitter and lingers in the throat for a long time, I think this is a delicious whisky for its price, but it really needs water otherwise it's not compleet. Yet I have retained a bit of spice I guess I am at 48% (of the 60%). I also think you can overwater this whisky too quickly. "You like this or not."

    Bought for € 37,99.- (2020)

    Price vs enjoyment : 88
    Price vs special : 75
    Enjoyment vs special : 83
    Total : 82

    Score :
    00-59 : Mix it.
    60-69 : Drink it, not buying it.
    70-79 : Good enough for a fair price.
    80-89 : Whisky's I like to drink, recommend and would like to keep in stock.
    90-99 : Something special, something that I cherish and only drink when the time is right.
    100 : Not possible.

  13. Benromach15 scored this whisky 70 points Member Junior

    My first try of a cask strength whisky and after a bit of experimenting I settled on a few ice cubes and leaving it about 5 min to air.

  14. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Medium orange-honey-amber. Thick and oily.

    Nose: Alcohol fumes, caramel, vanilla, apple, malt biscuits. Gets maltier with a few drops of water. Wax. Pineapple, cinnamon. Chewed out bubble gum. Chocolate, raisins.

    Palate: Neat: burning alcohol, honey, vanilla. Gingerbread, Christmas cake, Still slightly waxy.
    Lovely palate, though, rich and oily. Silky.

    Finish: Quite smooth and silky, oily, wax, pepper, a bit of oak, honey.

    With Water: This absolutely needs a lot of water. At least ½ the amount of whisky.

    Overall: It’s really important to get the right amount of water into this. Too much can kill it. I am enjoying it much more the 3rd time around. Great value. Definitely doesn’t shine like its big brothers but a fun whisky.

  16. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/single-malt-sherry-off/

    [2019/2020 version]

    N: Instantly disappointing, this batch appears a little younger/more spirity.

    T: Unpleasant chemical arrival. Both this and the 2017 release end up in the same ballpark, but whilst the older bottle goes through a few gear changes, this one simply burns from the off and out to the finish.

    F: On par with Famous Grouse.

    C: This hasn’t significantly improved after 3 months which was the hope and I think I’ve drunk too much to send it back [1/3]. I’ll have to write a letter. Score-wise, we are provisionally looking at around 78 [at the most?].

  17. matfrl scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    Too much butterscotch for my taste
    • Nose
      84 84
      Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, leather, nutty
    • Taste
      82 82
      Punchy, oily, good sweetness, nutty, more leather
      With water: more citrusy
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long, warm

  19. TechnOBY scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      alcoholic;
      heather, dry wheat; some water opens the nose, but not very comlex.
    • Taste
      83 83
      very strong; do not save by adding water!
      Fresh grass, impetuous;
      with some water, it is a kind of bitter. not very tasty
    • Finish
      82 82
      dry, no special finish; medium long

  20. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. whiskyd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. crippos scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A dram that appears simple but is capable of hiding a lot of complexity. Didn't find that much balance, with the wood definitely being the upfront flavor - and sometimes hiding the other good stuff. This doesn't convince me and needs a re-taste, maybe with water.
    Nose has definitely been the best part of my dram, it kept on giving and had, instead, a very good balance.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sweet & dark as I'm accustomed to sherried whiskies: sweet raisins, wine, vanilla (that's an extra!), hints of almond. Slightly foggy, well balanced with the sweetness and the woodiness. Some "cappuccino". And at my last sip, some clear floral notes; well hidden in this vineyard!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Some sugary/mou sweetness on the arrival, then mostly... wood. Hints of wine, almonds, nuts. Kind of tasty but isn't this too much wood?
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long and very woody, with the wine omnipresent. Some dark chocolate, nuts, and a lot of dark coffee in the end - and this is the only note that's tête à tête with the wood. Not a very pleasant finish for me, but surely not that bad.

  24. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As part of preparations for the festival masterclass, we received Nethare's post every seven samples of 100 ml each, which we also blindly tasted to be in the same skin as later participants of our guided tasting. We split the samples to thirds. We first tasted the first and wrote notes. In the second round, we made a tasting "videoconference" together with Nethar via Skype.
    We then sent the processed results to Peter by e-mail, and then the identity of all seven samples was declassified. The selection was then reduced to five samples, so we discarded two old whiskys (Old Pulteney Noss Head and Glenlivet The Master Distillers Reserve) and we chose to make a selection from our point of view and we welcomed two whiskys (Glenfarclas 105 and Laphroaig QA cask), around which a bit of contradictory reaction was in the forum, which is suitable for the blind test because it could blindly "filter out" any prejudices. So I put my scraps of tastings down. Everyone was at least 4 times, three times at home, and fourth at masterclass.
    • Nose
      First sniffing ... that port or sherry? The aroma is warm, full, alcoholic, sweetish, sweet, with milk chocolate and very heavy over-ripe fruitiness. (86 b)
    • Taste
      Bright jar on the first occlusion, with the water I added, it sucks, milk chocolate appears, in dryness the dry sherry style, varnish. But there are also chocolate and chocolate. He can easily recall new Gold Cocks, even though he gets more plums. Another similarity I found with BenRiach festival 13 yo 1999, but this is more in sherry versus BenRiach. (87 b)
    • Finish
      This whisky made me entertained. I drank Glenfarclas 105 in 2011, but I absolutely did not have a chance to recognize it, because this odorless plastic scent was missing here this time. So I do not know if I once had a bad batch? It's hard to say what was wrong at the time. This is fun, you can win with water and the quality is here. I definitely want the whole bottle. It was funny to watch the blind masterclass how many people voted on their Gold Cock ballots, the taste of the taste could have somebody else dragged off the track and did not even blame these tips.

  29. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. pelle86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  31. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A wonderfully rich and smooth whisky with makes the 105 dangerously
    palatable even at cask strength. All flavours you would expect from a
    great Glenfarclas. Robust, deep and very well balanced. Being so
    warming, this is the perfect dram after a cold walk out. The best “Bang
    for your buck” whisky I ever came across.

    I thank the German importer Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the sample.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Robust, full-bodied with great depth. Definitely on the sherry side.
      Creamy with caramel, marzipan and dried fruit - melon, apple and peach.
      Leathery notes and cinnamon emerge with a touch of coffee and
      caramelised walnuts in the back. Amazingly complex.
    • Taste
      Rich and assertive. A massive load of delicate sherry flavours, dried
      fruit, and hints of Armagnac. Sweet at start then warm spices and walnut
      burst. Cinnamon, ginger and peppery oak. Velvety, deep and
      tongue-coating. Very enjoyable.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet with dried fruit and raisins. Wonderfully warming and
      with a lingering nuttiness. Slightly smoky end, tingling and dry.

      WITH WATER: Quite lively and vibrant on the nose with sherry, dried
      fruits, raisins, and Demerara sugar, complemented by lingering spiced
      oak. Very smooth even silky on the palate with sherry, lemonade, and
      prickling oak. The fruitiness and hot spiciness is tamed by the water
      significantly. The finish is a bit shorter with tamed fruitiness and
      less spices. Very delicate.

  32. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  33. Guntis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. Kostya scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (a
    sample) a fine sherry bomb, not complicated and straight forward
    • Nose
      (neat) heavily sherried, fruit
      jam, black raisins, treacle                        (water) sweet, peaches, raisins,
      marzipan, halva
    • Taste
      (neat) very powerful, sherry.                                                                (water) black coffee, overripe
      cherry, burnt sugar, treacle
    • Finish
      medium
      long, cocoa powder, slightly sour, and touch of honey

  35. Dieter_W scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, this is too alcoholic for me
    I can not get it off with water.
    Too bad.

  36. Hans-Ludwig scored this whisky 86 points Shoplink Moderator

    The color is strong amber with a sting in the reddish. The aroma immediately shows the alcohol. But after a few moments, the alcohol comes to the side and makes Sherrynoten, cappuccino, vanilla and a lot of fruit appear. In the mouth, the alcohol and fruit notes dance a beautiful dance. Hints of Sherry watch the dance. The finish is rather unspectacular, but leaves a salt note on the lips.
    It is hard to believe that 60% whisky can be so enjoyable. This whisky is just fun.

  37. taldish scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

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