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Glenfarclas 40-year-old

Overall rating
91.39/100
votes
804
Whiskybase ID
WB15943
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
25.03.2010
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
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 4:16 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1521.23

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 40-year-old

87 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

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.blog/
    • 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. Palindrome scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not to be confused with later releases, which rate lower

  4. 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!

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Hard but elegant. Walnuts, some leather, dark raisins, sweetish pipe tobacco. Grated orange peel, freshly ground coffee, slightly dusty wood. Old church, some candle wax. Licorice, lovage. A hint of eucalyptus, sage and lemon thyme. Very complex.
    • Taste
      Oily, slightly peppery. Dark farmer's bread with orange marmalade. Walnuts, almonds, raisins, dried apricots. Grape seeds, dark chocolate, espresso, tobacco leaves.

  6. 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.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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
      sweet!
    • 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.

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  11. MLE scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  12. riven1824 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Artus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Aged sherry v bourbon H2H 40+ years of age.

    This tasting started off with good intentions to compare sherry and bourbon casks of at least 40 years old to see which type came out on top.
    Usually I would say I prefer 2nd fill sherry casks and then bourbon cask.
    I alternated between sherry & bourbon but comparisons were too difficult so it became a regular tasting, so here are the scores for what it is worth anyway.

    Tasted in this order

    Single grains
    Lochside 1964 48 year 41.2% cask 6799 sherry butt The Cooper’s Choice single
    WB ID 72939 – 89/86/85
    Invergordon 1973 44 year 51.5% East Village Whisky Company (assumed bourbon)
    WB ID 12038 – 85/88/89

    Single malts
    Glenglassaugh 1968 45 year 44.3% sherry hoggy cask 1601 Rare Cask Release Batch 1 OB
    WB ID 53761 - 84/85/86
    Balblair 1969 43 year 41.4% bourbon 1st Release OB
    WB ID 38018 – 89/90/89
    Benriach 1975 40 year 53% sherry butt 7028 Batch 13 OB
    WB ID 85894 – 92/94/93
    Glenrothes 1970 41 year bourbon hoggy MoS 11026 Malts of Scotland
    WB ID 28767 – 90/92/92
    Glenfarclas 40 year 46% 2010 sherry cask OB
    WB ID 15943 – 90/91/91
    Longmorn 1968 41 year 60.5% bourbon cask 5274 G&M
    WB ID 69219 – 90/92/91

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    re taste for a H2H

    The palate and finish are worth 91 points the fruit is of the juicy wine gum type ,really good, no flaws.
    Good balance, tasty
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. bankimate scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Matthias80 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sooo good.
    Tried the 40-year-old and the 30-year-old against each other. A clear difference. While the 30 -year-old is clearly on the fruity side, with the very old the spice and wood come to the fore much more clearly. Complex, dense and beautiful interplay between the sherry fruitiness and the spice from the wood
    • Nose
      first of all very spicy, the aromas from the wood actually come out superficially. The sherry notes are there too, of course, but only in second place in comparison, I have dark cherries and plums, for example, which then come out stronger and stronger.
    • Taste
      Intense, heavy body. The full sherry program: prunes, dates, dried fruits, and a lot more. But of course also spicy aromas, be it cinnamon or anise, but also tobacco, old wood. Runs like oil.
    • Finish
      Nice, strong, really long finish. Cinnamon and dates dominate here

  19. Gous scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  20. 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.

  21. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  23. karloff scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp.
    I would probably appreciate this more if I had a whole bottle. This was like a peck on the cheek as opposed to a full on bottle relationship.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A delicious nose of red berry fruit and apples.
      If silk had a smell it would be something like this.
      A little bit musky but that is good in this case.
      Old wooden trunk box that contains old clothes.
      Over ripe gooseberries and loose tobacco.
    • Taste
      90 90
      This is not overly complexed at all, far from it, it's quite a simple profile but what it has is top draw.
      That muskiness that was on the nose is also in the taste and again it works well and gives it a bit of a tang.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium and probably it's weakest point. Still nice but from the taste it doesn't go anywhere different.

  24. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Great complexity, balance and depth - definitely a flawless sherry bomb - fantastic!

    Talking about head-2-head I compared this to the well known 105 40yo anniversary bottling and of course in terms of punch and power it is a different level but complexity and balance wise it's really not that far.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Lots of dried fruits, dates, figs, plums, molasses, tobacco, brown sugar, spices, little nutmeg, chocolate, toffee, heavy sherry, little menthol - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Little punchy, creamy, liquorice, more dried fruits, subtle sweetness, cooked fruits, toffee, dark chocolate, spices, little herbal, more sherry wood, littl emor emenhtol and euicalyptus - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, spicy, zesty, little more herbal, more woody, not drying - very good!

  25. RoKa scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, complex

  26. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    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)

  27. Dris scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  28. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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
      long
      very spicy, coffee (which is already something), spicy, good oak (old oak), pepper

  29. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Colour:
      Dark, reddish amber

      Nose:
      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.

  30. mrgood scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A smorgasborg of fruit, heavy ripe fruits, blackcurrant, cherry, red licorice nibs, brown sugar, a weeeee bit 'o rum, bit 'o chocolate, green tea leaves. Moms fresh homemade bread, You know how some Islays fill the room with smokey aroma by merely opening a bottle? This does that but with fruity deliciousness. The legs are thick and take a wonderfully long time to run. Finish is long and the taste continues all the way through it, which is highly unusual for me. Water opens it up a bit but I prefer this one neat

  31. kimmosuo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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)
    • 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).

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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 flaws. 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]

  34. Marcallan38yo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  35. wbarchive_485944 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      93 93

  36. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  37. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sampled this in a line up of Glenfarclas 13 (SMWS bourbon cask), 10, 12, 21, 25, 40, and the 105. It was the clear winner. The main difference between this and, say, the 21 and 25, was added depth and complexity. The clarity of the sherry notes, and the clarity of the sweetness in balance with the tannins rates this much higher than the others. The 105 and SMWS bottling, together with the 40, comprised the top three for me. 
    • Nose
      Refined, sweet nose. Grape and oak, with slight mint and sweet red fruit. 
    • Taste
      Smooth, sweet arrival of intense grape and oak. Sweet and spicy with red fruit. 
    • Finish
      Sweet and very long. As slight mint note emerges. 

  38. whiskybros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    View our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Glenfarclas-40yo-2010/c21kp/5725ceb30cf26b6d6847cfa2
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  39. p4blo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Even at the rising price it still appears as decent value whisky compared to other big players' 40 YOs. I expected just a little bit more, though.
    • Nose
      Very deep, elegant, old style heavy sherry. Tons of dark fruits, prunes, cherries, dates, spices with cinnamon and cloves, wood polish and these notes typical for really old whisky - dust, old books and old furniture. Excellent beginning.
    • Taste
      Well, it is nice with all the dark fruits and berries, chocolate, demerara sugar, cloves, but still the body could be a bit better, thicker. At 46% it feels a bit watered down. Still an very good taste, but could use a bit more power.
    • Finish
      Long, on cherry liquer, beautiful berry mix, oak wood with spices. Gets slightly bitter towards the end, but it's still very good.

  40. ZwiJo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  41. Thermidor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    It seems like a tiny amount of water helps it some. If you have a bottle and plan to open it I suggest corking it and waiting for 2 to 4 weeks before pouring more than a testing dram because it doesn't seem to be at the top of its game before some time has passed.
    • Nose
      Old, old, old wood and so much sherry. The wood just takes me away with its fragrance of furniture from way before I was born. A few drops of water to open it up and some minutes under a glass cover later: plum juice, blackpepper and allspice, then more old oak. Sweet but not syrupy. Very well settled and unusually complex as the nose seems to offer up many and varied aromas even during a single sniff. With a bit more water I find some sprouts as well.
    • Taste
      The body is perfect, sometimes burning my tongue a bit, then getting softer again. There is some trace of peat and it feels quite tannic. It's very delicate, not at all cartoonish like young wood-enhaced stuff is. It just sits down slowly leaving behind a very long but also quite subtle aftertaste. In the mouth drops of various berry juices in water, red wine, rum chocolates, then this waxy, varnishy feeling as if chewing on the furniture I found on the nose.
    • Finish
      After swallowing, on the tongue a very vivid lick of couch leather, then ripe tropical fruit. Some sugar and used coffee grounds too. More drying tannins, and then this waxy, resinous feeling covering my teeth and gums similar to what the F&F Dailuaine 16 does but much heavier. 

  42. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. MrRancho scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is great! The finish is also exceptionally good! But in between, in the taste, I miss something - still very good whisky! The 25y is a bit more pleasing to me.
    • Nose
      Very many overlapping and alternating flavors: sweet apricot liqueur, prune, candied orange, red apple, a hint of sawdust, some alcohol, against later also grass, moss, bark, but then again the fruits. Some fresh pipe tobacco, vanilla, figs, toffee.
    • Taste
      Oily, slightly tingling, orange, oak, cotton candy, some lime.
    • Finish
      Long orange, oak, slightly bitter, cocoa, light sherry.

  44. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I have always been very charmed by Glenfarclas. All the expressions I have been able to taste so far are all interesting and showcase craftsmanship and passion. That 40 year old is certainly no exception! what a magnificent dram this is!
    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/recensie-293-glenfarclas-40-year/
    • Nose
      A rich, fresh, fruity, well balanced and complex whisky with notes of fresh fruit, pineapple, papaya, strawberries, dried plums, mulberry, fresh figs, rich sherry, chocolate (milk and bitter chocolate), soft sulfur, a hint of mint , sweet licorice, laurel, voice ginger, antique wax, varnish, marmalade, toasted bread, marmalade, walnuts, hazelnut, dried orange, leather, coffee, oak, sweet tobacco, marzipan and cinnamon
    • Taste
      A soft, round, rich, well-balanced and complex whisky with notes of again a lot of fruit, dried fruits, plums, apricot, dates, figs orange, marmalade, resin, antique wax, soft bitter tannin, old oak, sweet dark honey, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, bitter chocolate, raspberry, brown sugar, hint to fennel, rich chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel, suede, freshly roasted nuts, orange liqueur and sweet tobacco
    • Finish
      A long, rich and slightly drying aftertaste with notes of oak, chocolate, resin, marmalade, dried fruit, soft varnish tone, hint to mint and in the end a soft licorice flavor.

  45. wekke scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose:
    Very complex and rich. Calves leather, cedar wood cigar boxes and cocoa
    kicking things off. Then we’re onto waves of sweet sherry and chocolate
    orange, marmalade and butterscotch. Hints of molasses develop and just a
    whisper of pepper.
    Palate:
    About as rich and intense as anything we’ve ever tried from
    Glenfarclas. The chocolate richness develops in the glass, with notes of
    chocolate raisins, dates and figs, orange and maraschino cherry. Then
    spices and thick espresso coffee.
    Finish: Sublimely concentrated waves of mochaccino and gingerbread, with deep leathery notes clinging to the end.
    Overall: We’re left speechless! It’s overwhelmingly good…



  46. Maczet scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Maczet scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I've got another version:

    1 02 1
    3 23 07 BB

  48. wekke scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Aged for a minimum of 40 years, this single malt Scotch Whisky earned a score of 95 points from Whisky Advocate.

    Gold Medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2010.

  49. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I've got another version:

    11 02 1

    22:58 88

  50. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Further tasting 26th January 2015.
     went back to this today to see if it was any different or my palate was playing tricks on me.
    Sure enough this time I thought it was much better than when I first tried it.
    Smoother, deeper profile and unlike before it was syrupy on the palate. I always rinse my palate before whisky but I have not had 2 differing tastings of any whisky like this one a week or so apart.
    My palate must have been having an off night, I also refused to drink a HP 25 as that tasted rank also, but I usually love HP 25?
    Anyway on this second tasting I understand all the glowing reviews, I thought it was lovely today.
     

  51. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  52. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    There are many people that regard this whisky highly and to be honest I have never read a bad review about it either.
    I am not a lover of big sherried whisky but I have had other Glenfarclas OB and quite liked them.
    This was a big disappointment , it reminded me of a less syrupy, slightly more complex Glendronach 15 Revival, basically it could have been any other heavy sherried whisky. Not bad in any way but certainly far from great.
    I think I have trouble with heavy sherry, I believe it masks too many other flavours for me.
    I will try it again as I really want to like it, perhaps my palate was having an off night.
    For the money this is very good value in one respect but I was expecting a lot more.
    The Talsiker 1981 20 year I had recently offered much more in terms of a complex and rewarding heavy sherried whisky.
    • Nose
        Tasted15th January 2015.
       the Black fruits/forrest fruits, obvious sherry, leather, polish, coffee chocolate.
    • Taste
      Coffe, chocolate, plum plus other fruits, a little bitter.
    • Finish
      quit long.

  53. autowatch092 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark copper
    Nose: Christmas cake, orange zest, chocolate, marzipan, cigar box, hints of cinnamon and a light whiff of smoke .
    Palate: Prunes, dried figs, seville orange marmalade, 70% cocoa chocolate, marzipan, a mix of delicate oriental spices.
    Finish: Long and fruity.
    Overall: One the one hand this a typical old-fashioned and luxurious sherry whisky, but the flavours also bear some resemblances to aged bourbons. A fantastic dram with an almost incredible complexity at an unbeatable price for a 40 year old.

    http://www.dramming.com/2011/05/17/glenfarclas-40-yo/

  54. franpincoffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/glenfarclas-40/

    The true definition of a sherry bomb! The nose is vibrant with notes of figs, raisins, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses. The taste is creamy and smooth with notes of figs, honey, lemon peel, and a hint of black tea. The finish is long, smooth, and warming.

  55. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    N: after waiting for forty years, you must have the patience to wait a few more minutes, to fully enjoy the evolution of this sherry monster. At the beginning, in fact, there are very intense rubber notes which, after a little contact with the air, gradually disappear. We immediately perceive the great complexity: there are notes of liquor (of vermouth, type), there are herbaceous and spicy notes (rhubarb), red fruits (cherries, even in the spirit, more and more intense with time! citrus fruit, orange peel ...), but also a very deep pipe tobacco. In general, the image of a pie with berries is gradually becoming more and more defined, because an almost vanilla-like, crispy, crispy sweetness rises. Notes of damp wood, almost stale, but in the background. Mon cheri. Some mottling of nail and eucalyptus solvent. For now, it's beautiful deep: an infinite nose, which puts almost awe. After a while it becomes increasingly "deep" and almost smoky; beautiful chocolate. P: large bombs of cherry and spices (nutmeg). As expected, there is on one hand an impressive amount of red fruit (what a show!), Whose sweetness, on the other hand, is counterbalanced by that humid bitter wood. Notes of cigar smoke, of tobacco leaves: it is also a little pepatino. Bitter chocolate. Over time, the fruity sweetness explodes, literally, but the wood does not yield a millimeter: however not too bitter, but perfectly integrated, bringing back those notes of aromatic and almost mentholic herbs found on the nose. F: still hit the almost 'smoky' notes, just cigar, along with an impenitent persistence of cherry and red fruit. Bitter chocolate, wood, coffee and many greetings. Lovers of aging in sherry can hardly ask for more from their glass. Drinking this Glenfarclas, at times it feels a sort of awe, as well as the overall complexity of the liquid, precisely because of the weight of the years, for the work of time; after all you feel more alive and at peace with the world (which "has never stopped for a moment", sang Jimmy Fontana) with a dram by Glenfarclas 40 years in his hands. http://whiskyfacile.com/2012/09/13/glenfarclas-40-yo-2010-ob-46/

  56. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Hard to tell if this whisky is worth the actual price tag. You probably will have to forget about the times before 2014. The second question is whether you are lucky enough to have it in stock or not. Forgetting all about such evil things as exploding prices, this one still is a sweet dream of a whisky, something you really hope to be able to drink behind the pearly gates. Dream stuff, 92 points, one of my three highest rankings ever.

  57. FarclasFanatic scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    An
    amazing dram. Priced reasonably as well (still available <£300 somewhere). I just hope it to be a tiny bit
    stronger (46% abv for a 40yo isn’t really too bad though). It’s already at
    pearl gates, but another 2% will make it into heaven.

  58. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    GLENFARCLAS 40yo OB 46% released in 2010 · Fragrance: cassis, plum, caramel, dried grapes with branches, old Sherry's grape feeling which is also a little brandy-like, a noble feeling, a little leather and herbs, a sense of barley are not so clear. · Taste: Crisply noble Shelley feeling, sweet and sour plum and grape, diluted coffee, moderate viscosity. Although Shelley feeling is strong, the sweetness is not sticky, and it is sweet and sour impure elegance due to the better acidity. There is also a good astringent taste, the balance as Sherry cask 's malt is wonderful anyhow. Medium body. To a fruity finish with a feeling of euphoria with a well-balanced impression. · Water addition: It does not collapse at all. The sense of noble Shelley like Old is rather strengthened. · Overall rating: Malt whisky of good old Shelly Cask. Anyway, the balance of sweet, sour, and astringent taste is wonderful, and there is no punch, but a feeling like an honor student with no faults. I think it is a taste produced by OB's vatting and good watering. http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=17261

  59. Wild Thing scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This new Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, bottled in March 2010, has been awarded a score of 95/100 by the Malt Advocate magazine. 

    Tasting Notes by Glenfarclas
    • Nose
       Antique leather, walnuts and chocolate covered raisins. 
    • Taste
      A sweet initial taste, orange segments, chocolate. Then a lovely flavour of burnt brown sugar.
    • Finish
      The dry finish oozes big tannins and more rich dark cocoa beans. Let the whisky breathe a little or add a drop or two of water to fully open up the dram. 

  61. Koloman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    takes a lot of time - before the tasting as well as during the same.
    • Nose
      old, damp wood, forest floor, a hint of smoke, memories of sherry
    • Taste
      abundant oak, earthy heaviness, nuts, raisins and dark fruits, firm and persistent
    • Finish
      Forest walk, dark chocolate, almost endless

  62. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  63. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Just read this review of Serge @ Whiskyfun:

    "Glenfarclas 40 yo (46%, OB, 2010)  This
    is the rather fairly priced (when compared to other 40yo officials by
    other distillers) new wonder! ......

    ->In short, a classic.<-

    ......................... SGP:562 - 91 points."Can't believe it, Serge seems to copy Edwin de Lange ! 

    ;-)

  64. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Price evaluation: Starting from a starting price of 240 euros.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  65. Whiskyinagogo scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    A fantastic whisky. A wonderfully engaging nose. This is amongst some of the best malts I've tried so far. A real extravaganza of a malt. Well done Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      Some oranges, liquorice, plums, some paint/varnish acetone notes (Perhaps more along the lines of wood stain in this case), cherry oak, cigars, raisins, and jam, JUST WOW.
    • Taste
      Rich fruits, some orange, and a very jammy development.
    • Finish
      A long finish, some berries, slightly resinous, bitter, and some herbs.

  66. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      98 98

  67. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    See the 2012 edition for a tasting note, please! 

     93/100 !!

  68. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Wonderful old gold’
    N: The final dram of this Glenfarclas showdown.  The 25 and 30yo haven’t been incredible so heres hoping i’ve saved the best till last. The 40yo is noticeably darker than the previous two so in this case the sherry cask influence seems more apparent. Its yeasty, its malty, theres ripe bananas and chocolate but most importantly theres lots of sherry, hoorah! -  mature, oak soaked sherry and happily the sherry cask and spirit are very well married. The pepper is light, theres some citrus and other summer fruits, there a light nuttiness [ground almonds this time], dried raspberry/cocoa/carab and a light herbal floral note - raspberry leaves, blackberry bushes, nasturtiums and comfrey [possibly] and a touch of Pyracantha. Theres so much here, i’m picking up loads of different preserves now and bitters/tinctures/cordials. At 46%, abv wise its the strongest of the trio but its also the most restrained. Those years of maturation have ultimately softened the ethanol and with it created a depth and density in flavour that make this whisky easy to romanticize about.
    T: Finally - sherry!, wonderful oak infused sherry, this one is on the money. Complex sherry induced syrups and wood oils are on show with clear notes of the charring that happened decades before this was bottled. The development isn’t at all complex, the peppery, oak spirit simply arrives and takes a pew on the palate - very proud of its many years of service, and rightfully so. This is wonderful old gold.
    F: Tannic, chalky with powdered milk turning to single cream then aniseed before developing to old burned vanilla pods. Theres history here.
    C: The Glenfarclas showdown is done and one thing is clear - the old one, its not perfect but its still a cracker!

    Scores an A-

  69. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  70. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    For a 40yo very complex and round. Not superimposed or too intense. Sweetness and spice in a pleasant balance, while so Glenfarclas typically warm and complex. A very fine dram. Outstanding.
    • Nose
      The heaviness of the 40 years are immediately present and are expressed in spicy oak, rum raisins, prunes and dark nut and cinnamon chocolate.
      Cloves in tobacco, stowed away from a cigar box, lying in an old, greasy leather bag. A touch of glue is above all, but not the solvent-containing as in the bourbon, rather in the direction of eagle owl.
    • Taste
      Creamy-warm, the Glenfarclas pervades the mouth and syrup-sweet, it glides over the palate. In addition to intense oak, he leaves behind dark fruits and orange, dark chocolate and warm cocoa. Caramel fudge with orange glaze.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Drying, with pleasant oak, caramel and orange. Sherrytoene complete the picture.

  71. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The Glenfarclas 40yo is phenomenal. And great value for money as well.
    • Nose
      Super glue, mandarine, sultanas, raisins, caramel and barley. It just goes on foreve!. I think I nosed it for about an hour before I finally dared to sip.
    • Taste
      A bit dry and woody, but exactly at the right level. It is spicy and fruity at the same time, with a pleasant bitterness and some pineapple.
    • Finish
      Coffee, pure chocolate and lighter aromas such as apple and ripe banana. It ends with a surprising cigar tobacco.

  72. Thriest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Thriest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, balanced whisky. Sample of Yapi for the HEBT.
    • Nose
      Raisins (olorosso sherry), sweet, spices, leather, menthol, and some light fruit notes.
    • Taste
      Raisins, light menthol, wood tones, leather, acidity.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, raisins, leather, slightly bitter.

  74. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample.

    Tasted head-to-head with the 2012 batch. Though their styles are similar, the difference is still quite big. This one has a fuller taste.
    • Nose
      Raisin, cranberry, leather, cappucino, date, prune, pepper, mocha, persil and a slight meaty touch. A spiciness like curry. After a while more fruitiness which probably doesn't come from the sherry casks, like peach, grapefruit and blood orange (zure matten). 
    • Taste
      Cranberry, raisin, oak, mocha, pepper, espresso, grill herbs, leather and dark chocolate. The sour fruitiness from the nose is more hidden in the background now.
    • Finish
      Coffee, raisin and dark chocolate. A little rubber in the end.

  75. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  76. numen scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend

    I got a bottle immediately after tasting it. The only knock that I can
    think of it is that it's too drinkable, the palate doesn't have the
    strength that one might want. It's no retiring wall-flower, but it's
    clearly brought down to 46% and could stand to be a bit higher. All the
    same, I was dreaming about having more of this for the next week. It's
    exactly what I imagined the elegant, old, heavily sherried Glenfarclas
    was supposed to be like.
    • Nose
      Ah, this is really lovely. Red fruit (berries) are still present,
      despite the age, along with the usual old 'clean' sherry notes: leather,
      chocolate, coffee, orange, and some nutmeg. Very elegant. Almost a
      shame to drink it.
    • Taste
      Dark oranges. A bit of leather, and a perfect amount of wood. Fine
      coffee drops in a chocolate liqueur. Lip-smackingly good. Maybe some
      nuts and other earthy notes.
    • Finish
      More on coffee, dry-dark chocolate, orange, and great wood. Really loving this.

  77. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/glenfarclas-aktuelle-standards-von-15yo-bis-zu-40yo-32917/

    Color: Old gold with light amber
    Nose: dark fruits (plums, plums and wild berries), creamy chocolate and raisins. Add balsamic cream with some smoke and a light rubberstitch. Now a bit spicier (compared to the 30yo) with red peppercorns and herbs.
    Taste: Oily, creamy balsamic cream, sherry orange marmalade, cinnamon, cloves, tobacco, leather, cigar box, lots of salt and more black pepper. Honey, vanilla, a little tarter and fresher (based on herbs) with oak trees that are just beginning to emerge.
    Finish: Relatively long - smokey and woodier. Dry marzipan and only a little fruit and honey in the finish. Most flavors are also transferred into the finish and sound subtle.
    89 points (nose: 88 / taste: 92 / finish: 88)

  78. GN? scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I would say the nose is the highlight of this whisky
    • Nose
      First nosing reveals a oaky blast from its 40 yrs in the barrel . iquickly fading inocinnamon dried hot peppers then the fruits take over pears, apple raisins bannana oranges plums aplle crisp leather oil coffee kaluha cherry pipe tobacco. I could probably go on every time iI nose this I find something different.
    • Taste
      oak cinnamon black coffee dark chocolate creme brulee  top with a healthy dose of black pepper  and some citrus in the background limes and oranges
    • Finish
      oaky cinnamon and leather with some pepper and herbal notes oregano thyme pop up.

  79. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not as complex as some worthwhile bottlings from the "Family Cask" series, but for a good price-performance ratio and with 46% good drinkable.
    • Nose
      Prune must with a slight hint of smoke and citrus.
    • Taste
      Pleasant sherry notes, spices (cloves and cinnamon, etc.), dark chocolate, some smoke and charred oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length finish with a delicate smoky note

  80. Wild Thing scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Find him better than the 30 year old because not so dry.
    • Nose
      Oak, oak and oak again ... Then comes the sherry followed by dried fruits like raisins and plums. But also has a few fresh citrus fruits to offer. Chocolate and caramel harmonize wonderfully with coffee powder and old leather.
    • Taste
      The 40 years are full, quite strong, bitter oak notes followed by coffee and black pepper. Surprisingly not as dry as the 30 year old.
    • Finish
      Dry and with a long remaining dark chocolate note.

  81. Nikelaos did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A big thanks to Jan Vissers (Whiskyshop -Zammel (B))

    Dear Bjorn & Jan,

     

    Here are the details for Glenfarclas 40 Years Old:

     

    1st Release

    Bottled – 25/03/2010

    2100 bottles

     

    2nd Release

    Bottled – 11/07/2011

    2100 bottles

     

    3rd Release

    Bottled – 26/11/2012

    3900 bottles

     

    I hope that the above is helpful and if I can be of
    any further assistance please let me know.

     

    Kind Regards

     

    Ian
    A McWilliam

    Marketing Executive

    J & G Grant

    Glenfarclas Distillery

    Ballindalloch

    Banffshire                                                                 Scotland

    AB37 9BD

  82. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Glenfarclas 40 year is a delicious sweet and particularly

    fruity drink, surrounded by complete aromas that arouse curiosity. He has a cognac color, in

    the mouth he has aromas of orange slices dipped in liquid chocolate with hints

    of roasted brown sugar toffee, strong coffee and liqueur. The aftertaste is long with some

    drying Tannis and rich aromas of dark cocoa beans. .

  83. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A venerable whisky to enjoy by the fire during the long winter evenings.
    • Nose
      Powerful, sherry, dried fruits (nuts, dates), woody notes, citrus fruits, coffee, milk chocolate, some caramel
    • Taste
      Creamy, always sherry, bitter chocolate, black coffee, red fruits, wood, licorice spice notes.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy, a little smoke

  84. d1scostu scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: At first dominant: Sherry! Oak!
    very complex (dark) notes, opens slowly. Earthy. Chocolate. Coffee beans. dried plums, raisins. old leather armchair. Nuts. Later on, "lighter" fruit notes such as raspberry or orange, ripe apples are added.

    Taste: oily, coffee, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, spicy or clear traces of oak (not too much or in a bitter way, even after such a long time!).
    Again, it takes a while for it to develop, but then it really gives you the throttle. slightly peppery.

    Finish: long in the mouth, always evolving. very exciting and delicious. As if you had just sucked a candy or eaten marzipan.

    great color! great whisky. Glenfarclas at it`s best.
    The 46 percent you do not taste out, in my opinion, like a few percent more ;-)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  85. Alex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great Whisky from a great distillery!

    Excellent vatting of 100% matured in 1st fill and refill Oloroso casks. Shows all of the typical Glenfarclas sherry profile, such as dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and oranges, burnt brown sugar, christmas pudding, all well balanced, nicely spiced and not too woody - even after 40 years in the oak.

    And the best - it is affordable. An excellent value for the price. I adore this statement from a independent, family owned distillery. 

  86. Alex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Rich dark mysterious Gold
    Nose: Antique leather, walnuts and chocolate covered raisins.
    Flavour: A sweet initial taste, orange segments, chocolate. Then a lovely flavour of burnt brown sugar.
    Finish: The dry finish oozes big tannins and more rich dark cocoa beans. Let the whisky breathe a little or add a drop or two of water to fully open up the dram.
    Comment: This new Glenfarclas 40 Years Old, bottled in March 2010, has been awarded a score of 95/100 by the Malt Advocate magazine.

     

    http://www.shanghai9.net/whisky-whisky/glenfarclas-40-year-single-highland-malt-scotch-whisky.html 

  87. christophe_carles scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

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