Glenfarclas 10-year-old

Overall rating
86.00/100
votes
10
Whiskybase ID
WB17497
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
white label , white capsule
Barcode
5010197000597
Added on
30 jul 2010 7:00 pm

Average value

€ 225.25

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 10-year-old

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.00 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2021] Somehow I am in the mood for an old standard release so I selected this 'farclas from long-gone times to recalibrate my taste buds for some more challenging old sherried drams ahead...

    ...and it is an excellent start, no doubt. This is the perfect example of an old standard edition single malt designed to provide maximum drinking pleasure without confusing anybody (e.g., through build-in special effects like heavy flavour spikes). Compared to today's "hit-and-run" stuff some modern drinkers may find this boring but I really enjoy this simple and reliable concept of "no-bullshit-malt".
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicious old sherry profile with the malt aromas still in the driver's seat - oh, how I love this simple but delicious profile! Both the malt and sherry play their strengths to the fullest extend without trying to dominate each other and the wood provides a perfect backing. Imagine a rock band with the vocals (malt) and lead guitar (sherry) in perfect harmony with the rhythm section (bass guitar and drums aka woods). Even if the song is rather simple it is a pleasure to listen to it just the same way it is a pleasure to sniff this dram.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is of the same pleasure and there is no need to do long explorations of this profile: This is a standard edition designed just for drinking pleasure and it delivers exactly this. There is nothing in there which could harm or limit the enjoyment of this dram not even any spectacular highlight impressions which might confuse a drinker used to standard drams only. All is like a pleasure drinker expects his/her dram - no flaws or off-notes, all flavours in great harmony generating tasty and lasting impressions. What else to expect if you just want to sip a dram?
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more delicious chocolatey and fruity flavours over time before it vanishes in slowly fading waves. Again no distracting bitter or drying moments, everything stays very enjoyable until the very end. Water is not needed.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/bottle-polishing-2020-four-from-speyside/

    Yet another bottle enjoyed to the heel before I began taking some notes.

    N: Rather stewed/well married, or as Serge brilliantly puts it, ’stodgy’. This stewed marriage [in glass] meant I found the delights & details unreachable much of the time, A waxy malty-sherried industrial/petroleum/briny pong was the main over-hanging feature. For the sadists, I broke that pong down to fusty-malty=sherried < creamy=milky-waxy, slightly sweaty burned/toasted barley [& plastic], with a mild and unique blend of Yogi teas, chai and oaky fruity ‘nougat’ – another Serge gem. A few more pointers included pecan halva [another one for the cookbook], organic vegetal scrub and olive brine. If you will, a soft sherried Inchgower at times.

    T: The sweet raisin-led likeness to a particular single cask DL Inchgower bottling [WB] continues. For immaculate details of this Glenfarclas, refer once again to Serge’s review [WF]. For my part, my main focus for this bottle centred around an almost chalky bitter-sweet-leathery-waxy > raisin-y chewy arrival turning slightly [ever-waxy &] oaky with some [more] soft toffee/nougat and a hint of molasses into aromatic ground black pepper [S=genius]. Simply, this is a well married [stodgy] waxy bitter > savoury-sweet thing, well-tempered without losing all its power. OBE would have played a part too. This particular waxy & briny mouthfeel isn’t to be found in contemporary bottlings.

    F: Short on peppery earthy wax – damn Serge! – finishing with a light tobacco & mole skin-sweet waxy maltiness, a soft damp cardboard note, faint budget milk chocolate and toasted heather. We see sweet dusty milky runny toffee at the death, remaining a touch heathery and raisin-y till the last.

    C: Amazingly this is my first Glenfarclas 10yo, so I’ve only the contemporary 15yo [which I have liked very much in the past] to compare it against. Those transport casks must have played a significant part in the radical difference between whiskies from two very different eras. Scoring fluctuated but settled at a well deserved:

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