Glenfarclas 1990

Overall rating
88.20/100
votes
132
Whiskybase ID
WB115375
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Rare Bottling
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
7197-7209
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L030518
Barcode
5018066180104
Added on
18 jul 2018 5:19 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 290.84

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1990

24 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.20 points.

  1. asmazda scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Feels to me similar to the OB 25yr but more alcoholic (obviously it is cask strength), less woody, and perhaps a bit less complex. In other words, not a clear winner and higher price tag.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Has the orange, vanilla/cream, and nuts profile of the OB 25, but more alcoholic and much more menthol. It is a shy nose except for the alcohol and menthol aspects.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy and alcoholic. Flavors similar to the nose but intertwined with milk chocolate. No off notes, but just seems to lack richness of flavors. A bit like grain alcohol.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium and spicy.

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  3. SebStar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. koninator scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and intense, the dark and tart aromas dominate all the time. For a 28-year-old Glenfarclas, in my opinion, a very good PLV, certainly not a high-flyer for it undemanding and "easy drinking" ...
    • Nose
      Reddish amber shines in the Premium Snifter, a thick streak sticks to the glass wall from which oily "legs" are immediately detached. Hazelnuts and dark yellow fruits rise, hints of raisins and dates follow, the alcohol draws voluminously through the nose. Mandarins and apricots, a pinch of cinnamon and crumbs of tart chocolate, minimal grapefruit and citrus fruits, caramel and dark toffee end in dried mint and a hint of old meadow herbs. The nose becomes noticeably more floral and grassy over time, herbs dominate, spicy oak in the background.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows over the tongue, nutty and characterized by bitter wood tones. A pinch of white pepper dissolves from dark fruit aromas and spicy wood, which then heats up the tip of the tongue and massively stimulates the flow of saliva. Grapefruit abrasion mixes with espresso and dark chocolate, tart wooden elements stick under the tongue, walnuts and dates follow, the sometimes very dominant spiciness in the front of pepper slowly fades away.
    • Finish
      Pepper still sticks to the tongue, espresso and dark chocolate stick to the palate, hints of dried grapes and berries rest between the lips with grapefruit and fresh mint. Voluminous warmth with a touch of sharpness pulls through the throat, old walnuts stick to the tongue, with tart and dark wood and fruit tones the aftertaste sounds like what feels like eternity and leaves nuts, citrus fruits and mint on the tongue.

  6. MacMariner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A whisky with a nice wood load, pleasantly integrated alcohol and a wonderfully dry sherry tint. More chocolatey than nutty. No missing notes. The age is exemplarily noticeable in the long aftertaste. You can add water, but of course you don't have to. Both make perfect sense and fun. I also have to say that the nose is rather reserved for a Glenfarclas. On the other hand, the effect in the mouth is all the greater.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This one clearly needs some time, then it gets more full and intense. A lot of red fruits, chocolate, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Red fruits, raisins, prunes, spicy, milkchocolate, also a bit mossy.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pickering, pretty strong, pepper, orange, honey, peach, coffee, chocolate and toffee/caramel
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still pickering and intense, red fruits, some peach, honey and caramel. Pretty long finish, now also some bitter alcoholnotes, in time it gets more full and intense. Later on some tobacco.

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Pretty strong and pungent, with full modern sherry profile. Apart from the sherry notes, you got the old and dusty wooden box hidden under your bed, with some fresh oranges, and bitter orange peel. Quite almond-y, milk chocolate, bit of honey, and tad of rubbery.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full, burst with juicy sweetness, nice mouthfeel, chocolate with mixed nuts, and sherry of course. Some wood, some citrusy, and a little bit of coffee.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nice sherriness and oakiness, with nuttiness and some bitterness.

  9. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. tommy12 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Colour:
    Fairly light color, a bit darker than white wine, but atypically bright for a sherry cask.

    fragrance:
    sweet pleasant smell, some marzipan, dried fruits (prune) vanilla, honey, little alcohol in the nose, for such an age only a rather restrained scent.

    Taste:
    unexpectedly intense, sweet, apricot jam, raisins, pastries, long-lasting, interesting and good, almost no bitterness, tolerates a lot of water (diluted to about 46%), Destilleriecharakter tastable (I always describe as something "sticky"), alcohol well integrated , long-lasting.

    Conclusion: The whisky was always fun, delicious, no mistakes, worlds better than the GF 1995/2017 Cask Strength 57.3% bottling (I can only rate with 84 P). Although the Glenfarclas 1990 is a really good whisky, I definitely prefer many equally expensive bottlings of the GF Family Casks series, as they usually have much more intensity and only show what the distillery really has to offer.

  11. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very promising, even enticing on the nose and in the initial attack, but it's all downhill from there on out. Too sharp, and the alcohol carries less flavor than it should. Very oaky as well. Water makes things worse. My advice: don't add any - and enjoy the first half of the experience!

  13. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] This is significantly cheaper than the Family Casks releases of a comparable age so is it significantly weaker, too?

    I would say this is a somewhat mixed affair: The nose is unimpressive and does not really open up neither on oxydation nor after adding water. It is not flawed or bad, just very shy. Contrary to that both the (neat) taste and finish are quite comparable to the great Family Casks releases with a clean and impressive modern sherry profile that is both sweet and spicy. I strongly suggest to chew this dram for quite a while to get the full spectrum of aromas and flavours. So, skip the nosing and go straight for the first sip...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose is a little punchy first but after my olfactory cells adapted to that it offers a modern sherry profile. Still it is very shy and cries for water, no doubt! I do not like it neat and even after adding some water it stays rather closed. More reduction does not help either, unfortunately. By the way, this dram is completely sulphur-free (thanks, George!).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is much better on a delicious and flawless spicy-sweet oloroso profile with appropriate but never dominating wooden notes. It is not really layered but it offers many more delicious flavours the longer I chew it. Now there are adorable chocolatey notes (both dark and milk), fine herbs, honeys, fruits and of course, spices all the time. Forget about adding water because it just dilutes the fine and powerful taste without adding major new impressions.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating with an interesting peppery touch. The finish is long and turns more to the chocolatey side with a minor drying feeling (ashes, aspirin) that prevents this dram from getting too sweet.

  17. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting, would never have come to Glenfarclas!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very restrained, slightly unripe, slightly alcoholic, herbaceous, dried herbs, mineral, oak, spicy, glue, vegetal, floral
    • Taste
      88 88
      Finally a "button" that surpasses the nose!
      Sweet, full, vanilla, corpus yellow fruit, Fasscharakter, oiled wood, light bitterness, apple peel, fried fennel
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, sweet, warming, not very complex but very harmonious!

  18. johnamo scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A complex experience that starts out feeling closed and dusty with strong alcohol. With a touch of water and, most importantly, time, this opens up to cooling spearmint, lemon, dark fruits, vanilla, anise, tannins, and lingering bitter chocolate with all of the sharp edges becoming rounded. Looking forward to seeing how this bottle evolves over the next year or so.

  19. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A good, delicious Farclas, but far from the first-class Family Casks with comparable data.
    Correct, but it lacks in comparison, something in depth, density, punch and complexity.

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. JörgW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Quite closed, dusty library, old, venerable, subtle sherry, discreet wood.
    He opens with a few drops of water. The fruit is more prominent. Dark fruits, raisins and prunes blend with the wood to create a fragrance that is very harmonious. Spices come to it. Very complex, wonderful nose.
    Palate: Here, too, find the fruits, spices and the wood again, in conjunction with a beautiful fruity sweetness. But not as powerful as I had hoped from the great nose. Somehow weakened. Despite everything a great interaction on the palate. A little bitterness, but not unpleasant, nice interplay between tongue tip and back palate.
    Finish: In short, what disappointment, the fruitiness, the wood and the sweetness are only extremely short and are then gone. That's it? Too bad.

  24. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    IMO this IS very complex. Because I am Not really able to define the single aromas, I must say this is the mark for complexity. There are notes of Sherry, Oak, Berries Red and Black, Raisins, Prunes, some kind of nuts, and perhaps the smallest possible amount of smoke?
    But for me there is no anoying sulphur or things you do not want in.
    I Like it very much indeed.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      98 98

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