Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
60.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Celebrating 50 Years of 105
Added on
08 Jul 2018 12:31 pm by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 263.15

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 105

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.73 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] Oops, a straggler to my great Glenfarclas tasting challenge - but better late than missed (a german saying)...

    ...and it was worth to include this dram into the challenge. It is a subtle modern style sherried dram with no "I punch that flavours in ya face" attitude like so many other modern "designed" releases. A honest whisky, but too expensive in my opinion - as a drinker I am willing to pay around 100 Euro for a bottle of that quality (taking the 105 proof into consideration already, so 75 Euro for a standard proof one)...

    [June, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and it seems it improved due to oxydation in an almost empty bottle. The nose is much more impressive (I score it 89 points tonight) and both taste and finish are very quaffable. Tonight I like it best when reduced to about 45% abv (just stop when the dram turns cloudy) because an additional delicious chocolatey note is released at this strength.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is tawny and the nose is rather shy which is no surprise at 105 proof (60% abv). After some breathing it offers a fine modern sherry profile without any whiff of sulphur - thank you for that, George! And by the way: It would be very respectful to your customers if you could mark your sulphurous releases with an appropriate statement on the label (as is done with peated stuff from usually unpeated distilleries). After a reduction with a fair share of water the nose opens up but still it is not a very bold impression. It stays rather shy with a fine subtleness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on a balanced combo of sherry-induced and malt-driven flavours with some delicious chocolatey notes. I find all the usual suspects for such a profile like raisins, plums, figs, nuts, orange peel, herbs, spices (nutmeg and more) and and and... No flaw that I can detect and all in perfect harmony. Some water releases significant more flavours and turns both the mouthfeel and finish smoother, hence easier to drink (surely, when starting with 60% abv). I like it both neat and reduced to about 48% abv.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The neat dram arrives (as expected) hot and peppery in the mouth but it instantly coats it with a warming feeling and no distracting moments. A nice mouthfeel for an overproof dram! The finish is of medium length and vanishes more on the spicy side what is delicious (peppers, chilis, a hint of salt). No drying or astringent moments, the woods are just about right in here.

  2. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Fruity, sweet, pure sherry and "bar strength" with 60% promises a lot. The Glenfarclas 105 22 Years is a successful malt. For lovers of Glenfarclas certainly worth a try. He is surprisingly "fresh" for his age. And that is also my point of criticism: for 22 years I would have expected much more wood influence and spicy aromas on tap. Here is the 105er a bit weak on the chest. He offers was more complexity than the "normal" 105s with its about 10 years, but you might expect more after 22 years. Nevertheless, he gets from me 90 points, because many things just fit: age, sherry, cask strength, color, visual presentation etc ... Whether the good is worth 150-160 euros, everyone must decide for themselves. Anyway, you get a lot of whisky for the money and if you're a fan of cask strength, you will not get past this bottling. Collector anyway not :)
    • Nose
      Initially behave a bit. The whisky needs some time in the glass. After about 10 minutes, the sherry aromas are becoming increasingly noticeable. Dark fruits, pickled raisins, Christmas cakes, prunes are accompanied by an astonishing freshness, probably due to the 60%. With a little water, he opens up: there are significantly more notes like ginger, nuts and a little lather. The alcohol does not sting your nose.
    • Taste
      The 60% push neatly. It tingles on the tongue, but the Glenfarclas is milder than expected. Distinct sherry aromas dominate at first, after some time the described dark fruits emerge stronger. The whisky is surprisingly "fresh" for its age. After a few moments, a bit of bitterness is felt, which you can expect after 22 years. Delicate hints of liquorice tapping, the Sherry sweet says "hello" again. Very round, very pleasing.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The whisky is still very present in the mouth. If you run your tongue along the cheeks, you get the full load of sweetness again. Slowly, the palate becomes drier and it leaves a very balanced sensation in the mouth.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Hallelujah, what a grenade! An incredibly intense and (for me) dirty sherry bottling in which I feel the musty and musty sulfur note partially borderline. As I know, I am "allergic" to sulfur, although it is just so outrageous here. Otherwise, a 105er piglet needs no further words, especially not if it is a 22 year old bottling. A great, intense and characterful malt with rough edges and a wonderful fresh menthol note. I like it very much!

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Strong amber rests in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall long and oily "legs" pull their tracks, but optically this tasting starts to my taste. ;-) When first nosing the high alcohol content says "Hello" once, but after a few moments it works very harmoniously integrated and not disturbing at all. Immediately I notice a subtle and restrained sulfur note, this hides relatively quickly behind dark peaches and creamy caramel. Overripe plums and plums roll into ground hazelnuts, tough toffee hides a bit behind roasted and dark fruit flavors, a touch of menthol freshness dissolves and gives the otherwise dark and heavy nose a refreshing note. A slightly musty and musty base note is repeatedly doused by dried oranges and dark caramel, creamy dark chocolate leaves in conjunction with dark forest honey a sweet character. Dried plums and raisins rise, slowly the musty, musty side regains the upper hand. The variety of flavors is increasing, as is the interplay of flavors. Slowly but surely my salivation is stimulated.
    • Taste
      Powerful show the 60% alcohol content on the tip of the tongue. Again slightly musty and musty tones come to bear, as well as the dark fruit flavors in the form of dried orange slices and raisins or plums. Another small undiluted sip ... tart oak notes stick to the tongue before black pepper and wooden sharpness from the palate lay down over the tongue. Again, muff and mildew, as well as a not disturbing sulfur note. Slowly, the voluminous alcohol note ends, leaving behind dark, dark chocolate and spicy oak tones on the palate. Although I usually do not add water, I allow the 105s a few drops of water. The Glenfarclas becomes noticeably creamier and gentler, although unfortunately for me the musty sulfur note has intensified. Roasted walnuts and hazelnuts end in dark caramel and dark chocolate with a hint of herbal notes, a fresh, menthol-like freshness appears powerful after a few moments, while tart oak tones stand out. I think a water addition was not necessary, but it was worth a try.
    • Finish
      A subtle basic acuity is in the air, the Mentolische freshness pulls through the palate and gives the recurring Muff and Modernote a pleasant fresh basic note. Dark chocolate, espresso and spicy oak notes stick to the palate, dried raisins and oranges envelop the tongue in conjunction with subtle sharpness. Powerful and warming, despite the addition of water, the intense and sometimes tart aromas rest for a perceived eternity on the palate. Slowly a wonderful leather note and old tasty walnuts show up. Gorgeous!

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly fine Glenfarclas, without any sulphur, it’s a bit rougher than I would like considering the age, but it’s no wonder at 60%... Not that it’s bad, but doesn’t fit into my flavour preference
    • Nose
      87 87
      Chili oil, pepper, rye spice, hot (duh), would not guess 22 years blind.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy, but straightforward on raspberry, oily, spicy, clean
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pepper, cayenne, good weight, but not particularly memorable.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    without water too blatant - with it looks like a cloudy wheat beer :)
    I can decide - either he gets only a little water, then the nose is good, or he gets a lot of water to become round enough on the palate for enjoyment, but then the nose has long been dead - I think the bottling is not that great
    • Nose
      84 84
      Hardly any sherry aromas, a lot of acidity and typically dusty Glenfarclas wall unit, ginger, more and more fresh lemon, meat broth
    • Taste
      85 85
      Chili, ginger, pepper, citrus and apple flavors, tree juice, bark, green wood, vanilla, lemon cake
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. SAND scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Varnish, sweet grain, sweet dried fruits. With a few drops of water; more fruitiness, direction bourbon cask notes; dried banana, vanilla, dried papaya but also dried red fruits. (91-92p)
    TASTE: Intense, strong, tannic, wood, varnish, nuts. Strong, around 58% ABV? With a few drops of water; less tannic, fruitier. (90-91p)
    FINISH: Black pepper, wood tannins, fortified wine sweetness. With a few drops of water; still peppered, sweeter. Very long. (90-91p)
    OVERALL: Fruity in a very dry way, giving the impression of being in between a typical bourbon matured and sherry matured Speysider. High quality. Total score 91 points.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison with the 10yo / NAS 105 (WID: 18570)

    Immediately after pouring out, the young 105 is much more present and louder in the nose. As expected, the 22yo is more reserved, dignified and also more confident. The fruits of 10yo / NAS are fresher there and also look a little artificial. So go towards the red wine gum. The 22yo is much more balanced there. The fruits are rather raisins and figs with nice wood notes. I would probably not have typed 60% blindly for both. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    The alcohol is now noticeable in the mouth. But that is also perfectly fine for 60%. Otherwise pretty much the same impression as in the nose. The 22yo is now a bit more woody than in the aroma. A bit of tobacco also comes through and maybe some floral notes. The 10yo / NAS again shows its slightly artificial fruit. Now there is also some oak.
    The young 105er in particular benefits from water. As a result, the fruits no longer look so artificial. The 22yo doesn't necessarily need water, but it makes it a little more pleasant.

    I did not like the 10yo / NAS because it came across a bit artificial and without depth. I remembered it better.
    The 22yo is a delicious malt. Roughly speaking, towards the standard 25yo with more power. But you definitely don't need a bottle of it.

  8. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Well that’s a difference with the regular 105. This is a anniversary bottling to be proud of. Just a wee drop of water is more then enough dispite of the high abv. But try it neat and you’ll be suprised!
    This one works exceptionally well with smoked salmon on small baked toast.
    • Nose
      Typical Glenfarclas nose. Sherried in combination with clear cask influences such as aged wood. There is fresh Basil to be noticed. Beautiful herbal notes, combined with sherry notes and a pleasant nuttiness. This is very well aged. Even at the 60% it doesn’t need water at all. It is soft, sweet, balanced and complex. Impressive!
    • Taste
      Again i’m suprised. This is unbelievably tasty without water. Soft, creamy and rounded. There is a slight sharp edge in it but more in a peppery kind of way. I don’t feel like the alcohol is dominating. The alcohol is so well integrated inhere. Again obviously the sherry notes and wood spices. But also the very pleasant herbal note is here. Italian orientated herbs. With water the whisky reveals its well multi layered body a bit better. That sharp edge disapears and it becomes unbelievably well balanced. Fresh wood spices come through better. Also the red fruits are present more obvious as is some chocolate. Again: I’m impressed!
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish. Pleasant red fruits reveal themselves. Aged wood and nuts. It’s friendly, creamy and again;very well balanced. With water it becomes more spicy at the end but not in a sharp edged kind of way. More in a balanced spice mix kind of way. It adds another layer and makes it a grand finale.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  10. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Such a big and bold well aged sherry malt...Intense without becoming astringent even at 60%.


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