Glenfarclas 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W18)
Calculated age
28 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Mar 2019 8:51 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 447.24

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1990

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.41 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] It seems this Family Cask acquired a lot of fans quite quickly with an average score of 93.67 by 14 members, which is higher than most of the legendary drams of the past are rated here. For sure, my taste buds cry out to check such a malt and I am way too curious to let it pass...

    ...and that was a clever decision. This is an old style traditional sherry maturation which is on eye-level with the great sherried drams of the past. No flaw or imbalance, and all the malt-, sherry- and wood-driven flavours perform a perfect harmonic symphony on my taste buds. Very recommended to all lovers of the clean, balanced and not-designed old sherried whisky style - and if you like "sulphur-enhanced" whiskies please leave this dram for all the (un)fortunate that are not able to enjoy the drinks of the devil...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is auburn and the nose offers an adorable oloroso sherry profile without any off-note (for sure not a single whiff of sulphur). The sherry is in great balance with both the malt- and wood-driven aromas and all offer a complex and enjoyable nosing experience. This is truly an old style sherry maturation of the finest kind, I like that!
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-layered and presents all the great old school sherry flavours in a delicious framework woven by the fine 'farclas spirit and the wooden cask notes. Again no flaw or imbalance I can detect, this is close to perfection. After some chewing tasty chocolate flavours pop up before bitter herbs and spices counter this sweet attack. What an interesting movie on my palate!
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating without any distracting moments - wow, this is pure pleasure! The finish is long and turns a little bitter-drying towards the end but this never gets unpleasant. The chocolatey notes transform into very dark choc with more than 90 per cent of cocoa (I like this). Water releases more aromas in the nose but it turns the taste less interesting as the layers intermingle somewhat now. But it is smoother and hence even more quaffable this way. I like to explore this dram neat and after that I prefer to drink it a little reduced to about 45% abv.

  2. Andreas W. scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Quite a successful Family Casks. At the beginning he was still quite closed in the nose. After half an hour, he began to open something and released the typical old sherry flavors. It smells of dark fruits, old oak and a touch of chocolate.

    The first on the palate is surprisingly spicy. In addition to some dark fruitiness, a little bit of expresso and a little dark chocolate, I only notice a clear spiciness at first. This then continues in a long finish. On the second sip, the spice becomes a little weaker and the dark fruits are more noticeable next to the expresso and the dark chocolate. The time-honored oak, however, remains quite dominant.

    Conclusion: I miss the sweet and the slightly nutty flavors. Also a hint of roasted almonds or marzipan does not really suit me. Whether these are now only superimposed by the spicy oak or whether they are really scarce, I am not able (after all) to judge conclusively after this first tasting.
    From the frame data, I hoped for a very similar to the 1989 W17 + S18 malt. So around 28 years, First Fill Sherry Butt, around 52% and very dark color. Since I miss here the flavors described above and the existing (except for the spicy oak) me not so intense as the 89er appear, it is in this 1990er already an independent malt which is only distantly related to the 89gern. Whether the permissible until 1989 Paxarette makes the small but fine difference or not, I can not judge. Finally, Paxarette was not subject to labeling and therefore its use has always been only a guess.
    In spite of all, this 1990s Family Casks is still an outstanding malt which I rate today with 93 points. Due to the significantly higher price compared to the W17 and S18 releases, I was even inclined to deduct a few points. I did not do that now, as I only rate the whisky as such and not the price.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I like this malt extraordinarily, which also leads to an absolute dream rating for me - and I found hereby also my prototype "library oak sherry malt".

    The beauty of this stuffing: With a little water, the malt is slightly floral and gets more sparkling in the mouth, but the finish is a bit shorter. A very exciting second variant: Absolutely try and start with little water!
    • Nose
      95 95
      The first impression in the nose provides a beautiful oiliness. After a while, the malt opens and oak, leather and sherry follow. And of course the plum roaster, sweet and dark with some cinnamon. Very classic, really great. I can not recognize matches or other sulfur. Just a wonderfully classic sherry library leather oak nose.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Very full with a rough texture, the malt comes into the mouth. Old oak and dark fruit, leather, cinnamon; on the palate even the impression of a few matchheads. The wonderfully old oak and leather in conjunction with the rich sherry give a very classic taste experience. And above all: No aroma "overpowered" ...
    • Finish
      96 96
      Old sherry figures with neat leather and oak sometimes tend to accentuate the oak down to lighter bitterness on the finish. None of this here. Only fine espresso and some dark chocolate, but also cinnamon and plum roaster. The finish is very, very long and harmonious.

  4. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Glenfarclas 1990. 28 years, 51.9% and a color to kneel down. These parameters alone allow a malt of the top class to be expected. And the expectations are not disappointed. This whisky is a bottle of the absolute top classes. Everything is just right here, I do not know what you could do better here? It might be interesting to try this bottling with 56-57%, about the strength of the 1991 brother. For me the best in 2019 so far (May 2019)
    • Nose
      Similar to the 1991 Glenfarclas exudes immediately after opening the bottle a beguiling sherry, the so-called "sherry board". And then off you go: the complete sherry aroma register up and down: dark plums, dried fruit, dates, figs, blackberries, orange peel to the noble cigar box, tobacco leaves, leather and coffee and dark chocolate, and the good with 85% cocoa content. Sulfur is minimal, but only if one then "searches". Anyway, he is very weak, so it serves maximum complexity and does not bother. The spicy notes of the oak are wonderfully interwoven with the sweet components, creating a wonderfully complex potpurri.
    • Taste
      Almost oily, the Glenfarclas is on the tongue. Nothing is burning, the 51.9% are very well involved. Immediately the sweet sherryoten are present in the mouth, but subjekitv felt a bit "darker" than in the nose. It is now joined by echoes of cherries, which emphasize the sweetness, rather after some time the bittersweet tapping. Coffee, cocoa, wood box, oranges ... very complex, very complex. The salivation is extremely stimulated. Taste a revelation!
    • Finish
      Intensive and a felt eternity is the Glenfarclas present in the mouth. An eternity that is topped only by Octomores. The sweetness keeps for a time brave against the spicy oak flavors. The saliva still flows in the mouth. The dark aromas are slowly becoming intense and gradually dissolve the sherry sweetness. In the end, indescribable mouthfeel remains, which one must have experienced. Bravo, Glenfarclas!

  5. Chesterfield scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    It's a beautiful evening, it's already dark outside, the moon is shining through the window, I'm sitting by the fireplace, the fire is crackling, the mantel clock is ticking softly, I'm sitting in my cozy Chesterfield chair, the log fire flickers through my crystal glass and leaves this fascinating Whisky in an elegant "mahogany gold" light up, the wonderful flavors of this whisky are intense in the air and then ... I raise the glass, thank God for this life and take a sip ... what follows is a revelation !!! Time seems to stand still, a perfect moment !!! I do not know why I should only allocate 99Points ;-)

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A dream, just a dreamlike substance to enjoy ...
    Yes, I'm in heaven!

    23/24/24/23 (94P)
    • Nose
      The Glenfarclas rests cloudy and intense rust-brown in the glass. While I admire the thick and oily "legs" on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, dark and luxuriant sherry flavors blow across. Ah, sigh .... wonderfully harmoniously draw spicy oak notes, caramelized sugar, old apricot and velvety vineyard peach through the nose. Zest of juicy orange peel mixes with meadow herbs and hints of sour cherries and currants, briefly milk chocolate appears, then fruity sweetness sets in and massively stimulates the flow of saliva. Minimally sweet and dried tobacco crumbs appear, hints of wet leather are added, forest honey and toffee melt into a creamy paste. In the background there is a hint of mint and eucalyptus, velvety vineyard peach mixes with juicy apricots and mandarins.
    • Taste
      The piglet wets the tongue with the first sip, mild yet spicy and tart. A touch of leather sticks to the palate, sour cherries and velvety vineyard peach end in creamy milk chocolate with a few splashes of cold espresso and sour cherry juice. Leather, caramel, minimal tobacco and meadow herbs and sweet dried raisins make my heart beat faster, the taste is incredibly harmonious and complex. Orange peel grates on cedar wood, sweet tobacco rests in the humidor, caramelized sugar ends in subtle sharpness and spicy meadow herbs. Hints of sour cherries, currants and blackberries stimulate the saliva massively with a wonderful humidor aroma.
    • Finish
      The wonderful aromas are cozy and warm, a perpetual palate, cedar wood and creamy hazelnuts rest on the tongue, dried fruits exude their wonderful sweetness, actually I don't feel like holding on to any more impressions now, but take another big sip, close my eyes and just enjoy ur this wonderful dram ...

  7. VicLin scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    I can confirm the legendaryness of this whisky.
    I call it a modern classic.

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Good, even pretty good, but still flawed, modern Glenfarclas. Clearly overrated here in my opinion (and that of the tasting partner with 89P as well).
    • Nose
      You have light cloves and lovage from modern sherry, but halfway fresh herb shape, not so Maggi-like in artificial sweetness, nice brown sugar, slightly burnt, dark honey, dark roasted malt, slightly burnt toast, rosemary, light furniture polish, a lot of nut chocolate, Chocolates, plums
    • Taste
      Nougat, dark honey, Black Forest ham, brown sugar, plum must, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malt, burnt toast, rosemary, oregano, dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, dates, furniture polish, clove, liquorice, oiled leather
    • Finish
      Little downer again, that uncomfortably damp oak bitterness of modern sherries, not as bad as other sherries, but it's there, liquorice, potting soil, anise, long

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yep. It can do something and shows what a dark sherry painting should show. The sherry is clearly present, but never on top. In addition, a decent age, which gives the malt a certain sovereignty.
    • Nose
      Old sherry. Rotten red grapes. Sour cherry jam with cinnamon. Somehow Christmassy too. Something like apple bread. Caramel gone dark. Aromatic oak that can sometimes be reminiscent of smoke. Tobacco. Some rotten wood and forest floor. Ovaltine and a little coffee.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour start. The fruits are now more like berry fruits. I'll say wild berries and josta berries. Aronia honey. In addition, beautiful oak spice that tingles pleasantly and thus promotes the flow of saliva. Now a nice interplay of sweetness, acidity and flavor. But then it gets drier. Cocoa and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Tart dark dried fruits with a bit of acidity. Black tea. Leather and tobacco. A little cinchona bark.


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