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Glenfarclas 1986

Overall rating
91.60/100
votes
33
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Vintage
1986
Bottled
02.07.2018
Casktype
Refill Butt
Casknumber
4775
Number of bottles
551
Strength
47.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:40 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 699,00

44 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1986

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.60 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] Oh, no rate so far - what is wrong? I have to check this, for sure...

    ...and what a great idea! This is one of the best old style (paxarette-alike) sherried whiskies I came across for years. Bold and complex, balanced and flawless, succulent and very, very quaffable - but unfortunately very dangerous to my bank account, too... I do not believe I state this: But this dram is worth its high price (according to my taste buds)! An excellent pick out of your stocks, dear George...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a rich and flawless old style sherry profile with fine sweet oloroso winey, barley sugary and spicy wooden aromas and an interesting leathery note. It reminds me a little of the smell in the library room of an old English Gentlemen's club - and I like it.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is layered and of the finest old-stylish sherry profile (before the paxarette was banned in 1989), this is really delicious! Not a single flaw or imbalance, this is a sherry-malt-wooden combo close to perfection. After some chewing more spices and some herbs pop up that refine the taste further. It is both juicy and oily with delicious Manuka honey notes (you have to try Manuka if you do not know it, definitely).
    • Finish
      95 95
      The initial mouthfeel is very pleasant with an instantly creamy coating of both tongue and mouth without any distracting moment. The finish is very, very long and literally sticks to the palate and throat forever - wow, is this good! Milk and dark chocolatey flavours turn the finish even more adorable, this is truly a "grande finale". Water is not needed but it does no harm either - nevertheless I like this dram best when neat.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    There are also Family Casks that I do not really like. A very intense malt, certainly. The nose promises an exciting oak and flavoring experience, which turns out (for me at least) on the palate and the finish then one-dimensional-bitter and astringent. For me: A bitterling without a special class.

    The overall breadth of the perception of this malts is enormous: From a maximum of average 88 points from the Premium Snifter undiluted to a very good 92 total points, diluted from the large Bordeauxglas enjoyed, the range for me. A strange malt, I think.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Interestingly enough, the 1986 Cask immediately reminds me of the 25-year-old Glenfarclas from the standard range, complemented by a slightly grassy note. Alcohol, though not exceptionally strong at 47.7%, is well audible. Behind it sparkles quite boldly sweet and sour currant. The typical "Glenfarclas apricot". Light oak bitterness with soft smoke. This Glenfarclas looks much younger and sharper than the late Seventies and also as the 80s and 90s sherry kings.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth comes this spirit with enormous sharpness and grassiness in the first impression. It then becomes more bitter and waxy, fruity notes (sweet and sour currant, the apricot disappears completely) step into the background; the oak takes command with decent bitterness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Also in the end it remains with the absolutely dominant, slightly alcoholic oak and bittern notes. That's very rare, that I do not want the departure at a Family Cask for so long. Now even I can write once again that I find a malt astringent.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    very aromatic very clean sherry profile, and despite the relatively high age clearly recognizable as a piglet.
    reminds me very much of the 89-2016 xmas malt
    • Nose
      92 92
      Orange, dry red wine, furniture polish, wax, old dusty wood, mint tea, delicate chocolate coffee, raspberry juice, spicy, leather, shoe polish
      somehow but also light and elegant
    • Taste
      91 91
      Himber lemonade, wine spritzer, rather sour sherry flavors, the fruit notes are less dense than the wood effect, the chocolate note and the leatheriness - increasingly chocolaty, nougat, coffee, very delicious bitterness
    • Finish
      91 91
      warm, chocolaty, plums, hazelnuts, heavy leathery, long and dense

  4. Andreas W. scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    And once again a great whisky from a family cask. Whether this was just an excellent selection of barrels, or as suspected of possibly involved in Paxarette HS305, of course, I do not know. I guess the very good barrel selection. Otherwise, I can only connect the taste description of HS305, without repeating this at this point now. Since it is a whisky close to perfection for me, I give it 96 points (March 2019). I'm curious how he will develop in the open bottle in the next few weeks / months. Presumably, it will not be to the detriment.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. wataya scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    When I opened the bottle and approved the first glass, I was a little disappointed. The whisky was very good and had no negative influences. Anyway, I had hoped for more and would have given the whisky at most 90 points. Now the bottle is empty and my rating is now different. For one thing, I've never had an old school style sherry whisky, or in the words of hs305, no paxarette sherry style whisky. So I was able to grow and am glad that I bought the bottle. It is an extremely elegant glenfarclas where the fruitiness has a really great deep effect. It took a little time to overcome the alleged one-dimensionality of the profile and recognize the depth and complexity of this whisky. Very nice. Very gentlemen :). The mouthfeel and the finish are better than the nose. 91.5 to 92 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. riekio scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    The only thing that could make this better is if it was my birth year vintage
    • Nose
      92 92
      honey, floral notes, some mint dental floss, mildly spicy wood, cracked worn in leather, honeycomb and a little graham cracker. I also get fleshy apricot with some sour notes right after, and finally some red berry juice notes
    • Taste
      93 93
      sweet and honey, lemonade, some sour oloroso, leather, bitter, orange, herbaceous and good present wood spice, oily, honey from the honeycomb (not exactly the manuka others have said, but a herby/floral raw honey), the sourness is always cloying at me in a fantastic way, i think some not yet ripe tropical fruits type of sour
    • Finish
      93 93
      some of the mint hits me here, the sourness remains, drying in a pleasant manner, leather remains, raisins show up, herbaceous again and i agree with serge on the dried herbs type note, some licorice, relatively long and then now im getting manuka style honey on the long long finish. excellent

  8. Highlander1965 scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  9. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Cheng Chee Kaan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From whiskyfun.com

    Colour: orangey amber. Nose: we’re much more on honeys, pollens, various nectars and herbs here. The sherry aspect feels much more restrained on the whole and it delivers a more tertiary and complex profile. Jamaica cake, freshly baked breads, black olive, soot, mushroom powder, bouillon - a rather umami picture emerges. However, there’s also some lovely fruitiness in the form of blood orange, orange bitters, wild strawberry and wee flourishes of things like melon and guava. Excellent stuff! Mouth: gingerbread, mint tea, various red fruit liqueurs, kirsch, blackcurrant, cafe latte, buttery shortbread and a warm seed loaf. More toasty notes, muesli, seed mix, lime zest and hint of earthy petrichor and even a touch of rancio. Really excellent. Finish: long, earthy, raisiny - the sherry aspect becomes a little louder in the aftertaste. Also prunes, lemon peel and more menthol characteristics such as eucalyptus resin and some dried herbs. Comments: I really love this kind of profile of Glenfarclas, some background sherry that quietly elevates the great, weighty distillate and builds an overall very complex and beautiful profile.
    SGP: 671 - 90 points.

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