Glenfarclas 2001

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S20)
Calculated age
18 years old
4th Fill Butt
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 aug 2020 6:06 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 223.32

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 2001

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.91 points.

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The sherry doesn’t overpower the malt, it has a meaty funk to the sherry that is polarizing.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Meaty, nutty sherry, tangy malt, cashew, caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet sherry, baking spices, raisin, malt,
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lingers long with sweet and and spices

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  3. Slice99 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Don't let the 4th fill fool you! Trust the masters at Glenfarclas. Apparently it is a code for when they don't know how many times its been used. It is more likely 2nd or 3rd fill according to KWM. Cheers

  4. Matthias80 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A little too much on the woody side, a little bitter, and in my opinion a little too much sulfur notes. I'm usually not too sensitive about either, I like spicy wood, but not so great here ...
    • Nose
      Wood, more wood, then the dried fruits, spicy. Nutmeg, cloves, dates, maybe figs.
    • Taste
      Wood, a bit bitter, liquorice, the dried fruit aromas are a bit weak.
    • Finish
      rather weak. woody with sulfur

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Cereals, baked bread, malt and hops
    • Taste
      83 83
      dito. sweet, spicy, matches, alcohol well integrated, a few light fruits
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. tommy12 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Scent: sulfur (extremely unpleasant, the longer you have the whisky in the glass, the worse), cardboard, glue, tomato sauce.
    Taste: very intense, dull, astringent, dry, intense sweetness, surprising and special, alcohol well integrated. I believe this is the worst Glenfarclas Family Cask I've ever had in my glass. Really a shame! I usually love family casks, but this is not possible. I suspect that this underground bottling will be available for a long time to come at low prices. I would leave it anyway.

  9. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Oh man ... I have been excited about the "sucked out" 4th Fill Butts from Glenfarclas lately, but this bottling clearly has a too dominant (nasty) sulfur note, and I also miss the delicate fruit notes. With this kind of sulfur (match and rotten eggs) I somehow can't get along at all, but I often find musty and rotten sulfur notes (towards sulfurized raisins or musty vaulted cellars) attractive.
    I forgive the dominant pepper note or sharpness of this bottling because it distracts a little from the sulfur note ... I find it extremely difficult to award points, today it is enough for a maximum (disappointing) 85 points!

    21/21/21/22 (85P)
    • Nose
      Creamy amber with an orange sheen shimmers in the Premium Snifter while a multitude of small "legs" loosen from the streaks attached to the glass wall. Dark yellow fruits rise from the glass, in the background there is a minimal sulfur note which intensifies over time. Little by little, sweet trophic fruits push their way into the foreground, tangerines and oranges flash, as well as a few drops of grapefruit juice and zest from lemons. Suddenly it is there again, the emerging sulfur ... The subtle sulfur note is still acceptable to me, unfortunately this suppresses the delicate fruit note. Crumbs of caramel and toffee, hints of apricot and spicy wood, only the long and oily "legs" on the glass wall put a smile on my face at the moment ...
    • Taste
      The first sip flows tartly through the mouth. Peppery sharpness flashes, again (unfortunately) sulfur shows up, another pinch of white pepper suddenly sticks to the inside of the cheek while cozy warmth draws through the palate. Where has the fruitiness of the nose gone? Muted fruity notes flash briefly with the second sip, then the entire mouth glows, pepper and chilli heat up the tongue properly. Sulfur, in the form of spent matches, sticks nastily in the palate and on the tongue, here and there citrus fruits and dry wood appear. To be honest, I'm a little at a loss right now, I didn't expect this (negative) taste development ...
    • Finish
      The peppery sharpness fades slowly, the unpleasant sulfur note fades, roasted hazelnuts and a minimal smoky note appear. The mouthfeel is incredibly greasy, fresh mint and a touch of eucalyptus reconcile a little ...

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A quick comparison between Glenfarclas FC 2000/2020 (WID: 163370), Glenfarclas FC 2001/2020 (WID: 163369) and Glenfarclas FC 2002/2020 (WID: 163368)

    The 2000 somehow reminds me of a sweet herb candy. In addition, some orange oil and citrus zest, a few light to yellow fruits, forest honey, beautiful oak notes and wood spice. I just like it. For me a nice interplay of the reserved barrel (as far as sherry is concerned) and the distillery character.

    The 2001 is different. It seems relatively dull. Characterized by the oak. Hardly fruity. Chewed pencil. A mixture of rotten and dusty wood. In the mouth there is at least an additional sweetness and it looks a little more lively than in the nose. I dont really like it. There is not enough tension in there.

    The 2002 was definitely the one that got the most sherry. The color suggests that. But it is also darker in the nose and mouth than the previous malts. Dark oak tones, tobacco and leather, a few rather tart dried fruits, herbs, wood sugar and spice. Overall, it tends to be more oak than sherry.

    Personally, I like the 2000 best. Somehow it hits my nerve. So I'm glad to have a bottle of it.

    Then comes the 2002. It has more influence on the barrel, but of course it is anything but dead on tap.

    I don't like the 2001 that much. It's somehow a bit bland and one-dimensional oak-stressed.

  11. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Unusual 4th fill butt. At times this is more reminiscent of a good ex-bourbon barrel. In addition, the slight sulfur note runs through from the nose to the finish. Anyone who can cope with it is well served here. As soon as you get used to it, a nice tropical aroma with honey opens up in the background.

    Comparison with Cask # 900285, 2002/2020 S20
    Here we can see that similar malts can turn out so differently on paper. In a blind tasting, I would (pretty sure) not assign the two malts to the same distillery. The 2002 also looks older than it actually is. It applies to both that they gain in intensity with a little water. A long time in the glass is also good for both (> 1 h).
    • Nose
      Fresh, lemon and orange, a bit of sulfur like a match that has just burned down. Once you get used to the matches, tropical fruits come out: Mango, interwoven with the oranges from the beginning.
      With water: little change
    • Taste
      Pure: hot, burned matches, then the tropical fruits come with a honey-like sweetness. Strong tingling on the tongue.
      With water: significantly more pleasing and creamier, oak flavor
    • Finish
      Medium-long, peppery spiciness, fruity notes in the background, slight bitterness on the palate.

  12. I_am_not_HS305 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    price in Germany (November 2020) around 175 Euros


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