Glenfarclas 2012

Overall rating
82.36/100
votes
49
Whiskybase ID
WB199111
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Christmas Edition
Vintage
12.2012
Bottled
2021
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
4200
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066200581
Added on
12 dec 2021 2:44 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 58.74

6 × in wishlist

49 × member ratings

179 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 2012

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.36 points.

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    Quick review. Whisky calendar 2.12.

    A bit rough, but age and price considered it's not too bad.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Obviously young, but with the vintage given it's not like they try to hide it.
      Not sure about what type of Oloroso casks that have been used here. This is definitely no sherry bomb and the colour is quite light as well.
      There's some wood notes, but those as well are more "youngish" than sherry saturated, there's actually a hint of vanilla to it.
      Not bad, but it would not take much to find a more interesting 'farclas nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Again the age, or lack there of is obvious.
      Quite alcoholic, spicy, almost hot and aggressive on arrival, but it calms quickly.
      And as it calms orange chocolate and coffee develop.
      There are some nice flavours in there, but they would have been more prominent and enjoyable with less alc. even if it's just 46%.
      There's not much room to experiment with water in a 2cl.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A bit short of medium in length.
      The finish starts of with too much tannic bitterness in my opinion, but as that fades it leaves a rather nice sweet orange at the end.

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  3. Hlektrion scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. valasios scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Sporx scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Alcohol note, apple, wood spice, musty

    taste
    Sharp start, musty, spent barrels,

    finish
    Marriage short, bitter notes, sweetish, spicy wood

  6. Spoerkel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not the expected sherry bomb, but quite spritty. Little attractive.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review. Whisky calendar - Day 2.

    We have seasoned Oloroso casks, a young whisky and a lot of negativity - let's decipher this Glenfarclas. On the nose, stewed fruits, gummy bears and wood spices can't hide the alcohol underneath. However, taste and finish improve considerably, featuring rich notes of oranges, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. It's a spirit-driven malt for sure, but some of the criticism is certainly overdone. That said, 105 is a far better value.

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    26.03.2022
    • Nose
      A bit of cardboard, strawberry jam, blackberries, oranges, nuts, fortunately the cardboard disappears quickly, very light herbal note in the background, in between there are also pears in the direction of Williams (definitely not meant positively here)
    • Taste
      Sweet strawberries for a very short moment, then the taste immediately changes to orange, nuts, grass, herbs, wood, also becoming more and more bitter

  9. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Expraesi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. hs305 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2021] Oops, I did it - and bought a bottle of pre-mature whisky what I regret, usually...

    ...and I absolutely regret this spontaneous decision. I was a little tempted by the labelling "Oloroso Sherry Casks" because in my (maybe stupid) understanding the different sherry types like Oloroso, PX, Fino etc. develop after a lengthy solera maturation process only (depending on the processes and conditions of the respective solera system). These bloody casks never ever contained any solera-matured sherry wine but just cheap young (unmatured) sherry which has nothing in common with what I call Oloroso sherry. I am not sure if it is legal to call unmatured sherry "Oloroso" but it is cheating the customer, for sure.

    In addition the malt is paedophilic and the wood is aggressive, to me it is a shame to bottle such stuff let alone for a special Christmas edition.
    • Nose
      80 80
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a simple and slightly cheesy young sherry profile without any significant malt aromas (except pre-mature mashy impressions). This smells like pre-matured wine mixed with underaged whisky in an aggressive oak cask. A nose to forget.
    • Taste
      76 76
      The taste is young wine, alcoholic spirit and virgin oak tannins, nothing else. Where is the malt? Where is whisky in there at all? After some chewing shy barley sugars pop up finally but at the same time the taste gets very unpleasant due to increasingly aggressive bitter-astringent tannins. Where is the spittoon? This is not drinkable to me, sorry folks.
    • Finish
      74 74
      The dram arrives warming with minor coating effects on my palate but quickly unpleasant bitter-astringent moments from aggressive tannins (in an 8-years old!) pop up. The finish is rather short and turns even more bitter-drying which is very distracting and not to my liking at all. What the hell did they do with these casks? Did they just pour a bottle of sherry in virgin oak casks, roll them across the distillery plaza and call these "Oloroso Casks" afterwards? It smells and tastes like that.

  12. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. mattheww scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

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