Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
16 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
24 May 2018 12:36 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 86.50

2 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2001 CA

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.35 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2018]  Some years ago Cadenhead settled a deal with the Glenfarclas distillery about old but legally unclear naming rights (you know, Glenfarclas does not allow other bottlers to use the Glenfarclas trademark on their releases, strictly).  This deal allows Cadenhead to use the Glenfarclas name on a maximum of two releases per annum (they own many more casks) and so I have high expectations about this bottling that is just 16 years old (if they use this precious right for such a young bottling it must be excellent, or...).  I bought this bottle for 62 Euro today.

    The colour is pale straw and the texture shows small tears with slow legs.  The nose offers an extreme mashy aromas spike as if this is not a distilled spirit at all but a spirity wort (before they distilled it).  Very strange, why did they bottle this?  It arrives rather unimpressive and somewhat hot in the mouth, again my first impression is:  this is raw stuff, not a matured malt.  The taste confirms this, it is rather immature and mashy-worty like.  Very barley sugary sweet but not that many other flavours.  The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions.  Water just turns the dram flatter but releases no new aromas or flavours either.  It reduces some of these extreme immature notes so I like the dram a little better when reduced to about 43% abv.

    A very bizarre release - I am totally confused why Cadenhead used one of its two naming slots for this bottling.  Are they angry about Glenfarclas so they deliberately released a very weak Glenfarclas cask?  The low price (according to today's standards) somehow acknowledges the rather poor quality, at least.  I certainly have to ask both (Cadenhead and Glenfarclas) but I am afraid they will not tell me the truth...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a flavourful one. A weird combination between herbs (thyme, oregano, sage), chocolate and a feirce bourbon cask (wood, sweetness, not much vanilla). Weird but great. Would def buy it if I see it.

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good price and quality.
    • Nose
      Old style,all dunnage floors and oily dungarees,albeit mixed with Taiwanese Oolong and tinned water chestnut. The alcohol adds an intensity,but there's sufficient vanilla elements to stop it becoming too hot. Water brings out an oxidized note akin to an unfiltered fino sherry.
    • Taste
      More demonstrative. Fat an generous, it leans in mixing some earthy dryness with marzipan/peach kernel and the distillery's slightly burnt note. The mid-palate has stewed apple. Water makes it richer, more coherent and showed the solidity of the distillate.
    • Finish
      Clotted cream and ripe melon.

  5. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    From a dissapointing sample. The nose is the best to me, whether with or without water. But H20 does not matter much at least if 6 drops are concerned.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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