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Overall rating
86.95/100
votes
102
Whiskybase ID
WB141512
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Finest Whisky Berlin
Vintage
2001
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
624
Strength
45.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Label shows Glenfarclas Distillery
Barcode
4260653060011
Bottled for
Finest Whisky Berlin
Market
de Germany
Added on
27 oct 2019 1:42 pm by rampah
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 78.39

17 × in wishlist

102 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region Malt 2001 Sb

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.95 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    That shows the hut on the label Glenfarclas is no secret anymore;)

    In the nose a fresh lime note (fruit and peel) over a nicely balanced round red fruit sherry profile - I suspect a good 2ndFillfass - he is so smooth that he looks a little older than 18 - especially for a piglet. Significantly better than the sucked 18er OA. very tasty.

    The nose is just great. If you not only drink undiluted cask strength, he has enough power on the palate - but he is definitely a gentleman.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. didi1893 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The label and above all the taste leave almost no doubt, this Speyside region is my favorite distillery! Nutty, dried berries, a hint of citrus aromas and minimal smoke, this filling is extremely tasty and yummy! Certainly not a big bang, but with a really great PLV! I like it and I like it ...
    88 points, tendency up!

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Dark caramel shines with a rusty shimmer in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall stick tough streaks from which long and oily "legs" solve. Creamy roasted flavors in combination with ground hazelnuts rise, oranges blend with apricots and nectarines, citrus notes dissolve in spicy wood tones. Harmoniously harmonized, the gentle alcohol, the wonderful sherry aromas, raisins and currants merge with a hint of caramelized sugar to a sweet fruit mass. The roasted aromas become more intense, the creamy nose sensation increases, a hint of dried grapes and berries ends in sweet sugar and creamy toffee.
      Edit: With a new nose I discover peaches and apricots, wonderful!
    • Taste
      Gently, creamy nut tones and sun-ripened raisins unfold on the tongue at the first sip, spicy wood tones merge with zests of oranges and juicy tangerines, a touch of subtle sharpness tickles the tongue and stimulates the salivation. Oranges and apricots play together, tentative hints of grapefruit and other citrus fruit come into their own. With cedar wood and minimal smoke and tobacco blurring taste and aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Creamy and slightly astringent paste oranges and roasted hazelnuts on the palate, spicy wood tones end in dry and subtly bitter wood elements. The interplay between sweet, dark, dried fruit flavors and slightly tart notes of citrus and spicy wood stimulates the salivation even in the aftermath. Nutty, with a subtle hint of smoke, the finish sounds creamy and leaves slightly bitter wood tones on the tongue.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] Another sample of an indy Glenfarclas...

    ...which comes from a refill of a sulphur-candle treated modern sherry cask (seasoned in the mid-eighties, most probably). The sulphurous off-notes are not that heavy anymore and less sensitive drinkers might even appreciate this additional strong flavour compound, but for sulphur-sensitive connoisseurs (like me) this is unpleasant, still.
    • Nose
      81 81
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a slightly sulphurous modern sherry profile (you recognise modern sherry maturations by a slightly sour-winey nose and taste which stems from the young, unmatured wine used to season the casks). The sherry itself is fine as is the malt, so without the sulphurous off-notes this would have been a fine nose - would have been...
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is sweet and very quaffable, the sulphur is not so much of a problem here unless you are very sensitive to it. Nonetheless this taste would be better without any sulphur, at least according to my taste buds. The modern sherry provides powerful flavours and the malt holds its head up, too. Water is not needed, it strengthens the sulphur only.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a bitter-astringent mouthfeel which often comes along with sulphur-spoiled drams. The finish is long but turns more and more sulphurous, and it gets unpleasant now. This is (probably) okay if you do not own the sulphur gene (it is a 50 per cent chance in Europe to be equipped with it - I am, unfortunately). All others should shy away from this dram.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The Glenfarclas-Chrackter can be seen well in this bottling. A real gentleman without lacking power. Tasty and tasty, although not very complex / exciting. For me much better than the 18y OA.
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet and fruity; orange zest; Citrus notes; Caramel; harmonious, well-integrated oak seasoning in the background
    • Taste
      89 89
      soft; fruity; oranges; apricots; Grapefruit; Chocolate; nutty; pleasantly present spicy oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      Bitter chocolate; Cocoa; some white pepper; slightly nutty; slightly into the bitter-tart oak seasoning

  5. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty drop, both fresh and fruity and oily at the same time.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The spiciness of forest honey and beeswax as well as the sweetness of homemade orange lemonade.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lining the oral cavity with oily. Candied oranges and definitely a sip of tree sap ...
    • Finish
      87 87
      Tannins take over, but the wood notes don't take over. Pleasant end.

  6. JörgW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Red fruit, old sherry, highlighted with orange. Citrus zest with covered spiciness, licorice. Everything set, you notice the age.

    Palate:
    Mild, very dignified, classic older Sherrymalt, relatively little sweetness, but fruitiness and spiciness. The alcohol fits very well here. Orange. Slight bitterness.
    Dark honey in the background. Very balanced. Could be older than 18 years. Nice interplay of flavors.

    finish:
    Long. Red fruit, seasoning, orange change.

  7. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at The Roll Glass
    Nose: I like it straight away, great combination of fruit and caramel, despite the alcohol strength of 45.6 not a bit noticeable (and that at The Roll!), Red fruit, fresh strawberry, raspberry and peach cake, warm roasted almonds, just a little Seasoning, later also a hint of custard
    Taste: more clearly a piglet than in the nose, after the dark-fruity beginning the typical nutty spice strikes quickly, intense and relatively long, but significantly less dry than the OA of the same age, a little honey is included
    Finish: sounds much sweeter than usual with older piglets, I like the balance quite well, a hint of cocoa in the end, reasonably long according to age
    Conclusion: great drop that hits the 18yo OA by far, pleasing and exactly my prey scheme

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas 18yo 43% WID: 106453 Vs. Spesyide Region 2001/2019 45.6% Zanzibar WID: 141512

    The sherry is also there for the standard 18yo, but more subtle and brighter. Wood notes and nuts. Suggested cloves. Also floral notes and some citrus. In the mouth, unfortunately, a bit too tame and not very voluminous.

    The Zanzibar got more sherry and the fruits are redder. Overall, everything is darker than the standard 18yo. But Zanzibar also has some citrus notes. In addition, then in the mouth warm wood notes.

    The Sanisbar is a decent malt for the money. But I do not think I need a bottle of it.

    In the nose I find the standard 18er even more interesting. If only he had a few percent more. Something is missing in the mouth. Certainly there are many reused barrels. But somehow that's what makes it so interesting to me.

    I'm probably relatively alone with that opinion.

  9. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Extremely round and tasty with a strong, but not whitewashed, flawless sherry influence. The nose is "lay-in", the rest a bit more ordinary.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of orange and Christmas spices, some tobacco and leather. The sherry notes tend towards the tart and sour, but offer a lovage-licorice-like umami component as a counterpoint and leave enough room for malty and citrus-fresh aspects of the distillate. Very balanced and harmonious, without being boring. I am pleasantly surprised!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly more interchangeable and less coherent than the nose. Curly tobacco and leather, dry red wine, cranberry, bitter herbs, crema di aceto balsamico. The orange notes of the distillate don't really come through here, barrel and barrel pre-allocation dominate with sour, spicy and astringent notes. Quite bitter towards the end. Still a pleasing modern sherry malt, but on the palate it could almost be one of these Edrington blended malts or a sherry-heavy Glenrothes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Marzipan, speculoos, rum grapes, cocoa powder, very light wood smoke. Every now and then citrus flashes through.

  13. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    If I had tried it at issue price (and it still existed), I would have bought a small supply. It's very easy to drink, not overly complex. Very, very tasty!
    • Nose
      Orange, gingerbread, sour, oak, nuts, raisins
    • Taste
      Very oily, almost creamy, sweet tangerine, slightly woody
    • Finish
      Still very creamy, a little bit of sulfur, orange peel, milk chocolate, sweet walnut

  14. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Must say this being an 18 yo Farclas and judging by the natural color I expected a bit more from this one. Surely a competent sherry malt, but lacks exitement for me to raise it above a "pretty good". But to be fair release price was very good.

  16. LittlePeat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: It is not easy to tell individual notes apart, the aromas are very closely interwoven. I would most likely make out yellow sweet cherries. The alcohol is very well integrated.

    Palate: light smoke! A Glenfarclas? By the way, yellow sweet cherries again, slightly mineral ... Yes, I would very much like Glenfarclas. The mineral note is very interesting, but it is also slightly fuzzy. Only a little. The wood wort comes into its own with the second sip.

    Finish: Medium-long, dry and spicy, yellow sweet cherries again in the background.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Dogs2 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant, tasty malt. Nose is very convincing, only slightly loses class at the back. I miss the variety of the nose a little. Still great thing!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Great, fresh, extremely fruity beginning, slightly creamy with very subtle smoky notes, with nuts and almond aroma, a bit fruity like orange, berries, plums and figs, initially not pronounced, but becomes a little more over time.
      There are also slightly sour, fresh notes of lime and lemon with fresh mint. Spicy wood notes are added harmoniously and round, everything goes to vanilla and caramel cake, Wiklich great and balanced! Absolutely something for the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy, slightly peppery-spicy start on the palate, then it becomes a little softer and creamier again, fruity like juice oranges and apricots, nuts, the slightly sour notes of lime and lemon remain a bit in the background and are not as present as in the nose. some chocolate is added;
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish, nutty, with subtle smoke, still slightly creamy, a bit bitter after coffee and dark chocolate

  19. wbarchive_721011 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Earth, grass, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, oranges, some wood
    • Taste
      Honey, apple, lime, grapefruit, some coffee, nuts, wood, pepper

  21. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice fruity nose. But for the kinky among us he would surely like it better with a little more punch ..
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity; Citrus; Caramel; Vanilla; Molasses; damp wood; nice spice; peach
    • Taste
      Peach; Sherry; spicy oak and distinct nut; some caramel; strong nut again; absolutely great
    • Finish
      becoming tart; still nut; some citrus again; nice spice;

  23. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Toto0808 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Price / performance great
    A very nice malt
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruity and pleasant
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. Toto0808 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Price / performance great
    A very nice malt
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruity and pleasant
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Casketje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Glenfarclas "nuts" are clearly there - it's a classy malt, just like the 18 OB. However this one is clearly better. Recommended for sure if you're looking for something a bit less "standard" but don't want to break the bank.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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