Glenfarclas 1991

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W18)
Calculated age
27 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
56.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Mar 2019 8:52 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 411.92

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1991

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.92 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] Another one of these very dark and sometimes tricky Family Casks - I found the 1990 vintage (Winter 2018, WB id 127337) excellent and scored it 93 points. So I have high expections on the 1991 sibling...

    ...that are met, with pride. It is a notch less complex than the 1990 but I doubt many drinkers will comprehend this unless in a direct head-to-head setting. This is another flawless, very interesting to explore and extremely quaffable modern sherry maturation that is worth its bucks, for sure. Very recommended to all lovers of heavily sherried drams where the whisky is not drowned in the wine...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a flawless modern oloroso sherry profile without any whiff of sulphur, hooray! The Glenfarclas spirit aromas need quite some breathing time to show up beside the bold winey and wooden notes but finally they manage to get through. It is dominated by the sherry flavours but not in an unbalanced way at all - because very interesting notes of old cognac and high-ester rum enrich the nosing experience. I like this nose!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is layered and offers adorable cocoa and chocolatey flavours in abundance. Again some aspects remind me of high-ester rum (or very old cognac) and the 'farclas barley sugars and honey-floral notes shine through more easily than with the nose. Water turns both the nose and taste flatter, I clearly prefer the neat dram.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives peppery-hot (56.6% abv) and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is very long and gets more spicy-bitter (tannins and very dark chocolate) over time without turning unpleasant. The wood gets much stronger now but it is not distracting.

  2. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    A wonderful Glenfarclas exactly to my taste! Here the guys from Glenfarclas have done a great job again and selected an outstanding barrel at the right time. 27 years first fill Oloroso sherry - exactly my prey scheme. The Glenfarclas impresses with its wonderful sweetness and refined spicy oak flavors, Nothing about this whisky can be faulted there, except for the price. Unfortunately, Glenfarclas calls for bottlings such as these now well over 300 euros. A lot of money, but quality is well known to have a price. Ultimately, everyone has to decide for themselves if they want to spend so much money on a bottle. Who does this, however, will be rewarded with an outstanding taste experience. From me there are strong 94 points at the first tasting! Slainte!
    • Nose
      Bäääm! Already when pouring one believes to be in a sherry cloud. Darkness comes the 1991 Glenfarclas therefore. In the miracle glass it is then right down to business. Especially present at the beginning are the sweet sherry flavors. Figs, plums, blackberries, pickled raisins, slight hints of butterscot and toffee. , After some time wonderful notes of dark chocolate come through, followed by fine Arabica coffee and a cigar box. Wunderar. Wonderfully old, wonderfully complex. The alcohol is very well integrated with its 56.6%. Also, I can not detect any miss notes.
    • Taste
      Elegant and creamy, the 1991 is on the tongue. Nothing is burning, the Akohol is very well integrated. Immediately, the sweet sherry flavors are present: plums, blackberries, figs, fine chocolate, followed by elegant spice of the oak, which could affect the whisky for at least 27 years. You can taste a light nuttiness and a touch of vanilla and ginger. Over time, the Glenfarclas in the mouth is slightly spicy, but the spicy notes do not cover the sweet, chocolate-fruity tone. Gorgeous!
    • Finish
      Almost endlessly long and intense. The sweet fruit compote literally clings to the cheeks, toffee, cocoa, espresso, cigar box, hazelnuts and the slight touch of vanilla alternate. A wonderful concert of taste components completes the overall composition. The Glenfarclas is present in the mouth for a very long time and, unlike many other whiskys of this caliber, it is not the spicy bitterness that remains at the end, but rather the sweet and fruity aromas. Wonderful!

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Old and solid, dark olososo sherry. Not quite as fruity, but wonderful dark chocolate with espresso, tobacco and wet leather. Gradually apricots and peaches emerge, as do sulfurized fruits and a very subtle and interesting note of sulfur for me, minimal but clearly perceptible and very pleasant for a "sulfur allergy". Again a great and wonderful family cask, unfortunately also quickly sold out and high-priced. Sure, an FC has its price, but the price development has scared me lately.

    22/23/23/22 (92P)
    • Nose
      Deep dark copper with a silk apricot shimmer rests cloudy in the premium snifter, and a wonderfully oily and greasy streak sticks to the glass wall. Dark sherry rises majestically, sweet raisins fall into creamy chocolate, hints of leather follow a mix of currants and blackberries, old and solid caramelized sugar rises, a hint of apricot and peach scurries past. Espresso drips on dark chocolate, dates and plums followed by fine spicy wood tones, old caramel and hard toffee. Cedarwood, opened humidor and crumbs of dried tobacco leaves, leather couch and old plank floor ...
    • Taste
      Spicy and slightly tart, the first sip flows through the mouth, suddenly dark chocolate and cold espresso clothe the palate, hints of furniture polish and spicy oak provide a fine, dry mouthfeel. Dried grapes and berries are added, caramelized sugar sticks between the lips, wet leather and minimal hints of smoke. Sweetness flashes at the beginning of the second sip, sulphurized raisins and dried fruits follow, wooden sharpness tickles the tongue, a pinch of pepper stimulates the flow of saliva. Dates, plums, cherries, currants and blackberries flatter the palate before spicy wood tones mix with caramel and dark chocolate. In the background is a fine note of hazelnut and eucalyptus.
      Edit: As I write my comment, I take another swig. Apricots and velvety vineyard peach come into their own, minimal abrasion from old orange peel and zest from grapefruit end in a minimal note of sulfur and smoky tobacco.
    • Finish
      Dark sherry flavors stick voluminously between the lips, chubby warmth lines the palate, the mouthfeel becomes creamier and smoother. Hazelnuts and sulfurized raisins, wet leather and tobacco. In the aftertaste there is now a minimally sulphurous note which I find very pleasant.

  4. waal scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    First impression / color / viscosity:
    Well - it's a Glenfarclas Family Cask. The first impression is always good. The high-quality wooden box with magnetic closure, the enclosed booklet and the deep, dark red-brown color of the single malt make almost every whisky connoisseur's heart beat faster. The advance laurels, which precede the malt, naturally also contribute to this.
    The whisky lies in the glass like espresso. After swirling, alcohol naturally flows into the nose (56.6% vol.) And the drops remaining on the glass wall flow slowly, slightly sticky towards the glass bottom. But now give the malt its time and let it breathe something ...

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    First of all - I have not waved for a long time before I put my nose on the glass. Yes, I pan, but then give the alcohol time to disappear. If you take this into account with this whisky, nothing but sticky syrup flows towards you. No trace of alcohol left for a journey of flavors in a class of its own.
    What an intense experience. Sweet, sweeter, Cask 5675. What kind of barrel must it have been that the New Make was filled into in 1991? Cloves, old sticky sweet dried fruit, coffee beans, old used leather, the famous furniture polish - what comes out of the glass here is simply sensational.
    Other associations come to mind at every corner of the glass opening. Suddenly a child with a Hubba Bubba chewing gum in my mouth walks past me and gleefully bursts a large bubble. In one moment I smell the spice rack and I drop some nutmeg powder and in the other moment I'm eight years old again, have lunch with my neighbor (because my parents were not at home) and there are quails with vanilla sauce. Only that my neighbor had a lightly burned vanilla sauce at the time. Why do I have this in my glass over 30 years later? For me that is the definition of the fascination of single malt!
    Completely irrelevant or self-evident and therefore no longer worth mentioning, the berries and the slightly acidic wine notes almost appear to me. Beautiful, juicy, dark berries bring a lot of fruit into the aroma. The minimal acidity forms a nice contrast to the sweet appearance with all the other impressions.
    This single malt is the epitome of complexity! Fail grades? Wrong!
    Hand-warmed, the harmonic, wholesome notes almost explode. Big cinema! Strawberry jelly, dark chocolate, orange peel, ... oh I'm not even starting. It doesn't stop here.
    With a little water, the single malt becomes lighter, less "sticky" and the citrus fruits come into their own. I like my nose better without water.

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    Before the first sip, the water trickles in my mouth. Diluting with water is almost obsolete. Oh my goodness - what's going on here. I keep declaring that I am 75% (or even more) interested in the smell of whisky and that the taste plays a minor role for me. Here I am taught better. The taste absorbs at least immediately with the aroma.
    What kind of sweet, (for the volume percent) soft and slightly viscous liquid runs down my tongue towards my throat? At first - overwhelmed! Woe to those who only have 2cl to try here. Again and again I have to interrupt or supplement the tasting with the nosing. The scotch just smells too good.
    The old leather now comes into its own in full taste. At the age of 27, the malt was on the way to the typical old Speysider, which completely push this leather aroma to the top. Here, however, the ripening process was interrupted and so the leather is clearly recognizable, but still not exaggerated. Also applies 1: 1 to furniture polish. Does anyone know the pink stuff that was rustically “brushed” onto the old oak in liters in the 70s and 80s? ;-)
    Hazelnut cream with raisins, juicy grapes and cloves. Sticky, spicy juice with honey on red currants. The barrel or the pre-assignment has undoubtedly dominated the taste here. Of course you have to be aware of that. The malt not only sipped the sherry, but bathed in it and then marinated in it for 27 years. Very fine!
    With water I feel the oak much more intensely. Also here in taste I prefer the malt without water.

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    A terrific finish, which is almost endless. I chew and chew and chew and my mouth, as well as my throat, is still under my spell. Milk chocolate, alternates with a little tobacco and a pleasant mix of spices. The whisky runs down sweetly and surprisingly mild, leaving a radiance on the face.

    Conclusion / points:
    An experience and truly one of the single malt scotch that you will never forget once you have had it in your glass. If you take the necessary time, play something with the hand warmth on the glass and, if necessary, with water (I still have to do this), you get a wonderful aroma and taste experience. 2cl stand here for at least one and a half to two hours of maximum joy!

    In my opinion, this single malt presents the perfect balance between age, maturity, complexity, experience, harmony and finesse. I recommend in without water and with a lot of time. It is worth being patient here!
    There will be "better", "more interesting" malts for each of these categories, but this one is a class of its own for me at the moment. Not a division specialist, but anything but a bore - simply an outstanding whisky in every respect.

    96/100 points
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I had high expectations for this piglet due to the advance laurels and was not disappointed, on the contrary. A wonderfully intense sherry ripening with hypnotic color, which is only surpassed by much more expensive bottles.
    • Nose
      92 92
      You can't smell your nose full for minutes, it's too beguiling, harmonious, wonderfully deep sherry-like
    • Taste
      93 93
      Deep, dark, wonderfully interwoven, harmonious sherry flavors with great integrated spice. A little water (then less than 50%) continues to open the malt. You want to keep it in your mouth forever, great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long-lasting, spicy, espresso and dark chocolate remain in the mouth, no bitterness, a great barrel!

  6. Germany scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    Fantastic! gorgeous! perfect taste

  7. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    View color Eyes: Braised pork smells fragrance. Nose: The first few seconds are sulfur, gunpowder, and wood. Then came cough syrup, loquat dew, and Chinese herbal medicines. Wake up for a while, pollen, fruit vinegar, brown sugar pudding, butter walnut, golden jujube, artificial leather, red date cheese, tobacco shreds, and raisins. The smell of Shirley is open, sticky and dense, and relatively fresh.
    Taste Palate: Three-dimensional concentrated flavor, concentrated grape juice, grape jelly, raisins, blueberry sauce, gray dates, woody milk flavor, good barrel flavor, Chinese medicinal materials, coke, rice crackers, and some smoke at the end.
    Finish: Long, charcoal grilled food, dried fruit, rose mousse, dry wood Body: medium body, oily and light

    Nose: 88/100
    Palate: 88/100
    Finish: 87/100
    Body: 88/100
    Overall: 88/100. I drank several grills close to 60 degrees. The wine showed a lightness that was not in line with the richness of the flavor. I don't know if it can be regarded as its characteristic.

  8. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Extremely concentrated and diverse at the same time.
    Shouldn't have stayed in the barrel any longer
    • Nose
      92 92
      Heavy, dark, earthy, herbal candy, tea leaves, dark red fruits, hardly sweet
      (Indeed, some parallels to barrel # 3773 from 2002, through the associations with old cognac)
    • Taste
      93 93
      First sweet, then spicy, menthol freshness and a slight peppery hotness, then the earthy, herbaceous aromas from the nose, old wood, some dark chocolate, red fruits, pipe tobacco ....
    • Finish
      92 92
      slightly full mouth, old wood, green tea, and after some time some milk chocolate

      With water everything becomes a little sour (maybe a drop too much ..), the whisky now tastes a bit like an aspirin tablet that you let melt in your mouth and we get bitter

  9. Teresa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  10. GWMingus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92


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