Glenfarclas 1995

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Rare Bottling
Calculated age
22 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 14 04 18 3 03:31 BB
de Germany
Added on
01 Jun 2018 11:08 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 229.00

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136 × member ratings

388 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1995

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.90 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. 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

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. eselsim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

  9. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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