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Glenfarclas 2011

Overall rating
85.58/100
votes
75
Whiskybase ID
WB192196
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2011
Bottled
02.06.2021
Calculated age
10 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry
Strength
60.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 02 06 21
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Market
de Germany
Added on
21 sep 2021 8:44 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 77.29

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2011

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2021] I am out of Glenfarclas' Family Cask series after this year's massive price uptick (which is ridiculous) but this cask strength edition seems to be still reasonably priced - if the quality is right...

    ..and it is, no doubt. These casks were seasoned with young wine only (like so often these days) so the sour-winey flavours dominate and the more complex aromas of casks which contained old seasoned sherry are missing almost completely. Nonetheless, such modern sherry profiles can be delicious too and this is an excellent example. By the way, many Family Cask edition own a modern sherry profile as well. Unfortunately, this dram is not a good swimmer so I suggest to saviour it neat with all its power of 60.2% (but beware, alcohol at this strength is inflammable).
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a modern sherry profile with the young sour-winey aromas dominating but do not overpower the malt completely. Beside the winey aromas delicious barley sugars, nuts, spices and waxes complement the profile to an easy and enjoyable sniffing experience. This is a good modern sherry nose without flaws or off-notes, no doubt.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is much more memorable with a great combo of both malt and sherry flavours backed by appropriate spicy woods. Hey, I like this! This is not spectacular (missing the complexity of old sherry maturations), but if I chew this dram for some time a lot of impressive flavours crawl slowly over my taste buds and please them. Among them are different chocolates (both milk and dark), ripe fruits, honeys, herbs, nuts and spices. No flaw or imbalance that I can find, these casks were carefully selected.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives hot (due to the high abv of 60.2%) on the palate which quickly turns into a warming mouthfeel with a great creamy coating effect - wow, what a nice surprise. The spirit's quality seems to be excellent, which is confirmed by a rather long finish without distracting moments at all. The finish adds a lot more of tasty spices (white pepper, chili, vanilla) which stay on my palate even minutes after I swallowed a sip. Water turns both nose and taste more punchy which is the same at different reduction levels - so this dram is clearly a case for the heavy cask strength connoisseurs who dare to drink "Navy Strength" (over-proof alcohol was used by the navy in case the cannon's fuse got wet and did not burn during heavy sea).

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    He needs some water (my comments are based on about 52% dilution) and time to breathe. I can rarely enjoy more than 60% pure. Due to the vintage (2011) this can only be a "modern style" sherry whisky, but that does not devalue it. For me an above-average whisky from the Oloroso barrel, well rounded. There are significantly worse whiskys in this price range.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First nose: raisins, the usual dried fruits (figs, dates, plums), toffee. Forest honey and cinnamon. Nuts, vanilla and Christmas spices. Old leather armchair.

      After about 15 to 20 minutes, clear orange and dark cherry notes join in. Dark chocolate too. I don't have alcohol stings.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily start. The aromas that one had in the nose are also reflected on the palate. There is also a little ginger and white pepper heat. The spiciness of the wood can also be felt. For an ex-Oloroso barrel, I also think it's sweet.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Becomes dry and slightly acidic. Reminiscent of a plum compote with rhubarb. In addition, oak seasoning, leather and ginger. Medium to long.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Agree with LeChiffre. Just an average whisky for me. You can drink it, but it doesn't have to be a bottle.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I cannot understand the high ratings here. For me, it tends to be an average whisky, nothing more.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    He needs water.
    Still, it's a pretty average Glenfarclas overall.

    03.10.2021 - Update: tried again today: it stays the same, the whisky is average in my opinion; it is by no means complex and the alcohol is palpable. Today I find the taste and finish even weaker, so I correct my rating downwards.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. grinface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is not really my type of whisky. Not a bad whisky, but the spice not to my liking. By the way, water makes it very sweet.

    Full review in a session of six and a ride in a historic tram: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/06/02/drams-in-der-tram/

  7. Bitzi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A great Oloroso bomb, but Glenfarclas remains recognizable.

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dirk (hs305) hits the nail on the head
    Very successful bottling, which is excellent at 60.2%.

  9. glen efze scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A batch filled for Kirsch Import with over 60% vol. and just 10 years of aging in Oloroso Casks. The result is a dark golden whisky - so it can't just be the widely used Glenfarclas casks that were used here. On the other hand, Glenfarclas unfolds its charm more in the old bottlings...

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      Chocolate pudding with sour apple and pear compote, some cinnamon and a few cloves. Then come nuts and almonds, marzipan and anise biscuits, before the slightly musty fruit compote takes over again. Plus sour plum juice. Then there is a fresh menthol note from the alcohol, which slows down the other aromas. With a little water come citrus notes and orange juice. The whole remains indifferent and unbalanced, somewhat arbitrary.
    • Taste
      The entry in the mouth is strong and has distinct oloroso nut-cocoa flavors. But undiluted, the alcohol is too sharp and disturbs the enjoyment. Even with a few drops of water, it stays sharp - unfortunately the nut aroma is weaker, which is a shame. Difficult to drink: Without water it is much too hot, with water it becomes too thin in the aroma.
    • Finish
      Without water, a nutty oak aroma remains, but also burning alcohol. With water he becomes quite expressionless.

      The whisky leaves me perplexed. Even after trying several times, I can't find the right access. Undiluted, it promises a lot, but cannot fulfill it due to the alcohol strength, diluted it becomes a bit expressionlessly fruity. The whisky is 10 years young - there was not enough time here to mature a really good whisky, which is offered for around €75 after all. For 10 € less you get the 10 year old Glenallachie Cask Strength. It offers significantly more fun.

  10. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I can't say that it doesn't taste good, I also think it's good value for money. I like it a lot, compared to the standard Glenfarclas 15, there is already a difference in the barrels used, which gives the malt a lot of power and character.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. KB201 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A 10 year old cask strength whisky.

  12. JoeHamburg scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Much too expensive for this young boring malt.
    It seems that Glenfarclas is running out of good barrels ...

  13. Zorba scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Hmm, to be honest, I'm rather disappointed with the malt. Too hot, too restless, the aromas aren't somehow full either. Good drink with a sip of water, but cheaper there. Too bad.
    • Nose
      Nice orange notes on the nose, very sweet, sherry, but also a hint of alcohol, not quite perfectly integrated. It also looks very simple and with very little wood.
    • Taste
      Very hot in the mouth, a little bitter, a little sherry, a little orange and pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish brings some sherry aromas, but some oak, a little liquorice and a little mint.

  15. d1scostu scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Sluijtman86 scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

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  18. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A young, wild Glenfarclas as it should be. Clearly superior to the normal bottlings 105, 8, 10, 12. Small batch as it should be - excellent barrel composition. Congratulations to Kirsch. Please go again in this direction with older age!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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