Glenfarclas 105

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Sherry Casks
60.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
New Label
Added on
08 Oct 2010 10:36 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 37.95

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 105

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.95 points

  1. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This was my first high strenght whisky back in 2013. Great value for the money and nice to experiment with in adding the right amount of money. Retasted a sample I kept from the original bottle, and upgraded my rate from 84 to 85.
    • Nose
      85 85
      After the initial alcohol attack (60%..) vanilla, raisins, amarena cherries, and coffee appear. Has a perfumy sweet tone at the background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, rhum soaked raisins and coffee. Almost like cognac on steroids.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A bit fruitier with raisins again and citrus fruits, accompanied by espresso notes. Becomes more oaky in the aftertaste: a bit spicy and dry with a whiff of tobacco.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A very well priced cask strength whisky. Value (£52/litre) : 8/10
    • Nose
      The alcohol is very upfront at 60%. Beneath that, some pears and caramel sweetness. Some of the dark raisin and sultana notes show here as well. Personally I would hope for a darker sherry note here.
    • Taste
      Here is where the ABV shows it's worth. Nice thick mouthfeel. Slight honeyed sweetness before the abv takes over. Loads of pepper spice and oaky notes as well.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, More oaky tannins continue here with some dark chocolate and raisins as well.

  3. JeJoost scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Fun as a first cask strength whisky, and still not terrible for an intermediate whisky drinker. For now I’m not in a hurry to replace this.
    • Nose
      82 82
      At first a very present ethanol, like hand sanitizer. Time in the glass mellows and reveals a sweet caramel, vanilla and wine. More subtle notes include milk chocolate, cherries, redberries, raspberries, leather, cinnamon and oak spice.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweet and sour arrival which turns into a bready savory flavor with the usual dried fruit sherry notes combined with oranges, lemons, raisins, rhubarb, ginger and a little vanilla. Reminds of flat soda for some reason.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium, semi-dry with a zesty bitterness. Raisins and vanilla sweetness.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    bottled 12/2019

    That was always an all time favorite of mine, but the new one makes it a little harder for me.

    The nose is young, but nice and fruity and sweet, there are hints of sherry, rather simple, but tasty.
    Lots of strength, sherry, wood, but noticeably young, yoghurt, liquorice, but still perfectly okay despite the 60% pure.
    Finish is rather tart, light sherry influence, liquorice, some wood, spices.

    Conclusion: I already had 4 bottles of it since 2009. There were also those without a file. Still good whisky, PLV Monster, but the nice nutty aromas are missing and the youth is getting through quite badly, more like before. A little shame.

  5. Mr. D. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    As far as I know, this is the only regular release that has a constant caskstrength of 60%, which is achieved by matching and mixing barrels with different strengths. The work is time consuming, but rewarding. Glenfarclas105 is a true classic in cask-strength sherry whisky
    • Nose
      86 86
      Withered figs, raisins, cherries; followed by cinnamon, honey, vanilla; dark chocolate; fragrant tobacco leaves; Oak bark; everything is in its place, great.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Taste at first scalding (still - 60%), but not with alcohol, but with hot coffee. The very moment when the first drop of coffee burns, you wait for the taste to appear, and it comes through the tingling of the tongue; raisins, prunes, figs appear; a lot of wood; everything is very pleasant, warming; hot chocolate with rum
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium duration, I would like longer; chocolate, cinnamon coffee; an orange note appears; the astringency of the oak bark accompanies the entire aftertaste

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison with the 22-year-old 105 (WID: 114761)

    Immediately after pouring out, the young 105 is much more present and louder in the nose. As expected, the 22yo is more reserved, dignified and also more confident. The fruits of 10yo / NAS are fresher there and also look a little artificial. So go towards the red wine gum. The 22yo is much more balanced there. The fruits are rather raisins and figs with nice wood notes. I would probably not have typed 60% blindly for both. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    The alcohol is now noticeable in the mouth. But that is also perfectly fine for 60%. Otherwise pretty much the same impression as in the nose. The 22yo is now a bit more woody than in the aroma. A bit of tobacco also comes through and maybe some floral notes. The 10yo / NAS again shows its slightly artificial fruit. Now there is also some oak.
    The young 105er in particular benefits from water. As a result, the fruits no longer look so artificial. The 22yo doesn't necessarily need water, but it makes it a little more pleasant.

    I did not like the 10yo / NAS because it came across a bit artificial and without depth. I remembered it better.
    The 22yo is a delicious malt. Roughly speaking, towards the standard 25yo with more power. But you definitely don't need a bottle of it.

  7. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Super Sherry Cask Strengh Whisky with great value for money
    • Nose
      Caramel, sherry sweet, pear
    • Taste
      Sherry, sweet, raisin, oak fruity
    • Finish
      Sherry, warming, oak, long, sweet

  8. gustundag scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Perfect balance and complexity
    Best value

  9. David_ve scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    it's just a great cask strenght whisky for that pricepoint.
    if it's your first cask strenght, take it easy and let it breath for a bit
    • Nose
      83 83
      just let it sit for a some time, (learn't that after the first to enthousiast dram)
      then it's a sweet smell, of all the good things.
      sherry, vanill, honey, ...
    • Taste
      87 87
      the first time i tasted this i god godsmakcked by the alcohol (dind't wait, just sipped to fast to much)
      that killed the first impression.
      next sip, take it easy, after that first kick gets out you find vannila, sherry, honey, dryed fruits, ...
    • Finish
      87 87
      the sweetness lingers on for a while, it's really enjoyable.
      spicy, fruity, sherry, cinnamon

  10. dandan798 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      sherry, apricot, raisins, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, strawberry,
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, sherry, raisins, berries, honey, citrus, grapes, vanilla, cinnamon,
    • Finish
      84 84
      sherry, raisins, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, milk chocolate, green apple, currant,


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