Glenfarclas 1968

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Handwritten label
Stated Age
41 years old
Oloroso + Fino Sherry Hogshead
702 + 5240
Number of bottles
49.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
be Belgium
Added on
22 Aug 2010 9:40 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 4646.41

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1968

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.77 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    In a way, this is like a richer, more powerful version of the official Glenfarclas 40yo: it shows different types of Glenfarclas style (with just two casks!), mixed together to create an even better result. Not nearly as elegant as last year's cask #699, but just as good in its own style
    • Nose
      The oloroso sherry is easy to notice, but it shows much more layers. There's a fresh layer of sweet fruits (mirabelles, redcurrant marmalade, lovely ripe tangerine and even raspberry jelly) and a darker layer of dried fruits (dates, raisins), chocolate and toffee. And a third layer of spices, oak polish, cigar boxes and some mint and eucalyptus. Just a hint of dusty oak and old leather book covers in the background. After some time it gets more playful, the fruits becomes bigger and the masculine side of the sherry makes place for a feminine softness and sweetness. A thrilling nose with awesome complexity.
    • Taste
      A firm attack. There are woody notes, prunes, lots of dark chocolate and some cold coffee. A few notes that remind me of a meat sauce with wine (must be the mix of sherry with the herbal elements). A little mint and soft pepper. Fig and blackcurrant jam. A tad less wide than on the nose but really impressive at this age.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, with lingering fruits.

  2. alectron scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Transferring previous Note (2011.12.04) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      oily consistency in the nose, thick juicy red apples & their peel,
      (warm) wax (a bit of beeswax, but also the smell of fruit wax [of the
      peel]), chocolate (dark & milk), perfect amount of wood, some honey
      & vanilla, spices (? curry & dried juniper berries ?). (94)
    • Taste
      first, smooth & silky malt with a sherry touch (dried fruits &
      chocolate), then a slightly sour/dry feel which replaces everything for a
      second, then quickly turning towards sweet malt again & some nice
      fruit , and some more brief wood dryness. (91)
    • Finish
      dryness slowly fades out and is replaced by beeswax, honey, rose hip
      & sea buckthorn tea (sanddorn & hagebutten tee...), chocolate
      (more dark than milk here), old waxed wood that drift in. Even later,
      some dried apple rings, more beeswax, now the pleasant wood dryness
      returns again as well (95)
      great lengths & complexity.

  3. magic_slim scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Top-notch Glenfarclas - highly recommended.
    • Nose
      An explosion of fruityness at the beginning, even dominating the inevitable sherry. Chocolate, oranges and apricots, dark honey and sandalwood. A very tasty combination.
    • Taste
      Warming and rich on notes of apricot-cake, decent but delicious sherry and dark honey. Almond bisquits and a little resinous are coming up. I love it.
    • Finish
      Very long, rich and totally pleasant.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Balanced, fruity, fine woody notes, spices - almost perfect sherry - fantastic!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Dried fruits galore, prune, plums, figs, apricot, jam, brown sugar, molasses, cooked oranges, tangerine zest, fine sherry wood, spices, little nutmeg, cloves, little mango and pineapple too, little citric - wow, so fruity - delicious!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Little punchy, oily, little liquorice, good sweetness, more cooked and dried fruits, jam, truck loads of oranges, apricot, spices, cloves, pepper, xmas spice, hints of ginger, sherry wood - excellent!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm wood, fruity, spicy, still good sweetness

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    polish, tobacco, dark fruits, sweet spices, textbook 60s sherried farclas, excellent

  6. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose- poetry !!! red fruit, dark chocolate with the best raisins, there is wax, leather, perfume, some vanilla with honeydew honey. You can smell it for hours.

    Taste - dry sherry , beautifully balanced, a lot of dried fruit, dark chocolate, jasmine, delicate old skin ????

    Smoothly turns into dry oak sherry in the finish, with skin wax, rosehip tea and dark chocolate staying long.

  7. Bartoszwhisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Well aged Glenfarclas, lovely 60's!

  8. Silenos scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Super tasty - the two barrels complement each other perfectly :-).

  9. vredensever scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: complex, resinous: sweet berries and fruits, Oloroso sherry, chocolate, marmalade, dried fruits in abundance, varnishes and resins, old oak, cigar, dusty leather binding,

    The taste is sharp, sour: chocolate with mint filling, menthol notes, pepper, dried fruits (especially prunes), berry juice, coffee, dusty ancient oak, tar, leather.

    The finish is long, resinous with dried fruit, notes of leather and tobacco, sour dried fruit, old astringent oak, a bitter hint of coffee.

    Conclusion. The old, respectable, sherry Patriarch ... Difficult, unhurried, who created a harmonious and self-sufficient link with the oak barrel. It seems that this whisky is able to choose who likes it ... An excellent sample.

    Rating: 94 (n24t23f24b23).

  10. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Glenfarclas 41 yo 1968/2010 (49.7%, OB for Thosop BVBA, Belgium)  A vatting of a first fill oloroso hogshead and a first fill fino hogshead, both selected by our friend Luc Timmermans. Colour: amber. Nose: think fruitcake, honeys, leather, putty, patanegra ham, mint liqueur and sandalwood and add a wee drop of very old balsamic vinegar. There, you have it. With water: the oak comes out but it’s not a varnishy one. Faint mouldiness, old wine cellar, saltpetre. Mouth: a tad more vigorous than the nose, more tannic as well. Pepper and capsicum, cloves, tobacco, prunes, old Armagnac, blackcurrants… It’s not a smooth old Glenfarclas this time, rather a fighter! With water: some fruits are back, some aren’t. Banana skin, dried pears, green tea. Finish: rather long, more on mint tea, with a little aniseed in the aftertaste besides the tannins. Comments: funny that Luc’s chosen these casks (while he had dozens at hand). It seems that he wanted to bottle something ‘different’. I think it’s really excellent but not for people who are scared of a little oak. I’m not ;-). SGP:471 - 91 points.


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