Glenfarclas 43-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cognac Casks
Stated Age
43 years old
Cognac Cask
40.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 14 05 10 3 11:07 BB
Added on
14 feb 2012 6:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2024.61

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 43-year-old

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.46 points.

  1. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Elegant and very aromatic. Lots of old apples. Beeswax. Antique shop. Tea shop. Italian lemon biscuits.
    • Taste
      Soft, creamy. Orange jam, apricots, honey, almonds. White chocolate cream with peach. Dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco.

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The smell is beguiling, complex and shows no alcohol. Although some notes appear unusual, probably due to the cognac barrel, I can say that whisky must smell like that.
    The impression continues in the mouth: the taste impressions are complex, alternating between classic and rather unusual. That makes the whisky exciting.
    The finish brings new impressions and increases the tension.
    A great Glenfarclas. The maturation in the cognac barrel I find exciting and extremely successful. I would like to enjoy that more often.
    • Nose
      Peach, grapes, earth, conifers, almond, wood, strawberry, plum, multi-layered interwoven
    • Taste
      Soft, mild onset, sweetish grapes, wild strawberry, removes sour cherries, sorrel, some orange peel, sweet notes alternate with sour, for the age surprisingly little oak, but of course it is there.
      Surprisingly, the second take is stronger, the oak more dominant.
    • Finish
      Oak, dry white wine, nutty with slight bitterness, but also sweet impressions show up, peach, delicately astringent, celery, apple peel, long

  3. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Definitely a wonderful experiment that has been successful, but partly to special and biting notes to achieve even more.
    • Nose
      Very exciting, very different Glenfarclas than you are used to, herbal honey, Williams pear, pecans, red apple, peach with seeds, fennel, noticeable Cognac felt everywhere, stinging nettle, lavender tea, honeydew melon, nutmeg and white pepper
    • Taste
      Pear again clearly, apricot, white pepper, herbal honey, clove and green apple, pecans, brown sugar, fennel, lavender, cognac also here clearly, sweet malt, camphor and some mushrooms
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, honey, fennel and camphor

  4. Dottore did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    what a great sample! My top whisky this month. 95 points
    • Nose
      At the beginning, soapy floral notes dominate the nose. Behind it comes the cognac. Much fresh peppery smell (no pungency) rises from the glass. Plum wine. Fruitiness shows in dominant peach and green apple. Prominent wood notes are always present and confirm the venerable age of this great Glenfarclas.
    • Taste
      A crazy quick change from sweet to spicy and too bitter takes place on my tongue. In the fast I have rarely experienced. At the beginning I have pure sugar on my tongue, in short I have the association of strawberry, then the wood spice kills me most with cinnamon and clove and pepper, which quickly turns into bitter walnut and dry leather flavors. The mouthfeel is wonderfully oily, the whisky seems to float in the mouth.
    • Finish
      very astringent the palate contracts from dryness, while my salivary glands continue to gas under the tongue. The walnut remains dominant but still with a slight sweetness - maybe a caramelized walnut. At the very end, a soapy and bitter mouthfeel remains forever, very interesting

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Gorgeous, what an old and dapper Glenfarclas! Majestic and elegant, gentle, creamy yet powerful and intense. The sour and partly astringent cognac aroma still sticks to the palate, the salivation is stimulated again and again while writing my conclusion. I have the feeling that the tasty and interesting flavors do not want to end ... The old age is reflected in my opinion in the old and solid wood tones, the cognac barrel has given the Glenfarclas an elegant and dreamy aroma during his long time. Only the partially existing "thin" is a small criticism, and this is probably due to the reletiv low alcohol content. Somehow I'm still flashed right and I do not find the right words for my conclusion ... In a nutshell: This sample was just awesome and gorgeous! ;-)
    • Nose
      Already when pouring the old Glenfarclas exudes majestic its wonderful aroma. On the glass wall, a syrup-like streak has formed from which oily and viscous drops dissolve over time and slowly run back into the glass. While I enjoy watching the oily drops, the Glenfarclas invites me with its intense and beguiling fragrance. Old and solid berry and grape aroma stands out powerfully from the glass, creamy roasted aromas are immediately mixed with the initially fruity berry aroma. Slowly, acidic components flash on, old and dried orange slices are in the background before suddenly voluminous peach aroma comes into its own. The smell of ripe and velvety vineyard peaches is becoming more and more intense and dominant, forest honey drips on the sweet peach and a hint of dark, creamy caramel mixes with the beguiling peach flavor. Slowly rising old and spicy wood tones from the again more acidifying fruit note, hazelnuts and a hint of oriental spice spread creamy in the nose. The fruity peach picks up speed again and mixes with a hint of apricot and green apple. Then follow again sour fruit flavors and old, dry wood. Again and again, the different flavors alternate and invite me for the first sip.
    • Taste
      Now that my salivation was massively stimulated by the beguiling nose follows the first sip with relish. Soft and elegant, the first sip flows over the tongue. Sweet fruit flavors briefly flash before the palate fills with sour and tart fruit flavors. Despite only 40.7% alcohol content, suddenly a sour and wooden sharpness spreads powerfully in the mouth and lets pearls dance between the lips. Tart and spicy wood elements mingle with powerful fruit aromas, old walnuts suddenly break through the sour grapes or berries and play with the old wood tones. The Cognac aroma is clearly perceptible and gives this Glenfarclas an exotic yet very elegant note. Rarely have I heard such a strange and yet tasty aroma. The next sip flows "thin" and cool through the palate, again distributed the powerful and intense Cognacaroma in the mouth. Tart wood tones are on the tongue, subtly wooden sharpness is created and mixes powerfully with the intense fruity notes.
    • Finish
      Chubby warmth fills the palate, tart and slightly dry wood flavors envelop the tongue. Again, old walnut aroma rises and spreads powerfully in the entire mouth area, a subtle sharpness sticks between the lips as the dark and old wood tones become more and more intense and dominant. Slowly, an indefinable spice note rises again and mixes with the recurring dried grapes and berries. Tart and spicy wood aromas rest on the tongue and very slowly the tasty and interesting flavors come to an end.

  6. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Magazine


    perfumed with an almost vinous quality to the nose. Blackberries,

    perfumed candles mixed with honeysuckle, ginseng, tamarind and a

    dunnage-like earthiness.
    More wood apparent but only to add to the weird

    exoticism. Rancio galore. Plenty of musk and a pleasing bitterness -

    powdered clove, star anise and hints of vintage rhum agricole.
    Spiced and long.
    For me best neat. A must-have.


  7. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Martine Nouet for Whisky MagazineNose

    elegant, complex. Fruit and oak are intertwined in a luscious fragrant

    bouquet. Peaches stewed in honey. Dates and dried apricot. Sandalwood.

    Touch of incense. Walnut.

    Silky, caressing. Again, a perfect integration of oak and fruit. So complex. Dried fruit like Dundee cake.

    Lingering, elegantly nutty.

    Incredibly "alive" for a 43 Years Old whisky.

    Absolutely wonderful. Fully matured or just finished in a cognc cask?

    Whatever, it worked superbly.


  8. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An amazing whisky from Glenfarclas.
    Great to taste. Nothing like this has ever been done before and nothing
    like this will ever be done again. Aged in a Cognac cask for its entire maturation.

    Tasting Notes by George Grant:
    The nose has wonderful aromas of dried
    apricots, lovely malty sweetness, with honeycomb candy and light spicy
    aromas, topped with light white pepper then classic Glenfarclas burnt
    demerara sugar (just goes to show it does not just come from the Oloroso
    Sherry Cask) The palate is quite dry, which is good as more whisky is
    required to moisten the mouth. Dark bitter chocolate, German or Belgian
    chocolate with high cocoa content. Crushed almonds and a light oakiness
    to finish with.


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