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Glenfarclas 1990

Overall rating
92.57/100
votes
80
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Vintage
29.10.1990
Bottled
03.07.2018
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
9468
Number of bottles
597
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:41 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 409,50

64 × in wishlist

80 × member ratings

151 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1990

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.57 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarlcas 1990 Family Cask. 28 years, first fill Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask strength 57.1% and a color to kneel down. Alone the data suggest a whisky of the exraclass.
    For me as a lover of these whiskys an absolute treat. The combination of all these parameters suggests something very special. And the expectations are not disappointed. Once again the guys from Glenfarclas have done an excellent job here. For me personally an absolute top whisky, the 1989 from the Winter Release 2017 in nothing, but nothing at all. The almost 5% more alcohol make it even more "interesting" in a way. Face of the issue price of about 250 euros an absolute and unconditional buy recommendation and well-earned 94 points from me :)
    • Nose
      Wow! The first impression in the nose is already beguiling! Dark, heavy sherry, pickled raisins, plums and black blackberries. I get notes of lavender and a touch of furniture polish. There are also notes of nuts, leather, an old cigar box and slight hints of orange peel. The further marries are joined by dark chocolate as well as espresso, cocoa nutty and kirsch. The alcohol with 57.1% is not felt at all. Brilliant :)
    • Taste
      The 57.1% are initially not particularly intrusive, but after a few seconds in the mouth quite nice - not pushy or disturbing. The Nosing continues in the mouth. Except that right from the start the dark chocolate, the espresso notes and the heavy sherry sweets are very present. Almost creamy is the Glenfarclas on the tongue. Somehow it reminds of a Christmas fruit cake, which contains many raisins soaked in dark rum. With another sip, the orange flavors are now more noticeable, reminiscent of the typical orangat and citrate bits used in baking. Along with the other flavors and incredibly complex, layered and damned good whisky.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long. The flavors are all very present in the mouth for a long time. Especially the sweetness is very long on the tongue. If you stroke the tongue along the palate, you have some more bitter substances of the espresso and the dark chocolate. Very slowly, the mouth becomes drier and it leaves and unbelievable, balanced feeling of balance between sweetness and bitterness in the mouth. Just perfect.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] While obviously no one goes for the 4th fill releases a lot of members like this one - because it is so dark? So far I did not experience that the colour of a dram means anything to its quality...

    ...and this is the typical one-dimensional sherry monster that all lovers of that genre adore but (please forgive me) this is not a whisky at all. It completely lacks any whisky aroma or flavour that are all buried under tons of sherry. Nonetheless, very quaffable (but it could be any distillery, this is whateverism)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old oak and the nose offers a massive sherry profile that buries almost everything else under its bold aromas. A typical "sherry monster" but is this a malt, too? Not sure, but nevertheless I like it... The cask was made of European oak so this sherry is mainly herbal-spicy driven without any single off-note (not a single sulphur atom, hooray!) - but it could be any whisky and I doubt that anyone is capable of identifying Glenfarclas in this nose...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is completely sherry-dominated with the malty flavours playing a minor role only (if any at all). It is not really layered because the massive sherry kills all lighter impressions - but if the sherry is that clean and lusty it is a pleasure anyhow. Again I doubt anyone can detect any Glenfarclas flavour in this "highproof sherry" drink but it is very quaffable (if you like sherry), for sure...
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with significant bitter-drying moments from the heavy tannins (what else, given this colour?). It is still okayish but not the most pleasant mouthfeel to my taste buds. The finish is very long and gets more spicier and - of course - bitter-drying towards the end (the tannins demand their toll). Water turns the dram smoother but more drying, too (what happens very often with heavily sherried whiskies). I like it better when neat.

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Again a great Family Cask! Intense and characterized by dark sherry aromas, this Glenfarclas makes you want more. Tastes and I like it very much!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Reddish copper shines in the Premium Snifter, long and oily "legs" stick to the glass wall. Creamy roasted aromas mingle with hazelnuts and red berries at the beginning, spicy and slightly musty woody notes end in old caramel and sour cherries. Velvety peach and dark orange merge with apricots and raisins to a wonderful Sherrynase, minimally show sweet tobacco leaves and dry leather. After a few minutes, the aroma intensifies to bitter leather and tobacco, subtle musty and musty wood tones are added. Dried grapes and berries, tart oranges and hints of dark chocolate complete the wonderful sherry notes.
    • Taste
      Slightly sour fruit flavors mingle with wet leather and sweetish tobacco at the first sip, spicy wood elements spread powerfully on the tongue while a touch of woody sharpness tickles the tastefully on the tongue. Walnuts and hazelnuts fall into creamy dark chocolate, tart espresso from the tongue, caramelized sugar and sweet rum exude their beguiling scent. After the second sip, the sharpness that now tingles on the tongue intensifies, a pinch of black pepper sticks to the palate, dark and heavy berry aroma runs through the mouth. This heavy and dignified sherry aroma blends flavor and aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Warming, the dark and dried fruit flavors stick to the palate. On the tongue dancing beads and pleasant sharpness burns slightly on the tip of the tongue. Burnt sugar and sweet caramel mix with intense sherry flavors, from time to time drips black espresso with creamy whipped sugar on the tongue. Voluminous and powerful, the aftertaste is long remembered with chocolate and nuts.

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

    From whiskyfun.com

    Colour: deep mahogany. Nose: pure espresso, brioche, various red fruit jams and preserves, salted caramel and bitter chocolate, and then plenty salty broth and soy sauce. A leathery cloak of rancio over everything - an impression of an very old dry Madeira. The chocolatey aspect merges with the coffee note making a very syrupy mocha type of aroma. The whole thing feels dense, sticky, dark and syrupy. Pure mint essence, strawberry scented pipe tobacco and crushed cloves. With water: develops rather typically towards a breadier, more autolytic profile. Trail mix, toasted pumpkin seeds, grapefruit peel, dried lavender, shilling ales and underneath it all a remnant miso-flecked, slightly saline sherry quality. Mouth: liquid incense! Pure black pepper, old ointments, mint choc chip, eucalyptus resin, tea tree oil, more cloves, ginger, nutmeg, a little hot paprika and things like game meats and biltong. More slightly salty, nervous notes, walnut oil, expensive pu-erh tea, crystalised fruits and some Moroccan spice notes. Evolves over time in a more typical direction like dates, prune juice and fig paste. With water: leafier, earthier, more tobacco, raisins, camphor, rancio, black pepper, coal dust and cough medicine. Finish: long, leathery, peppery, chocolatey and full of bitter coffee, teas, herbal extracts and various citrus piths. Comments: Whereas the 89 had a tad too much bitterness in the end, this one really shares a lot of its DNA but just with more balance and a little more complexity. A real corker of a sherry cask. It’s the kind of bottling that I think with 20 or so years in the bottle it will be really sublime. Lucky for anyone who has one.
    SGP: 671 - 91 points.

  6. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    This is rather hard to appreciate at full strength. Those who like their whisky woody will appreciate it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      resinous, woody, shoe polish
    • Taste
      82 82
      bitter and chewy- something of an acquired taste. certainly seems antique; char?
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium->long; spicy, tannins but it doesn't go too bitter

  7. Silversurfer scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting nose, a lot of dark notes with about 3-4% too much to be nicely rounded, the end a bit too bitter.
    • Nose
      Lots of dark chocolate, in addition to the sherry sweetness, licorice, but the sweet gums, then a lot of oak, then cherry sweets, the sweet notes discreetly argue with the herbes in an exciting way, bitter orange, lavender, old, oiled leather, wet hay, blood orange, Earl Gray
    • Taste
      Much black cherry, blood orange, coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, rum raisins, walnuts and chestnuts, sweet licorice, old leather, dark malt, alcohol unfortunately not quite so well involved
    • Finish
      Very bitter, chocolate, malt, autumn leaves, chestnut and liquorice, espresso, long

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