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Glenfarclas 2003

Overall rating
85.73/100
votes
17
Whiskybase ID
WB191988
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S21)
Vintage
2003
Bottled
15.06.2021
Casktype
4th Fill Butt
Casknumber
1964
Number of bottles
610
Strength
58.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 Sep 2021 11:22 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 217.71

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14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2003

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.73 points

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Already after tasting the first bottlings of the S21 Family Casks, I unfortunately have to realize that, to my regret, this series is moving in a direction that is no longer a guarantee for mostly really outstanding bottlings. In the meantime there are more and more "average to good" bottlings measured by price at completely excessive prices below that.
    This bottling isn't bad either, don't get me wrong. A still delicious malt but nothing special either - so why should I pay over 200 euros for it when you can get something like this for less than 100 euros?
    What a shame, it doesn't make it easier to find the fewer - but still available - excellent barrels in the series.

    (Impressions are based on a sample)
    • Nose
      86 86
      relatively closed - water doesn't help much either; delicate light fruit notes; Oranges; Apples; slightly malty; some vanilla; spicy notes
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet delicate fruity notes; bright fruits; some pepper; sparkling seasoning
    • Finish
      84 84
      peppery-spicy; tender fruit; some oak spice (slightly tart)

  2. Vallado scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I keep coming to the conclusion that 4th Fill under 20 doesn't work for me. With this bottling, I would definitely not have blindly come across a 4th fill sherry barrel.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strongly spicy notes of meat broth and herbs, a slightly alcoholic tinge and gentle yellow-fruity aromas of apricot, nectarine, apple and lemon zest
    • Taste
      83 83
      Surprisingly clear, almost vinous acidity and tannins. 4th fill, really? But the barrel brought in a lot of boom. Somewhat light-colored fruits can still be lured out, but the sour and bitter wood aromas dominate. Even longer idle times no longer tickle out. Unfortunately kind of boring.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Quite long, quite peppery and strongly astringent, no hints of fruit whatsoever, personally too extreme in the hot-bitter corner

  3. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Matthias80 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted Winterthur 2022. Thank you Oli, delicious drop.
    Deliberately opted for the 4th fill, I felt less like compote and more like wood. Expectation was met and more.
    • Nose
      Oak, liquorice, anise. All in all, I found the nose (especially strong) to be rather subtle.
    • Taste
      But now! Yes, it's almost 60%. But it doesn't even really burn for that. Tastes strongly of oak, anise, raspberries (!). Also interesting that there is obviously still something of the distillery character there. Then come chocolate, honey, actually a few notes of sherry in the background. Something nutty and oranges. All in all it's quite complex.
    • Finish
      Chocolate, oak, slightly spicy at the end... the percentages...

  6. KlLLSWlTCH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The first time I found him a point better. The smell is fun too, but the rest isn't my cup of tea at all. So far the worst family cask I've had the pleasure of trying.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh in the glass, it initially exudes a copper/small change smell. Then a nice herbal note. cocoa powder. Dry. In any case, he keeps a relatively low profile at first, maybe he'll open up if I add a few drops of water afterwards. A pleasant floral scent in the background. hay and oak. It's also fruity, apricot, but far less than I had hoped for.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry, bitter, pungent. Maybe a bit of quince. Hay.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The wood comes out, gently at first, then very bitter over time. Too bitter for my taste.

  8. KlLLSWlTCH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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