Glenfarclas 2002

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Calculated age
15 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:44 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156,35

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2002

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.35 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Character: A not too complex Family Cask that offers everything I expect from a barrel-dominated, dark Sherry-FC. The dark FC DNA is there - completely sulfur-free. Dark fruits, dried fruit, chocolate and a lot of oak wood interlock with an almost brute intensity. With a little water, everything becomes wonderfully round and sweet and juicy-dry. In view of the still high drinking strength almost dangerously tasty.
    Rating: For a moment something hesitated, but I'm pushing this bottling down to 90 points. Why did I hesitate? The keg did not do such splendid magic here as it did with other far more complex family casks. Therefore, I initially tended to a super good 89. Why was the hesitation just short lived? Because I just like this dark GF-FC-DNA and this filling also gave me a really delicious drinking pleasure. In the overall view a bit boring? Possibly. Anyway, it's just delicious.
    • Nose
      Heavy, mahogany-colored and with a slight reddish tinge, the drop lies in the glass. Already when pouring the impression was very oily. Beautiful, intense sherry is literally pouring out of the glass. The first impression is very dark and bar any trace of sulfur. For it there are juicy raisins and sultanas and prunes full. Tasty hints of dried figs and dates join. The first impression is incredibly juicy-vinous and intense. Further facets do not come through at first. Instead of complex almost brutal. The high alcohol content is huge in the door and gives me my respect. I pinch to try this intensity pure. A teaspoon of water to 2-3cl opens the bottling. In a pleasant way, it gets noticeably chocolatic and gentler. When you look closer, the malt flavors come into their own for the first time. Juicy dark berries, together with the plums and plums, make my mouth water.
    • Taste
      Remarkably creamy and intense at the same time, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. In addition to the dark sherry aromas from the nose chocolate and oak are immediately present in the taste. Instead of a slow taste development, there is almost everything immediately and at once. Dipped on chocolate, dark fruits and dried fruits dance through the mouth. Ripe plums and plums, ripe dark cherries, raisins and a dark forest berry mix set a delicious, intense and juicy exclamation point. This beautiful, dark fruity sherry characteristic is enveloped by a slightly grumpy oak surprisingly creamy and very tanninvoll. The taste picture is not very complex, but in a positive way it offers everything I expect from a barrel-dominated, dark Sherry-FC. In the transition to the finish is espresso and a hearty nut taste joins in the background to the chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long. Accompanied by a pleasant-warm feeling in the epigastrium, juicy plums, raisins, dried figs and a lot of chocolate sound. The oak runs through the entire finish with its woody taste. Behind it there is caramel and a little espresso.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] I had not a single sulphur-spoiled dram of the Summer 2018 release of The Family Casks (so far) - maybe George answered my plead for not releasing devilish casks in the name of "The Family". If so please accept my sincere expression of gratitude...

    ...and this cask again is completely free of any footprint of the devil! But unfortunately it cannot match the adorable complexity and harmony of its older siblings - because it is over-aged already (too much wooden tannins). Yes, this is often the problem with 1st fill sherry casks: Both the sherry and the woods are too aggressive to the malt so it does not create a balanced and complex profile - fortunately this will change during later re-fills...

    [December, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight and I do not find the bitter-drying moments that I encountered in my first tasting session. Most probably because I am well-rested and slept long last night. When you are tired and stressed your tastes are in an alert mode and signal bitter or other potential dangerous tastes much stronger to the (stressed) brain than usual to prevent eating something dangerous. Keep this in mind when you taste bitter or astringent drams - maybe they are great but you are exhausted (simply check them again when you are rested). Tonight I score this dram a little higher at 89 but I leave the detailed notes below as they were with the first impression.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is burnt umber and the nose offers a rich and impressive sherry profile with not a single off-note or flaw. It is quite closed when neat but opens up on some water nicely. Nonetheless it stays a little boring...
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is both sherry and wood driven that dominate somewhat the malt flavours. Hence it is a little unbalanced and I guess this dram might have been better bottled somewhat earlier. Nevertheless a clean and enjoyable taste, for sure and I think bourbon lovers (like Jim Murray) will like this taste much more - I prefer both less tannins and less vanilla. Water smoothes the dram and makes it more approachable, I like it best when reduced to about 50% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming, (just a little) coating and a little peppery without any bitter or drying moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more spices that again are a little too much (for my taste). There is a slight bitter moment from the tannins towards the end that is not distracting.

  3. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    What kind of colour!
    Deep mahogany brown. Class!

    The aroma exudes, makes the environment already quite homey.
    Thick, heavy streaks on the edge of the glass.
    The exterior fits ...

    You have to be careful with your nose
    already stinging at 58%.
    Very intense sherry and wood aromas.
    A light sweetie all over.

    Bums! Makes it in the mouth.
    Creamy at first, then the full force!
    Saliva fills my throat,
    the full broadside.

    The wood a bit bitter, the sherry soft and sweet.
    He should not have stayed in the barrel much longer.

    The aroma is now even more pleasant.
    The alcohol seems to have disappeared.

    The taste of me calls me pretty.
    Is that complex? I do not know.
    Above all, I taste bitter cask.

    He can handle a bit of water.
    And yes, something fruity, softer.

    I'm a bit perplexed in taste.
    The smell is fantastic ...

  4. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  5. Highlander1965 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Andreas W. scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. kuli1 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  8. dramspotter scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    Somewhat marred by the nose, this whisky comes alive in the mouth (and the finish is not shabby either).
    • Nose
      82 82
      very hard to come alive - might need some water or more warming. rusty fence, a bit of mouldy grape, hint of orange
    • Taste
      90 90
      gloriously soft and sherried - best palate of the Release 18 Family casks I have tasted. A great balance.
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium; no real additional features from the taste, maybe some additional herbs but it delivers a good followthrough after the palate.

  9. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Angus found some words for that on WF: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejanuary19-2-Glenfarclas-Glen-Grant.html#310119

  10. tommy12 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    wonderful wonderful deep color; These are only found in some Family Casks, but unfortunately not in the entire Core Range up to and including 25 years.
    Raisins, sherry, marzipan, honey, caramel, vanilla.
    very pleasant, no false notes, very strong, looks significantly older than 16 years, tolerates a lot of water; wonderful creamy mouthfeel, sweetness, vanilla, sherry, raisins, on the finish pleasant, very light espresso notes / dark chocolate.
    Finish: Long lasting, wonderful
    Conclusion: Great GF Family Casks, even better than older ones. For the current price of 130-140 euros a clear buy recommendation. Similar to the even better bottling 2002/2017, which is even more intense in scent and taste.


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