Glenfarclas 1989 Edition N°23

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Jakob I.
Calculated age
29 years old
ex-Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Mar 2019 4:51 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 229,85

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1989 Edition N°23

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.87 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A mellow and harmoniously tuned Glenfarclas. Admittedly, after the disappointments of recent years, this edition surprises and delights me a little. Dark fruit notes, wonderfully subtle smoky notes and spicy wood tones in the direction of cedar make my heart beat faster. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and mild, a fresh note in the aftermath provides variety. After the first positive impression, I give 89 points today, with the flaring reverberation with its dark fruit flavors and the minimal smoky touch paired with mentholic freshness even worth a single point. Highly deserved 90 points ...

    23/22/23/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Rust-brown copper with a wonderfully silky red shimmer shines in the glass, from the oily streaks sticking to the glass wall, a multitude of small drops are released, these dragging their endless paths back into the glass in slow motion. Creamy roasted aromas stand out heavily from the premium snifter and mingle with sweet raisins and hazelnuts. Malted cereal notes flash before dark and dried berries distribute their lush and smooth fruit aroma, velvety vineyard peach and creamy apricots fall in milk chocolate, sour cherries come on. From creamy caramel and sweet toffee dissolves a minimal smoky notes, currants and blackberries show off their sour side. Spicy wood tones mix with fruit salad and milk chocolate, the alcohol is mild and harmoniously integrated.
    • Taste
      Sour cherries and spicy wood elements dominate the first impression. Chocolate and caramel come on, dried grapes and berries combine with hints of hazelnut and malty cereal. The mouthfeel gets noticeably creamier, a few butter flakes swim in the saliva under the tongue. Slowly sets minimal sharpness and tickles on the tongue. In the second sip, redcurrants and blackberries are followed by the sour cherry note, discreetly in the background, while apricots and oranges are doused with caramel and chocolate. Raisins and date end in subtle sharpness, a tiny pinch of white pepper spreads on the tongue and spreads its mild spiciness. Hazelnuts and chocolate, raisins, apricots and oranges, cherries and redcurrants are increasingly showing, with a minimal smoky note, malt and caramel.
    • Finish
      The dark and dried fruit flavors stick with a tangy whale and hazelnut aroma on the palate. In the aftermath, the creamy and buttery mouthfeel is particularly intense, cedar wood and a hint of menthol or fresh mint end in subtle smoky and tobacco notes. Slowly the reverberation fades out and after a few moments gains in volume and complexity again. Pleasant warmth runs through the palate, spicy wood tones and a minimum of breathy wet leaves end in slightly peeled walnuts. What remains is minimal smoke and cedar wood. Tart and yet creamy, the finish finally ends.

  2. Andreas W. scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is again a really great bottling of the personalities series. The edition No. 22 was not bad in my opinion, it was also quite good, but different than expected. The sherry influences had left only minimal traces but for that one got offered a lot of exotic fruits. The Edition No. 23, however, is just as I expect it from a nearly 30-year sherry keg stored whisky. An old and well-seasoned Glenfarclas who does not even try to hide his origins.

    The 1989 vintage of Glenfarclas really seems to have been extremely good. I already had some of them and they were first class without exception. Of course, the 1989 Family Casks are particularly noteworthy here.

    But that's exactly my problem with this bottling. In terms of price, she is quite at the level of a 1998 W17 Family Cask, which I find a little better then. Compared to the 1989 Family Cask (W17 + S18), this edition is of course a bit cheaper, but it can not really keep up with these even though it's already in this direction. On the other hand, the invoked price is of course compared to other "brands" for a nearly 30-year-old of this quality level again as favorable to call.

    So I am quite a bit torn. A really great malt which I rate today (April 2019) with 91/100 points. But in case of doubt I prefer to go to a family cask in this price region. These offer at a similar price but then a little more of everything, even the younger such. Eg the 1998 W17.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Yes that is fun! Not a dark, crumbly sherry board, but a dignified senior with the herbal note typical of her age and neat complexity in the nose, mouth and finish. In the nose first a jar of dark black cherries - after the first sip suddenly an extremely dominant marzipan note, which is slowly replaced by fruit cake, chocolate and cinnamon. Great mouthfeel, the alcohol is super integrated. In the long finish quite a bit wooden bitterness and dark chocolate. In the reverberation comes the cherry jam again.

    The whisky is not superimposed, on the contrary: all aromas are complex, complex, but at the same time balanced, harmonious and well integrated. Yes, what a pleasure!
    And at about 180 € quite a good price / performance ratio for a nearly 30-year-old senior.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] An (almost) 30-years old sherried 'farclas for 160 Eurobucks looks like a good deal these days - provided it is of the usual excellent quality this distillery is famous for...

    ...and it is a good average 'farclas but not an excellent one. So the PV-ratio seems okay from a drinker's perspective (these days). But given the excellent quality some Family Casks offer (like WB id 117033) I clearly prefer these...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a fine oloroso sherry profile with significant spirit-driven aromas shining through. The wood is firm and never dominates but finally this nose is rather simple (by Glenfarclas standards). There are no flaws or off-notes but somehow the interesting aromas are missing too.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is creamy and sherry-sweet with toffee, molten sugars and spices in abundance. It is very quaffable but again rather simple and not layered. I like it to drink, but it is rather uninteresting to explore. No flaw again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and it turns a little bitter towards the end (tobacco, tea) which is not distracting. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.

  5. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Clearly curious how this makes its predecessor, I could hardly wait with the tasting. Like in the glass and go. Oh the scent really surprised me. Not that I did not expect that, but the predecessor was already very light and careful. This behaves quite different at the beginning. Intense sherry notes fly out of the glass, clear fruit, full inlaid raisins, sweetness and something nutty can be perceived immediately. Add to that malt, some cereals and to my surprise really light palpable apple and pear flavors as well as a bit of marzipan.
      The nose really makes you want more ...
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the palate it is very intense in the beginning, the "only" 46% are barely noticeable, would even have tipped a bit more at a blind tasting. The sherry is even more clear and sweet, too. It develops a nice sparkling spice on the tongue and the wood note is perfectly balanced for 29 years. He's really a lot of fun. Altogether great sensitive with an aroma of oranges and great fruit. The longer he is in the glass, the finer he gets. Incredible I find the lasting almond / nut note on the palate. That makes you want more. You really should give your time to Glenfarclas and he deserves it.

      !!! ATTENTION !!!
      Since I always like to experiment with water a little, of course I have done this here too. But already 2 drops have developed a distinct bitterness that does not do the whisky good. So no water!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Again, the finish is really nice, it is always intense, but it fits the overall picture and is completely ok.

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 20 82

  7. KonstUA scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21, finish 22, balance 21

  8. GlenSide95 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Bottle No. 2331 sold empty on Ebay!

  9. Lech Lomond scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Bottle 2331 is for sale empty on Ebay! 20/01/2020

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Overall a nicely balanced Glenfarclas. Very harmonious and especially the tingling spicy oak I like. The bottling reminds me a little of a Glenfarclas 25J with a bit more depth and power than the standard's younger bottlings. Very tasty but due to the price I am a bit hesitant if he is worth the extra charge to the good standard.
    • Nose
      89 89
      fine sherry note; intense sweet and fruity; dark fruits; raisins; Berry; ripe apple; some honey; delicate chocolate note; spicy, beautifully integrated wood note; nice balanced nose, which reminds of the GF standards (especially 25J)
    • Taste
      89 89
      creamy; sweet and spicy; dark fruity (with slightly sour hints); oranges; Sour cherry; raisins; delicate chocolate notes; malted cereal; a great tingling-spicy oak emerges powerful
    • Finish
      90 90
      beautiful prickly spicy oak; Dried fruit; a bit of bittersweet chocolate; Hints of tobacco


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