Glenfarclas 1980

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Calculated age
37 years old
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:39 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 620,89

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6 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1980

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.75 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] After three very fine 4th fill bottlings from the Summer 2018 release of The Family Casks (namely the vintages 1977, 1978 and 1979) I am curious about this refill cask (usually a second or third fill)...

    ...and it is very different! But in an interesting way it reminds me of the profile of old Speyside drams distilled in the fifties. It would have been a clearly 90+points score if it had been bottled some years earlier (to avoid the heavy tannins both in the mouthfeel and finish). Nonetheless, a clear recommendation to everyone who wants to explore this long-gone whisky style (without spending four-digit sums at auctions)...

    [December, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight and the tannins are not that strong as with the first tasting. Tonight I score this dram 90 points on the finish and hence 91 points in total (but I leave it as it was with the first impression, as usual).
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is deep copper and the nose is rather shy compared to the 4th fills I had before. It shows a clean malty profile with a fine peaty note. After some breathing the nose grows strongly so give it plenty of time to enfold. Now it reminds me a little bit of Speyside drams distilled in the fifties (I swear!) with a lot of adorable OBFs released. Right after serving the dram I would have rated this nose not more than 87 points but now it is worth 91, for sure...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is very old-fashioned and again reminds me of old lightly peated Speyside drams from the fifties or early sixties. This combination of clean barley sugars, adorable light peaty flavours, honeys, spices and (after some chewing) citric fruits (e.g., blood oranges) and mocha notes is simply delicious. No flaw or off-note and all flavours in a fine balance, even the wood stays calmer than expected from the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and quite peppery with tight tannins grip on my taste buds. The finish is long and gets increasingly bitter-drying from the tannins which is a little too much (for me). Water reduces this unpleasant mouthfeel somewhat but it flattens both nose and taste, unfortunately. I like this dram best just a little reduced to about 45% abv.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    distinct change in style from 1979 to 1980. I am in tune rather with the former, the latter however, still has high appeal, just not as high and quite (too) dry in the finish imho.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose is light on various white fruits and is quite pleasant.
    The palate is very sweet, sugary sweet and being honest too sweet for me but sweetness is a fine line, too sweet is not particularly unpleasant as too bitter would be, it is just a question scale.
    Nothing wrong with it, but very one dimensional.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83


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