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Glenfarclas 1994

Overall rating
89.73/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB191997
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S21)
Vintage
1994
Bottled
09.06.2021
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1583
Number of bottles
540
Strength
54.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 sep 2021 11:23 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 344.51

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32 × member ratings

55 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1994

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.73 points

  1. sengaia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    So far the 1994 Glenfarclas vintage has been good to me and this cask continues that tradition. The nose is classic refill sherry on dried fruits, tobacco, oranges and autumn leaves. Very clean and sharp.

    The palate intensifies the sherry notes, adds pepper, ginger and oak spices. The oak is more present here, but the malt still holds the upper hand. The palate is less complex than the nose but still very enjoyable. This is a very good textbook example of a well aged refill sherry casked Glenfarclas. If you’ve had one before you will enjoy this and if you have not, you should.

    I don’t think there is any other distillery currently bottling this age and profile of whisky, and the Family Cask series remains a singular and important series, despite the strain on our budgets.

  2. tommy12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: rather a little lighter.
    Nose: full, heavy, hardly any cardboard, vanilla, sweetness, alcohol well integrated, no smoke, no off-notes, butterscotch/caramel. You rarely have such a beautiful bouquet!
    Taste (tried diluted): Alcohol burns a bit at first, maybe there is also some pepper/chilli, almost more reminiscent of a bourbon than a sherry cask, wonderful sweetness, very slight bitterness (dark chocolate), very slight earthiness, nice spiciness. harmonious. Complex. mouth coating.
    So far I have also had the 1990, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 bottlings of the S21 release in my glass. All of these were not really convincing for my taste. 1990/S21 is still worth mentioning positively, but it only got very close to 90 points from me and is not a purchase recommendation. 1990/S20 was so incredibly much better. The 1994/S21 bottling discussed here is for me the best so far from the S/2021 release. So I bought another bottle. As you might expect, this isn't a sherry bomb, but a great old Family Cask with a very nice balance between cask influence and distillery character. The aroma intensity is quite high for a refill cask.
    In view of the many tried and mostly only moderately good bottlings of the releases S20 and S21, I can now see a certain disappointment with regard to the Family Cask series from Glenfarclas. Prices go up while quality goes down over the years. Finding a nice bottling is now like a lottery. Most of them are not worth the price imho.

  3. Vallado scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Leather, raisins, plums, peaches, herbs, maple syrup, light fruity freshness towards orange zest
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peppery start, but immediately afterwards the sweetness of ripe oranges, raisins and dates pushes. I'm missing the herbs and spices a bit like I had in 1994 # 1580 (Base-ID 117030). As a result, this delicious malt lacks a bit of the "final kick"
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-long, peppery-tart with a nice contrast of sweetness, chocolate, dried fruits, spicy wood and dried herbs

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nicely matured refill sherry bottling. I like it best on the nose, but also tasty and convincing on the palate. However, you have to like the emerging peppery spiciness with lingering on the palate and especially towards the finish.

    (Impressions are based on a sample)
    • Nose
      90 90
      The sherry barrel is immediately noticeable - but not overwhelming or overlaid - but wonderfully matured and integrated into the malt; sweet sherry notes; Dried fruits; Raisins; Dates; Oranges; some peach; Caramel; delicate herbal notes; as a counterpoint, a harmoniously integrated spice from old oak wood
    • Taste
      89 89
      spicy start with a tingling oak flavor; accompanying sweet fruit notes of oranges and dried fruits; with a little time in the mouth there is a noticeable pepperiness and a little ginger spiciness lays on the tongue
    • Finish
      89 89
      initially peppery and spicy and the sharp ginger reverberates; delicate notes of dried fruit; Bitter chocolate; tart, spicy oak wood (a slight but pleasant bitterness is evident); wet wood remains

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. tommi71 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. KlLLSWlTCH scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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