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Overall rating
88.77/100
votes
74
Whiskybase ID
WB120776
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Bottling serie
The Soul of Scotland
Vintage
27.06.2003
Bottled
13.07.2018
Calculated age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
317
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 Nov 2018 9:20 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 179.90

22 × in wishlist

74 × member ratings

120 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tomfarclas 2003 ANHA

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.77 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Gorgeous, I love this bottling. Creamy and mild, full of character and complex, fruity and dominated by tobacco, sweet and sour at the same time .... I like it very much, 90 points.

    22/23/23/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Long and oily "legs" stick to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, rust-brown with a reddish glow, the Tomfarclas shines in the glass. Dark sherry aromas stand out with hints of dried berries and grapes, creamy roasted aromas blur with hints of discreetly decayed and musty wood tones. Soft toffee flows over a block of firm caramel, fruity orange wedges and velvety vineyard peach exude their beguiling aroma. Raisins and dates dissolve, a pinch of cocoa powder falls into liquid milk chocolate, the sweetness increases noticeably. Shortly, sour cherries and blackberries appear, then grated leaves of peppermint produce a fresh note and slowly stimulate salivation.
    • Taste
      Creamy and mild toffee and chocolate flow over the tongue, roasted hazelnut chips mix with spicy wood tones and peaches to a delicious mixture. Milk chocolate sticks to the palate, slowly peppery pungency pushes over the tongue and tickles the palate. Slowly, the peppery sharpness changes into wood sharpness, dry and harsh wood tones rise. Sour cherries and plums float on the tongue, cedar wood and hints of leather appear after a few moments, the mouthfeel becomes creamier and also spicier. Tobacco dissolves from thin cedar wood flakes, currants produce a slightly sour fruit note with blackberries and sour cherries.
    • Finish
      Spicy wood tones, dried tobacco leaves and sour cherries rest with hints of leather and open humidor long creamy on the palate. Despite a relatively high alcohol content of 57.9%, the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Caramel and tobacco are creamy with dark sherry flavors resting on the tongue. A feeling of eternity flows through the entire mouth area of supple heat before the aftertaste begins to fade away slowly and creamy.

  2. The_Independent scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky, in no way inferior to a Family Cask of the original.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wonderful sherry nose, sweet pastries, sugar cake, malt, toffee, nuts, oak wood, slightly damp straw, wild herbs, orange peel, chocolate.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Strong onset, sweet, oily, voluminous, only light tingling, dark sherry fruit, maraschino cherries, Christmas spices, milk chocolate. Just delicious!
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is beautiful creamy, chocolaty and subtly bitter but unfortunately a bit unspectacular overall.

  3. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A very nice malt that does not want to go wrong. I did not perceive any offending flavors. For 15 years a very great malt with very fine first fill Sherry Hogshead flavors. If you are into something, you will be very happy with this malt. I thought he was great.
    • Nose
      89 89
      No trace of sulfur in the nose. Cinnamon and biscuit scent are rising in my nostrils along with the wonderfully dark berry flavors typical of a first fill Sherry Hogshead. Light wood flavors join it, but much brighter and cleaner as you know it from many pure Sherrynachreifungen. The barrel looks very fresh, the wood is not ailing and weathered. I perceive a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Also completely free of sulfur in the mouth. Tomfarclas looks delicate and light in the mouth. Very intense dark berry flavors, overripe plums and Christmas cake but all light, as these notes are not supported by a mighty wooden wall. Amazingly little woody notes in the mouth. This may have been due to the "only" 15 years of maturity, but since it was a Hogshead I would have expected a bit more wood.

      Nevertheless, the Tomfarclas in the mouth is very pleasant complex and berry sweet, some leather and tobacco, he still brings into the race. The alcohol is very well integrated and silky soft.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is rather medium, the leather and tobacco notes remain for a while in the mouth. The sweetness sounds pretty fast. Very nice, very pleasant.

  4. dandan798 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a fantastic dram! Truly a sherry bomb. Perfect whisky for a quiet winter night. Incredible nose, splendid taste and a great finish that could last a little longer if it were up to me.
    • Nose
      95 95
      sherry, dark fruit, rum raisins, dates, bourbon vanilla, cinnamon, christmas cake, hazelnuts, old wood, warehouse
    • Taste
      94 94
      sherry, oily, creamy, vanilla, cinnamon, cherries, grapes, dates, raisins, tardy apple, nuts, caramel, cloves, sandalwood
    • Finish
      90 90
      sherry, dates, vanilla, butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, milk chocolate,

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I just had the Tomfarclas 2011/2018 (WID: 111107) in the glass.
    Compared to that, it clearly benefits from its higher age. The sherry blends in nicely and the malt looks more complex and not so youthful anymore. However, he can not quite convince me either. Somehow I miss something the counterpoint to the sherry and the sweetness.

  6. Kalendin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      No trace of sulfur in the nose. Cinnamon and biscuit scent are rising in my nostrils along with the wonderfully dark berry flavors typical of a first fill Sherry Hogshead. Light wood flavors join it, but much brighter and cleaner as you know it from many pure Sherrynachreifungen. The barrel looks very fresh, the wood is not ailing and weathered. I perceive a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Also completely free of sulfur in the mouth. Tomfarclas looks delicate and light in the mouth. Very intense dark berry flavors, overripe plums and Christmas cake but all light, as these notes are not supported by a mighty wooden wall. Amazingly little woody notes in the mouth. This may have been due to the "only" 15 years of maturity, but since it was a Hogshead I would have expected a bit more wood.

      Nevertheless, the Tomfarclas in the mouth is very pleasant complex and berry sweet, some leather and tobacco, he still brings into the race.
      The alcohol is very well integrated and silky soft
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is rather medium, the leather and tobacco notes remain for a while in the mouth. The sweetness sounds pretty fast. Very nice, very pleasant.

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