Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°22

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Thomas Reid
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L16 04 18
de Germany
Added on
07 Apr 2018 5:35 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 177,09

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°22

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2018]  Every year since 1997 the german Glenfarclas distributor releases a special bottling named after a historical scottish character and almost all of these bottlings were of high quality.  So I am very curious about this year's release that matured for almost 30 years in refill sherry casks.  I bought bottle no. 2921 for 150 Euro.

    The colour is amber and the texture shows fat sticky tears with very slow legs.  The nose is rather shy on a herbal-driven refill sherry profile with floral and grassy aromas.  Not really impressive, I guess these casks were already exhausted when filled back in 1988.  The dram arrives somewhat hot and peppery in the mouth with a nice coating effect (so the spirit was excellent, see the great texture above).  But again the casks did not contribute very much to the taste during the 30 years of maturation.  It is thin and one has to carefully search for the flavours as they do not come across as they should in a decent dram.  Do not get me wrong, the taste is pretty fine but I expect much more from a 30-years old whisky (not to mention Glenfarclas...).  The finish is rather short and of the same (exhausted) quality.  Water is not helpful either what is often with releases from inactive casks - if there are no (rich) flavours and aromas what should the additional water release?

    To be honest, this is the worst release of this series that I tasted so far.  It is easy drinkable, for sure, and better than many other drams from other distilleries - but it is way below the usual high Glenfarclas standard.  Even a great spirit cannot compensate for leached casks.  I am sure they never would have bottled this as a single malt release before the whisky boom...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Water: no, definitely not, he is wonderfully well balanced in this strength.

    Conclusion: Anyone who has expected a sherry bomb will be bitterly disappointed. Everyone else is looking forward to a wonderfully mature 2nd Fill Casks malt, with a complexity found only in older malts. But sherry barrel influence is hard to find, this could have been a bourbon barrel. I like it so very well, for a top score but still lacks a bit more complexity, also the oak is a bit too strong. 88 points
    • Nose
      Nose: sherry? Where is the sherry? No, instead great fruit flavors, it starts with natural cloudy apple juice, later comes a whole fruit basket with peach, mirabelle plums and also slightly overripe pear added. The whole thing is underlined by a very well balanced seasoning of oak barrels, which also add a kräutrige note. Then something typical English comes through - toast bread with bitter orange marmalade, in addition to something fresh in the nose, maybe a little eucalyptus, also a few almond flavors blend
    • Taste
      Taste: full, soft and complex, mature fruit basket, especially with apple and orange notes. The oak is very noticeable, old wardrobe with a little fresh tree bark, to now clear caramel
    • Finish
      Finish: long, warm and lasting, it floods almost all taste buds and holds them around, then it fades out slowly. Here, too, the fruit notes with a little eucalyptus, later the caramel is stronger and the oak provides a lot of dry spice, even a few almonds show up again.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really great Glenfarclas! Although this filling is not the sherry and fruit bomb I expected, this edition still convinces me with its unusually dark and tart fruit note, especially the dark apple juice is impressive. Fresh peppermint and various herbs and spices are a harmonious contrast to the bitter basic note. Amazingly, there is a fine smoky note, which I find rather uncharacteristic of a Glenfarclas. A slightly different edition compared to its predecessors, but just as sexy and delicious. I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Bright and delicate amber Glenfarclas shines in the glass. On the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, a thick streak has formed from which dissolve a variety of wide drops and search their long lengths back into the glass. Even from afar, a beguiling aroma is noticeable. Subtle roasting aromas are mixed with spicy wood elements, dark apple juice is permeated by a fresh peppermint or slight menthol note. Subtle smoky hints of floral, grassy impact follow the dark apple note, again fine roasted aromas in combination with almonds and hazelnuts to advantage. Dark oranges rise, a hint of sour citrus appears before caramelized sugar creates a sweet component. I imagine, here and there, a minimal breath of sulfur to perceive, the nose is increasingly flooded by dark sweetness, the fruit flavors change constantly. Abrasion of orange peel, grapefruit, fermented dark apple juice, peach appear alternately, the fruit notes are rather tart and heavier. Aromatic wood tones and meadow herbs play together, the initially minimal sulfur note becomes more intense and dominant. Slowly it's time for the first sip ...
    • Taste
      Herb and spicy, the first sip flows over the tongue. Amazingly, creamy wood elements suddenly produce a slight tingling and biting sensation on the tongue and lips. Again, the dark and slightly tart fruit flavors are immediately on the spot. Dark apple juice, creamy apricots and old oranges represent a wonderful fruit mix. The taste is carried by dark and slightly tart aromas, meadow herbs and again floral hints are again, from lightly burned sugar dissolves a subtle smoke, a spice mixture unfolds suddenly their full Aroma while the entire palate fills with chubby heat. With dark walnuts and tangy spicy wood tones, the taste slowly turns into the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Tart wood tones in combination with fresh peppermint and menthol influences start the reverberation. A subtle sharpness envelops the tongue, still chubby warmth dresses the palate out. The dark fruit flavors are powerfully in the aftertaste, meadow herbs and oriental spices produce with the mentioned menthol note an incredible freshness. The slight tingling and biting on the tongue and on the lips increases again, the variety of flavors also increases. Creamy and slightly charred pieces of wood float in the mouth, dark walnut splinters rest on the tongue, and at the end of the reverberation a fine smoky note is created again.

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is very complex in the nose and is not dominated by the sherry, even if its influences are already noticeable. I am particularly impressed by the recurring change from fruit to wort. On the palate, it is also good, the alcohol may be a bit too sprittig and the bitterness requires a lot from. If you do not like that, you will not be happy here. But I like it quite well and my beloved Glenfarclasnussigkeit reconciled in the end with any rough edges.
    • Nose
      Sweet, bright fruits, followed by spiciness, honey. Then malty, vanilla. Strong oak. Then again fruity with banana and other exotic fruits. Change to a subtle dry spiciness. Change to the fruits. Change to the seasoning. Change to .... Great, very complex flavors.
    • Taste
      Sweet bright fruits at the beginning, brisk change to spicy and peppery, tingling alcohol comes on. Then he gets bitter with coffee.
    • Finish
      The finish is eternally long with strong saliva stimulating strong bitterness, malt and transition into the typical Glenfarclasnussigkeit, which remains about 3-4 minutes in the mouth.

  5. tribe scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I can accept the review of Hs305 to 99%. Only I have no sharpness or pepper but everything relatively weak. I'm also not a glenfarclass fan but this is a standard that is good drinkable. But not 30 years.

  6. PX-Michl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Kridler scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Peach, cereals, lemons, mint, little typical sherry notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      spicy, amazingly little oak, cereal, mango, passion fruit and pineapple. Add some vanilla and hazelnuts
    • Finish
      86 86
      very long and persistent

  8. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Typical Glenfarclas nose - pure oak wood.

    In the taste rather spicy, sweet, old and ripe.


  9. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    Modern and fruity profile, very drinkable but very close to some mainstream bottlings which is rather unfortunate for a 30yo
    • Nose
      86 86
      Light and fruity, fresh fruits, apples, pears, hints of vanilla, whiffs of wood, white pepper - not bad
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very creamy, mellow, subtle sweetness, fruit salad, woody, notes, spices, pepper, nutmeg, cloves, some teaish notes, black tea
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, probably going more into grapefruits


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