Glenfarclas 2003

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S18)
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 Sep 2018 9:45 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 147.46

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2003

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.75 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] A young Family Cask, so far I never had an above-average one (meaning at least 90 points)...

    ...and this one is no exception from that legacy, Not sure, if this is just due to the younger age but I cross my fingers there is no other reason. By the way, this is another absolutely sulphur-free release (thanks, George!)...

    [January, 2019] After Angus scored this 90 points at whiskyfun I re-tasted it immediately and yes, I can comprehend most of his notes but our taste preferences are different. This is rather an "intellectual sherry monster" for lovers of the bitter herbal-earthy sherry profile that I am not. But this is the great thing about whisky: There is a dram out there for everyone regardless of his/her taste preference - tell me one other drink that can do the same...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is burnt amber and the nose offers a modern sherry profile that is quite punchy first. Water reduces this and releases more spicy, earthy and herbal aromas but in the end it is an average-only nose, not more. After some breathing more aromas pop up that are hard to name, among them leathery and waxy notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is mainly sherry-driven and not really complex nor layered. Nonetheless there are delicious chocolatey and spicy-herbal flavours that are tasty. Water turns the dram more approachable and I like it best when reduced to about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives a little hot and almost not coating on the palate with a significant peppery feeling (tannins at work). The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions but increases the bitter herbal flavours (green tea, bitter herbal liquore) with a minor drying feeling of cold tobacco ashes. Sorry, this is not my favourite ending...

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the one hand, I find this family cask to be very varied and tasty, on the other hand, I miss (except the intense cherry note) the certain "wow feeling" to achieve a 90+ rating. This piglet is characterized more by sour fruit and bitter, dry woody flavors, the combination between cherries and blackberries I find extremely tasty and remarkable. Otherwise, I miss the wow effect, as I've already mentioned, a rather average family cask for me, but delicious and great on the tongue and in the nose.

    22/23/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Intense reddish amber shines from the premium snifter, creamy roasted aromas stand out powerfully from the glass, raisins and creamy caramel exude their wonderfully sweet aroma. On the glass wall oily "legs" pull their tracks back into the glass, more and more sweet fruit elements are noticeable. Spicy oak tones combine with full-chocolate and dried grapes and berries to creamy and spicy sweetness, a subtle musty note is created. A handful of hazelnuts and a few toasted almonds fall into creamy milk chocolate, again dissolve slightly musty and musty elements of dark caramel and tough forest honey. A pinch of sweetish tobacco spreads on wooden oak, slowly the alcohol makes itself felt by a slight tickling in the nose. A minimal herbal and spicy note dissolves from the moldy wood elements, a touch of fresh mint pulls through the nose. Hints of plums, cherries, apricots and peaches stimulate the salivation and invite you to the first sip.
    • Taste
      Cherries and creamy wood tones create a harmonious interplay of flavors at the first sip. Shortly thereafter, wooden sharpness dresses the palate, a pinch of white pepper heats the tongue. Currants and blackberries stand out, sour cherries and plums provide a refreshing fruit note. The second sip is initially characterized by ripe sour cherries and a hint of peach, shortly thereafter makes the voluminous alcohol powerful. Juicy oranges and dark caramel stimulate the salivation, dry oak tones come up and exude a spicy and partly tart wood note. Walnuts swim creamy on the tongue, a few butter flakes melt under the tongue. Slowly, the pleasant pungency ends and leaves sour cherries, walnuts and spicy wood elements in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Spicy and creamy, the dry wood elements on the palate, the peppery pungency do not rest again, a slight tingling massages the tongue, sour cherries and blackberries distribute their subtly sour fruit aroma in the entire mouth area. A hint of espresso comes to the fore, and the warmth of chocolate melts dark chocolate on the tongue. Hazelnuts and walnuts stick on the palate, the spicy, tart wood tones do not seem to want to end, sour cherries show up again, the mouthfeel becomes oily and creamy. with a slightly tart woody note, the aftertaste sounds slow and leaves cherries and blackberries on the tongue.

  3. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    split cask with


  4. P.K.S scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    I am saad to say i am not impressed, maybe i had to high exspektations sins the price is crazy. reely strong afther some time sherry comming tru cinamon, some sjokolade, frutyness. og the price was lower it wold be higher score. finish is not so plesent, to strong alkohol taste, maybe to old cask. I wold never buy this. IMHO

  5. tommy12 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Great color, a little restrained but pleasant bouquet (sherry, raisins, sweetness), great aroma flavor in the taste: raisins, honey, sweetness, a little oak, beautifully balanced. Long finish. Not quite as elegant and balanced as the 2002 / W18 or in particular like the wonderful of the 2002 / W17. But at a price of currently (mid-September 2019) still about 140 euros available and thus a clear purchase.

  6. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    You can tell that these family casks are something special. The nose is just gorgeous and with some water and tamed alcohol, the palate offers much as well. Great whisky! Now makes you wonder what the older stuff was/is all about.
    • Nose
      Elegantly floral! Honeysuckle, creamy caramel waffles, and then… fruit! Underripe mango and pineapple, and pears. It’s a fruity-sweet amalgamation of honey and fruit. Gorgeous! No alcohol to be senses yet. Apple compote, fig jam, and strawberry ice cream. With water: A little more oak, dusty tomes, and cinnamon. The nose keeps oscillating between thick oaky sherry and floral-honeyed sweetness. Great stuff!
    • Taste
      Here, the ABV is more assertive. Classic sherry profile, with dried fruit, mouth coatingly tannic, and lots of menthol. Juicy-sour instead of sweet and honeyed. This is quite a deviation from the nose. Sweetened lime juice, caramelized ginger, and water melon puree.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Black tea, sweet oranges, caramelized pepper corns.

  7. dramspotter scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    A pretty good all rounder which does not really drop the ball.
    • Nose
      88 88
      a wallop of Christmas cake, herbal, floor polish, aniseed
    • Taste
      86 86
      floor polish continues but with a lot of sweet dried fruits - impressive
    • Finish
      85 85
      woody and some herbs are back again. A little dry but very satisfying. This has a lot of flow-through.

  8. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is wild, impetuous, not harmoniously mature, but also not immature, I miss something the words, somehow raw and untamed. I like that, even if there is a lack of harmony.
    The mouth goes well with the smell, although the wildness is somewhat mitigated. The wood dominates, the fruity aromas take a back seat.
    The finish joins seamlessly, lacks a bit of complexity, but rewarded with intense wood notes.
    A very intense whisky for lovers of heavy woody whiskys like me.
    • Nose
      Direct, intense aromas leap from the glass, wood, cherries, forest soil, fallen tree bark, blackberry, a hint of currant, all very direct, a slight alcoholic sharpness
    • Taste
      Strong onset, sweet and hot, the whisky is on the tongue, tender woody notes, dark chocolate, Brazil nuts, dried plums
    • Finish
      The whisky slips warm down the throat and leaves a dry glow on the tongue, bitter notes dominate the picture, accompanied by a delicate reminder of tart red fruits, similar to cranberry juice but without the acidity, as last a long impression of cocoa -Powder

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Joa, again a nice mix of strength, fruit and sharpness, but something special is missing.
    • Nose
      Apricot, orange jellies, ginger, nutmeg, light roasted aromas, dark honey, raisins, toffee, tannins, bite with a little pepper, a little mint
    • Taste
      Again, the apricot, with unripe cherries, red apple, peppery bite, a lot of strength, nutmeg, ginger, alcohol, toffee, honey, rosemary and oregano, toffee
    • Finish
      Still peppery with herbs, coffee, cherry pits and some apricot, medium-long


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