Glenfarclas 2002

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W19)
Calculated age
16 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Dec 2019 5:05 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 292.34

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2002

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.02 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2020] Another new Family Cask that is very dark and highly scored - it seems as if any dark colour is very attractive to many drinkers these days but is it an excellent sherry maturation too? You cannot judge this by looking at the colour...

    ...but you can nose and taste it, and this is an excellent modern old-style sherry maturation, indeed! Yes, it is heavy sherry stuff but the 'farclas malt still manages to contribute its fine flavours to this dram. Actually, this is on eye-level with many of the great sherry drams of the past. Very, very quaffable stuff and one of the loveliest (sherry) monsters I had for years. Well done, Glenfarclas! ...and could you please stop releasing sulphur-spoiled casks in the name of The Family like the 1998 vintage of Winter 2019?

    [January, 2021] I re-tasted this dram during the NFL play-off match of the LA Rams vs. the Seattle Seahawks and this dram is as interesting and exciting as the match is. This is an excellent old-school sherry maturation (the cask was seasoned with old, matured sherry wine for sure) and I pray that the game will be decided soon - otherwise I will get very drunk tonight. But there are nights when this is just okay, and "Tonight's the Night" (remember Neil Young?). By the way, I fully confirm my old review and score...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a lush and flawless old-style sherry profile with all the fine aromas in there I wish to find in such drams. It is a hard job for the malt to hold its head up in such a strong sherry regime but it does the best it can. No, this is not balanced but it is unbalanced towards a very delicious side. No off-note but a truckload full of tasty dried fruits (raisins and the like), nuts and oranges, plums... (you name it). Hey, this is a very fine sherry nose, indeed!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-layered both on the delicious sherry flavours as well as as the malt and wood infusions. It is greatly chewable and the longer I chew it the better it tastes. This is a perfect sherry maturation on par with the great old sherry drams of the past. The taste is more balanced than the nose was which is a nice surprise. Again no flaws or off-notes that I can find, all is excellent.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives a little hot on the palate and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a sticky creamy texture. No bitter or astringent moments, this is a great mouthfeel. The finish is long and adds more of the delicious hot spices (white pepper, ginger, chili) to the chocolate sauce. Towards the very end a minor drying-astringent impression pops up but this is not distracting at all. Water releases more malt-driven aromas in the nose and creates a better balance there but the taste looses some steam upon reduction. I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced and prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).

  2. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Comment: Glenfarclas 2002, Cask 3318, 16 years old, first fill Sherry Hogshead, 54.2% and only 310 bottles. An absolute treat! He even tops his brothers from the Winter 2017 Release (Cask 3770) and Winter 2018 (Cask 3773) and goes one better. The nose is the absolute highlight, the taste is wonderfully balanced and harmonious. No bad notes, no sulfur. An absolutely perfect drinking strength of 54.2%, which does not take the palate and tongue as hard as in the earlier 2002s, a wonderfully delicate oak note that blends perfectly with the sweet sherry flavors - what more could you want. It just doesn't get any better. Here the guys from Glenfarclas did a great job and bottled the barrel at the perfect time. For me the best 15 year old whisky I've ever had in a glass. Cask 3773 was a real hit, but I like this one a bit better thanks to its balance and wonderful nosing. It combines everything that a "perfect" whisky of this type must have: sherry flavors, fine oak notes and malt-cereal nuances that, despite the first fill sherry Hoghshead, are not overwhelmed by the sherry and still give the distillery character its full advantage. So I give it a strong 93 points. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      Nose: Yes! THAT is the nose I expected from the 2002. This 2002 Glenfarclas is in no way inferior to its 2002 predecessors - on the contrary: it even surpasses Cask 3773 from the winter 2018 release. Wonderful sherry flavors! Plums, raisins, dates, figs, blackberries and dark rum (!) As well as brown sugar and cherries whirl up the nosing glass. Nut chocolate, a hint of marzipan and a subtle, delicate oak flavor and a wonderful grain or malt note underline the very sweet and fruity character. There is absolutely no trace of sulfur, no bad notes. Nosing is an absolute dream.
    • Taste
      Taste: In the first seconds, a real firework of taste impressions burns on the tongue. All the sherry flavors you can imagine press on the tongue. The raisins, figs, dates, blackberries and cherries described in the nosing are just as present as maltiness, candied sugar, light herbal notes and a hint of leather, wet leaves and marzipan. Unbelievably complex and complex. The spicy notes of oak form a perfect counterpoint to the sweet, fruity fruit basket. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate are added over time. Everything fits perfectly here. The almost 4% less alcohol compared to Cask 3773 I find advantageous here, since absolutely nothing burns and the Glenfarclas is almost like a liqueur in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Finish: medium to long. The sherry sweetness dominates first. Dark chocolate, raisins etc. let the rum aromas bubble through again before light tobacco, leather and the finest oak aromas are added. However, it was not yet, because the sweetness fights back for the finish and cherry flavors, chocolate and nuts share the last taste impressions before the brain suggests: the next sip please!

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 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.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. mothers_finest scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I tried the Sherry Hogsheads (W2019), i.e. 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002 in parallel, and actually assumed that the 2001 tasted best because I thought the last 2001 Hogsheads were all great. By the way, the 2001 is also the darkest. Now the 2001 is great too, but to my big surprise I like the 2002 even better because it is smoother. Thicker, more intense, sweeter, more syrupy, and more pleasant (or should I say "even more pleasant") in the mouth. You could chew on it for hours. No burning, no stinging - nothing! Perfectly bottled.
    In the end, however, both are very similar (i.e. 01 and 02), same profiles, with the difference that the younger one is even more pleasing.
    Very cool stuff, and at the age of 16 (I mean the whisky;).

    Don't need water.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. tommy12 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Dream color, fat bootlegs. Scent: perfect, very intense sherry, raisins, almonds, association: Christmas scents, sweetness. Taste: full, round, sweet, no rough edges, harmonious, alcohol (diluted to approx. 48%) perfectly integrated, long finish, no bitterness. This is how a family cask should be (if you love the intense aromas).

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic bottling!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
      IT: 93
      B: 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Laga93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A real masterpiece!

  8. bibjim877 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Truly a magnificent accomplishment in a 16 year old malt.

  9. Holle525 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    A really great drop, the best is the flavor profile in the mouth. Very complex but always very balanced. Sweet with lots of sherry and plums. We recommend.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Fruity, sweet, with lots of dark fruit.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Sweet, sherry, plum and a little pepper.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Very long. A real blast. In my opinion, the average rating here is too low.

  10. maurisso scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very well, very well indeed.


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