Glenfarclas 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S20)
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Aug 2020 6:06 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 263.63

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2003

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.63 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Glenfarclas 2003, Cask 102, 58.3% and a color to kneel down. For many Glenfarclas fans, this bottling of the new release was or is the first port of call when looking for a classic sherry bomb. In this case, expectations will not be disappointed. Cask 102 offers a new, modern sherry profile that leaves little to be desired in this regard. The influence of the barrel is limited here, but the spicy nuances and the malt still come through, but are discreetly in the background given the dominance of sherry. However, this was to be expected given a 1st fill sherry butt at this age. Is the 2003 Glenfarclas too one-dimensional? I would say he didn't deserve that. Compared to your previous bottlings from the new 2020 release that I had in the glass so far, this one is of course the most sherry-heavy. Of course, it doesn't come close to the complexity of a 1993 or 1994, but it offers a first-class, voluminous sherry profile that is sure to please many fans. After three 4th fills it was interesting for me to try such a dram again. I think it's great and I give it 92 points today. Simply because I like these sherry monsters too. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      Sweet, heavy, deep dark sherry scent exudes as soon as it is poured and ignites a veritable sherry storm in the nosing glass. Here it becomes immediately clear: THAT is a sherry bomb of the purest origin. Intense sherry aromas such as cherries, dark plums, dates, blackberries, raisins soaked in rum ... the whole sherry bomb register up and down can be found here in the nose. Just awesome. In my opinion, the 58.3% are astonishingly well integrated and only clearly noticeable during the first smell. But they flatten out over time and blend in harmoniously with the sherry-emphasized overall picture. Gradually, the spicy notes of the barrel are also noticeable. The finest cigar box, a hint of ginger and hints of roasted nuts complete the rather sweet aromas. With the addition of water, the Glenfarclas opens and we feel much milder in the nose. Although this does not change the overall impression, it makes it much more pleasant on the nose.
    • Taste
      The Glenfarclas is creamy and oily on the tongue and the 58.3% pushes a lot. After a few seconds, sweet and fruity fireworks will burn on the palate. The impressions of the nosing continue, are complemented by fine caramel notes, a hint of nutmeg and black pepper, but the sherry sweetness dominates the taste profile. Of course, the malt notes have a hard time under this sherry load, but when you chew them for a long time, they flash discreetly in the background. The second sip is then a little more pleasant on the tongue, whereby the 58.3% is still very present despite the dilution. More spice from the barrel doesn't really come through, so that the sherry sweetness sticks most strongly on the taste buds.
    • Finish
      In the finish, of course, the sweet aromas are retained for the time being. Plums, dates and raisins are still dominant, but over time they give way to slightly spicy ginger notes. The malt flashes again, the flow of saliva sends its regards and the subtle wood notes greet you softly from the background. This wonderful mouthfeel lasts for a long time before the oral cavity slowly becomes drier. What remains is a pleasant feeling of well-being, which is dominated by the sherry sweetness, but leaves a hint of malt and spice.

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This malt lives from its intense and powerful interplay of sweet and fruity sherry notes and a present wood spice. It is not particularly complex in terms of its aroma range, but it plays it out very well and intensively. Very tasty, but not quite as good as the similarly old barrel # 3773 (WID 127349), for example.
    • Nose
      intense heavy sherry; present fresh wood note; dark fruits; Cherries; Blackberries; Plums; Raisins; Caramel; Spices; the sweet fruitiness increases over time in the glass; Water makes in milder;
      - An intensive sherry barrel maturation with delicious fruit notes and clearly spicy oak wood, according to the nose it is, I think, European oak
    • Taste
      creamy-oily mouthfeel; after a clear sherry sweetness, a powerful peppery flavor comes through; dark fruits; Pepper; Dark chocolate; delicate tart oak
      - an intense interplay of sweet and fruity sherry notes and strong wood spices
    • Finish
      long and warm; sweet fruit notes of plums and raisins; some pepper; Spice notes; delicate-tart spicy wood notes; getting dry easily

  3. Yquem79 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Intense sherry aromas, dried fruits ... endlessly!

  4. mr_bovien scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    The nose is absolutely amazing and sweet truely sherry all over
    The body is not so complex and the legs are tight in the glas
    The first sip was strong and alcohol was a bit to much but 2. Sip so smoothe and balance is really nice still a little sharp on the alcohol but also 58% the palate is not the most intense and complex I have tried but still the notes of prunes and the sweet dried hassle nuts are present loooong time in the mouth and it have little to none cask influence witch I really love absolutely no bitterness
    Overall A real good sherry bomb

  5. tommy12 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    great color, roughly like 1990 S20. Scent: a dream, perfect, very intense sherry aromas, cherry, sweetness, honey. Taste: no wave (at most very light), taste is quite present, less complex, subliminally dirty, not a good swimmer, dark, somewhat one-dimensional, tasty. 89P

  6. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    price in Germany (November 2020) around 165 Euros

  7. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Starts off with an impressive nose that feels much older. Compared to older family casks I enjoyed in the same session (1986 w15 & sp17 and 1994 s18) the alcohol is not yet completely integrated, which make it rougher in the mouth. It was the most 'earthy' Glenfarclas in this session too.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Starts very earthy and dusty with some varnished wood too. Then fruits kick in: grilled pineapple, raisins, cherries, blackberries and lemon, followed by cacao and some liquorice. Quite impressive!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet raisins and citrus fruits, dark chocolate, coffee and balsamic. Some vanilla and honey, and a distinct mushroom-like earthiness that borders sulphur. A heavy, flavourful but boisterous palate, it lacks the complete alcohol integration of the older family casks.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Earthy with mushrooms again, followed by rhum-soaked raisins, straberries and some vanilla with a subtle herbal/spicy touch. Lingers quite long with a sweet background.

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Typical young barrel dominated whisky. Which doesn't necessarily make it bad, but the distillery character falls by the wayside.
    The bottling is absolutely free of false notes and shows an intense modern sherry profile.

    The 2003 is a bit out of the ordinary in the 2020 Family Cask Releases and already shows something of the transformation of Glenfarclas, which now also have to work with new sherry barrels. The use of quite a few 4th Fill barrels also shows the "holding on" to the older barrels.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Strong and young, dominated by the barrel. Intense sherry sweetness, mocha, prunes, cherry coke, musklat, clove, allspice and cocoa.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mouth filling and with strong oak flavor. Soy sauce, umami and creamy sweetness. Non alcoholic.
      Vanilla croissants, chocolate, butter and yeast plait.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Persistent, spicy.

  9. Igitor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  10. mothers_finest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    As expected, a good family cask and the winner of today's tasting.
    But it doesn't come close to the 2001 or 2002 Hogshead from last year ...
    In the end, there is a lack of density.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90


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