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Glenfarclas 1989

Overall rating
92.27/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
13005
Number of bottles
449
Strength
52.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:41 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 469,50

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70 × member ratings

106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1989

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.27 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] After four very delicious bourbon cask-matured Glenfarclas from the Summer 2018 release of The Family Casks (vintages 1977-80) I have to conclude this little tasting session with a sherried 'farclas, for sure. So I selected the darkest vintage out of this release...

    ...and it is the lush old style sherry-matured dram I hoped for! Such casks were quite common before the paxarette ban of the SWA in 1989 (which was the most stupied thing they did, by the way) and (almost) every whisky connoisseur adores such drams - simply look at the high ratings here at WB (they are more than justified)! If I could I would kick the SWA guy who proposed the paxarette ban into his (you select which part is best)...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is brown sherry and the nose offers a bold old style (and for sure paxarette-improved) sherry nose that is simply ... unmatched by any dram after the paxarette ban of 1989. It is not just completely sulphur-free but free of all other off-notes or imbalances too. Yes, the sherry is massive but still the powerful Glenfarclas malt manages to hold its head up. This nose is almost rum-alike given its intense power and it offers high esthers and muscovado sugars beside fir honey (including hints of tree resin), fruits, spices and marzipan. Ooh, what a pleasure to sniff! Where is the guy with the paxarette ban???
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is nicely layered on both sherry-induced and malty flavours in a fine balance. There are fruits (both home-grown and exotic), raisins, nuts, vanillas, tannins, sugars, spices and and and ... no one tries to dominate the others! A perfect composition without any flaw - that is extremely quaffable. Bring me that guy with the paxarette ban, please!!! Water turns the dram smoother and more approachable - actually I like both the power of the neat and the charming beauty of the reduced dram (best at about 43% abv).
    • Finish
      94 94
      The initial mouthfeel is ... simply great. A pleasant warming and coating feeling takes place with the right amount of bitter tannins to keep the enormous sherry-sweetness under control. The finish is virtually endless and adds more delicious spices and chocolatey notes. A minor bitter note develops towards the end but this is welcomed to counter the sherry sweetness. Okay, finally I condemn the guy with the paxarette ban to drink a dram of the modern style and sulphur-spoiled sherried whisky every night right before going to bed...

  2. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      In sweet sherry pickled potpourri of raspberries, redcurrants, cherries and cranberries. Flooded with the scent of wet oak and autumn leaves.
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, fruity & spicy, red fruit jelly with vanilla crisp, rum pot, subtle aromas of balsamic vinegar and pepper ..
    • Finish
      Brandy beans, sweet, menthol, fine-sour oak, long.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The nose is world class! Creamy and velvety, aromatic and extremely fruity, sweet and delicate. The taste is dignified and old fruit and wood flavors to advantage, a herbal and spicy note is the dominant all the time in the foreground. Only the undefinable end of the after-sound confuses me a little. Otherwise, this Glenfarclas is one of my best Family Casks I've had in the glass lately! Full of character, balanced and incredibly delicious!

    24/23/23/23 (93P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber glitters in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter dissolve a variety of small and oily "legs" from the sticking to the glass wall streaks. Creamy roasted aromas rise, dark and dignified berry aroma mixes with a hint of meadow herbs and beet juice. Ripe sour cherries and velvety vineyard peach end in sugar-sweet caramel and toffee, the velvety peach aroma is becoming more and more dominant, apricots and tangerines are added. The nose is incredibly creamy and intense, at the same time perfectly balanced. My salivation is stimulated, raspberries and strawberries come up, currants and blueberries show up. Sweet berry flavor infatuates the nose, overripe raspberries exude their wonderful aroma, the alcohol is perfectly balanced!
    • Taste
      Spicy oak tones dominate the first sip, sweet rum pot drips on pine cones and pine needles, slightly resinous ends the first impression in old and creamy balsamic vinegar. Subtle spiciness arises, minimal show white pepper and spicy oak on the tip of the tongue. Old oranges and peaches swim under the tongue, minimal show menthol freshness and abrasion of orange peel in the palate. Appearances of grapefruit and herbs are carried over time by a voluminous emerging alcohol cloud. Dark and heavy dehydrated sherry flavors rest on the palate.
    • Finish
      The voluminous alcohol on the palate clumps warmly, but I do not find it annoying. Spicy wood tones end in old and bitter walnut aroma, dark oranges and old balsamic herbs exude their wonderful bouquet, creamy herbs swim in the saliva, the last echoes unround and can hardly describe. I develop a slightly smoky and charred grain aromas, the end of the Nachklangs designed as already mentioned unusual and indefinable. A strange end to a great taste experience.

  4. Griller76 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    I was allowed to try some good drops from the Glenfarclas Family Cask series. Some were quite sulphurous, or alcoholic, others good, but not brilliant. However, this bottling of Cask 13005 represents the best of this series for me. Still, the bottle is reasonably affordable and you should access if you want a chubby-warm sweet balanced and harmoniously sherry-flavored whisky with a relaxed depth.

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    My God this is top class stuff! Absolutely an astonishing whisky. Rarely well balanced and sophisticated. It has that typical old style smell. What I would describe as a musty/dusty blanket laying on top of it. And I like that a lot! A truly fantastic dram.
    • Nose
      This is so unbelievably balanced and incredibly complex. All sorts of red fruit pass the nose. At first it is not directly a recognizable Glenfarclas, but it is a recognizable speysider. It’s Sherry allover but so incredible refined, balanced. With a drop of water the Glenfarclas character reveals. This is one of a kind. Pour a dram and keep sniffing, night after night. What a dram!
    • Taste
      Allright....Uhm...again: my God! This is so very well matured. It has one of the thickest bodies I’ve tasted so far. It just never ends. Covers the mouth completely. Again the complexity is astonishing. There are such beautiful layers to be found, and the alcohol is very, very well integrated. It doesn’t sting at all.
    • Finish
      This is definitely long. Your mouth is filled and covered with a very sticky, sherried sweetness that goes on and on. Red fruits, a hint of old wood and mild sophisticated spices end a dramtastic heavenly moment.

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If you like dark aromas that almost go over in soy sauce and have all sorts of little bitterness notes, here's the perfect malt. Not quite my style.
    • Nose
      The 52.3% you can see clearly, strong, but also closed, moist oak and clear cherry juice, charred grapefruit, some raspberry brandy, dresser oiled, touch balsamic
    • Taste
      Cherry, blood orange, very restless, as if the alcohol would fight with the sherry itself, I had never before at GF, tannins, nutmeg, rosemary, rum pot, some black tea, some black bread
    • Finish
      Black bread, burnt malt, cherry with seeds, spices, medium to long

  10. VicLin scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

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