Glenfarclas 1994

Overall rating
90.59/100
votes
110
Whiskybase ID
WB117030
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Vintage
1994
Bottled
03.07.2018
Calculated age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1580
Number of bottles
552
Strength
53.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 sep 2018 9:42 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 449.00

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1994

22 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.59 points.

  1. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. James.Braddock scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    nose: somewhat closed, red fruits and sugar

    Palate: milk chocolate, red fruits, very light oloroso furiness. Everything becomes even more elegant with water. A little tobacco is added and the aromas are well interwoven

    Finish: some oak bitterness, leather

  3. Mik scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I enjoyed this family cask in a tasting with four other family casks (1986 w15 & sp17, 2002 s18 and 2003 s20). This one was the odd one out: definetely lighter in colour and without a heavy sherried character. Nevertheless, this one has a great and refined flavour profile with a lot of depth. The wonders of a good refill cask!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Golden raisins, citrus fruits, greengages, apple and soursoup. A light earthy touch and fresh herbs like sage. Really different than expected, no sweet sherried nose!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily and thick mouthfeel, with plums, citrus fruits, lemon peel, vanilla, ginger and white pepper. A touch of olive oil and a surprising slight saltiness together with some tobacco smoke and that typical Glenfarclas-earthiness give it more depth.
    • Finish
      90 90
      An intense finish with the same green fruitiness. It's oily again, with some spices, methol and tabacco, but the sweet sherry notes linger ultimately.

  5. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Anyone who likes dried figs like me will love them. The sweetness and also the sulfur move from the smell to the taste to the finish.

  6. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good. You have to be able to endure the wood, then you can more than live with this Family Cask. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/03/03/all-in-the-family/
    • Nose
      88 88
      A rather reserved nose. After a while there is some wood, delicate herbs and a little bit of sweet fruit. Everything more in the "defensive area". There is also a little vanilla. Honey is added with water.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruits and herbs go hand in hand. This is a wonderful game for the tongue and the palate. Plus a few salty and vanilla notes. That's wonderful. There is also a metallic or mineral component.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Bready notes with honey. In addition, oak and peppery seasoning. Sweet and light fruits lie underneath. Class. After a while you can find a nice white wine from the barrique.

  9. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like the smell very much: stimulating, multi-layered, independent.
    The taste doesn't quite match the nose and the finish lacks a bit of complexity. Overall, the herbal aroma dominates: herbal sugar as schnapps. That is extraordinary, independent. The distillery character is hardly recognizable. Tasty and interesting, but not without its flaws.
    • Nose
      Strawberry, wood, cherry, plum, a little nut, everything is very sweet, mixed with the impression of fresh herbs, a hint of menthol
    • Taste
      Middle start, herbs, freshly chopped, sweet peach juice, parsley, melted butter, menthol, a little dark cherry, a touch of chocolate
    • Finish
      sweetish, little wood, caramel, menthol, herb candy

  10. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    quite boisterous and wild. Need some water and certainly more time. For the first quick check, quite solid, but nothing special. more to come ..
    • Nose
      88 88
      brrööommm. Full load of dark sherry. Impetuous nose. Alcohol is already very strong on the slide, glass is also a little too bulky. Very tight and interwoven, you don't get much out of it. let's see what some water brings. Still very closed. I can't judge that way, I have to leave it there again ...

      ... Is not really definable for me. smells like sherry malt. Over time a nice fruit comes out, more like cherry. Otherwise, unfortunately, quite interchangeable
    • Taste
      90 90
      very creamy on the palate (with water). Milk chocolate. Nuts, bueno. Oak seasoning. Completely removes some smoke or toasted wood. Lots of caramel. Stimulates the flow of saliva. Tobacco, wet leaves.
    • Finish
      89 89
      again slightly smoky. Tobacco, wet wood / leaves. slightly bitter. relatively long.

  11. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. LiquidThoughts 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

  14. detto scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  18. RolfvanderSteen scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  19. Chesterfield scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    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!

  20. LeChiffre scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

  21. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. 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).

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