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Glenfarclas 185th Anniversary

Overall rating
88.74/100
votes
198
Whiskybase ID
WB183951
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2021
Casktype
Sherry and other
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066200376
Added on
20 May 2021 8:44 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 117.79

128 × in wishlist

198 × member ratings

1004 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 185th Anniversary

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.74 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2021] I liked the Glenfarclas 175th Anniversary edition very much (WB id 20657) because its composition of different vintage casks delivered an unbelievable erotic moment to my taste buds (if such a thing is possible with a spirit). So I have high expectations on the 185th Anniversary bottling...

    ...and again well done, George and the team at Glenfarclas! If you like delicate, complex and charming drams with a slight bias towards the bitter-herbal-spicy side this one is for you. All is perfect and even the price of around 109 bucks is absolutely okay for a dram of such a quality.

    Again, this is not a dram to be tasted when in a rush or using a small sample size only. To really enjoy the different impressions I suggest to have at least 5cl over an hour of tasting time (at least).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep gold and the nose a fantastic fresh and complex profile again, which is the result of marrying very old, medium aged and young casks together with every age contributing the best it can offer. Not a single flaw, off-note or imbalance that I can find and certainly they checked all casks to be not spoiled by a sulphurous treatment. This is a delicate nose with fine bourbon and sherry casks aromas completing the excellent 'farclas spirits profile. If you are looking for quick and powerful impressions you will be disappointed because there are none, this nose shines through its subtleness and vast variety of different aromas. I like it very much! It nicely opens up upon oxidation and offers even more aromas after 20-30 minutes of breathing time, so take your time with this dram.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is of equal quality with all flavours delicate and perfectly balanced. It leans a little to the spicy - herbal side which is something I like, but it misses the "sexiness" of the 175th edition (no erotic moment according to my taste buds here, sadly). But I never found another "erotic" dram so far anyway. This taste is both interesting to explore (because of its many different impressions) and dangerously quaffable to sip. Water is not needed but does no harm either.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming, peppery and coating with some bitter impressions of spices and wood which are tasty in this setting and not distracting at all. The finish is long and adds more of the bitter herbal-wooden flavours without loosing the balance, obviously they used much more European oak casks in this batch than with the 175th edition. The sweet malt and sherry impressions keep the wood under control until the very end, and again there are no distracting drying or astringent moments at all. A perfect casks selection, indeed.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An unusual Glenfarclas! Extremely heavy on herbs and spices with spicy wood tones, muted fruit notes and a fresh aftertaste. The hazelnuts already mentioned remain persistent and often show themselves in the taste and aftertaste. For me, this extremely spice-heavy anniversary bottling is a welcome change from the otherwise often fruity or wood-heavy Family Casks. Tastes and I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Light amber shimmers in the glass, an oily streak sticks to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter from which occasionally long and syrupy "legs" loosen. Roasted hazelnuts combine with raisins and dried berries, caramelized sugar is mixed with semi-dark chocolate and a pinch of cinnamon, abrasion from old orange peel plays with hints of grapefruit and a hint of spicy wood. Apricots and peaches, a delicate scent of fresh mint and wet meadow herbs, a few drops of cold coffee and again whale and hazelnuts, in the background are old toffee and a steamed mixture of spices.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows spicy over the tongue, hints of dark chocolate, mixed with fresh sawdust and old dry wood. Dark fruit notes, dried fruits, caramel and toffee, milk chocolate and an increasingly dominant spice note. Tart wood tones play with dried fruit, meadow herbs and spices, in the background there is a minimal note of smoke and peppermint.
    • Finish
      Peeled hazelnuts stick to the palate, spicy wooden elements ensnare meadow herbs and spices, apricots and a touch of grapefruit slowly announce the end of the aftertaste ...

  3. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great surprise for the anniversary and a good idea to create a very atypical bottling for it and to break new ground.
    But be careful: the classic Glenfarclas sherry flavors of the standard bottlings are only found here in nuances.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The alcohol is very nicely integrated. Significantly less sherry influence than expected. Sweet and slightly herbal aromas flow from the glass. But also very nice fresh notes.
      Sour apple rings, herbal tea, vanilla, fresh black pepper, honey, a hint of lemon balm, orange zest, caramel, fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful start, very nice and oily.
      Fresh juice oranges, spicy wood aromas, dried apricots, dried blood orange, dark chocolate, liquorice, some aniseed, papaya.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish, with espresso, blood orange and apricot at the end.

  4. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    A lovely, complex hammer, with a hint of layering.
    Very tasty.
    Balance 22
    Total 90
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wonderful complex nose! Fireworks of mint freshness and oriental sweets. No overwhelming! 23
    • Taste
      90 90
      Great taste. Sweet but not luscious. With a transition to citrus acidity and white pepper 23
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warming aftertaste. Mint freshness, citrus acidity, white pepper and quite a bit of woodiness. 22

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Apple, vanilla and almond.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Apple, pecan, almond, vanilla, lime candy and a little smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Apple, peach, pecan, cocoa, smoke and lime candy.

  6. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Happy 185th birthday! Good value for a Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Herbal tea, jam, orange peel, cinnamon, wax, hints of rum raisins, sugared roasted almonds, grapefruit. An unusual combination of flavors in a positive sense.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fresh herbs, raisins, dark chocolate, orange jam, syrup, rotten wood - but not wood-chipped, marzipan.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dry wood, espresso, spices and a touch of fruitiness.

  7. whisky_knight scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This was a fascinating dram, rather unique, definitely something I’ve never had before. This is what using casks from 6 different decades must taste like. It goes beyond the standard Glenfarclas standard bottle flavor profile into new territory (for me). It’s much bolder than a typical Speyside. There are elements that remind me of something from Islay’s Bunnahabhain, some Bruichladdich, some Campbeltown coastal salinity from Glen Scotia, but then there’s still this undertone that reminds you of Glenfarclas in some of the layers.

    What a nice way to celebrate 185 years. Happy Anniversary, Glenfarclas!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry, stewed plums, stewed figs, green apples, salinity, goji berries, distant notes of passion fruit.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Stone fruits, Maritime salinity, walking along the coast, ocean waves crashing against the shore, reminds me of Bunnahabhain 18’s deep coastal salinity. There’s some sweet-tart that evokes passion fruit. Ginger, salted toffee, then old furniture, dark chocolate bitterness, drying effect, like oversteeped tea.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, gentle ginger, more coastal salinity, caramel, faint honey.

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice tart and spicy Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      89 89
      fruity-spicy; Oranges; Peaches; Apricots; some grapefruit; Caramel; Vanilla; Herbal notes; slightly nutty notes; delicate tart wood notes
    • Taste
      90 90
      oily and mouth-filling; against the nose there is much more spice present and the fruit accompanying it; Orange jam; Dried apricots; also bitter fruit notes of grapefruit; Dark chocolate; tart, spicy notes of old wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      tart, spicy old wood; Dried fruits; some grapefruit; Orange zest; Herbal notes

  9. tommy12 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Color: relatively light. Appears much darker in the photo than in reality.

    Scent: restrained, sweet, light fruit (orange).

    Taste: nice sweetness (demerara sugar), very light cardboard, oily, harmonious, hardly any sherry aromas, alcohol not completely integrated. No interesting taste development can be determined. Overall, the flavor intensity is too low and it is a rather insignificant whisky. Therefore I cannot give a buy recommendation, although this bottling is still slightly better than the one for the 175th anniversary (WID: 20657)

  10. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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