Glenfarclas 1954

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
46 years old
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 jul 2007 7:14 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3996.06

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64 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1954

10 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.73 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Interesting and somewhat atypical Glenfarclas combination. Something for love at second sight, because it is very complex and has no bad grades.
    • Nose
      Cherry and plum, dark honey, but also something floral. Quince, candied ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, light raisins
    • Taste
      Sultanas, cinnamon, quince, ginger, fine oak, dark honey, hint of brown khol and roasted malt, atypical, but also violets, orange peel, nutmeg, cherry juice, hint of wax and chalk
    • Finish
      Violet, orange peel, baked apple, honey, oak, malt, a few Brazil nuts, medium length

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  3. remono scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    There was quite some potential on the nose, however, I suspect that the sample could not preserve the taste on the palate and the finish - anyhow, still pretty good
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, nutty, dried fruits, plums, dates, figs, little raisins, new wooden cabinet, spices, cloves, little nutmeg, white pepper, cigar tobacco, brown sugar, little toffee, hints of acacia honey, some cooked fruits actually oranges, jam - excellent!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, subtle sweetness, fruity, dried and cooked fruits, spices, cloves, little cinnamon, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, tobacco, sherry wood - very good
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, toffee, hints of sandal wood or cedar wood - a bit strange

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Sandalwood a bit mizunara like, sweet plums, raisins, subtle oak, varnish, chocolate, refined old sherry, excellent

  6. Turvekuukkeli scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Very elegant and balanced. Long finish

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Just tried this head to head with this :-

    The Adelphi just shades a close contest because the higher abv give it more staying power and the oak is more noticeable on the 1954.There is an added sweet note on the Adelphi but they are both similar profile wise and neither is heavy sherry, both are excellent.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    These notes are from a sample so price point what I call a neutral 90.A lovey wisky, just loses it a little at the end but hey uts 46 years old.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    My sort of Glenfarclas , its not  heavy sherry version, so elegant but the oak has got it a little and I think this was bottles a few years too late but that (humbly) is me nit picking.
    • Nose
      Very elegant indeed, on sweet plum, some brandy notes, milk chocolate, juicy raisins, , notes of fresh cream.
    • Taste
      Smooth, wow that is some palate but as expected at this age there is some bitterness at first and I detect hints of black currant.Sweet caramel, salted caramel also, a few smoked meat notes n the mix.
    • Finish
      Good medium length, smooth and its getting sweeter but the oak is in the background but its there.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    [September 2015] Wow, what a whisky!  I had a lot of old Glenfarclas already and they all were excellent.  But this one is even more than that, this is extraordinary, fantastic!

    ...and it was sold for less than 400 Euros until 2008.  I bought it for 384 Euro in January 2008.

    [December 2022] Thanks to my sample library I am able to retaste this great dram tonight, and guess what? Still, this is extraordinarily good! Let it breath for at least half an hour, better more because these very old drams demand patience before they unlock their secrets.
    • Nose
      96 96
      The nose is subtle and delicate with such a perfect balance that it is hard to believe. The sherry is fantastic old school style, not too dominant to leave space for all the other aromas like hints of peat (!), well-structured oak and some delicate fruits. All in a close to perfection mix.
    • Taste
      96 96
      On the palate this perfection arrives instantly with the very first sip. All flawless, all clean, all fantastic and multi-multi layered. The oloroso sherry is embedded in a nice mixture of different spices (among them traces of white pepper), molten barley sugars, waxes, herbal impressions and mineral-chalky notes.
    • Finish
      94 94
      This dram instantly coats all parts of my mouth with a creamy texture within seconds and without any drying or bitter moments despite 46 long years in oak. The finish is unexpectedly long, but it dries out a little at the very end. No wonder, given its age. But still this finish is much better than most of all other whiskies I tasted so far, and it repeats all these beautiful flavours from the nose and the palate. Simply great whisky, a must try for every true connoisseur!

  11. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    【First】: Chocolate sweet acetic acid plum malon Mont blanc cheese cake sweet brandy cake Sour taste increases with grated dry time 【Middle】: The flavor of the octopus like the expanding body cuttlefish is firmly spreading gently towards the top [Finish]: Returning priority Nose is also steadily passed on the tongue Philippi (pepper pepper) salt dry Clearly withered but it is withered but not settled

  12. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Glenfarclas with a review of Jim Murray;

    This exceptional expression of Glenfarclas was distilled on the 16th June 1954 and bottled on the bottled 27th July 2000, hence this is 46 years old. The bottling produced only 1193 bottles and some are still available from specialist retailers. Jim Murray reviewed the Glenfarclas 1954 for his 2007 Whisky Bible, as follows;

    Nose; Score 24.
    The clarity of the sherry defies belief; just a fraction too much oak for perfection but the kumquat and most subtle coriander give this such a delightful lift. A squirt of soft peat balances it out gloriously.

    Taste; Score 25.
    Faultless. Absolute perfect harmonization on the palate as the dissolving oloroso integrates seamlessly with the rich barley and developing spices. The chewiness is provided by German-style caramelized biscuit, the elegance by a clever mixture and intriguing of Muscovado and Demerara sugars.

    Finish; Score 23.
    Edges towards oak-fuelled bitterness, but some soft peats generate an excellent sweet repost; the oak is big and slightly bitter towards the end.

    Balance; Score 24.
    Sincere apologies for missing out on this is in earlier editions of the Bible. Apparently, though, this can still be found. Buy two: one to drink, the other to be buried with.

    Total score of 96 out of 100

  13. Ras Mazunga did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    Not as much (sherry)wood influence as expected which is a plus. It's rather delicate. Long finish for such an old whisky.


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