Glenfarclas 2004

Overall rating
90.48/100
votes
95
Whiskybase ID
WB144252
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W19)
Vintage
2004
Bottled
18.10.2019
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2383
Number of bottles
654
Strength
59.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 dec 2019 5:04 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 359.50

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95 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 2004

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.48 points.

  1. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Deloti scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. whisky_knight scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For those that have only known Glenfarclas as a “light Speyside” expression, this 2004 Glenfarclas “The Family Casks” 1st Fill Sherry Butt Single Cask #2383, matured for 15 years will change your mind. This is big, bold and a huge “sherry bomb” that blows away the recent “sherry cask finish” releases I’ve tried over the past few years.

    In many ways, this is like a big Highland release befitting something like GlenDronach. To think that the Grant family are able to take a big, bold cask like this one, and create its signature lighter Speyside expressions says a lot about their Master Distiller. This is fun, delicious and a completely different side of Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Classic, rich sherry notes. Stewed plums, figs, raisins. Halfway through the bottle more caramel, butterscotch notes. Zero ABV burn on the nose, even with the monster 59.5% ABV.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Medium viscosity mouthfeel. Even for just a 15 Year Old Single Cask, there’s a pure, deep sherry influence on the front palate: Figs, stewed plums, raisins, initial cinnamon and ginger spice (gentle-to-medium). It develops into a massive sherry bomb with a rising ginger heat by mid-palate (but nothing overwhelming). The 59.5% ABV is felt, but it’s in control.

      Halfway through the bottle, there are more notes of antique leather, old furniture, rancio, rich dark stewed fruits, plum jam. Dark chocolate bitterness comes into play.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. A medium ginger heat that fades beautifully over time. It’s coupled with decadent caramel, figs.

  6. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Exciting, after I had it in a blind tasting long before (with otherwise very lousy malts) my 91P rating came out below, now I had it again in a tasting with several top Glenfarclas (but only then noticed that I already had it) and these notes came around doing it.
    • Nose
      Very modern, balsamic notes like a rye, nutmeg, allspice, bitter orange, clove, some oak
    • Taste
      Nutmeg, chilli, black pepper, lightly charred oak, cherry, plum, raisins, clove, oregano, thyme, coffee beans, roasted malt
    • Finish
      Oregano, nutmeg, coffee, plum, dates, long

  7. Pie3k scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 88
      B: 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. KCLO scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. wataya scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  12. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    ALL NOTES AND COMMENTS OF A BLIND TASTING
    What a great part, a hint of too much anise in the finish for me, but otherwise an ingenious sherry ripening, 1st fill after all signs, which has also seen a bit of age, if it weren't for whisky I would almost have had a great one, 30 + Armagnac or Cognac considered, Speyside, 20+ years, 46-50%, more accurate distillery is difficult to estimate with the influence of the barrel
    • Nose
      91 91
      Hm, nice meaty or real juice ham, fresh forest berries from the bush, sauce made from milk chocolate, a little leather polish, red currants, camphor, a little red apple in between, later also nice, juicy toffee, raisins, later also noticeable coffee beans
    • Taste
      91 91
      Ah, great coffee, dark and freshly prepared, raisins, dates, figs, dark chocolate but just before the point that is too bitter for me, cocoa syrup, lacquered, elegant chest of drawers, camphor, saffron, touch of anise
    • Finish
      91 91
      Anise, sweet, high-quality liquorice, coffee cake, black walnut caramelized, hazelnut at the back, medium to long, warm, great, later also red apple that reminded me of old GM grants

  13. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. Vinyllebt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Currants, cranberries, fruit bread, cinnamon stars, coffee beans.
      First fruity after dark berries, then over time earthy, chocolatey, dark
      After 30 minutes and with a little water creamy, towards the warm cherry cake.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very dominant sherry barrel (rather modern, less nutty and soapy. An even higher score is at best prevented by the not so oily and buttery character (but it is quite possible that this shortcoming disappears with the right amount of water).
      Grape must, sweet and sour. Fruit bread, coffee.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long. Milk chocolate.

  15. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    split cask with

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/154732/glenfarclas-2004

  16. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The youngest piglet from the current W19 litter - can it keep up with the 2000/2001/2002 siblings in terms of taste? It can and how! Both nose and mouthfeel suggest a much older whisky. First a pleasant tingling on the tongue (diluted to about 50%, I don't leave the almost 60% cask strength pure on the tongue) then the dark sherry flavors dance and a short time later there are additional spicy flavors from the apparently active barrel. A wonderfully complex piglet teenager! In the meantime, well over 200 EUR have been called for this, which is hard on the border for a 15yo. But together with Glenfarclas Cask 3773 2002/2017 it is the best 15yo I know.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  17. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2020] The carnival is over and I am ready to return to my beloved drams - and I start with this new vintage in the Family. It seems it is a worthy addition given the high scores by so many members...

    ...and it is. This is a wonderful modern sherry maturation without any single flaw or off-note in a very interesting and dangerously quaffable profile. More of these, please!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers lush and clean modern oloroso profile out of European oak. There are beautiful dried fruits, nuts and herbs beside the usual sherry aromas and even the fine Glenfarclas spirit’s profile shines through (a little bit). The wood is just about perfect in the nose - neither too dominant nor too weak. I like this, no doubt.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is quite complex and nicely layered, one to chew for minutes. All the delicious aromas of the nose arrive on the palate as well and they play together in perfect harmony. No imbalance, no flaw, no distracting impressions - this is a perfect sherry maturation. I strongly suggest to chew this dram for a while as it offers much more flavours this way. Among them tasty chocolatey notes and more spices and fruits. Water smoothes both the nose and taste but to be honest: I like the power of the neat dram better.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot due to the high abv and peppery, it coats the whole of the mouth nicely with a minor bitter-drying impression which is not distracting at all. The finish is long and adds more of the delicious (dark) chocolatey impressions together with more malt-driven flavours (toffee, florals, waxes). Again I suggest to chew it still (despite there is no liquid in the mouth anymore) but the nice coating on the tongue still releases tasty impressions. Great stuff!

  18. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Comment: The last one in winter 2019 was the 2004 and it didn't disappoint me. It impresses with its pleasant and balanced nose. The alcohol is very well integrated and gives the whole thing a certain freshness. The wort initially remains very discreetly in the background. In the mouth it really gets down to business. The 59.5% push on properly. The addition of water is highly recommended. If you give him his time, you will be rewarded. The sherry sweetness predominates, but the wood with its subtle nature can wonderfully complete the whole. There are no bad notes, no sulfur. A whisky without corners and edges, which gets better and better with increasing time in the glass. In comparison, it can't quite keep up with the 2001 and 2002 for my personal taste. We liked these two a bit better. That's why I give 91 points this time. Slainte!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Nose: Very sweet sherry, which appears quite youthful at the beginning. Raisins, plums, honey, candied sugar, a hint of butterscotch, cherries and blueberries delight the nose. The alcohol with its strong 59.5% is very well integrated. Doesn't sting or bother here. A little water makes the nose a little rounder. Now the butter scotch is becoming more noticeable, notes of light milk chocolate and caramel come through, hints of espresso can be heard, while the oak flavor remains discreetly in the background. Very fruity, very sweet. Sulfur? None.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Taste: In the mouth, things are really neat. The alcohol pushes right first and covers the tongue. The sweetness from the nose is still there, but the spicy notes of oak on the tongue come out much better. I imagine hints of coniferous wood, a light breeze of menthol and again the sweetness of the raisins, blueberries, plums etc. A little less balanced than the 2002 brother, but fresher and stronger. With a second sip, a light peppery note arises as a counterpart to sweetness, which make the taste experience even more complex. Very interesting. Sulfur? None.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Finish: The 2004 Glenfarclas stays in the mouth for a long time. The tongue and cheeks are as documented. However, the impressions are now much more mature than before. The sherry sweetness is still there, but the influences of wood can now be felt more clearly. The tip of the tongue dries quite quickly and there remains a potpourri of sweetness, slight bitterness and herbal impressions. The espresso returns and together with the chocolate, the pleasant sherry notes show their best side again. Long, balanced finish.

  19. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's a challenge - a Glenfarclas one...

    THE BENCHMARK: Vintage 1998 cask 3587 N: 94 T:94 F: 95 absolutely beautiful, butteric in the nose and a charming sherry - refill like

    Vintage 1998 cask 4449 N:78 T:70 F:60 the more air it takes, the more sulphur comes out. It was around 86 points when pured now it sits at 78 - nosewise - and this is generous. Man, it's dirty stuff. It gets worse in comparisons to ist comrades. Stand alone the score might be better but in comparison it just loses. I just have this one chance to taste, sorry cask 4449 - too many 4s in the number, that's bad luck in Asia... and here in the glas as well. And I had high hopes riding on the 4th fill cask.

    Vintage 2000, cask 6285, N:91 T:91 F:91 nutty oloroso at the right intensity and quite sweet, fantastic complexity, maybe with a very slight touch of flintiness on the tongue/finish

    Vintage 2001, cask 2170, N: 91, T:90, F:89 strong oloroso sherry and spiciness but with a certain sherry note that is sour, quite bitter in the finish

    Vintage 2002, cask 3318, N:91, T:91, F:90 a bit too intense (hm, is this really a complaint?), slightly bitter in the finish and quite spicy (wood)

    Vintage 2004, cask 2383, N:92, T:92, F:92, sherry & spice at a high level, approx 15 years taste like 20. Smooth from nose to finish, the winner of this challenge, though it can't beat the benchmark 1998 cask #3587.

  20. tommy12 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the very beautiful 2004/2018 Cask 2024: This one is a little darker and a dream in fragrance. Great taste, a little more intense. Sweetness, raisins, vanilla and honey, looks older than it is. Wonderful, almost liqueur-like. Which one is better is difficult to say at first. But after a long trial, I clearly tend to this one. Long finish, caramel, very delicate espresso notes. A real treat! Also my favorite compared to the 1998 / W19 and 2000 / W19.

  21. Whiskybayer scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Nothing replaces European oak. Nice spice on tap that is never pushy. Fruit comes tender, dark fruits like cherries and blueberries. Tolerates water, it becomes fruity and the spice recedes.
    • Nose
      Sweet dark fruits, oak, cinnamon, coffee, some vanilla and malt
    • Taste
      Full, oily, the finest oak flavor. Not a gentleman but really massive. Still not spicy ...
    • Finish
      Long, with espresso and dark chocolate, cinnamon stays long

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