Glenfarclas 1993

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Rare Bottling
Sherry - Oloroso
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 29 01 18 5
Bottled for
25 years Whisky.de
Added on
15 Jun 2018 9:15 am by Schmausel

Average value

€ 148.50

8 × in wishlist

76 × member ratings

176 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1993

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.54 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    After the sometimes devastating criticism, I was prepared for everything and had already expected the worst ;-) Fortunately, I feel this Glenfarclas as not so bad and quite delicious. Sure, there are, in my opinion, much better and more complex piglets, but this jubilee bottling can certainly convince. Whether this is a worthy anniversary bottling and whether the PLV is correct is outside my discretion and others should decide. I think this bottling is really not bad, and there are, as I said, much better same bottlings.

    21/22/22/21 (86P)
    • Nose
      Pale and slightly dull, the Glenfarclas rests in the Premium Snifter. On the glass wall sticks an oily streaks from which hardly "legs" solve until suddenly a drop is the starting signal and more drops run back into the glass at lightning speed. Despite only 46% alcohol content, the alcohol is very present on the first Nosing and tickles slightly in the nose. Roast aromas and ground hazelnuts slowly dissolve out of the initially closed nose. Apricots, oranges and peaches gradually appear, the nose becomes sweeter and more fruity. Citrus flavors dissolve from the sweetish fruit note and emit a subtle sourish hint of green apple. Echoes of chocolate and honey follow, but surprisingly the nose looks rather one-dimensional. The alcohol has become more pleasant in the meantime and does not seem so dominant anymore.
    • Taste
      Scarf and pale, the first sip flows gently through the palate. Citrus fruit and dried grapes and berries show for a moment, followed by harsher tones of wood and dark, slightly smoky caramel. The harsh wood elements become more dominant and darker, dark chocolate and dried orange slices appear on the second sip. A touch of freshly brewed espresso mingles with dark chocolate while the harsh and sometimes bitter wood tones continue to dominate. With subtle grapefruit aroma and a hint of mint the taste blurs slowly with the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Grapefruit and mint now dominate the aftertaste, the harsh but also spicy oak tones stick long on the palate. Gradually, a subtle pinch of pepper dissolves from the slightly acidic citrus note and wraps the tongue warming. With harsh wood tones and hints of citrus and pepper, the aftertaste sounds slow and leaves a dry film of walnuts on the tongue.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  A rather sub-standard rated old Glenfarclas what is strange because Glenfarclas usually delivers consistent high quality.  So I bought a bottle to check this.

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows medium tears with slow legs.  The nose is a little punchy first what is surprising at 46% abv only.  After my olfactory cells adapted to this they smell a fresh autumn floral (haystacks and the like) profile with citric fruits (lemons, unripe pineapples) and spices (chili, ginger) - this is not bad but not great either.  The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery with a nice coating effect but with a significant bitter-astringent feeling (from heavy tannins) too.  The taste is rather thin mainly on barley sugars and bitterness from the wood - do not get me wrong:  The wood is not too strong here but this dram misses the other flavours that usually complement the bitter wooden notes to form a balanced profile.  The finish is of medium length and stays bitter-astringent.  Water releases some more herbal aromas both in the nose and on the palate but this does not improve this dram very much.

    Yep, the typical profile of an exhausted (or leached) cask that did not support the maturation of the spirit very well.  So the Glenfarclas stays sugary and the cask contributed just the bitter notes - such a combo is not really delicious and I comprehend all the low ratings here.  ...but the nose was not too bad!

    PS:  I just saw that whisky24.de does not show the customer ratings of this dram on their shop website (what they do for all other whiskies they sell) - guess why?
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    alive in the nose but no GF for me - on the palate spicy dynamic but clearly too much bitter substances - for me that was too long in the barrel. The barrels are not my thing - dry sherry casks with strong citrus notes - then rather a sweet Bourboncask - not My thing and I can not imagine that he finds many fans among GF disciples - so far away from the classic or modern GF profile, as it hardly goes on without Peat.
    • Nose
      Lime zest, lemon juice, lemon cream, green wood boards, tree sap, freshly peeled branches, stone dust, mint, wick cough sweet, tangerine, orange TicTac, toasted wood, - the citrus notes and fresh wood dominate - the other flavors are hard to match enforce it
    • Taste
      dry - very spicy - citrus, mint, clearly fresh light wood, chili, ginger, pepper, walnut shells, bitter almond, grapefruit peel - tingles on the tongue - a lot of spices, bitter chocolate - slightly bitter
    • Finish
      creamy, dry, a lot of oak - almost reminiscent of degraded smoke, peppery, delicate waxy notes

  4. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    18er Original bottlings 6-7 years ago very similar - but with less sharpness. The whisky joins in between the bottlings of the Scottish personality series and the spicier Christmas editions.
    • Nose
      grated lemon zest, sour apple rings, bread dough, damp wood
    • Taste
      sweet apples, almonds, heather honey, a hint of sherry and a light peppery bitterness.
    • Finish
      bittersweet symphony of wood, sherry, milk chocolate and a little bit cherry flavor, comparatively short.

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This dram is basically sweet and contains no fruitiness, no taste layers. The best I can say about it, that the first nose reminded my of Autumn Leaves.

    Though this is a dissapointing example of a 25 yo GF, which was part of a 15 dram GF challenge set up by a very good friend of mine. Even the sulphuric drams in the challenge had more character and this is actually one of the lower scoring drams of the lot.

    Rather go for WB#113175 (1995, 18yo), save money and get a better dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. Othorion scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First, I have some alcohol in my nose, let it air first. Then sweet red apples, mirabelle plums, some lemon, Quida jelly, mint, furniture polish, vanilla, orange marmalade, hay, a little malt, even honey
    • Taste
      Oak cabinet, dark chocolate, orange marmalade, spicy, allspice and very delicate clove, some pepper, mint, creamy mouthfeel, slightly dry.
    • Finish
      Medium, orange marmalade, coffee, pepper, walnuts

  7. ddertzaar did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In my view, a successful bottling - if nothing extraordinary. A beautiful juicy GF of his age, although initially hidden, but has a few facets to offer. The expected wall unit is not found in this bottling but what is not bad.
    • Nose
      Very juicy at first, then it tingles in the nose. Ripe yellow fruits like apricots and peaches are now on the rise. In addition, sweet honey notes and in the approach elder flowers surrounded by straw. You first have to search "the herb bed", but after some time you will find these notes as well.
    • Taste
      A beautiful oily mouthfeel welcomes you. The yellow fruits are back and juicy as if you had just bitten. The honey notes turn into a honeydew melon and are also rounded off in the mouth with a bizzeln. In the mouth it is dry and subtle herbs now undergo a chocolate bath (milk chocolate).
    • Finish
      medium to long, becoming drier and the milk chocolate darkens. There remains an espresso note in the mouth.

  8. erizo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is clearly a weaker Glenfarclas, here the barrel selection was not ideal in my opinion.

    Many 4th-fill barrels were used there, very light.

    Not convincing for the asking price.

    Far too expensive for what is on offer.

  9. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The color yellow-gold, lighter than the standard bottling.
    Looks very appetizing.

    The aromas of wood predominate in the nose.
    I can't smell the sherry.
    There's a nice flavor, sweet oak.
    You can't smell the 25 years, he's too “thin” for that.

    Now I understand.
    The nose was really good, only the sherry was neglected.
    But already the first sip disappointed.
    Very bitter, somehow overripe.
    Bitter wood notes, spices, lots of barrel.
    Laurel, sauerkraut.
    Later some vanilla.

    I can now well imagine that it divides the fine minds.

    My conclusion:
    It is a nice malt if you take it as it is.
    The disappointment comes when you expect something from the Oloroso Sherry ...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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