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Glenfarclas 1990

Overall rating
88.12/100
votes
72
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
Added on
18 Jul 2018 5:18 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 153,16

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72 × member ratings

203 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1990

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.12 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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!

  4. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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. Water makes things worse. My advice: don't add any - and enjoy the first half of the experience!

  6. Andreas W. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. tommy12 scored this whisky 88 points Member 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 say something "sticky"), alcohol well involved , long-lasting.

    Conclusion: The whisky was always fun, delicious, no mistakes, to worlds better than the GF 1995 Cask Strength 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.

  9. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.

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