Glenfarclas 1961

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Nineteen Sixty-One
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Imported by Sazerac Company
Added on
28 Apr 2018 8:47 am

Average value

€ 1592.50

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39 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1961

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.91 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    For me clearly one of the best, if not the best Glenfarclas so far.

    It's an old Glenfarclas, but not so typical if I had to compare it to my previously tasted peers. He comes so damn "old-school" therefore (in a consistently positive meaning). This piglet can only be compared with the Glenfarclas 40 OB for me. He smells damn intense and complex without even a tiny "false note" show. The alcohol is virtually unnoticeable. But that he should only have 43% but you do not believe in the flavor intensity. A malt that gave me 2.5 hours Malt-Urlaub. A wonderful malt!
    • Nose
      Incredibly old and noble my first thoughts are with the scent of Glenfarclas 1961. A great combination of intense fruit notes and spicy wood. An intense, fruit-sour cherry with menthol and sweet mint, scalded currant, liquorice, jasmine blossom tea with juice orange, a hint of vanilla pulp, sherry-drenched old wood and lovage are my first associations.

      In the course you can identify spicy balsamic, tobacco and leather couch aromas as well as heavily roasted nuts, sawdust or wood dust of an old sherry moist oak and nutmeg. In the background I mean something like a spicy burnt wood note. Fits in any case wonderful in the flavor portfolio.

      Yet - nothing seems unbalanced dominant at any given time - a perfect combination of complexity and balance and elegance. For me, this is really big cinema!
    • Taste
      The complexity of the nose continues on the palate:

      A dry vinous fruit, intense sweetish orange including orange peel meet long-drawn jasmine tea. Furthermore, you can hear cherry, mint and again mild balsamic. All this with an "old-school" draft, which must be surpassed in its intensity first:

      Masses of nutmeg, roasted nuts, leather couch associations, mint, dusty old, sherry-rotten oak, laktriz and dark chocolate. Although such an intense spicy oak can be heard, the malt is incredibly balanced and complex.

      It is still hard to believe that the drop has only 43%, as productive as it comes!
    • Finish
      The drop remains eternally felt on the tongue. Comfortably cooling and astringent. Interestingly, I find no coffee flavors. Oranges / orange peel, roasted aromas, walnut, leather, tobacco associations, a clear residual fruit of a consumed cherry and vegetable, tart oak flavors can be heard on the back of the tongue.

      Overall, the finish looks like a slightly weakened variant of the initial taste. Here, the taste delivers what the nose promises.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful Glenfarclas, love them especially when they get a touch of oriental spice and tea.
    • Nose
      Dream, orange bitters, blood orange, noble leather, cinnamon, chestnut liqueur, baked apple, saffron, cumin, turmeric, joss sticks, orange and ginger jam, Demerara sugar, rum raisins, very full, black cherry, noble nutella
    • Taste
      Pure sweet bomb, jams of all kinds, orange, apricot, baked apple, chestnut, blood orange, cumin, saffron, ginger, turmeric, rosemary, demerara sugar and rum raisins, also good tannins as compensation, Colombian coffee, Earl Gray, coconut, Marzipan, walnut and plum compote
    • Finish
      Beautifully typical Glenfarclas, here comes again a lot of dry and fresh red organic apple with shell, malt, leather, some coffee, tea, long

  3. ReKnird scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Really EXCEPTIONAL whisky.
    My Best Glenfarclas.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Copper, amontilado sherry
    Spicy-salty-sharp! Sherry, red berries, oranges, tobacco, fine chamois leather, nuts, raisins, and wood, balsamic and slightly sour vinegar. Extremely sharp in the nose and that at only 43%, but also very complex and very good!
    Velvety soft lying on the tongue and still spicy and sweetish spicy. Fine sweet sherry with tobacco, china grass, mint, leather, cocoa, dried oranges, wood and subtle furniture polish. Now noticeably drier with chocolate flavors and cream, a little vanilla and tons of honey!
    Medium to long - fresher and a little drier, but honey sweet and underlaid with a lot of creamy vanilla cocoa. Otherwise, with the fading taste notes expiring.
    93 points
    N: 92P / G: 93P / F: 93P

  5. SteveW110 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    sold for 580€ in Mai 2016


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