Glenfarclas 1995

Overall rating
86.30/100
votes
148
Whiskybase ID
WB113175
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
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
01 jun 2018 11:08 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 345.00

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1995

33 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.30 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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

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  3. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Two piglets, both alike in dignity. Interesting such a "piglet":
    Glenfarclas 1995 WID:113175
    vs.
    Speyside Region Malt 2001 Sb WID:141512
    Here and today, the somewhat pale, but very solid re-re-refill Farclas from 1995 is slightly ahead of the cookie-crust, orange-flavored 2001, which in turn has the more exciting nose. Tight box.

    Nevertheless, both remain stable at 87 points

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. KB201 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Paying a fair price for a 22 year old Glenfarclas, one cannot complain about that, but one cannot expect endless complexity.
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, figs, oranges, caramel, hints of roasted hazelnuts, malt.
    • Taste
      Sherry, malt, some milk chocolate, some coffee and woody spices.
    • Finish
      Orange peel, grape seeds, malt, black coffee. Plums out the back.

  6. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    22-23-22-22

  7. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Nice sherry profile with lots of raisins and figs, oranges, caramel, hints of roasted hazelnuts, malt
    • Taste
      88 88
      Beautiful harmony between the sherry and the malt. On the palate I get some milk chocolate which I did not have on the nose, also some coffee and woody spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slightly fishy, but that´s probably my tongue because I had that impression with almost all Farclasses I have tasted so far.

  8. eddi14 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. eselsim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I was a little disappointed with this whisky to be honest, got it for my birthday which I thought was a good bargain. It feels to me that some tired and worn out oloroso sherry barrels were used, I'd say 2nd or 3rd fill with a little portion of 1st fill casks.
    • Nose
      Yet the sherry profile is present, maltier than your usual Farclas, nice hints of tobacco and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      Spicy, woody, peppery, fruity malt, honey like accents, new wood appears, burnt barrel staves.
    • Finish
      Short, rather dry, chocolate aftertaste, nothing spectacular as you would've expected from it, an easy dram

  10. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Almost € 70 for a 22-year-old Glenfarclas, you can't complain about that, but you can't expect much either ... A good "Everyday-Dram", a bit thin on the tongue, otherwise, as already mentioned, a good PLV.
    • Nose
      Caramel and shiny amber rest in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter oily "legs" pull their long paths back into the glass. Hazelnuts combine with roasted aromas, apricots rise, muted wood tones pass through the nose while applesauce and old mandarins melt together. Malty with a hint of dried vanilla and hints of raisins, the nose invites you to take the first sip.
    • Taste
      Spicy wood tones and dried fruit elements flow flat and thin over the tongue, minimally sharpness tickles the tongue, a pinch of black pepper stimulates the saliva. This is followed by hazelnuts and toffee, apricots and peaches, caramel and raisins, in the background there are dried herbs and a hint of creamy chocolate. With hints of citrus fruits and abrasion of grapefruit peel, taste and aftertaste blur ...
    • Finish
      Grapefruit and oranges stick to the palate, spicy wood tones and dried berries rest malty on the tongue, hazelnuts stick to the inside of the cheeks. Every now and then sharpness flashes, a pinch of pepper dissolves from oranges and grapefruit, meadow herbs and mint emerge. The aftertaste lingers in the entire mouth for a long time, the sometimes bitter and sour fruit aromas slowly fade away and leave a minty freshness ...

  11. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock Odessa-2021, festival testing
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. RobbievdB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant Glenfarclas of decent age with a nice balance. Dried red fruits, currants, grape seed (hints of grappa every now and then), caramel, spices. Not overly complex or one te remember but decent.

  14. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    blind tasting. it may have been necessary to give him time (85)
    • Nose
      Field herbs, lollipops, yellow fruits and chocolate, notes of good rum (22)
    • Taste
      Spicy, slightly fermented, oily-fruit, (21)
    • Finish
      Sharp finish, alcohol, wood, grass, alcohol burn, paper… caramels (21)

  15. PRV scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22/22/22/22

  16. Malty1797 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Easily the worst of the 'limited rare bottling' series!
    Feels like they didn't just use old and tired casks for this one, but unfortunately also at least 1 sour one.
    Vinegar is the nose as well as the mouth, letting it sit for 1h or even 2h before trying it doesn't help much.
    Luckily i was able to sell my bottle as it was still 2/3 full.
    At least this disappointing last bottling of this otherwise great series makes it easy to say goodbye as it is sadly discontinued.

  17. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  18. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Andreas W. scored this whisky 86 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

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

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

  21. Flou scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Many years ago, the 1993 of this series was a whisky that I really liked by the glass. Many hear that the following bottles have gotten worse ... but I'll find out now.

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

    In the nose I have a direct combination of fruit and wood. But now let's go into a little more detail. It is not about a deep dark fruitiness with boiled down red fruits and the heavy sweetness of dates. Rather, it is a light fruitiness, if you can paraphrase that. For me these are the slightly tart Granny Smith apples, a few squirts 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, from the spiciness and the tannins of the barrels. It reminds me a bit of the timber department at the Bauhaus when wooden boards were cut to size shortly beforehand. I don't like this in combination with the sour note. At the end a pleasant chocolate appears, but rather subtle. It's a shame that I don't have the 1993 model there for direct comparison. But in my memory it had a slightly heavier sweetness and fruitiness and I liked it better.

    The whisky is pleasant to drink in the mouth 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 appear again at the end and provide a certain freshness. Pleasant, tasty, harmonious, tasty. A whisky that might also appeal to 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 touch of salt, nuts and dark chocolate. The tannins let the chocolate tend towards espresso, the wood of the barrels is strong, which is okay given the age. The fruitiness lingers in the mouth for a long time, but the aromas gradually fade with a medium-long finish.

    All in all, it's a whisky that I would open at a garden party that doesn't have whisky connoisseurs. It is not too strong, combines fruitiness, sweetness and tart aromas and is simply very drinkable, without missing notes.

    From me there are just under 85/100 points with a tendency to 84 points. I would not buy again.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Extreme nose bouquet. The barrels are already heavily sucked out, but still release interesting scents and tastes
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rum balls, banana, dried apricot, very light Ovaltine, dusty book. The nose is quite complex and fun
    • Taste
      85 85
      A bit of student food, oats, apricot, sweetness
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather on the shorter side, but quite pleasing

  24. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good sherry matured older Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      Nicely sweet and sherry influenced nose. Little straw and grassy. But nice good nose with no offnotes.
    • Taste
      Again a good sherry matured (second fill?) whisky. Little hints of caramel and fudge too.
    • Finish
      Medium-long length. More focus on the caramel, cream and fudge too. Fades away with some sherry notes.

  25. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It is good at what it does. It is a typical Glenfarclas expression. There is not much of an adventure in this one but it is more then fine and a very pleasant dram!
    • Nose
      Typical Glenfarclas signature nose. Sherry and aged oak-wood. Sweet red fruits. Lemonade, red grapes and a tad yeasty, which is pleasant.
    • Taste
      Full, thick bodied whisky on arrival. Fat and slightly buttery. Oak wood spices, cookies and a hint of strawberry.
    • Finish
      Medium length. There a subtle and pleasant bitterness going on here which i guess comes from the aged oak. It’s slightly dry and very gentle at the end.

  26. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Completely uncomplicated, but also a bit lackluster. Feels like they've gotten rid of some substandard casks with this bottling. Doesn't hold a candle to the 1996/2015 (WID 70636).
    • Nose
      83 83
      Apricots, quince jelly, and rhubarb pie. Very "bright" for ex-Oloroso maturation. Light herbal spiciness (spearmint, camphor) and while there's a distinct woodiness, it doesn't exactly loudly proclaim its age. Actually it's so refill-heavy that it approaches the character of ex-Bourbon-matured malts, but of course it's more savory and nutty than that. An okay-ish nose overall, but you're already hoping for more delivery on the palate.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Jammy, fruity, and rich, but also displaying some tired-cask-aromatics (damp, old wood). Sweet, with bright fruitiness (pears and oranges) and plenty of spirit character. More satisfying on the palate than on the nose, but it's really more of an easy- drinking Glenfarclas than one to cherish and savor. Nice enough on its own, but when you compare it to other bottlings from this series, it falls apart.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Ends on herbs and wood spices, with only the slightest smidgen of bitter-orange (or even lemon) marmalade. Turns bitter eventually, with some leftover acidity and tree sap.

  27. Highlander1965 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: multilayered, fruity, distinct sherry notes
    Taste: Complex sherry and fruit aromas, almonds, Demerara sugar, a hint of raisins and dark chocolate
    Finish: long lasting

  29. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. 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.

  31. ARDBERG scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The first nose reminds me of

    Hill walking in Scotland.

    And it would be a very fine companion. Very drinkable, always at your side. A good bang for your buck bottling, which was part of a 15 dram Glenfarclas challenge that a good friend of mine set up for me. Thank you!

    This dram even left quite a few family casks behind it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. 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")...

  33. 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.

  34. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

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