Glenfarclas 1994

Overall rating
90.13/100
votes
77
Whiskybase ID
WB163374
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S20)
Vintage
1994
Bottled
28.05.2020
Calculated age
25 years old
Casktype
4th Fill Butt
Casknumber
4337
Number of bottles
562
Strength
50.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 28 05 20 1 08:01 BB
Barcode
5018066200130
Added on
06 aug 2020 6:06 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 827.19

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1994

31 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.13 points.

  1. michik81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty OK
    • Nose
      87 87
      Walnuts, green fruits, marzipan, green apple, wet hay, tobnacco, hint of leather, little leafy, lime zest, spices, oak wood, little floral
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity, little honeydew, floral, green fruits, subtle sweetness, apple, nuts, hay, oak wood
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, fruity, spicy, zesty, woody, pepper

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Oh jolly :D a family cask is almost always a treat! And this one, well it proves that to be exactly right again!
    • Nose
      There we go! How about it… that’s a nice, mature and lively nose! Deep sherried flavors without dominating the whole. Very nice layers and subtle though intense aromas. Pomelo, apple jelly, plumb compote, blueberries and some coffee as well. The whole reminds me of a dunnage warehouse. The typical metal like smells is there as well, almost like Roosvicé Ferro.
    • Taste
      Beautiful, fully flavored, well matured. Great balance and tingling all over the tongue. Lots of things are happening. Really intriguing stuff and highly enjoyable! Full flavors of milk chocolate, milk stuffings, whipped cream, warm red fruit sauce and cherry beer.
    • Finish
      A lovely long finish in which lots is happening. It’s definitely not boring. Perfectly balanced here. Playful and certainly no red fruit parade. Lots of depth and layers. Rich aroma’s of herbs, subtle fruity tea and flavors of very old (bodega?) sherried casks. Like almost every family cask this is some quality stuff here!

  4. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Just a great whisky from great distillery
    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey wax, mineral, fragrant white flowers, white pepper, white peach, orange oil. Very elegant and mineral nose
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet liquid honey and sour dried fruits, immediately covered by a wave of dry wood spices and white pepper
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, dry, pepper, wood spice, anise. Very spicy finish. Not for my taste but nice

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Blender glass. Honey, fruit, wax, flowers, pepper are elegantly woven into a sweet delicate taste, light tannin bitterness, long finish. 23-23-23-23

  6. Lars93 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

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

  7. yarikovsky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    22.5+ 22.5+ 23 22.5+
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    A very controversial malt. At first I don't like it at all, but over time it opens up with its originality, which is what attracts me - a kind of cross-eyed model on the podium.
    But there are still a lot of clean and woody clerics. Blindly I would say that this is a 12-year-old sherry. Balance 22.
    Total 88
    • Nose
      Nose: in the foreground there is a powerful aroma of malt, dry Indian black tea, vanilla (surprising for a sherry barrel, apparently the 4th filling is still more just oak than sherry; or maybe the previous tenants chose everything well), fresh aroma of ripe Duchess pear ... Perhaps that's all. This malt compote does not allow me to identify 26 years of aging in the aroma. 22
    • Taste
      A pure cleric taste with a light oak cut, sweet dried dates and honey spread over a cutting board. 22
    • Finish
      Finish: sweet (all the same dates), spiced and spicy taste of black pepper 22

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  10. Ghi79kiRd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tea without sugar, whisky without a barrel, you need to get used to it. No raisins and prunes, no sweetness, nothing we are used to with sherry and bourbon. Just aged malt in a neutral barrel. I will study.

  11. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  12. eddi14 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  13. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  14. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Respect, what can also be gotten out of a 4th fill. The malt is atypical for today, but maybe that's why it's particularly good. The drop thrives on its balance, not on strength or intense but one-dimensional aromas.
    My tip: definitely give yourself time in the glass - after 20 minutes your nose starts to open.
    Strengths in the finish - at the back :)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry notes, a hint of sulfur, a little sweet and fruity, matchstick, mineral idea, vitamin C. A while later with dried fruits, some of them slightly sulphurized, a bit of orange.
    • Taste
      89 89
      warm-spicy-fruity-sweet, soft, wood / oak notes, spices, dried fruits, orange, a little barrel and white coffee, delicate tart oak, chocolate, nuts.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Initially with slightly tart oak, spices, a hint of chocolate and white coffee, the idea is nutty, pleasant. At the end, it is gently malty and sweet.

  16. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The taste is better than the aroma. World class dram!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. Peregrine scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

  19. riegerjonas scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    2021-01-17
    • Nose
      Oak seasoning, sherry, vanilla, raspberry, marzipan, nuts, raisins, pastries
    • Taste
      nutty, spicy, sherry, pleasant bitterness

  20. daverdaz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful and harmonious Glenfarclas!

  21. tommy12 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice scent: sweet, light fruits (fruit schnapps, grappa, especially pears), very light cardboard, honey, glue in the background, develops very positively with a little water. Taste: somewhat brittle, astringent, alcohol not optimally integrated, honey, sweetness, light cardboard, gains fruitiness with water (light fruits), does not tolerate much water, slightly pleasant bitterness, very slightly sulfur in the finish. Not again! - I just wonder where all the good reviews come from.

  22. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Kind of cool, but also very special. This musty, musty note of rotten hay has to like or at least be able to endure. Really a fireworks taste
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very strange at first. Musty, musty, exhausting. Reminds with a little of rotten hay or silage. With time in the glass it becomes less musty and nice fruity sherry aromas emerge. Red grapes and berries, leather, tobacco leaves and a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Powerful start thanks to the 50 Atü and yet a lot of wood influence. Nice, crispy and pulsating, dark aromas of leather, tobacco and oak alternate with the fruity sherry aromas. Has a much more interwoven taste than it does on the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long finish. I haven't tried many Glenfarclas yet, but they all seem to have this heavy oak note in common.

  23. wataya scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Vallado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I can fully confirm what hs305 says. Very unusual taste profile, surprisingly sweet and few wood notes, very "light" sherry aromas. Surprising - and surprisingly good!

    Update October 19, 2021: H2H tried again with the FC 1998 / s2018 (WID: 107033), and I find it different in taste, but overall on par and not much weaker than the 1994 / s2020 finish. In this respect, I am revising today from 91-92-93 to 91-91-92
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  25. Patrick93 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Chistmas Tasting 2020, a 4th fill butt in superb quality!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  26. Fight65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    X-mas tasting together with GF cask no. #900285, #1073, #102, #4084
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
      IT: 94
      B: 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  27. steinrich scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Another top notch 4th fill butt. For more tasting details, please read the reviews by Prof_Dr_John and hs305, they hit the mark. On a cozy evening with friends you could easily enjoy the whole bottle, fantastic stuff :)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  28. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    @SteffiFamily at some point you will understand why fudschafuja brought in the award again as a post. At the latest when prof_dr_john sells one of his bottles here ... ;-)

  29. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2020] Another one of my beloved 4th fill Family Casks releases and most of them were excellent, some truly outstanding. If a cask is able to support a 4th fill the resulting maturation is usually much smoother due to a better balance of malt, wine and wood aromas. In almost all first and many second fills the cask impact (both wine and wood) usually dominates the malt during longer maturation cycles...

    ....but not with this 4th fill here in my glass. This is the perfect example of a harmonious integration of flavours from all the different sources available to malt whisky (malt spirit, wood of the cask and previous cask's content soaked up by the wood) . To be honest: In that dimension this dram is close to perfection! Not suited for "sherry monster" lovers or wood-heads but certainly recommended to all who prefer delicate, complex and balanced drams.

    [January, 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and still I like it very much. But to be honest: A "secret" Glenrothes (WB id 182398) of the same vintage and age (and abv) is almost about as tasty and quaffable as this one, but its profile is different, of course.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers an impressive profile of complex aromas in a fine balance right from the first sniff. The malt is in the driver's seat (hallelujah!) and the wine and wood support it greatly with the best they can offer. This is exactly why I adore (successful) 4th fill maturations - they let all flavours shine without preferring any specific source. Just like with a great symphonic orchestral piece where all instruments are used in their best way. I like this nose even a little better than that of the 1993 Family Cask vintage (WB id 163375) - but use a big spherical blender's glass to catch all aromas, it is much less impressive out of a standard Glencairn glass.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Like with all 4th fill maturations the taste is multi-layered and complex and greatly chewable. This one offers a perfect combo of sweet and bitter flavours right from the beginning and their nice balance stays all the way to the finish. The molten barley sugars combine with herbal-tea-ish notes, the honeys with autumn floral impressions of haystacks and heather flowers, the fruits with leathery flavours and waxes and so on... Do not expect a massive sherry taste but look forward to fine sherry flavours integrated into a great malt's profile. The wood is very appropriate to provide a backbone but never plays a solo part (just like the rhythm section in an orchestra).
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with a great creaminess and no distracting moments at all. The finish is very long and adds more sherry-induced impressions which are very delicate in this setting. Absolutely no off-note or distracting mouthfeel at all, no bitter or drying moments until it completely vanished - wow, what a great mouthfeel and finish! Water releases additional chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter and a little more "aggressive" - I prefer the neat dram (it is perfect as it is).

  30. wbarchive_596123 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    I bought a bottle and will describe this bottling exactly at this point when I have opened the bottle and tasted the whisky. Then my taste impression will be at this point instead of this general statement. I've only written this now because I find it a bit annoying when people just document prices without being able to write anything meaningful in the base about the character of the whisky. Who cares? Then you could write the price for every whisky in the base - really "very" helpful. @Fudschafudscha

  31. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Comment:
    Probably the one who could get hold of a 1994 4th Cask 4337. In the run-up there were many concerns among the Glenfarclas disciples, because there are so many 4th fill bottlings in this release. This is why rumors are often rampant that Glenfarclas has run out of good barrels. In any case, there is a widespread belief that 4th fill bottlings cannot be good just from "worn out" barrels. However, one has to strongly contradict this here. Once again, Glenfarclas has launched a bottling that rivals outstanding 4th fill bottlings like the 3587 from 1998 or the 1598 from 2018. Whether this barrel is one of those barrels, the trees of which were several hundred years old, can only be speculated. Anyway, the 1994 Glenfarclas is a pretty dark color for a 4th fill. The nosing and taste experience are impressive. In terms of price, it was just under 300 euros. That is a lot of money, where everyone has to know for themselves whether it is worth it to them. I can only speak for myself and I mean: definitely yes! It doesn't always have to be first fill, this one also has its charm and it's fun to explore and enjoy. The comparison between yesterday and 1992 is easy this time. Both are very, very good whiskys, but completely different. I am inclined to give it a strong 92 points, one point more than the 1992, and maybe even upwards after another tasting.
    • Nose
      The color is dark amber and amazingly dark for a 4th fill. The 1994 Glenfarclas Cask 4337, like its older brother from 1992, exudes a flawless, modern sherry profile. The Glenfarclas is a little restrained on the nose. The 50.5% are barely noticeable, but I immediately have the 4th fill fragrance typical of Glenfarclas. A perfect balance between sherry, malt and wood flavors in a variety that is almost unbelievable for a 26 year old whisky. The colleague hs305 gave a detailed talk about the old Quercus Alba trees in his Tasting Notes for Cask 3585 from 1998. Could this barrel also be made of such a wood? Who knows, the dark color and the complexity in the nose are extremely multi-layered and absolutely on par with the 1993 Cask 1598.
    • Taste
      The 1994er pushes for its “only” 50.5% on the tongue. Not uncomfortable, but I am pleasantly surprised with the good start. The taste experience is complex, without any missing notes. Wonderful sherry sweetness, now not the brutal dark fruit wall, but rather fine, subtle, playful. The spicy note is also perfect. Not too dominant, not too intrusive, fine herbal notes emerge, accompanied by a hint of pepper, coated with the finest malt notes. Everything perfectly coordinated. The 1994 Glenfarclas does not need any water.
    • Finish
      The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and very pleasant. The Glenfarclas lasts quite a long time in the mouth. Compared to the impressions from yesterday's 1992s, the finish feels a little longer here. Aromas of coffee and bitter-spicy notes from the barrel now appear, which provide a perfect counterpoint to the sherry sweetness.

  32. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    price in Germany (November 2020) around 260 Euros

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