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

€ 173,25

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2002

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.17 points

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very powerful, sweet and spicy malt. You have to like clearly noticeable wood notes and tannins, for me it fits well in the overall concept. Not very complex in width, but still very interesting in its facets. A little water (about 50%) is good for him. Overall a great family cask.
    • Nose
      91 91
      intensely sweet and spicy sherry profile; a beautiful dark sweet fruitiness; cherries; raisins; dates; figs; Plum; dark chocolate notes; delicate spices like cinnamon; some sweet pipe tobacco; in the background nice spicy wood aromas of sherry butt; everything a bit spicy (oak) and less set than eg Cask # 3773 (WID 127349); Water enhances the sweet, fruity notes
    • Taste
      90 90
      intense and strong at the start; tingling, spicy aromas of wood on the tongue; sweet dark fruitiness; Dried fruit; raisins; dates; spices; bittersweet chocolate notes; espresso
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium to long; slightly bitter-bitter (but still pleasant) wood notes from sherry butt dominate the mouthfeel; behind it a subtle sweetness and dried fruit; dark chocolate

  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. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  4. Highlander1965 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  5. tommy12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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.

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For his young age a very good GF Cask, has a balance between fruit and bitterness, looks much more mature.
    • Nose
      Salt & vinegar, salty liquorice, dark malt, coffee beans, ash, dark chocolate, ancient, withered oak, cherry pits, walnut and chestnut
    • Taste
      Cherry with seeds, bitter orange, grapefruit, coffee, licorice and some of GF malt, black tea, caraway, nutmeg, cinnamon, hints of lovage
    • Finish
      Cloves, cinnamon, coffee, malt and tannins, bitter orange, medium to long

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Glenfarclas 2004/2018 57.4% (WID: 122061) vs. Glenfarclas 2002/2018 (S18) 58% (WID: 117037) vs. Glenfarclas 2002/2018 (W18) 57.8% (WID: 127349)

    Only the comparison between 2004 and 2002 (S18).

    The 2004 comes with a nice sherry note on the nose. The fruits are not yet completely dark, but also have a certain freshness and light acidity. Also a little furniture polish. The oak is rather reserved.
    The 2002 (S18) looks darker and heavier in comparison. This is mainly due to the greater influence of the oak, which is more present here and brings seasoning / spices.
    In the mouth, 2004 is pretty sweet. Something like quince jelly. Then it becomes spicy / peppery. With oranges. Now the oak is spreading comfortably.
    The 2002 (S18) is more intense and fuller in the mouth. But very much driven by sherry and oak. But a nice mix of sherry and oak.

    Which one do I find better now? Not easy! Both are delicious. After the first impression you are quickly tempted to choose the 2002 (S18) because it comes across as more powerful. But I choose 2004. It is somehow more exciting for me if you spend a lot of time with it. It is not quite as dominated by sherry and oak and therefore leaves a little more space for the malt.

    So now the 2002 (W18). He's already going into the race with some advance laurels. And that's actually really good. Quite a mixture of the 2004 and the 2002 (S18). Also a dark character like the 2002 (S18). In addition, it also leaves space for other things like the 2004.

    Overall, the 2002 (W18) won. Since it offers a very good balancing act between sherry, oak and malt. Then comes the 2004 and then the 2002 (S18). Overall, however, these are all delicious drops.

  8. Flou scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The whisky shimmers bronze and oily in the glass. In the nose I have red, dark fruits like plums, cherries, rum raisins, dates, all covered with spicy honey and very sweet. Dark chocolate with hard caramel pieces and sprinkled with cinnamon and a little pepper accompanies the fruitiness, in the background the spiciness becomes more and more with wooden aromas from the oak barrel. You can feel the alcohol in the nose, but in 58% it is not surprising.

    Very strong in the mouth with an incredible sweetness and fruitiness. Boiled, dark fruits, rum raisins, dates, forest honey, cinnamon ... plus pepper with a slight alcoholic spiciness. The tannins spread out, the oak barrel ensures a good portion of dryness in the mouth. Espresso and delicately bitter notes tell me: even longer in this barrel and the whisky would have become too violent in terms of bitterness and tannins. So got out of the barrel just in time :)
    This unbelievably sweet and fruity appearance is lacking with water ... I prefer to drink it undiluted.

    Lots of wood and tannins in the finish. A little bit of ash, licorice, the dates drizzled with honey and rum raisins are still noticeable but the tart notes set the tone here. The tannins are almost a little too much for me. For me this is no longer dark chocolate, but espresso and walnuts in a room full of old wooden furniture.

    Overall a delicious malt, as you are used to from most FCs. It is a bit lacking in complexity, the whisky looks fully charged but also a little one-dimensional. The bitter notes are a bit too dominant for me, especially in the mouth.

    Overall, I give a good 88/100 points. A great malt, but no must-have and more than a sample of it we will not give me.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. 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 ...

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

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


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