Glenfarclas 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks - Special Release
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
19 Nov 2020 3:19 pm by Rhönräuber
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 194.95

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44 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2008

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.95 points

  1. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Relatively young family cask that is qualitatively on par with a Glengoyne Teapot Dram, possibly. is even better.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Freshly baked bread, sherry, warm, sour red fruit jelly with sweet vanilla sauce, fresh oak sawdust.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, pleasantly warming sweetness, orange liqueur, brandy / brandy, cinnamon, peach and honey, no stinging, no sulfur, no bitterness - a harmonious composition.
    • Finish
      89 89
      After the first sip, entertaining aromas of dried sour cherries and caramelized cotton candy. After the second sip, cherry stone and subtle oak aromas are added, which cover the mouth and tongue for a medium length.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    0 fruit, so 0 for me, very monotonous, "strange" in a not good way ...
    • Nose
      Hazelnut spirit? Wtf is this? 0 whisky, 80% dust-dry hazelnut, 20% dust-dry cocoa powder, walnut, chestnut, chest of drawers, dried out leather, Earl Gray
    • Taste
      A halfway good rye? Pure rye bread, Russian bread, walnut, chestnut, crumbled liquorice, tick toffee and manuka honey, fennel
    • Finish
      Walnut, chestnut, mixed nuts, more dry leather

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion a very successful FC Special Release. Extremely nutty and fruity sweet on the nose, a bit more bitter and woody in taste, the aftertaste will be remembered for a long time with a nutty note with a fresh note of menthol. Adding water is not absolutely necessary, but it throws a different light on this young bottling and gives the piglet a few new facets and flavors.

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Long and thick "legs" stick to the glass wall while rust-brown amber shines out of the Premium Snifter. Nutty aromas of sherry come into their own, raisins play with sweet caramel and toffee, cinnamon and dusty cocoa powder lie in the background. Vineyard peaches and apricots, milk chocolate with a hint of sour cherries, the nose looks wonderfully balanced. Red, slightly tart berries mix with a minimal hint of citrus fruits and spicy wood, the nose is extremely sweet and fruity, but cocoa and nuts dominate most of the time!
      Edit: After adding a few drops of water, the nose gains sugar, cocoa, chocolate with sour cherries and velvety vineyard peaches, but the nutty note (unfortunately) withdraws, wet leather and hints of sweet tobacco come into their own.
    • Taste
      Grapes and berries flow darkly through the mouth, spicy oak flatters the tongue with a touch of black pepper, vineyard peaches and zest from orange peel appear clumsy. A touch of tart grapefruit mixes with fresh mint and menthol, peeled hazelnuts with grated dark chocolate lie in the background. At the beginning of the second sip, salt and caramel flash, nuts linger with dark chocolate on the tongue before pepper ends with grapefruit peel and a few drops of espresso in aromatic walnuts and hazelnuts.
      Edit: In terms of taste, the Glenfarclas also gains significantly in volume and aromas. Chocolate, nuts, cherries, oranges, vineyard peaches with apricots and sweet raisins, fresh mint, a slightly salty note, even leather and tobacco appear ...
    • Finish
      Peeled hazelnuts leave an intense and voluminous nut aroma on the palate, dark wood tones appear slightly oily and greasy, sour cherries end with a hint of tobacco and leather.
      Edit: The aftertaste becomes creamier and smearier by adding water, the nuts come into their own, raisins end in mint and menthol, with wet leather the aftertaste gradually fades and leaves a fresh mouthfeel.

  4. whiskybommel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This Glenfarclas Family Cask (2437) was bottled for Hawe Bremen and is a Germany exclusive. It is 12 years old, was distilled in 2008, bottled in 2020 at 56.8% and matured in a 1st fill Sherry Hogshead.

    On the nose I had, above all, amarena cherries. Along with that I found some lovely milk chocolate, nougat, a Christmas-y spiciness, fresh leather, wet tobacco leaves, some heavy Sherry and Umeboshi (dried and salty plums).

    On the palate, the malt arrives with an amazingly thick and oily mouthfeel with heavy notes of Sherry, salty chocolate and raisins. I almost had the feeling as if the malt was lightly peated (of course it isn't!) probably because of a charred cask and the distinct tobacco leaves, which the nose had already promised. Additionally there is a leathery feel to the whisky along with some oaky spices and a light acidity. Interestingly, no cherries at this stage.

    The finish keeps lingering with ever more chocolate and yes, the cherries are clearly recognisable now. The tobacco is also very present and the mouth keeps feeling sticky because the malt is so thick. Additionally, I also found some salty and sweet honey in the finish.

    WOW, what can I say. This is beautiful and exactly what heavily sherried whisky should be - but somehow still without the Sherry being too dominant. It is always stunning when a malt as young as this one is already that mature. It must have been a very good cask. At about 160€ this is not the cheapest 12-year-old you'll find - but definitely one that's worth the money!

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A little young, but well developed and complex.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Raisins, a lot of fruity-sweet sherry and thick vanilla, over which there is tingling spice from oak wood, cinnamon and clove, caramel and hazelnut cream, forest honey, fruity-heavy dry plums in liqueur, salty-oily structures, deep velvety cedar and nutmeg, mint and ginger traces, fully ripe cherries with milk and dark chocolate elements, chopped walnuts, brown rock candy, resinous pine needles, the finest balsamic vinegar with a few breadcrumbs and pepper, some tea and tobacco, earthy, a hint of apple
    • Taste
      89 89
      very powerful, spicy with clove and cinnamon, fruity sherry, delicate bitterness with cocoa powder, prunes, dry oak, leather and vanilla, very salty and oily in the texture, traces of ginger, dark chocolate with hazelnut cream, earthy milk coffee, balsamic vinegar with pickled oranges and tart peppercorns , Cherries, apple, blossom honey, bread, tobacco, walnut, minimal sulfur touches
    • Finish
      89 89
      Forest honey and pepper, oily and salty balsamic vinegar, tingling spice, soft oak with clove and cinnamon, subtle sherry, some cherries and prunes, cocoa powder, walnuts, some barley malt, leather and hazelnut


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