Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
40 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L25 03 10 3 14:21 BB
Added on
14 May 2010 4:16 pm

Average value

€ 1066.88

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763 × member ratings

2029 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 40-year-old

78 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.39 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Tonight I am in the mood to do another of these crazy vintage head-to-head tastings, this time it is this 2nd release of a 40-years old Glenfarclas from 2010 versus the 3rd release from 2012 (WB id 52488).

    Both are great drams that are simply adorable and dangerously quaffable.  Around the time of their release they were quite affordable for a 40-years old and still a price point of around 500 Euro is okay given the quality of these drams.  If you can afford it go for it at auctions (but remember there are many later releases of a 40-year Glenfarclas that might be different to these)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The 2010 has a colour of mahogany and the 2012 is around one shade paler at tawny. The texture of the 2010 shows very late sticky tears and late slow legs. The 2012 shows some earlier and a little faster legs but still very late fat sticky tears. The 2012 offers a very bold and complex nose on fine herbal sherry aromas wih some spicy wooden notes. The 2010 owns less a herbal but a more sweet and fruity sherry profile that is at least as complex as the 2010. So the winner depends on your preferred profile - I like the more fruity profile of the 2010 a little better than the herbal of the 2012 but this is just a nuance.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste of both drams are multi-layered and tackle the taste buds with an unbelievable array of different flavours. The 2012 is nicely balanced on all the sherry flavours one can imagine plus some very nice spices (even some salt) and herbs. The 2010 is a little more spicier (peppery) but more chocolatey too. Hard to decide which one is better, in case of doubt I would prefer the 2012 here (but again it is just a nuance). Some water opens the nose of the 2010 even further but flattens both the taste and finish. Same with the 2012 so nose it with some water added and drink it neat (You think, that is impossible? ...simply use two glasses).
    • Finish
      94 94
      The 2010 immediately coats all of the mouth with a warming feeling, no distracting moments to mention (the tannins are just perfect for my taste). Same with the 2012 that is even a little more charming on that very first impressions (maybe it had the advantage that the 2010 already coated the mouth before). The finish is unbelievably long on both drams with no distracting bitter or drying moments. The 2010 vanishes nicely in different waves that get more and more chocolatey over time, really adorable. The 2012 gets more herbal again that is a perfect contrast to the sweet sherry aromas. Nevertheless I like the chocolatey finish of 2010 a little better.

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      Heavy aroma cargo, 40 years long storage time thank you. Plenty of juicy, overripe oranges paired with wonderfully harmonious sherry notes. After the raisins, cherries and a few blackberries, dark chocolate follows with a handful of hazelnuts and walnuts. There are always clear oak notes and some leather present.
    • Taste
      Strong appetizers, the juicy oranges and the dark fruit basket, peppered with cherries, blackberries, raisins, raspberries and a few blueberries, are immediately present. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and oily, the alcohol content of 46 percent by volume is perfectly integrated. The fruit potpourri gives way to a soft caramel note, some forest honey and dark chocolate with a cocoa content beyond the 70% mark. Spicy oak notes with cloves, cinnamon and hints of smoke / tobacco add to the overwhelming and sheer endless complexity of various flavors. What a harmony! Great!
    • Finish
      Very long and warm. Espresso, sandalwood, toffee, marzipan, a hint of smoke and oak. The finish gradually gets drier, enveloped by a pleasant, light bitterness.

  3. Moses scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    "THE" Glenfarclas. Unfortunately only in 50ml mini but great cinema :) You hardly dare to rate this bottle, because actually this amount is too little to describe the king. But I have to get rid of this experience.
    • Nose
      The nose exceeds my expectation. Great. What barrels !? Baked apple now, but so elegant, unbelievable. After an intense, creamy experience of dark fruits, add a wonderful red peach. Ohh man ... that nose should never end.
    • Taste
      The barrels register themselves on the tongue and tingle. Wow effect. Then the palate keeps what the nose promises. Dark fruits, wonderful oak, followed by the best leather. Everything together also results in fantastic espresso notes.
      Hello, Effect ...., my first at the age of 40. Wacky.
      Thank you Glenfarclas that there are minis too!
    • Finish
      I saddle the elegant horse with the sinfully expensive leather saddle. The panniers are filled with wonderful fruits and lead it slowly and proudly out of the precious wood substructure. This experience deserves recognition every second. For this price, a masterpiece!

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great Glenfarclas! Great fruit flavors with versatile oak! Maybe a bit too bitter from the second sip. 90 points!
    • Nose
      Sherry and oak. Red (roast) apple, Aromatic, spicy oak. These two impressions are so dominant for the first time, that little else is noticeable. It comes greener, sour apple to it. Hazelnut and fried almonds. Cinnamon comes to it. Christmas turns on the nose. Chocolate and sometimes sweet, the nose softens and loses a bit of spice. Peach. The oak went back a bit, but always remains there noticeably. After the first sip of leather and something Vergorenes comes. The apple is already a bit overripe, until it becomes a must. But at the same time Orange gets in the nose. Roasted almonds, pepper, some red apple and dryness in the mouth, along with an expanding bitterness reminiscent of espresso. The mouthfeel is full and intense. The aftertaste becomes leathery and dry. The second sip is more bitter.
    • Taste
      Roasted almonds, pepper, some red apple and dryness in the mouth, along with an expanding bitterness reminiscent of espresso. The mouthfeel is full and intense. The aftertaste becomes leathery and dry. The second sip is more bitter.
    • Finish
      Long with toasty aromas and mellow leather that lasts a long time and is dominant. From the second sip remains bitterness.

  5. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    as expected a bomb in the glass, a complete logical increase of all known Glenfarclas properties. Sherry, fruit, oak. Bombastic!
    • Nose
      ok, that's it. Yes, definitely. So must an ancient, more expensive (compared to other stills, however, dirt cheap) sherryfassgereifif genius Speysider smell. First there are these extremely juicy, ripe fruits, I find blood orange, mango, honey melon and what else do I know. The whole thing smells of a spring garden, sandalwood, yes, exactly. Then comes the oak with leather and a light soup spice wrap. Sure are the well-known dark chocolate of sherry and raisins and nuts, but who needs that with the fragrance.
    • Taste
      at first weird dark fruit, blackberry, blueberry, black cherry. Then quick transition into chocolate with exactly 82.4% cocoa ;-) Oak pushes against it with leather and light cinnamon spice, a hint of dark honey. What a monster in volume.
    • Finish
      Floats forever in the mouth, oily, creamy, evil.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Magnificent Glenfarclas. A 40 year old jewel for a more than acceptable
    (at least for a 40 year old jewel) price, ranging from 230 EUR to 330 EUR (so
    it pays, quite literary, to look around before you buy). If you get the chance
    to taste this one, do not let it pass you by!
    • Nose

      On the nose I get deep sherry, exactly the way I like it. Juicy and
      fruity on plums and fresh dades, a marmalade of different kinds of berries and
      mandora. Wonderful eucalyptus, making it nice and frish. Some marzipan and oak
      polish. Chewing tobacco and espresso. Pine needles and pine nuts. Salaciously
    • Taste

      It is very creamy on the palate, with a feisty attack (black pepper,
      nutmeg), slightly drying from the sherry and oak, but wonderful on dried fruits
      like figs and prunes. Turkish delight, dark chocolate, cinnamon and liquorice.
      This is simply marvelous.
    • Finish

      The finish is lingering and drying, with a perfect balance between the
      fruit and the wood.

  7. Gous scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Izzino scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    It was an amazing experience. Whisky is very beautiful, soft, woody, but with gentle charakter. Any time i would apreciate this again.

  9. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93


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