Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sumptuous scrumtious
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill Ex-PX Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Apr 2018 9:26 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 105.22

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1997 SMWS 1.206

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.90 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very idiosyncratic and unusual Glenfarclas! The oriental and Asian influences are getting used to, as is the unusual PX flavor. For a Glenfarclas this filling is too exotic for me, whereby the character and the taste combination also make up somewhere the charm of this unusual piglet. Not bad, but for me, this bottling is not Glenfarclas! Good drinkable, but not a typical piglet ;-)

    21/22/21/21 (85P)
    • Nose
      Slightly opaque amber shimmers in the glass while the oily drops sticking to the glass wall slowly make their way back to the glass. A creamy aroma of hazelnuts and peanuts rises, rancid roasty aromas mingle with sweet honey and a few drops of sugar beet juice. Mild Delicious apple and old apricots end in a scent of dried raisins and dates, the nose exudes a very unusual and idiosyncratic flavor at the moment. Sweetness, honey, a little caramel, flaxseed, slightly oriental spices, peanuts and mild apple pull through the nose, the alcohol is wonderfully creamy and mildly integrated. Slowly my salivation begins, I look forward to the first sip.
    • Taste
      The first impression is mild and sharp at the same time. Dried berries, roasted aromas and slightly rancid caramel unite on the tongue to an unfamiliar flavor, dark apple and hazelnuts dissolve from spicy, tart wood tones and end in lightly burned and smoky sugar. With the second sip, the sharpness increases and wraps the palate in chubby warmth. Tart wood tones and a slightly rancid nut mixture follow, again showing dried berries and oriental spices. Dried apple pieces, sugar beet juice and hints of caramel and honey come to the fore.
    • Finish
      Tart wood tones and lightly grassy walnuts start the reverberation. Slowly, the immature walnuts transform into ripe and full-bodied walnut aroma, discreet smoke and leather aromas appear. The aftertaste gets a slightly Asian impact, which means, among other things, that sweetness plays with sharpness and oriental spices come to the fore. Creamy caramel penetrates through the sourish influences, the mouthfeel becomes creamier and oily. The sweet and sour aromas are remembered for a long time, as are raisins, walnuts, apples, sugar beet juice and hints of caramel.

  2. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes from the SMWS website: https://www.smws.com/whisky/sumptuous-scrumptious

    Initial price in April 2018: 92 GBP"We are preparing a honey and macadamia chicken stir-fry with soy sauce, sherry, peanut oil and, of course, plenty of chopped roasted macadamia nuts and honey. On the palate we add some gai lan, (Chinese broccoli), mushrooms and oyster sauce to the mix, giving it an oily smooth mouthfeel, slightly bitter but overall sweet. With water the aroma is that of caramelised onions, fig chutney and pure coconut oil and on the palate like a fortified malbec, with the natural acidity balancing the sweetness. After 19 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky directly into a first-fill PX hogshead."

  4. Cast Olila scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur


    1st fill PX! I’m open minded. There’s no reason why this cant be fine.

    N: Beholds a strange sweetness. Think strawberry Angle Delight with a drop of Ecover washing up liquid. Whilst trying to limit the shopping list, we have sugar syrup, miso, smoky chestnuts, tweet jackets,..., Succinctly put: smoky natural fibres and oriental notes underpinned by an odd sherried sweetness. An unusual yet likeable combo.
    T: Again the PX aides a very particular taste profile that includes leather, smoke, toasted [icing] sugar, a waxy industrial sweetness, gritty oily/mineral notes, carbon granules,....
    F: A dry, sherry-sweet, fresh-ish finish with smokey maple bacon.
    C: These 1st fill casks can be a handful, and then there’s the PX on top - but is this only a finish or the whole 20 years? Overall, it’s curious nature that will certainly work for many.Scores a C[-]


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