Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°22

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 5:02 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 250.56

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°22

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.06 points

  1. 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.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a sherry malt that imitates a very mature malt from an active bourbon barrel - great value for money
    • Nose
      Yellow ripe drupes, apricots, mirabelle plums, peaches - apricot kernels, amaretto, almonds - after a long life in the glass, it turns into orange soda, honey; Vanilla, resin - but where is the sherry?
    • Taste
      dry and again the many yellow drupes, this time framed by spicy oak whose woody bitterness remains very pleasant despite the age and does not dominate - and again I ask myself where the sherry stays
    • Finish
      fruity, dry, spicy - medium long

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

    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 ever would have bottled this as a single malt release before the whisky boom...
    • Nose
      87 87
      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.
    • Taste
      88 88
      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 malt whisky (not to mention Glenfarclas).
    • Finish
      86 86
      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). The finish is rather short and of the same (exhausted) quality. Water is not helpful either which is often with releases from inactive casks - if there are no (rich) flavours and aromas what should the additional water release?

  5. 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.

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For me this is a very pleasant, very "typical" Glenfarclas, which especially in the nose maintains a wonderfully intensive balance between the "distillery character" and the spiciness of the sherry casks. Reminds me of the 1998 Family Cask (# 3597), which is even more intense.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The full Glenfarclas aroma world appears: honey, some bakery, herbs (from marjoram to anise). Nice full and dense, some oak comes in from the background, just like the sherry notes.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The seasoning takes over the first impression lead: herbs, honey, some oak. The second wave is followed by sherry and very light dark fruit notes. Also looks very dense and pleasant on the palate; the age is present.
    • Finish
      92 92
      In the long finish, oak, spice and honey notes also remain. Hence the "Glenfarclas signature flavors" away from the "sherry bombs".

  7. The_Independent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Glenfarclas, round, mild, sweet and beautifully balanced. No sherry bomb, but still very sherry-fruity. I like it very much, but on the whole it does not get close to many of the Family Casks, even though it does get into this price range.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, rather light sherry fruits, cloudy apple juice, raisins, sweet pastries, walnut crisp, spicy notes, but otherwise no oak. Occasionally a slight sulfur breath, but does not bother.
      After the first sip I also find marzipan and again the light sulfur breath.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wonderfully sweet, creamy, but also a bit peppery and quite voluminous. Honey, toffee, nutcrackette again, latte macchiato, subtle oak spice, a little baking cocoa, caramelized sugar and now also orange peel, maybe also chocolate ginger. Very pleasant to drink. Amazingly soft for the age.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, creamy, cocoa, again latte macchiato, nuts, walnut and again the orange pulp.

  8. SimpleSample scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    My best ever glenfarclas ... nice complex but still easy
    • Nose
      Sherry and oak ... alcohol is noticeable, but only in the beginning ... something in the chocolate / nougat direction at the end a bit more fruity (sweet fruits)
      2.Richen..green Haribo ???? come to it
    • Taste
      Pleasantly spicy sherry ... alcohol is not as strong as in the nose .... light oak comes through with a touch of milk chocolate ...
    • Finish
      A little dry ... medium long

  9. 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.

  10. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The magic of refill wood? This Glenfarclas delivers elegance on the nose, but the palate and finish are more typical of slightly exhausted casks. Overall a pleasant malt, that is too expensive for its inner values however and merely survives due to collectability.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherbety sweet marzipan, mixed with mild mint chocolate and forest honey. With some air there is peach and whiffs of juicy oranges. Fruit at last? No. Polished hard wood, vanilla sauce, and malty undertones. Quite nice! Probably refill wood, no?
    • Taste
      88 88
      Juicy-sweet arrival, with tons of sweet caramel and raisins. Immediatelly after the spiciness builds up. The tannins are strong, with eucalyptus and touches of licorice. Banana, almond puree, and more vanilla yoghurt. More conventionell, but still rather tasty!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium. Artificially sweetened and aromatized rooibos, more mint chocolate and walnut skins.


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