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Glenfarclas 1990 Edition N°24

Overall rating
88.04/100
votes
76
Whiskybase ID
WB148362
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Robert Brown
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L30 01 20 3
Barcode
5019066190117
Added on
05 Feb 2020 8:47 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 242.47

66 × in wishlist

76 × member ratings

340 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1990 Edition N°24

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.04 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    With the 24th bottling, Glenfarclas has completed the Personalities series. For my personal taste, the 1990 Glenfarclas is "nice" to drink. No more and no less. One would expect more complexity for his old age. The nose is rather disappointing, the taste is average for me, as is the finish. For a good 200 euros you get a lot more for the money at some Family Cask. It is a pity that Glenfarclas has also turned the price screw properly. If you got issues 22 and 23 last year for a good 150-170 euros, you have to spend over 200 euros. However, you cannot taste the additional price. I will not buy a bottle. I give 88 points. Slainte
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nose: In the beginning the 1990s was very cautious on the nose. Perhaps it is because I have been drinking whisky in cask strength for quite some time, but at first glance this one appears to be quite "flat". The alcohol is not felt at all. Gradually, very sweet sherry flavors appear, not the dark, heavy sherry notes, but rather light fruits. Honey sweetness and a light herbal note are added over time. Everything is very balanced, nothing stands out great. The alcohol is still not really noticeable. Not particularly exciting for me.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The Glenfarclas is oily on the tongue. Fortunately, you finally notice something about alcohol. A slight tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue is felt in the first few seconds. However, this quickly fades away and gives way to a pleasant sweetness. You almost think you have an ex-Bourbon barrel matured in your mouth. The honey sweetness is very present, followed by the herbal notes. I taste heather and delicate wood notes and hints of ginger. Everything is well balanced. No bad notes, no sulfur.
    • Finish
      88 88
      I would describe the finish as medium. As is typical of such whiskys, the pleasant sweetness stays in the mouth, which is gradually replaced by the herbal notes. In the end, a slightly bitter taste remains in the mouth without being able to completely displace the sweetness.

  2. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I'll make it short: woodier than No. 23 and also a bit more bitterness - otherwise harmoniously fits into the personalities. I would only spend 200 € if I want / have to keep the collection of the personalities completely.

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Mild, soft, oily. Nice sherry notes and more interesting compared to the 40 year old
    • Taste
      86 86
      You can taste the barrel more clearly than with the 40y
    • Finish
      87 87
      ... and the finish has more depth

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, a nice sherry/spice'peat combo with this one, easy drinking.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The 2019 edition was better - this is more overtly oaked - but it's still very good, old sherried Farclas. Just a bit too expensive for what it delivers, despite the impressive age statement. At around 150 €, I'd buy a bottle...
    • Nose
      89 89
      A lot of well-soaked sherry wood up front, big on the varnish-and-glue notes that old refill butts often bring to the table. Sweet and jammy, with a lot of active casks adding fruity notes (as was to be expected, considering the color). Add to this the tried-and-tested typical Glenfarclas meaty spiciness, and you have a winner (big deal; at this age, the only way you can spoil the fun is by using substandard casks, as in the 2018 "Thomas Reid" edition). The wood may be too much for some, but if you like well-sherried whiskies with a palpable sense of age, this is a pretty safe bet.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Big on wood spices and dark-berry sweetness, with plenty of savory Oloroso character. Doesn't feel too diluted at 46% ( though around 50%, this would have had an even better mouthfeel and scored an additional point for sure). The age is more readily apparent on the nose than on the palate, though.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A lot of oak with an appropriately drying impression, but still some nice acidity (heading in the "crema di balsamico" direction) and very little bitterness. The age shows, and it works.

  7. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A beautifully matured Glenfarclas. Its smell is the strongest side for me, but the taste and finish, unfortunately, drop a little.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet, fully ripe fruit, not as dark as you might expect with such old sherry whisky. I am reminded of PX casks.
      Quite spicy with light herbal notes.

      Over time, the sweet pastries that I like at Glenfarclas come along with a little roasted almonds, nuts and cocoa. Something spicy, old wood can be seen, later even some coffee beans. Over time, these notes become more and more present, while the fruit aromas gradually disappear.

      A very nice game of flavors when the whisky has time in the glass. Unfortunately, the alcohol stings in the nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Nice oily, strong and voluminous. Sweet and very spicy, honey, caramelized sugar, plenty of coffee, walnut and aromatic oak. Unfortunately can not keep up with the nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Creamy, slightly bitter, coffee, walnut, with a fresh note behind it - maybe mint. Overall medium length.

  8. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It smells nice.
    Strong, woody, slightly sweet.
    But also old, musty, leathery.

    There are pickled cherries, sloes, grapes.
    Old sherry.

    Strong in the mouth.
    And really good.
    It cannot be ragged.
    Full-bodied and round.
    Wood in sherry.

    Great!
    One of the better editions for me.

  9. michels_kevin scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A very good whisky in itself .... But for a 90 with this age my expectations were probably a bit high. Don't get me wrong, you get a very nice whisky here. The nose promises a lot ... sherry, sweet, dry fruits, slightly fruity.

    In terms of taste, it unfortunately lags behind for me. Round and balanced, but that certain something is missing.

    From the PLV there is a whisky with the 21 yo that costs less than half but plays for me at a similar level.

  10. RJKrueger scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad whisky and pleasant to drink, a little unspectacular. And the age certainly also determines the price. More for collectors. For me there are significantly better sherry whiskys in this price range.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry on the nose, but rather restrained; Nuts, raisins, some plum and orange. Pleasant, but not overly complex.
    • Taste
      87 87
      First soft and sherry-heavy, then a peppery start with distinctly spicy notes. Rather a bit impetuous. In almost 30 years I would have expected more complexity.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Already a long finish with notes of sherry and spicy wood tones, but not overly intense. At the end it runs out somewhat soapy.

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