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Glenfarclas 2002

Overall rating
89.47/100
votes
34
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Vintage
2002
Bottled
03.07.2018
Calculated age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3769
Number of bottles
706
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066019022
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:43 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 148,08

34 × member ratings

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Member Junior Verdomus
94
Member Junior Japanese_Love
93
Member Senior Feierbiest
92
Moderator Hans-Ludwig
92
Member Senior tommy12
92
Expert Senior fileosoph
92
Expert Junior Smokersroom76
92
Expert Junior WhiskyJanSeefeld
91
Specialist indyjones
91
Expert Senior Andreas W.
91
Expert Junior Povl77
90
Expert Junior Testtubebaby
90
Expert Senior Chewbacca
90
Expert Junior Carsdor
90
Expert Junior LeChiffre
90
Expert Junior childofbodom696
89
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89
Administrator RoyalScotsman
89
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89
Expert Senior Dram Taker
89
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Expert Senior Der Odenwälder
89
Connoisseur ColdAesthetics
88
Connoisseur adrenalin
88
Connoisseur hs305
88
Expert Senior jocmueller
88
Expert Junior SchottenDicht
88
Expert Junior niluvagaL93
88
Administrator Schmausel
88
Expert Senior kundalini
87
Expert Senior ZwiJo
87
Member Senior NOBODY
87
Expert Senior Glenbalvallan
87
Member Senior Wusuobuzai
85

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2002

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. tommy12 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Colour:
    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.
    Bouquet:
    Raisins, sherry, marzipan, honey, caramel, vanilla.
    Taste:
    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.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Excellent strong, sherry keg-matured, sweet-spicy and well-balanced single malt. Adding water does him good, beautiful aromas are released. A special filling.
    • Nose
      89 89
      a lot of sherry, alcohol noticeable, sweetness, spicy, with water comes through fruitiness (dark fruits) and dark chocolate
    • Taste
      90 90
      strong, tingling on the tongue, a lot of sherry influence, slight sweetness, some oak, with the addition of water come through dark fruits
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, light sweetness which then turns into pleasant, slightly bitter oak notes, distinct spiciness, malt

  5. 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

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