Glenfarclas 2004

Overall rating
89.37/100
votes
71
Whiskybase ID
WB122061
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks - Special Release
Vintage
2004
Bottled
16.11.2018
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
2024
Number of bottles
275
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Exclusive for Germany
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
05 dec 2018 6:18 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 234.90

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 2004

21 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.37 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very successful malt from the Family Casks series. Wonderfully intense sherry aromas and a very powerful and intense enjoyment from the aroma on the palate to the finish. Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
      great complex sherry note; Sweet; Dried fruits (including raisins); Chocolate; spicy; enigmatic oak
    • Taste
      89 89
      powerful start, tingling on the tongue; here, too, the sherry influence noticeable; sweet dried fruits - including raisins; Cherry; Spices - including cinnamon; Chocolate; Oak noticeable
    • Finish
      88 88
      long; peppery spicy; some oak; coffee notes

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  3. Iron_Calli scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Dates, dried fruit, gingerbread spice, marzipan, candied almonds, amarena cherry, wood.

    In the mouth cocoa shells, dark chocolate, a lot of pleasant coffee bitterness, at the same time rum sweetness, orange peels.

    I like it very much. Full in the nose, full in the mouth, yet downright gentle and supple for its 57.4% (but a little water is very good for it). Tastes like Christmas and still stays fresh.

    A great malt!

  4. sad1977 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very powerful and smooth at the same time. No extra (sulphurous) notes. Cherry, chocolate, old wood, leather and menthol, consistently from aroma to aftertaste. A few drops of water reveal its full potential

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    PX 4 sure...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smothered in sherry. Juicy, jammy, and fat, with herbal touches.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Ultra-sweet and nicely oily.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Spicy and sweet.

  6. tommy12 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Scent: beautiful, harmonious, not overloaded, sherry, rum pot, raisin, plum, amarena cherry, marzipan, honey, mirabelle plum, vanilla, liqueur-like. The alcohol is well integrated.
    Taste: Sherry, sweetness, very slight bitterness in the finish (espresso), honey, dangerously tasty, nice development in waves, mouthcoating, fruit and sweetness.
    Very similar to the 2002 / S18, but much more intense and longer in finish. Even better than the 2003 / S20, which I also tasted at the same time. The 2004 is a beautiful whisky.
    In both the S / 2020 and S / 2021 releases from Glenfarclas, there is no similarly young whisky that even approaches this quality.

  7. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Strong sherry single cask.
    Takes water well.
    Good distillate and also a good barrel, but 90 pts. Hmm not for me. Is and remains still quite (too?) Young.

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Igitor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not as good as my initial tasting.

  11. dandan798 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice sherry profile with sweetness, red fruits and berries. Slightly moldy. Alcohol is well integrated but easily noticeable in the form of menthol freshness. Spices also come through but the malt seems a bit closed. With water the whole thing opens up noticeably.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, sherry, berries and red fruits, vanilla, cinnamon. Slightly sour note in the background, maybe sour cherry. Quite straight forward with the sherry profile and more on the sweet side. Not super complex but very tasty.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sherry flavors remain with cherry and sweetness. Later, the barrel opens with slightly bitter notes and spices. Medium length and very pleasant.

  12. TechnOBY scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. aspa scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic balanced dignified sherry nose! Caramel and vanilla en masse, sweet but subtle, soft, but somehow also soft and nutty. Great and extremely complex.
    Raisins, leather, tobacco, and a little wood oil. The alcohol is perfectly integrated ... enough puff to be interesting but smooth and smooth.
    The same image in the mouth, a bit more spicy, tart oak but only slightly bitter. Bread dough, tree nuts and the aromas from the nose. Maybe a little glue?
    Very long and slightly spicy finish, some black pepper, and now also a bit bitter. The palate tickles for a long time. The dominant aroma is now leather and caramel.
    What I'm missing is the dark forest honey that I often find with piglets, I don't have it here.

    A nice sherry paint, but the nose is best.

    N-90, T-87, F-86, total 88 points.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Andytka3 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    1473) Andy's Dram, Mystery Malt
    Had this blind and totally no idea what I was given and just have to trust the senses.
    • Nose
      N- Open up well with flows of dried fruits, coffee and liquorice candy until the fences of bitter caramel. Still nested with much feinty and sulphur notes as the crushed leaf, green herbs and steel dust oozes in with traces of fresh paints. After breath with smoother resinous sweet notes. Rather funky for a love/hate affair, also peculiar enough for anyone to remember this for quite a while. However, I feel is an obvious flaw with the vat. (83/18)
    • Taste
      P- Less sulphur with more feinty notes. As peculiar as the aroma with overdose of herbs oilmen, forceful and dry with charred mints that seeks for acquired palate. Eucalyptus, aged herbal and fresh paints. Remains funky while meatiness build up with dark caramelized pastry. (85/19)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, though fiery but solid strength at retrohale, tart and spicy with raw sandalwood. Some fine demarara at tail. (86/20)

      B/B- 86/20

      Weighted Rate- 77pt Tasted experimental but "honest" with obvious flaw.

      Glenfarclas 105 pop up as wild guess, also another love/hate affair that I chosen the later. Proven no love for recent Glenfarclas...

  15. 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.

  16. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet and tasty on the front, with honey and ginger. Slightly sourish and acidic, and spices like clove and turmeric. Some sweet prunes and dates. Full and round overall, nice start. More chocolate and burnt sugar after a sip.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lots of dried fruits sweetness, ginger and cooking spices. Nice touch of oak, not too powerful. Although delicious, but rather one dimensional.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fresh and mouth-watering, orange peel, and bitter sweet finish.

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great sherry Gfarc. However, too dry for me, pretty basic sherry profile.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long

  18. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with The Roll, breathing time 20 min
    A deep dark tone already shows in the "stem" of the roll what to expect from it.
    This piglet is a direct hit and clearly beats the much older OA 25yo and Edition 23 Jakob I. In my opinion. Great balance - and also a typical Glenfarclas. Well chosen as a family cask.

    To classify: my average rating is just over 80 points
    • Nose
      91 91
      Intense sherry at its best, surprisingly little alcohol despite its over 57%. At first intense chocolate flows out of the glass, behind it raisins and nuts - in the best sense I associate a rum, grape and nut chocolate. This is followed by an intensive wort and cigar wrapper. After another frenzy, the fruit comes forward, plum and cherry, now accompanied by a little alcohol. Dark caramel, dates and forest fruits, very sweet. The intensity is enormous.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A little sparkling undiluted as expected, again chocolate, now much darker, then roasted nuts and spices, intense and not too bitter. The fruits are there, sulfurized sultanas and dates. Less warming than expected, alcohol well integrated.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Really long and dominated by intense oak flavor. The barrel was active. The sherry influence does what it should.
      The fruit changes back to the cherry. A little espresso. Chocolate stays here too, but less dominantly. Very pleasant and not characterized by intense bitterness like the OA 25yo or Jakob I.

  20. TechnOBY scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Marzipan, buttercream; with addition of water fruity, herbaceous, grassy
    • Taste
      92 92
      very complex! first a little sour, fruity / harsh, then comes the Olorosso sherry keg: dates, toffee, dried fruit, before the alcohol spreads on the tongue like black pepper! Very diverse!
    • Finish
      92 92
      rather tart, black pepper, very long-lasting

  21. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: There is really a lot to discover and the alcohol is excellently integrated! There are fresh rolls, cake dough, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet fruits like wild berries, cranberries, figs, ripe orange and raisins. I am inclined to say that this malt is already creamy in the nose, other I can not describe it. There is also leather, wild honey, lavender, cinnamon and some black tea.

    Taste: The Glenfarclas meets with much strength and intense sweetness on the tongue. The 57.4% Vol. Are perfectly integrated and do not necessarily require water. There are clear Sherry influence, raisins, again sweet forest fruits, coffee with cane sugar, leather, orange peel, cherries, cranberries and dark Schoki.

    Finish: medium with orange peel, raisins, black pepper, cloves and forest fruit jam.

  22. Hobbit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    First, the barrel occupancy is very clear, fat, sweet sherry, a sherry like him mMn Glenfarclas used since the 90s very often, the Malt gets a little hand warmth, the whole litany of typical sherril storage rises, raisins, dates, pastries, vanilla, sweet creamy milk chocolate, Werther's originals, only a little bit enigmatic oak, always sweet, thick, dark fruity, fat, caramel, without any false note, great. Could be from the first nose the little brother of the 1990s piglet (barrel 5119), albeit less fruit and more caramel-stressed. If I had to guess, I would explain this with the difference between Butt and Hogshead, the alcohol is very well integrated overall (condition is that it leaves him a little time in the glass), with water the nose tends more in the light-fruited and citrus-heavy, For the first time, orange and peach come on the scene, in the end he has not much in common with the above-mentioned 90s piglets

    Taste:
    he still has plenty of steam, similar experiences here as in the nose, albeit a bit more oak-like and with more nut notes, otherwise mostly perfectly afterwards to the nose. I think the sherry seems a little bit set up, which I would justify with the still relatively young age. With water here lighter, clearly bitter and oak-accented, bittersweet, some black coffee, herbs and menthol in the taste

    finish:
    medium to long, warming but not biting, in addition to the aromas of nose and mouth here is still a little fresher with hints of menthol, with water a little less sustainable but overall smoother finish

    Total:
    This malt needs rest and time in the glass and heat. Interestingly, it is even quite changeable with a little water. The emphasis here is on little. If he gets that, his character will be more like refine sherry. The fruits are lighter and fresher, the oak is slightly more present and at the same time it is rounder and smoother in the mouth and finish. You do not have to emphasize that the € 150 for a 15-year-old piglet are far from good and evil, but the quality of the FC plays in the range, of course, you can not put it with the much older same. Amazing with the Family Casks I always find that I have never been able to find a real false mark. I've probably had luck so far, but Glenfarcla's keeps doing well, unlike the other sherry bombs in the current market with their sulfur and glue notes.

    Qualitatively so for me a very clear buy recommendation. Priced? I do not like to say, "everyone has to know that for themselves". That's a hollow phrase. In relation to what you currently get on the market for € 150 so offered, I find this piglet acceptable. No bargain, not "business" reasons, not old, nothing to indicate but in qualitative comparison adequate.

  23. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: Not bad, but in my opinion excessively overpriced. I do not hope that this bottling - in terms of quality and price - is a harbinger to the Winter Release 2018 that will be available soon.
    • Nose
      A fortress of sour fermented nectarines, orange - grapefruit peels peppered with cloves, green peppers, damp leaves, a hint of dirtiness / sweat and burned matches, unfortunately, associations with broken fruit salad shine through.
    • Taste
      Powerful sweet oranges, cinnamon, oak, cherries, pleasant bitterness, warmth - here, too, a fortress of flavors that are difficult to penetrate. Prickelt very long on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Still tingling, tangerines, sherry, a touch of milk coffee, almond bitter, walnuts - medium - a wooden cherry-cherry flavor remains very long presence.

  24. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For a "Refill Hogshead" this Glenfarclas is extremely sherrylastig, which I feel positive. Voluminous and intense sherry aromas dominate with spicy wood notes (which tend to go towards furniture polish) the complete tasting of this delicious and characterful Glenfarclas. For over 57% alcohol content, I find this high alcohol content really as perfectly integrated and hardly disturbing. Clearly sometimes a partly violent alcohol note flashes through which however quickly again by dried fruits, caramel and chocolate is restrained.
    A relatively young bottling and then bottled exclusively for Germany, because I had a little hesitation which, however, have turned out to be completely unfounded during the tasting. Intensive, multi-layered, a great character and of course opulent sherry aroma, what more could you ask for? A great malt, I like it very much!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      The syrup-like streaks sticking to the glass wall dissolve oily "legs" and draw their long paths back into the glass in slow motion, accompanied by intense amber with a velvet red glow in the premium snifter. Dried grapes and berries mix with dark caramel and creamy toffee, a touch of milk chocolate and vineyard peach scurries past, sweet and creamy, the Glenfarclas pulls through the nose. Wild honey drips on a potpourri of cherries, raisins and red grapes. Initially subtle orange aromas end in freshly squeezed orange juice, dates and plums are supported by opulent sweetness. The alcohol is wonderfully harmoniously integrated, a touch of sour cherries and redcurrant jelly is covered relatively quickly by vineyard peaches, chocolate and caramel. Slowly, the salivation begins, I look forward to the first sip.
    • Taste
      Sour cherries and raisins dominate the first impression, then furniture polish and peppery sharpness immediately massively stimulate salivation. Voluminous, spicy wood tones through the palate, abrasion of orange peel trickles in tart chocolate, a pinch of white pepper heating the tongue. Espresso rises, furniture polish or glaze sticks to the second sip intensely on the tongue, the peppery sharpness increases neatly on speed and finally burns a little on the tongue. Chubby warmth floods the palate, dried grapes and dates stick between the tongue and palate, spicy wood elements float in the saliva under the tongue. Hints of citrus fruits, I think it's grapefruit, leave a slightly sour note on the tongue with tart wood tones. Again, my salivation is massively stimulated ...
    • Finish
      Dark, slightly tart sherry flavors dress the palate, raisins and other dried fruits mingle with the echoes of furniture polish, chocolate and espresso. Bitter almond and zest of orange peel exude her bitter aroma, subtle sharpness in the form of colored pepper lies discretely in the background all the time, dark walnuts are voluminous to the end of the aftertaste. Herb and shaped by dried fruit sounds slowly the aftertaste. what remains is a touch of furniture shaving and old walnuts. After a few minutes, minimal hints of tobacco and leather come to the fore and stick to the palate for a perceived eternity.

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