Glenfarclas 1998

Overall rating
90.28/100
votes
102
Whiskybase ID
WB117033
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Vintage
1998
Bottled
07.2018
Casktype
4th Fill Butt
Casknumber
3587
Number of bottles
470
Strength
50.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 sep 2018 9:43 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 207.09

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1998

35 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.28 points.

  1. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is funky yet clearly Glenfarclas!
    Wet wool, goat dung, and farmy earthiness envelop the classic distillery character. Very exciting once you're familiar with the usual Glenfarclas DNA.

  2. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The Family Casks quartet: 2022.10.10.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/170227/glenfarclas-2003
    89+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/191997/glenfarclas-1994
    90-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/117033/glenfarclas-1998
    91-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/144252/glenfarclas-2004
    90+
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Completely agree with hs305 on this. Typical old style malt with myriad of flavors, at the same time maintain its balance throughout the entire tasting.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    not that bad and kodus for adding '4th Fill' to the label.

    honey. fruity. not bad at all
    especially
    not bitter at all. no bitter wood or any bad wood influence one might anticipate from 4th fill.

    .... but I don't understand the hype either
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Read the notes from hs305 and you will learn all about the whisky. A great "discovery" from him. Chapeau!

    - Update (October 2022):
    After I had a good 6cl of it in my glass last night, I have to upgrade the whisky by one point. The special thing is that the whisky gets better with time and with every sip and also brings out new aromas. I've never had a whisky in my glass where I've experienced this feeling so intensively - after two tastings. This is absolute perfection, clean, full, intense and light at the same time. If there is "Liquid Gold" in Bourbon aging, it is "Liquid Nectar from Whisky Heaven" of superior quality between wood, cask and distillate.
    If you can afford it and enjoy maybe 5 or 6 drams throughout the evening, I promise whisky heaven. -

    The dram is meant to get better with each additional dram and after trying it I have to admit: true.
    A 4th fill that is of very good quality and even a bit better in terms of taste. Over time it becomes dangerously tasty and tasty, but at the same time the aromas crystallize more and more clearly. With a 2cl sample you will definitely give the whisky at least 2 points less and not have experienced it completely.
    • Nose
      93 93
      93.5
      Slightly spicy forest honey and the barrel is still as active and at the same time not overloaded even after 20 years. First of all, this is a sherry profile that is intense and rich, but at the same time not a bit overdone. The structure is descending but flowing from sweetness to slightly woody and then some spice. The aromas crystallize more finely and I can still find orange and plum jam.
    • Taste
      94 94
      94.5
      Soft, beautifully sweet aromas of the finest raisins. Even the wood is liquid and sweet here. The almost 51 percent are perfect. This is whisky heaven if you want to chew the whisky and then let it melt in your mouth like the finest chocolate with a slightly lower cocoa content.
      The mouthfeel spreads over time and sticks to the palate honeyed and dangerously drinkable. And here, too, tasty is not meant in the sense of flat sweetness or a finish that is too wet (because hey, that was a 4th fill barrel!!!), but a finely structured sweetness that has become wonderfully complex over the 20 years and harmonises well with the oak influence .
      The whisky is consistently consistent and without any off-notes. Anyone who caught and stashed the one at the issue price: congratulations! :-)
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long and as already described for the tasting, sticky and filling the mouth. Here you can also find the oak tones in the background when you smack your lips. The mouthfeel is fantastic and spreads with a maximum of beautiful sweetness.

  6. TimkoT scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    FINALLY I was able to taste this whisky. Very good indeed, but by no means outstanding.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. dramidaris scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. FeydRautha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Killswitch scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  13. whisky_knight scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I fully agree with hs305: Enjoy the 1st dram on its own. Just to adjust your taste buds and expectations. It feels like we’re in an era of “bigger!” “bolder!” flavors (huge peat bombs, huge sherry bombs), wild experimental cask finishes. So many newer bottles are like the movie equivalent of Michael Bay “Transformers” movies or the big Hollywood Summer Blockbuster movie (explosions, huge VFX).

    This Glenfarclas 1998 The Family Cask #3587 is like “The Shawshank Redemption” or “Blade Runner” (original). It may not have huge VFX, exposions and big CG 3D set pieces, but it’s just a cinematic masterpiece.

    Then sit back with the 2nd dram. There’s an overall delicate balance, it’s pleasing and brings a smile to my face. This tastes like an amazing Scotch whisky from another era, that's not a big sherry bomb, but it doesn't need to be. This is one of the best drams I’ve ever had in my life.

    Outstanding.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Apricots, Peaches, summery stone fruit. 30 minutes later, it opens up even more. This 1998 Glenflarclas gets better as you let it breathe. There's stewed stone fruit now. Mango. Light malt. Zero ABV burn (at 50.8%, beautiful). The key with the nose is that it’s perfectly *balanced*. It’s not a huge “sherry bomb” that we’re used to seeing in modern big sherried whiskies (and there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s just a different style).
    • Taste
      96 96
      In-season apricots, peaches, honey, fruit cocktail (but not excessively sweet). Light ginger warmth. The ABV (50.8%) is masterfully integrated and balanced. Almost tropical. Lovely.

      Coming back to it 30 minutes later: even juicier apricots, peaches, wonderful stone fruit sweetness, perfectly balanced by gentle ginger.

      The 2nd dram in succession gets even better (after sitting for another 15 min): You’re hit with a bolder rush of gorgeous Summer fruits, a lovely vibrant white peach and apricot sweetness that feels probably twice as notable as the first dram.

      The harmony and balance is something that you might initially take for granted: Your whole mouth is awash in a balanced, thick, beautiful Summer fruit dram with no over oakiness, no big sherry domination, nor ABV spikes.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, smooth; it feels like it goes on forever! Gentle linger that’s like a warm blanket, more apricots, some delicate dark chocolate bitterness (60% cacao), the comforting ginger heat fades like a long sunset.

      Stunning finish! Everyone that joined me tonight (hardcore whisky fans, the local bar manager (who runs an outstanding whisky program), and a professional sommelier) thought this was one of the best drams and finishes they've had in recent memory.

      Coming back to the glass 30 minutes later, the finish remains incredible. Ginger, delicate canned peaches, long, long subtle finish that stays with you as you contemplate how this 1998 dram is so good.

  14. HokkaidoUni did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    661 Euro May 2021 Whiskyauction

  15. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    4 refill what good can it come from? And it can!!!!
    Nose - more like a bourbon barrel - is beautiful ripe peaches, apricots, slightly sour quince and herbal oak aromas.
    Taste - there is still light fruit in honey, there is a sweetness broken with a hint of sour quince, all this is complemented by pleasant oak notes, there are malty notes with a beautiful peach.
    Finish changes over time, first the bitterness and tartness of the oak, then sweet peaches and apricots, and finally a mint-eucalyptus-like aftertaste in the mouth. Nothing from the typical sherry bomb Glenfarclas but it's a nice change and at a great level. RECOMMEND!

  16. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. aspa scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I don't know anything about piglets. I admit that the bottles, which are ugly for my taste, simply put me off. Bad reason, I know.

    This sample is great. Super fine and light sherry paints with an infinite number of tastes to explore. On the nose dried fruit, juicy oak and then a good load of tea. I like to smell it for a long time.
    In the mouth it goes on exactly the same, the tea dominates for me but it has many layers around it that you can explore.
    The finish is very special, the slightly bitter taste of, again, tea stays with me in my mouth and palate for an almost infinitely long time. I've rarely had such a long finish.

    I understand why such malts are so popular here. But I can't make more notes with the small sample and prefer to enjoy the rest.

    Great!

    N-92, T-93, F-93, top 93 points
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    For a 4th fill this certainly was not a tired cask, far from it but it needs water to get the best out of it.
    Neat it is a a little hot but the water calms it down and releases some nice fruit & spice notes, also some honeycomb.
    Much better than I was expecting
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  19. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I was very skeptical ... 4th Fill Cask? What should there still be left in flavors? And as I was wrong: If you behave a bit on the nose, this malt literally explodes on the tongue and conjures up a fruity-sweet, deeply interwoven aroma potpourri that lasts an unbelievably long time and stays in your memory. Wonderful! Since this malt I have been a fervent fan of the 4th Fills (it would be interesting if that would work with 5th Fills as well) but be careful: Not all 4th Fills are as great as this one and as far as I know there is hardly a distillery apart from Glenfarclas for barrels apart from first fill and refill (does that automatically mean 2nd fill?). However, there is only one recommendation for the malt here: BUY.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  20. ARDBERG scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    It's a challenge - a Glenfarclas one...

    THE BENCHMARK: Vintage 1998 cask 3587 N: 94 T:94 F: 95 absolutely beautiful, butteric in the nose and a charming sherry - refill like

    Vintage 1998 cask 4449 N:78 T:70 F:60 the more air it takes, the more sulphur comes out. It was around 86 points when pured now it sits at 78 - nosewise - and this is generous. Man, it's dirty stuff. It gets worse in comparisons to ist comrades. Stand alone the score might be better but in comparison it just loses. I just have this one chance to taste, sorry cask 4449 - too many 4s in the number, that's bad luck in Asia... and here in the glas as well. And I had high hopes riding on the 4th fill cask.

    Vintage 2000, cask 6285, N:91 T:91 F:91 nutty oloroso at the right intensity and quite sweet, fantastic complexity, maybe with a very slight touch of flintiness on the tongue/finish

    Vintage 2001, cask 2170, N: 91, T:90, F:89 strong oloroso sherry and spiciness but with a certain sherry note that is sour, quite bitter in the finish

    Vintage 2002, cask 3318, N:91, T:91, F:90 a bit too intense (hm, is this really a complaint?), slightly bitter in the finish and quite spicy (wood)

    Vintage 2004, cask 2383, N:92, T:92, F:92, sherry & spice at a high level, approx 15 years taste like 20. Smooth from nose to finish, the winner of this challenge, though it can't beat the benchmark 1998 cask #3587.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  21. ARDBERG scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    It's a challenge - a Glenfarclas one...

    THE BENCHMARK: Vintage 1998 cask 3587 N: 94 T:94 F: 95 absolutely beautiful, butteric in the nose and a charming sherry - refill like

    Vintage 1998 cask 4449 N:78 T:70 F:60 the more air it takes, the more sulphur comes out. It was around 86 points when pured now it sits at 78 - nosewise - and this is generous. Man, it's dirty stuff. It gets worse in comparisons to ist comrades. Stand alone the score might be better but in comparison it just loses. I just have this one chance to taste, sorry cask 4449 - too many 4s in the number, that's bad luck in Asia... and here in the glas as well. And I had high hopes riding on the 4th fill cask.

    Vintage 2000, cask 6285, N:91 T:91 F:91 nutty oloroso at the right intensity and quite sweet, fantastic complexity, maybe with a very slight touch of flintiness on the tongue/finish

    Vintage 2001, cask 2170, N: 91, T:90, F:89 strong oloroso sherry and spiciness but with a certain sherry note that is sour, quite bitter in the finish

    Vintage 2002, cask 3318, N:91, T:91, F:90 a bit too intense (hm, is this really a complaint?), slightly bitter in the finish and quite spicy (wood)

    Vintage 2004, cask 2383, N:92, T:92, F:92, sherry & spice at a high level, approx 15 years taste like 20. Smooth from nose to finish, the winner of this challenge, though it can't beat the benchmark 1998 cask #3587.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  22. LeChiffre scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wow what a fantastic FC, amazing what can come from such a 4th fill barrel. The wonderful fruitiness of peach, mirabelle and apricot in combination with herbal notes and a fine oak flavor harmonize wonderfully. An absolute dream!
    • Nose
      91 91
      sweet and spicy; ripe bright fruits; Peach; Apricot; Apple; Hints of raisins and organs; Honey notes; Herbal notes; in the background there is a great delicate, spicy oak note; beautiful complex nose of light fruity and spicy aromas
    • Taste
      92 92
      voluminous; immediately a clear peach fruitiness; Mirabelle; apricots; hints of dried fruit; malty sweetness; Herbal notes; with a fantastically integrated sparkling oak flavor; everything wonderfully balanced and excitingly sweet-fruity-spicy
    • Finish
      93 93
      the beautiful fruitiness of peach, mirabelle plums and apricot is also evident here; spicy oak aromas (slightly tart) come to the fore; in addition, a wonderful fresh note of peppermint lines the mouth; fantastic finish

  23. craide scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bingo. Great malt. There is a lot right except for the amount in the bottle. That is clearly not enough.
    Very harmonious, great matured complex. Nothing really subsides, neither the palate nor the finish fall off.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Great malt flavors make the start, followed by beautiful hearty prunes and spices such as thyme and lavender. In addition fruity honey sweet with peach, mandarins and a little overripe banana. Orange peels with a few roasted aromas penetrate after a while. Again and again light wood notes with some furniture polish. Sherry flavors are there, but not too intrusive. Now and then you go in sour tart nite, sourdough, fresh bread dough. Great combination, everything is very harmonic. A really fantastic and complex nose. A 4cl dram is not enough.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Soft, creamy start. Alcohol is very well integrated. Nice, slightly spicy wood notes. In addition, these delicious sweet fruits like peach, mandarins and now also some apricot. Some dried fruit directly behind it.
      Varied malty, fruity, sweet.
    • Finish
      91 91
      medium length finish with a nice tingling sharpness. the sweetness fades slowly and some chocolate comes through. In addition, beautiful baking aromas remain in the mouth for a little longer. It all has a light mint flavor.

  24. asmazda scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really amazing complexity and finesse for just 20 years of aging from a single cask! Just a tad more sour and herbal than I like, but I still think it's definitely better than the 30yo core range at half the price.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Intense strawberry and apricot at first, then followed by waves of rich dark honey, baked apples, pecan praline, orange peel, sticky raisins, beef bouillon, and some old wood. Just an amazing nose!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lots of peaches and honey spiked by pink grapefruit juice and a dose of mixed herbs (e.g. thyme, parsley, etc.). Occasionally some nuttiness and milk chocolate. There is just a slight touch of oak tannins, but it has some tartness and spikes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, peppery, dark cocoa powder, tart cherry juice.

  25. Vallado scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  26. macca127 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    A dangerously tasty malt that does not need water. The oak and alcohol are very well integrated and leave plenty of room for the fruity, honey-sweet character of this great malts.

  27. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Already amazing what this barrel has produced yet.
    The palate confirms the nose. Intense fruit flavors and spicy notes in a differentiated way.
    The alcohol is perfectly integrated and keeps everything in balance. The interplay between sweet and spicy only comes together in the never-ending finish - 13.07.2019
    • Nose
      Oil and creamy, it is distributed in the glass, apricot, even more apricot compote, rice pudding, foam waffle, raisins, mirabelles, canned apricot, marzipan, again and again, an intense maltiness mixes between the fruit flavors, with time it becomes sour, sour cherry, pineapple, kumquats , dark rye bread, spicy
    • Taste
      Very intense fruit sweetness, apricot, mirabelle plum, drizzled with honey, getting drier, pink pepper, honey, fruity bitterness comes for the first time in the form of syphalis and orange peel, some peppermint, intense plum aroma covers the mouth, acacia honey, comes to an end extremely intensive, wood and oak note
    • Finish
      Lang

  28. Chesterfield scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    I never thought that a 4th-Fill keg could still transport such fantastic flavors. For me a new experience, for which I am very grateful to "hs305", without his report I would never have ordered the bottle. And as he also writes, I was a little disappointed at first, but that was certainly because my prey scheme so far were always only very dark, oak-laden sherry whisky. This extremely fine drop is very well balanced, is rather refreshing and light-fruited in the aromas and yet there are the finest very old oak wood notes as I love them, but never push themselves. A fantastic station wagon that I have never had !!! In the nose as well as in the finish the finest hints of cedarwood, sandalwood and elegant herbal notes as I know only from calibres such as a Glenfarclas 40 years, come to light. Unbelievable with a "only" 20 years old whisky !!!
    As hs305 already wrote, perhaps this is really the age of the oak trees that were still in existence in the 40's or 50's, when probably this 4th Fill barrel was built, for more than a hundred years. Already crazy when you imagine how much time had to pass until this whisky came into the bottle. Maybe about 300 years until the oak was felled. Then about 20 years of sherry ripening in Spain, then about 30 years the first 3 Whisky fillings and last 20 years for this Family Cask bottling. Makes a total of about 370 years for this whisky !!! Of course, just mind games, but it's fun ;-)
    Thanks again to Glenfarclas for this ingenious bottling !!!

  29. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great and impressive malt. For a 4th Fill Butt, this bottling burns off a veritable firework of flavors and is extremely present in the mouth and nose. This almost indescribable spice note from the most diverse spices and herbs is extremely impressive and dominates the whole time. A great multi-layered and voluminous malt, I like it very much. Enough Notes and impressions written down, I'll give myself a second Dram after and let me drift! As already mentioned, a great and interesting Malt ... Yessssssss ;-)

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Creamy amber rests in the glass, from the streaks sticking to the glass wall of my Premium Snifters oily and syrupy "legs" come out. Dark forest honey and hints of old apricot and apricot dissolve from a malty and spicy herbal mixture, old hazelnuts lie in the background. Röstaromen mix with dried oranges and a touch of sun-drenched raisins, spicy wood tones end up again in this unusually strange and spicy mixture of spices, herbs, dry wood tones and old dried yellow fruit flavors. Do I smell old sawdust here? The nose turns completely and exudes the strangest, but delicious flavors. Thyme? Hay, straw, malt, cereals ... The next moment, peaches, apricots and raisins are briefly on display.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows voluminously over the tongue. Malted grain aromas end in dark yellow fruits, velvety vineyard peaches and a basket of freshly picked meadow herbs end in sweet mirabelle plums and apricots. Abrasion of tangerine peel and a minimal hint of ripe grapefruit settle on the tongue, minimal roasted aromas and a hint of smoke end in spicy and slightly dry wood tones supported by dark forest honey. The second sip looks smokey and malty, you might almost think the malt was roasted or smoked. Subdued sharpness taps on the tongue, warmth floods the palate and warms down the smoke. Slightly tart wood elements come into their own, I taste there a minimal pinch of white pepper or is this due to the emerging wood sharpness. Dried meadow herbs, thyme and other spices make for a strange but delicious flavor. With hints of hazelnuts and subtle roasted aromas blurring taste and aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Spicy and slightly dark, the aftertaste starts. Malt and roasted cereal grains end in dark but sweet fruits, mirabelle plums and apricots emerge. Spicy and discreetly tart wood shines in the aftermath, a slightly minty freshness lies discretely in the background all the time. Gradually, the fresh note increases, peppermint and dried mint remain a felt eternity in memory.

  30. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Enormously seductive in its blend of intense peach and apricot fruit, the typical "Glenfarclas bakery flavors" and light sherry. Over time, waves of forest honey aroma and herbs follow.

    If you've always wanted a bit more power and a variety of fruit and sherry depth with the 25y standard bottling, this is the place for you. I understand slowly, what "balance between spirit and barrel flavors" can mean.

    This elegant fruit and herbal honey depth with well-integrated sherry and delicate oak flavors in constant interplay is simply outstanding (95/95/95).
    • Nose
      Again and again intense waves of peach and apricot. After an hour then suddenly very intense forest honey was there. Oh yes, sherry too; as a delicate veil, so to speak, on which the peaches and apricots, drizzled with forest honey lie.
      On the second round also nice apple notes come in the nose. And again the dark forest honey.
    • Taste
      Very clear, very peach-fruit, slightly malty-sweet, honey. Absolutely "crispy" and full of apricot peach fruit. And oily. In the second wave then beautiful herbs, very delicate oak. The 50.9% are perfectly integrated, the desire for water does not appear. In the second round even fruity with decent honey depth - now in the interplay with the typical for me "Glenfarclas bakery flavors".
    • Finish
      In the finish, the malt is somewhat sherrylastiger and the oak with some leather takes over the command. The 50.9% refresh the whole thing before some apricot fruit appears again in the long finish.

  31. Moses scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Thanks to hs305. Because that made me hot to order this bottle.
    That was the wild card in spring 2019! This bottle is something special.
    Addendum after 1/3 bottle:
    What struck me a lot is that a tea note appeals to me that I know well. The tea I drink every day. Fennel anise caraway. And the honey scent only turns into dark forest honey on the palate. Unfortunately I don't know what a honeycomb tastes like. But it should be something like that. Honey all pure somehow ...? And what this whisky can do like few others is that the nose only releases the full notes when the palate is already working up. Then fed up and knows how to surprise. Big cinema. What exactly happens in this dram is very blatant. If it is said that whisky can also act like medicine, then this bottle is it for sure! A whisky from the health food store.
    Unique selling point. Out of Stock.
    • Nose
      This nose is so special that I can only fully confirm the notes of hs305. A dream nose.
    • Taste
      Oha. There is nothing to add. See Notes v. hs305.
      My special thanks go to him now. That was the tip!
    • Finish
      Wow. This malt stays on the palate and especially on the tongue for half an eternity. Again, I don't want to add much more to the notes from hs305. Hammer. A masterpiece!

  32. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting. Pretty pale for a family cask.
    The delivery is a little disappointing after the pretty impressive nose.
    • Nose
      85 85
      stonefruit, especially sultanas, somewhat overripe orange; seems like classic Glenfarclas. Coming back after nosing others I got buttery fudge
    • Taste
      81 81
      more sweet than dry, a little furry but it does not give much away at this strength
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length; a fair whack of alcohol there, almost no wood

  33. Jul Es scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  34. SFWC scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    hs305 for President.

  35. SFWC scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    hs305 for President.

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

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

  37. ARDBERG scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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    For further details, please see comments of hs305
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  38. 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 ferment or store young wine before it enters the solera system) 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...

    [October 2020] Another re-taste and this dram stays what it is - one of the finest I had during the last years. Extremely enjoyable both the explore and quaff and it impressively proves the statement by good old Silviano Samaroli (R.I.P.) "The best age of malts is around 20 years of maturation".

    [June 2022] Another re-taste after two very fine 40+years old drams which I scored 92+points each and still this Glenfarclas stands firm with its rating. Its complexity beats that of the 40+years old drams, not kidding. Wow, this was one of the best single malt whisky buys of my lifetime (so far). I paid 185 Euro back in early 2019.

    [October 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight together with good friends and we all confirm this high rating, the same as we confirm that you need at least (!) three drams to fully discover the beauty of this dram. We did a comparison with different sherry wines (wines, not sherried whiskies) and this was most probably an Amontillado sherry cask.

    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...

  39. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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