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Overall rating
83.66/100
votes
1396
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
60.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Label
New Label
Barcode
5018066105701
Added on
14 Apr 2012 3:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 55,97

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 105

108 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.66 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 78 points Administrator

    It is a common misinterpretation that cask strength equals good quality - this NAS Glenfarclas, however, is young, immature and rather aggressive. On the nose, you get subdued fruity sweetness, strawberry jam, candy apple and alcohol. With water, the fruitiness intensifies, featuring pears, burned toffee and hints of vinegar. The taste is peppery, cask-dominated and slightly metallic. Fading quickly, the simple and bittersweet finish confirms that 60% ABV alone are not enough to hide the shortcomings of this affordable but quite disappointing Single Malt.

    RATING: 2.9/5.0 stars ≙ 78 pts → AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  2. pgmguy scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Colour: Full Copper
    Nose: neat: sherry influence is obvious and upfront but there's also some honey sweetness. First thing on the nose is that sweetness, with fresh fruits and citrus notes. There's also an interesting "aguardente" aroma, and also something that kind of reminds me of old books. Surprisingly, easy to nose neat, despite its strength. Water doesn't really change the profile, maybe just a tad more honey sweetness.
    Taste: neat: very hot and spicy, this is where you realize it needs a little water! with water: it obviously tones down the alcohol. Very spicy and lots of wood notes. Less sweet than on the nose, but still some sweetness coming through.
    Finish: long, very sweet and oaky but well under control. with water the finish is less sweeter.
    Comments: Excellent stuff. Although not on the front label (105 is the bottling strength) it's a 10 year old whisky, with lots of power. Nose is great, it just lacks a little balance on the mouth. Still, great stuff!
    MY SCORE: Highly Recommended

  3. mjts93 scored this whisky 71 points Member Junior

    Disappointing after hearing "good" reviews generally online. Overly sulphurous (although that's prone to variation from batch to batch so I'll let that slide), aggressive spirit character, with a rather basic metallic nose and short sherried finish. A "manufactured" modern malt which seems to have jumped on the sherry and cask strength bandwagon but has forgotten about balance, age and complexity. I wish I tried the earlier versions 10 to 15 years back

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I think that's not bad. He has such beautiful aromatic notes that I like. I could also buy a big bottle.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. SweetPeat scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    He immediately shows that he has 60% alcohol. I think that's really good, I just love this brandy note, but the alcohol tickles pretty much in the nose and burns pretty well in the mouth. As if he would trust himself to get his flavors out of him ...
    • Nose
      clear Metaxa note (as in the Greece holiday, if you sit in the evening after a good meal in front of the tavern), the alcohol tingles clearly in the nose (almost like disinfectant), raisins, sherry (medium sweet), is almost in the direction Madeira, a lot of oak, but not bitter. Very light citrus and subtle vanilla.

      With water: the Metaxa note almost disappears, but the vanilla gets stronger and some caramel comes out.
    • Taste
      Sweet, metaxa, rum raisins, vanilla. Then suddenly the alcohol is there, sharp and warming, the salivation is stimulated, much spicy oak. Maybe a touch of chocolate.

      With water: milder and more balanced, the sweetness lingers a bit longer, the oak steps back slightly.
    • Finish
      long (7/10), with a lot of oak and brandy.

  7. Gere scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Raisins and sweet sherry notes right away. Very weak, I take also shortbread and now and then a bit of aceto balsamic. Even the alcohol with its rich 60% is pleasant in the nose
    • Taste
      Dark fruits, plum raisins. The alcohol is present but not disturbing
    • Finish
      The finish is long. At the beginning a little bit peppery. After that there is a sweet fruity note for a very short time, then it gets a bit woody (very slight bitterness) and at the end long and very lightly salty.

  8. PedroXiménez94 scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    price of course, for alcohol and quantity hardly outrage. However, the quality suffers somewhat. For me, the iron flavor is a false note.
    • Nose
      ripe sherry fruit. Dried fruits. For cask strength fairly soft in the nose. Nevertheless, alcoholic coolness. Balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I have a rather unpleasant smell of iron. Nutty notes.
    • Taste
      fruity. Hardly any bitterness. Honeyed. Strong on the tongue. Caramel.
    • Finish
      pretty short. Licorice, dark fruits. Red wine taste. Getting pretty dry.

  9. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    12-05-2017: quite an aggressive whisky which is in my opinion too high in ABV. Gave it some time to open up. Even after a drop of water, something I would never do, this one falls short for me.
    • Nose
      77 77
      hint of smoke, nuts, sherry
    • Taste
      76 76
      dates, prunes, pepper
    • Finish
      69 69
      long, sherry, nuts

  10. Immerenga scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      67 67

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