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Glenfarclas 40-year-old

Overall rating 506 votes 91.16
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
25.03.2010
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
2100
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L25 03 10 3 14:21 BB
Barcode
5018066094067
Added on
14 May 2010 4:05 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Tastingtags

63 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
26 Aug 2017 7:15 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 93 points

[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-year old Glenfarclas from 2010 versus the 3rd release from 2012 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/52488/glenfarclas-40-year-old.

Colour:  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.

Nose:  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 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.

Mouthfeel:  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).  I go for a draw on that dimension.

Taste:  Both are multi-layered and tackle the tastebuds with an unbelievable array of different flavours.  The 2012 is nicely balanced on all 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).

Finish:  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.

Some water opens the nose of the 2010 even further but flatten 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.)

Both are great drams that are simply adorable and dangerously quaffable.  Around the time of their release they were quite affordable for a 40-year old and still a price point of around 500 Euro is okay given the quality of this dram.  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...)

Weighted Rate
92.9
Nose
94
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
94
Price
92
Presentation
89
There is no accounting for taste...
Pollenflug
Expert Senior Pollenflug Tasting note
25 Jan 2017 2:54 pm
Pollenflug gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Schwere Aromenfracht, 40 Jahre langer Lagerzeit sei Dank. Reichlich saftige, überreife Orangen, gepaart mit wunderbar harmonischen Sherrynoten. Nach den Rosinen, Kirschen und ein paar Brombeeren folgt dunkle Schokolade mit einer Hand voller Hasel- und Walnüssen. Stets sind deutliche Eichennoten und etwas Leder präsent.

Taste

Kräftiger Antritt, die saftigen Orangen und der dunkle Fruchtkorb, gespickt mit Kirschen, Brombeeren, Rosinen, Himbeeren und ein paar Heidelbeeren, sind sofort präsent. Das Mundgefühl ist äußerst cremig und ölig, der Alkoholgehalt von 46 Volumenprozenten ist perfekt eingebunden. Das Frucht-Potpourri weicht einer sanften Karamellnote, etwas Waldhonig und dunkler Schokolade mit einem Kakaogehalt jenseits der 70%-Marke. Würzige Eichenholznoten mit Nelken, Zimt und einem Hauch von Rauch/Tabak gesellen sich zu der überwältigenden und schier endlosen Vielschichtigkeit verschiedener Aromen hinzu. Welch‘ eine Harmonie! Großartig!

Finish

Sehr lang und wärmend. Espresso, Sandelholz, Toffee, Marzipan, ein Hauch von Rauch und Eiche. Das Finish wird allmählich etwas trockener, umhüllt von einer angenehmen, leichten Bitterkeit.

Comments
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Lorion
Expert Senior Lorion Tasting note
17 Oct 2017 2:08 pm
Lorion gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Sherry und Eiche. Roter (Brat-)Apfel, Aromatische, würzige Eiche. Diese beiden Eindrücke sind erstmal so dominant, dass sonst wenig wahrzunehmen ist. Es kommt grüner, saurer Apfel dazu. Haselnuss und gebratene Mandeln. Zimt kommt dazu. Weihnachtlich mutet die Nase an. Schokoladig und streckenweise süß wird die Nase weicher und verliert etwas an Würze. Pfirsich. Die Eiche ging zwar etwas zurück, bleibt aber immer spürbar da. Nach dem ersten Schluck kommt Leder dazu und etwas Vergorenes. Der Apfel ist jetzt wohl schon etwas überreif, bis er dann zu Most wird. Aber gleichzeitig kommt Orange in die Nase.

Geröstete Mandeln, Pfeffer, etwas roter Apfel und Trockenheit im Mund, zusammen mit einer sich ausbauenden Bitterkeit, die an Espresso erinnert. Das Mundgefühl ist voll und intensiv. Der Nachgeschmack wird ledrig und trocken. Der zweite Schluck ist bitterer.

Taste

Geröstete Mandeln, Pfeffer, etwas roter Apfel und Trockenheit im Mund, zusammen mit einer sich ausbauenden Bitterkeit, die an Espresso erinnert. Das Mundgefühl ist voll und intensiv. Der Nachgeschmack wird ledrig und trocken. Der zweite Schluck ist bitterer.


Finish

Lange mit Röstaromen und modrigem Leder, das sich lange hält und dominant ist. Ab den zweiten Schluck bleibt auch Bitterkeit.


Comments

Toller Glenfarclas! Tolle Fruchtaromen mit vielseitiger Eiche! Vielleicht eine Spur zu bitter ab dem zweiten Schluck. 90 Punkte!

kimmosuo
Expert Senior kimmosuo Review note
23 Jun 2017 9:02 pm
kimmosuo gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
90
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 May 2017 2:15 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 93 points

[November, 2015]  I had this dram during an "30+ years" tasting at Bonn.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  Unfortunately I took no detailed notes.

There is no accounting for taste...
Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
20 Apr 2017 10:18 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

Old heavy sherry, overripe plums, plum marmalade, raisins, nuts, blackberry, chocolate. 

Taste

Blackberry, spices, sherry, old leather, balsamic vinegar (thick and fruity), furniture polish, wax. 

Finish

Long. Dark chocolate, old leather, furniture polish with some overripe plums, oak (rotten wood but not in a bad way).

Comments
Very old and ripe concerning its main character. Some overaged notes in here. But nevertheless a great malt.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10 (April 2017)
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
10 Apr 2017 3:05 am

N: Amazing fruit-oak complex with a little rancio and big fruity [sherry] vanillas.


T: Stupidly oaky. I really recommend adding water to aid the penetration of the fruit complex and vanilla bubblegum with blueberries, blackcurrant tinctures and the like. Either way, it's bitter bubblegum into the finish. Water brings added white sugars.


F: More bitter sweet tannins/oak, oak and more oak. Yet out of all that wood comes a zone only the oldies can go, with notes of blackberry juice bitters and magical fruit tinctures - unusually then for such an oldie, it’s actually the finish where many of the treasures lie. 


C: Is it me or is this way over-cooked, though there are no other floors. i came across this before and didn’t struggle with the oak then [score:90 - see below], though this bottle has been open a while. Still, it’s rather good.



Scores a B [87]

Marcallan38yo
Member Senior Marcallan38yo Note
20 Mar 2017 7:20 pm

This bottle was sold 450€ on The Whisky Auction Society(WAS) in March 2017.

Mario87
Expert Junior Mario87 Review note
04 Feb 2017 8:38 am
Weighted Rate
86.9
Nose
90
Initial taste
67
Body
94
Finish
93
Price
91
Presentation
90
JacobaEd
Connoisseur JacobaEd Review note
12 Nov 2016 10:49 pm
JacobaEd gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.1
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
92
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