Glenfarclas 1994

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Calculated age
23 years old
Refill Sherry 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

€ 399.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1994

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.04 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] Oh, a very high rated dram (91 points on average by 10 votes) quickly after it entered the market - so this is a must try...

    ...and this a fine spicy-herbal driven Fino sherried dram. Lovers of this sherry-style will adore it and I assume that even the friends of sweeter sherries will find this interesting and worth a try. 100 per cent sulphur-free and flawless, a great pick for The Family...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is mahogany and the nose offers spices on full throttle... This must have been an European oak cask, for sure. What a nice contrast to the lush fruity oloroso dram (vintage 1988) I had just before. This seems to was rather a Fino sherry cask and it created a beautiful complex and balanced profile together with the fine 'farclas malt.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is all about spices again (both hot and sweet ones like chili and vanilla) in a decoction of sugars, herbs and fine oils. Very interesting to explore but not really layered, unfortunately - so all impressions intermingle somewhat. Nevertheless I like it a lot! Water opens up the nose nicely and smoothes both the taste and finish - I like to nose this dram reduced but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses)...
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is pleasing and charming with an instantly creamy coating effect, no distracting moments except some fine peppery spices (hey, this is a spice-driven dram). The finish is long and adds some fine fruits (wow, I never had fruits appearing that late in a whisky) and chocolatey flavours. This is the best about the dram (because the finish offers the most complex flavours profile).

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful family cask in which the spicy notes clearly set the tone. No bad notes, everything is consistent and with a little water it becomes even more supple. All in all a wonderful malt, if you like it spicy and peppery.
    • Nose
      90 90
      starts somewhat cautiously in the nose - but then wins over time; spicy sherry note; Spice load behind which a fine sweetness is hidden; delicate herbal notes; dark fruits; raisins; delicate oak; Water opens it up a little in the direction of fruitiness
    • Taste
      92 92
      voluminous and slightly oily; the sweet notes are quickly overlaid with an intense spice with beautiful spices; Dried fruit; with a wonderfully harmonious tingling oak flavor; tart herbal notes; with water it becomes smoother and the slight non-distracting sharpness is softened
    • Finish
      91 91
      tart-spicy oak without a trace of bitterness; slightly peppery notes; a lot of spices again; Herbs; delicate fruity accents

  3. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The reviews here have already hit the nail on the head. An incredible creaminess in the mouth, mixed with chilli spiciness, is best for me.

    With a little water, which he gets very well and time in the glass (1.5 hours), he develops even more positively, more sherry notes but also the spices can be tasted more nuanced. Highly recommended!

  4. detto scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    Nose: The alcohol tingles a bit in the nose, but this is immediately followed by massive wood and sherry. At first I am a little afraid that the sherry will crush the malt. Reminds me of the Cask Bottling-Glendronachs from TWB. I can also find dark chocolate.

    Mouth: First a small punch of alcohol in the mouth, but it only leaves a pleasant tingling and a little sharpness. I associate something like old leather armchairs and chili chocolate. Overall, I have the association of dark chocolate in my head all the time. 70% +

    Finish: There is a long reverberation and towards the end there are still fruits that I somehow couldn't find before. Has something of orange peel and now the wood comes out again.

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Good example of how I really like oak, in combination with nuts, crispy, as if to bite into, instead of being sucked on dead oak. Nice malt, good example of Fino as well.
    • Nose
      Dry, dusty, polished and dry oak, lots of nuts, typically Fino so far, very long dried apple slices behind them, camphor, ginger, tick orange peel, coffee
    • Taste
      Lightly candied walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, nutmeg, slightly dusty oak, but delicious, orange peel, camphor, ginger, dark chocolate, oregano, fennel, tick honey and red apple, sweeter and a little more elegant in the second sip
    • Finish
      Fennel, crispy oak and toasted malt, oregano and nutmeg, medium to long

  6. Vallado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The entire tasting experience from start to finish.

    The aroma profile is almost identical in the nose and palate: dark, heavy notes of a truckload of dried herbs (rosemary, tarragon, cumin), tobacco, sherry, leather, peppermint freshness, bitter chocolate and oak seasoning, in the background also dark fruit notes (pickled raisins, light fermented grapes, prunes). With a little water, the fruit notes are much better against the spice notes.

    A beautiful melange, nicely layered and constantly in motion. The mint and chocolate notes do not stand side by side as in the direction of after eight, but flash and appear again in the background. The spice notes form the appropriate "background noise".

    Strong onset and medium texture on the palate, long-lasting finish, in which the fruit notes are at least not noticeable to me. Otherwise a nice continuation of the aromas on the palate.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. RolfvanderSteen did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    91 points on http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejanuary19-2-Glenfarclas-Glen-Grant.html#290119

  9. Chesterfield scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    A very unusual, dark and heavy family cask!
    Not what I would normally have expected from a "only" 24 year old Refill Butt.
    • Nose
      Dark, heavy, oak, spicy, tobacco, leather, liquorice, balsamic, no missing notes and no sulfur .... awesome nose !!!! Exactly my thing!!!
    • Taste
      Little fruit, but wonderful spice, leather and tobacco aromas with clearly noticeable age. Dark chocolate and pleasant sweetness.
      Super ingenious if you like the "DARK SIDE OF POWER". ;-)
    • Finish
      Laaaaaang and wonderfully dark aromatic, hardly bitter, thanks to Refill Butt.
      A dream of a whisky!

  10. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91


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