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Glenfarclas 1995

Overall rating
86.02/100
votes
117
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Rare Bottling
Vintage
1995
Bottled
14.04.2018
Calculated age
22 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 14 04 18 3 03:31 BB
Barcode
5018066180012
Added on
01 Jun 2018 11:08 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 129.81

44 × in wishlist

117 × member ratings

330 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1995

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.02 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] A 22 years old sherried 'farclas for less than 70 Euro (I paid 66 Euro for my bottle, actually) - that sounds like a good deal. But unfortunately I had other comparable deals already that were not worth even such a reasonable price because of completely exhausted casks and the resulting drams being characterless and boring, hopefully this one is better…

    ...and guess what, it is!!! This is most probably the best deal of the year with 66 bucks for a delicate and flawless sherry-matured Glenfarclas that is both interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable. I ordered some more bottles to stock them (for the time when the bad vintages of the whisky boom time production years are released)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a fine sherry profile that combines both old school and modern characteristics. It is nicely balanced between the sherry and the malty aromas without any off-note (despite a huge batch of 6.000 bottles there is not the slightest trace of sulphur what is a great achievement these days, compliments to the Glenfarclas cask management for that!).
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is quite complex on a lot of different impressions from both the sherry cask and the fine Glenfarclas spirit maturation. It is nicely chewable and releases more flavours that way with many delicate fruits, different chocolates, nuts, toffee and spices. All very balanced and perfectly integrated and … extremely quaffable. No flaw that I can find other that the glass empties too fast... Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram,
    • Finish
      88 88
      The mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying-astringent feeling (that is not distracting). The finish is long and adds an interesting espresso flavour that was not in the taste. It perfectly fits to the chocolatey aromas! No distracting drying or astringent moments here, just a minor bitter note at the very end from the woods (as if the dram will say "have one more to get rid of this")...

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very well balanced Malt, in which I recognize the Oloroso Vollreifung surprisingly little (old refill barrels?). In terms of price / performance a nice malt, if you do not expect distinctive Sherrynoten. Pleasant mouth-filling and easy to drink.
    • Nose
      86 86
      intense and complex fruit flavors; ripe fruit; Peach; Pear; raisins; subtle Sherryote; slight spiciness; great fruity nose that reminds little of an Oloroso Fassreifung
    • Taste
      87 87
      fruity and sweet; Dried fruit; Honey; Caramel; Pear; Organs; slight herbal notes; subtle spicy oak; well balanced
    • Finish
      85 85
      long; gentle fruitiness; Oak spice; pleasant tart notes / subtle bitterness

  3. JörgW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Tannins stick out, covering everything for a short time. Then push subtle fruits behind. Bitter nose. Little vanilla or sweetness.
    Palate: Oily orange fruit with resinity. Easy stinging from the alcohol. Oak from the exhausted shelf. Malted grain.
    Finish: Minimal sweetness with a little fruit is killed by the oak and lingers for a long time.

    A real disappointment. Compared to the Rare Bottlings from 2015 and 2017, this is much worse here from 2018. The barrels must have been extremely exhausted.
    Returns 85 points.

  4. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The 25 year old in less complex.
    • Nose
      Tannins unparalleled, rarely had such a bitter nose. Spice cupboard with a hint of camomile, a touch of cinnamon, almonds (roasted), freshly cut thuja hedge
    • Taste
      Soft, ripe, oily, orange peel, fir resin, musty workshop, oak
    • Finish
      Orange peel, grape seeds, malt, black coffee. Potted prunes out the back.

  5. tangtang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty fruity malt. Nice intense and complex fruit notes. But I would not have guessed a full sherry maturation for the aroma profile in a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Lots of light fruits, pear, light peach, slightly spicy, some malt comes in the background but the fruits have the upper hand
    • Taste
      a lot of malt, lots of fruit, pear, some herbs, light oak notes, becoming slightly spicy.
    • Finish
      intense fruity finish, becoming a bit malty and bitter, nice subtle oak notes

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Andreas W. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    After a long time in the glass again. I hoped that spending a lot of time in the bottle, which was only filled to a third, would make it significantly better or rounder. Unfortunately, this is only partially the case. For me the worst from the series. I like both the 96 and the 97 much better ... and it doesn't come close to the 93. It has all the typical Glenfarclas flavors, but somehow it is not "round" enough. Somehow the spice somewhat outweighs and at the end a somewhat (too) bitter taste spreads.

    It is absolutely not a bad malt and for the almost 70 € it was not too expensive either, but not as good as its "sister bottlings" from the series. I leave it at my original rating of 85 (87/85/83) WB points.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Flou scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The 1993 in this series was a whisky many years ago, which I loved to have in my glass. Many hear that the following bottles have gotten worse ... but I'll find out now.

    The whisky is amber in the glass. With 46% alcohol, the Glenfarclas has a pleasant drinking strength, I don't even have water to dilute.

    In the nose I have a combination of fruit and wood. But now let's go into a little more detail. It is not a deep dark fruitiness with boiled red fruits and the heavy sweetness of dates. Rather, it is a bright fruitiness if you can put it that way. For me, these are the slightly sour Granny Smith apples, a few splashes of a squeezed lemon and orange peel in combination with sherry, sour cherries, currants and a few raisins. The fruitiness is, as mentioned at the beginning, of the spiciness and tannins of the barrels. It reminds me a bit of the Bauhaus timber department when wooden boards were cut shortly before. I don't like this in combination with the acidic note. In the end, a pleasant chocolate appears, but rather subtle. It's a shame that I don't have the 1993 for direct comparison. But in my memory it had a slightly heavier sweetness and fruitiness and I liked it better.

    In the mouth, the whisky is pleasant to drink with its 46% alcohol content, but still has a slight spiciness of ginger and pepper. The fruits occupy the mouth, but are quickly replaced by a pleasant spiciness and the stronger tannins of the barrels. Dark chocolate, filled with fruit mousse, chewed nuts are added, the mouth becomes drier and the citrus fruits report again at the end and ensure a certain freshness. Pleasant, tasty, harmonious, delicious. A whisky that might please people who don't have much to do with whisky ... at most the tannins might be too much of a good thing.

    The finish is fruity with pepper, a hint of salt, nuts and dark chocolate. The tannins make the chocolate lean towards the espresso, the wood of the barrels is strong, which is also ok with the age. The fruit stays in the mouth for a long time, but the aromas gradually fade with a medium-long finish.

    Overall, this is a whisky that I would sometimes open at a garden party that does not include whisky connoisseurs. It is not too strong, combines fruitiness, sweetness and tart aromas and is simply very easy to drink, without missing notes.

    I give it a scarce 87/100 points with a tendency to 86 points and this whisky is a real bargain for the current price. But you shouldn't expect whisky to be of the same quality.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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