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Glenfarclas 1998

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
4th Fill Butt
Number of bottles
50.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:33 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 200,00

29 × in wishlist

13 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1998

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.09 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] ...the wonders of a 4th fill cask (in this case a sherry butt) are not just that the woods of such casks are rather smooth to the whisky and hence the spirit matures in a greater balance and withstands even very long maturations without getting too bitter from the tannins. No, there is a little additional secret behind such 4th fill maturations that even most industry insiders do not know:

    It is all about when these casks were built by the coopers - simply calculate around 5 to 15 years per whisky maturation cycle plus several years of use at the Spanish bodegas (to mature sherry) and you know such a cask was coopered in the seventies or earlier (a 4th fill laid down in the seventies hence was coopered in fifties or earlier). So why is this important? Simply, because the last very old Quercus Alba (American white oak) trees - and very old means several hundreds of years old - were harvested in the U.S. around that time. Today very old oak trees only grow in protected areas like National Parks still - all others are gone and today's casks are made of trees not older than 100 years, usually.

    Imagine the difference several hundreds of years of accumulating aromas and flavours substances by a tree makes and you easily see why such casks not only support 4th fill maturations (casks made of younger trees are usually exhausted after the 3rd cycle) but they provide a much greater flavours variety and complexity to the spirit than younger woods. Unfortunately, such very old QA trees are not available any longer since decades (and they will never be available again) - hence the old whisky styles they induced are gone with them. That is why I always look for 4th fill maturations but beware, not all of them are great...

    ...this one is excellent, for sure - and I would love to taste a dram each of the first three maturations this cask supported before (they must have been flabbergasting!). But shy away all you lovers of modern style "sulphur-enhanced" sherried whiskies: You probably will rate such a whisky average-only because your taste buds cry out for more powerful kicks that only the devil can provide - and not the angels that took care of this very fine dram...

    Dear Jim Murray, why did you not select this flabbergasting dram as the "Whisky of the Year"? To me, it is!

    [February, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight to honour a good friend that passed away (R.I.P. Willy) and fully confirm my old review. Hint: To fully enjoy the magnificence of this dram you should have more than just a small sample - the first 2 cl just re-calibrate your taste buds so they can better cope with the onrush of flavours from that on. So take your time and enjoy a rather bigger dram! [March, 2019] I opened another bottle and to state it again - the first dram is just good (average only) but the second kicks me into heaven (not to mention the third). This is not a whisky for small sample tasting, this one was made to be enjoyed in larger measures...

    PS: Everyone who reads this should remember that tastes are very different and therefore no one should rely on anyone other's tasting note when buying a dram...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is russetmuscat (wow, what a dark colour for a 4th fill!) and the nose is something I immediately fell in love with. A perfect balance of sherry, malt and wood-induced aromas in a variety that is almost unbelievable for a (just) 20 years old whisky. In a blind setting I would have guessed a much older dram (way above 30 years). Not a single off-note or imbalance, this nose is both challenging to explore and very enjoyable to sniff. No, I do not state the endless list of aromas in here - find out by yourself!
    • Taste
      95 95
      The taste is multi-multi layered without any single flaw. All is in perfect harmony - I am somewhat speechless. Hooray, still there are exceptional drams out there! A little water releases even more fine aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate - I like this dram both neat and a little reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The initial mouthfeel is pure pleasure: A silky, creamy feeling instantly coats all the mouth without any single distracting moment. The finish is very long with more delicious cocoa flavours and a fine spicy-bitter note added from the woods. It virtually stays on my tongue forever without any distracting feeling at all - this is a perfect Traditional Scotch distilled in 1998, I simply adore it! Congrats to all the staff of Glenfarclas on this exceptional fine "old style" dram...

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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    For further details, please see comments of hs305
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. UndergroundAgent scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    hs305 for President.

  4. UndergroundAgent scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    hs305 for President.

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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