Glenfarclas 1993

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
4th Fill Butt
Number of bottles
53.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:42 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 260.94

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88 × member ratings

186 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1993

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.65 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] Another one of these wonderous 4th fill casks that are able to deliver exceptional drams like no first fill or refill cask can ever do (for more on this subject refer to my review on WB id 117033). Very interesting that most people shy away from buying such 4th fill releases and I wonder if this is because they mistake a 4th fill with an exhausted (leached) cask or because they already adapted to the modern "punchy" whisky style that rather goes for a few extreme spikes (like massive sherry or heavy peats or aggressive woods) instead of the old Traditional Scotch style of a delicate, balanced and complex flavours profile. But I do not complain because their caution leaves more choices for me...

    ...and this choice was an excellent one! This is a 4th fill maturation of the finest kind with an adorable complex and delicious aromas and flavours mix in a perfect harmonic setting. All is completely flawless and very, very quaffable - thank you for that selection, dear George! By the way, worth every buck...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is auburn what is unusual dark for a 4th fill. This must have been a deeply sherry-soaked cask that contained the sherry for years (and not just for a few months like today's casks). The nose confirms this guess and offers a lush oloroso sherry profile with a great complexity. The sherry is rich but it leaves enough space for both the fine 'farclas malt to add its spirit-driven aromas and the wood to add delicious spices and herbs. This is all harmonic and without any off-note or imbalance. Another great 4th fill nose, for sure!
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is another 4th fill wonder: Unbelievably complex and layered on dozens of delicious flavours in great harmony. Wow, this is the old Traditional Scotch style at its finest. I can chew this for minutes and still I find some new interesting and tasty notes that all fit perfect into this "liquid symphony". No, I do not mention all the great impressions here - it is much more pleasure to find these out by yourself... But to state it boldly: No flaw or imbalance in the taste either, this dram is close to perfection!
    • Finish
      93 93
      The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating-creamy on the palate with a minor peppery feeling that is fine. The finish is long and vanishes nicely in different fading waves with more delicious chocolatey and spicy notes (my favourite combo). Water turns both the nose and taste smoother and hence more approachable but I like the boldness and challenge of the neat dram more...

  2. Andreas W. scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Wow, for a "4th Fill Butt" the color of this 93er Family Casks turns out quite dark. But I was really curious if this 25-year-old Glenfarclas could fulfill my high expectations of quality, flavors and taste. And what can I say: he fully meets my expectations. After a nice mild, sweet and fruity nose Glenfarclas glides first very creamy and mild on the palate. Immediately thereafter, a great sweet and light fruity taste unfolds. Suddenly, walnut and almond aromas and a nice chocolate note are added. At first I take these as milk chocolate, which then turns into a light dark chocolate without appearing bitter. The dark fruits are now joined by some dark fruits. All the time the very nice sweet note is still present. And just when I'm wondering if a 4th Fill Butt does not give off any spicy woody flavors, there's also a very pleasant spicy woody note added to it and I realize: Wow, this is just a small taste explosion. This then finds in the finish of her finale, which then, gradually mellowing, long and gently fades away.

    All I can say wow, what a first class Family Casks bottling. I almost refused to suggest a "4th Fill Butt" to try this exceptionally good bottling and I'm really glad I got two bottles at the same time.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What an intensely elegant barrel! For a 4th-fill filling amazingly sherry-intensive, in addition peach and Marillenfruchtig, supplemented by a fine herbal mixture. Simply outstanding and above all there is something new to discover with every new test ... A 95-point malt (95-95-95), no doubt.

    Some water makes the Family Cask a bit lighter in the nose, yet the malt remains peach-fruit and herb-intensive. On the palate and the finish, the whole thing is friendly again, but remains the basic characteristics faithful, without losing variety or intensity. A malt that invites you to water experiments and to your own preferences ... A malt with many faces.
    • Nose
      The first impression delivers a delicate as well as fine Sherrynote. Here, the malt reminds of the 1985 Family Cask (ID: 106038); The sherry, however, looks a bit "juicier-sweeter". And: Immediately ripe apricots and peaches are present (here again to the 1998er-Cask, ID: 117033, reminiscent), however, supplemented by very tender lovage and marjoram notes, later followed by honey flavors. The 53.3% provide an excellent fresh foundation.
    • Taste
      Very busy, the sherry is right there with its sweet sweetness. Then follow as in the nose peach and apricot fruit. In the oral cavity, the 53.3%, however, neatly and in addition to the herbal notes promote an intense oak aroma. Then again the sweeter sherry notes with some cinnamon. Will always be fine-intense, the more you try.
    • Finish
      In the end, of course, the oak is finely present, the herbs (lovage, marjoram) complete the whole, before after a while recall sherry sweetness and apricot fruit. Long, intense, diverse.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    And again I had a lovely piglet from a 4th Fill Butt in the glass. Also this bottling is incredibly intense and varied, hard to believe what intensity and aroma cargo this Glenfarclas possesses. A great drop, it does not always have to be a dark first fill ;-)

    23/22/22/23 (90P)

    Compared to the Glenfarclas 1987/2017 - The Family Casks (release W17), also a 4th Fill Butt, this bottling seems voluminous and intense which may be due to the higher alcohol content. The nose of the 1987er is definitely a class better for me, the 1993er in the taste and in its entirety much rounder and more harmonious. Two different 4th Fill Butt, each in its own way great and delicious! As already mentioned, it does not always have to be a first fill butt, also supposedly "sucked out" barrels can be incredibly intense and sexy!
    • Nose
      Dark caramel and amber shine in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall stick syrupy "legs". Caramel and dried orange aroma stand out clumsily from the glass, the alcohol tickles easily in the nose, which I do not feel uncomfortable. Raisins and other dried fruits mingle with hints of morello cherries and sour cherries, caramelised sugar and creamy toffee are sweet, and a touch of vanilla completes the wonderfully fruity note. Milk chocolate and vineyard peach are added, as well as a refreshing mint and menthol notes. The nose is incredibly voluminous and intense with this 4th Fill Butt as well. Meadow herbs and a few crumbs of dried spice mixture give the nose a spicy touch, after a few moments the nose releases an incredibly intense and creamy nut aroma. Almond, roasted hazelnuts and dried walnuts exude their dreamlike aroma before fresh mint and dried berries mix and massively stimulate the saliva at the same time.
    • Taste
      Spicy, with a sweet touch, the first sip flows over the tongue. Instantly show spicy wood tones and minimal smoke, slowly enveloping pleasant sharpness of the tongue and warms the palate. Dark and dried fruit aroma ends in caramelized sugar and a hint of freshly brewed espresso. The taste of herbs and dried spices, walnuts and harsh wood tones play together, the smoky echoes are more intense, the alcohol is often from its voluminous side and warms the palate and tongue.
    • Finish
      With subtle bitter and bitter wood tones, the reverberation starts. Still dark and dried berries stick to the palate, cozy warmth pulls through the smoking. Menthol freshness and a few splashes of grapefruit juice make for sourish elements, while espresso powder mixes with old and overripe walnuts. Even in the end, the flow of saliva is uninterrupted, the aromas stick incredibly long and intense on the palate.

  6. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  7. MacCaroni did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Great value for money. The Family Cask series shows here what Glenfarclas can do. With the 40yo and the Port Pipes together "far ahead" ...

    August 2019 for about 270 €.

  8. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This Family Cask is something special! It is not a monstrous whisky, where the sherry kills everything and certainly not a modern, stylish whisky. If you are looking for something, you should keep your hands off. Instead, Glenfarclas shows what was really possible in the old master class and indulges in a whisky that initially has a clear influence of wood, but then becomes extremely complex and delicate.
    An old-school masterpiece with an in-depth of sniffing fun. Highly recognizable, (in my opinion) worth every penny (Oct. 2019 for € 245) and so impressive that it overshadows most of the whiskys I know. Why not 100P? Because the announcement of 95P. already fat enough and because (maybe) there will still be something better.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. Vinyllebt scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Yellow-fruity but fantastically varied on the nose.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Petroleum, which quickly evaporates after pouring.
      Apricot dumplings with breadcrumbs in melted butter.
      Fresh, even warmer plum cake.
      Physialis, cookie dough, orange oil, gummy bears, alcohol barely noticeable
    • Taste
      92 92
      At first peaches, limes, quinces, then cereals, which slowly ebb away
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, no bitterness

  10. ldcsh scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    4th fill is the first time.
    I used oak barrels four times ...
    I was curious.
    I saved it in the middle of 300,000 won from Golcom.
    When I first met Whisky Base, my score was 70 points.
    Right now ... 61.91.86 points.
    (Everything is flat ... Whisky Fun's Angus only gave me 86 points)

    4th fill is also good color.
    In fact, it has been open for a while, and why are international reviewers so good?
    I didn't understand
    At the Suwon meeting, I took a vial and listened to the people who attended the meeting.
    At the time, the rating was 'good, but the mid 300,000 won 쫌 ....'

    Let's drink again today
    To tell you the conclusion,
    It makes sense only today.

    It's completely far from the steamy and quirky sherry that many whisky lovers love. Of course it's not a second fill but a 4th fill.

    The subtle but insignificant sherry, tropical fruit, malt, and other scents that I've definitely seen somewhere come up ... I wondered if this is the complexity.

    Sweet. It is not an artificial sweetness, but a pleasant feeling.
    I'm a little spicy, but I'm not very spicy.
    The texture is very silky and I can't feel alcohol at all.
    After all, this kind of complex nuance goes through.

    To a pleasant long aftertaste

    It makes the end of the day very nice.

    I think this guy can enjoy for hours.

    If you give a presumptuous score
    88 points-> 93 today


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