Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
40 years old
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

€ 963,76

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 40-year-old

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.58 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. 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.

  4. RoKa scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, complex

  5. Palindrome scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not to be confused with later releases, which rate lower

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Balance (23)
    Cool molt, good robot ... but no wow factor (93)
    • Nose
      polished furniture, orange breeze ... scattering of exotic fruits, herbal tincture, raisins, exotic gum ... soft oak, dried fruits, orange pie, cream and chocolate, wax, berries, walnut (24)
    • Taste
      Spicy, rich, dried fruit and sour orange juice, tobacco and wax (23)
    • Finish
      Dry finish, fruit and leather, caramel and wood, tobacco and polished furniture, peanuts, chocolate, menthol (23)

  7. Dris scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For me a lot of wood and the associated seasoning
    I expected more
    • Nose
      strongly musty, apples, old oak / cedar, sweetness becomes stronger, sherry, polish, dusty, raisins, chocolate, red grape / berry
    • Taste
      heavy and oily on the palate
      properly oak becomes more, raisins, bitter, spicy, slightly dusty
    • Finish
      very spicy, coffee (which is already something), spicy, good oak (old oak), pepper

  9. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dark, reddish amber

      The first thing that comes to mind is an adhesive note. Closely followed by oak. In the form of bitterness of an espresso and chocolate with a very high cocoa content. But very cool mature and relaxed. I'm just surprised by this fresh note of juicy orange and peach.
      With some time in the glass, the dried fruit comes through beautifully. Plums, sour cherry and a very elegant, dark grape note. Candle wax and here fits nicely the term cigar box. It smells really nice of wood and cigar with balanced seasoning.
      I can still decode some subtle spices. There's cinnamon and nutmeg. Hazelnut and dry waffles join. There is certainly much more to discover here. But I really want to try it now ...
    • Taste
      Dry, spicy start. And immediately there is the espresso and the hazelnut. Pleasant bitterness spreads. The slightly spicy tobacco taste first occupies the mouth. Very cool !!!
      A trace of Maggi paves the way. And then come the slightly sweetened dried fruit. The orange also stays in the taste. Sour plum, dry apple peel and again the nutty bittersweet.
      The second sip comes the more aggressive and spicy. Ne proper load of oak wort. Before the dry sherry aroma smoothes the waves again.
    • Finish
      Long. Only good bitterness again. Then comes the spicy cigar aroma with chocolate. Before it fades with set, slightly dry sweetness.

  10. mosesumike scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    "THE" Glenfarclas. Unfortunately only in 50ml mini but big movie :) 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
      93 93
      This nose exceeds my expectation. Terrific. What barrels!? Now baked apple, but so elegant, incredible. After an intense creamy experience of dark fruits, a deliciously red peach is added. Ohh man .... this nose should never end.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The barrels announce themselves on the tongue and tingle. Wow effect. Then the palate holds its nose. Dark fruits, beautiful oak, followed by the best leather. All together also makes wonderful espresso notes.
      Hello effect ...., my first with 40 years. Left.
      Thank you Glenfarclas that there are also minis!
    • Finish
      93 93
      I saddle the elegant horse with the sinfully expensive leather saddle. The panniers filled with beautiful fruits and lead it slowly and proudly from the precious wood substructure. This experience deserves every second of recognition. For this price, a masterpiece!


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