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Glenfarclas 105

Overall rating
83.55/100
votes
2001
Whiskybase ID
WB32091
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2010
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
60.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Label
New Label
Barcode
5018066105701
Added on
14 apr 2012 3:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 61.70

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2001 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 105

143 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.55 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Batch variation seems to be an issue in Glenfarclas 105, so let's give this 'bang for the buck malt' a proper re-review. Slightly aggressive, the nose starts off with fruity sweetness, strawberry yogurt, candy apple and alcohol. With water, the fruitiness intensifies, featuring peach, roasted nuts and hints of vinegar. After a bold and peppery arrival, this young beast becomes quite tasty. Chocolate, juicy berries and a touch of mint flow into a lingering finish, full of spices, bitter oranges and tiramisu. Calling this malt 'the poor man's A'bunadh' wouldn't do it justice!

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is very deep and intense with strong influence of sherry and has notes of caramelized apple and chocolate.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is very fiery thanks to ABV and has a profile of burning spices, chocolate and nice sherriness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is spicy and burns your mouth with notes of black pepper, sherry and milk chocolate.

  3. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    On average it's aged 8-10 years. It’s totally fine to serve it neat, although drops of water will help smoothen out the edges and bring out more fruit from the liquid. Quality varied across batches and I used to score this 89 a couple of years ago.

    [83-85] I'll get this at RRP.

    N 26
    At first, it’s a zingy Sherry kick with a creamy base. Then gradually a vanilla fudge sweetness surfaces. Also a whiff of pine nuts behind.

    P 25
    Sweet, fruity, and spicy on the edge. First off, a confectionary sweetness, then transit to juicy raisins. Oaky. End with a creamy mouthfeel accompanied by some menthol.

    F 25
    Mid, fairly dry finish. Orange peel bitterness with sherried fruit. Then oak and rather peppery spices underpinned.

  4. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Batches vary, generally very good sherry bang for the buck in the 1 liter bottle. A'bunadh's little brother in a sense. Generally bottled w/o age statements, only if warehouse stock allows it, age temporarily and discretely upped to 10 yo (see back label of those bottles). No up in quality with age statement however, not worth the hunt or extra money.

  5. Gweddry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a banger for that price, it will fight you though
    • Nose
      sherry, plum brandy, sweet, apple peels, prunes, dates, vanilla, caramel, buns, DILUTED: apple cider, crustaceans, nuts, woodiness, sherry, dark chocolate, sweetened cranberries
    • Taste
      very strong, sharp, raisins, sweet, spices, DILUTED: dry fruits, sherry, pepper, sweet to bitter, woodiness + something sweet
    • Finish
      crustaceans, nuts, woodiness, dry sherry, bitter, dry

  6. yfalkov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A favourite sherry bomb for everday dram. Thanks to CS, it is much more intersting than 10 or 12 years Glenfarclas
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry, sour
    • Taste
      86 86
      Chocolate, berries
    • Finish
      86 86
      Bittersweet, leathery

  7. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Candied caramelized apple with strawberry icecream, chocolate and burning spices.

    RATING: 85pts - [n22,t22,f20,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  8. Max70 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It seems that the bottle code (lot) has a a big impact on the experience of the whisky. Mine, unfortunately I haven't note the bottle code, has been verary pleasant.
    A powerful sherry dram, not aggressive despite of the 60% and with a warm and soft final
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. peat_smoker scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Classic Glenfarclas' sherry profile with extremely huge ABV is a great way to spend the whole night with pleasure. Perhaps since the bottler has excluded '10 years old' on the box, this NAS single malt has become more mediocre. However it is still a nice dram. 83/100.

  10. Lorion did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very good whisky that I like to enjoy, but which I could also do without. 68 points!
    • Nose
      Sherry, sherry, sherry.

      Little Oak. You smell nuts, raisins, some pastries and all that with a slight alcohol tinge, which doesn't bother you.

      Water: The nuttiness is emphasized, the alcohol doesn't really take a back seat. Something sour appears.
    • Taste
      Raisins, nuts and pepper. Here the alcohol is quite heavy, even if it comes across as mild for 60%. The aftertaste is definitely on the bitter side, although the aromatic oak flavors are missing.

      Water: The sour note is also present on the palate, the fruitiness increases.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, nutty.

  11. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Just to clarify whether the 105 is nas or not, hear what Mr. Glenfarclas, George Grant, said about it when I asked him in an email 12/2014:

    "105 was labelled as a 10yo from 2009 till early 2014."

    Meaning two things:
    1.) Since early/mid 2014 the 105 is NAS again as it has been before (special bottlings aside). You might still find/found some old 10yo bottlings on retail shelves, though.

    2.) They could not/did not want to guarantee 10yo malt being used anymore. If it is now slightly or significantly younger or a mix of younger and older malts is anyone's guess, but since they did not guarantee the age the years before, either, it's not necessarily that bad of news.Maybe some day Glenfarclas will (quietly) introduce an age statement again, if they feel fit. 2009 they sure did not make much fuss about it and imho it was more word of mouth as few people discovered the almost hidden 10 in the background of the back label... ;-)

  12. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Lots of toffee, caramel and dried fruits. Oatcakes. Almonds. Butter. A touch of tobacco, earth and leather. Sweet oranges and pears. Rich spices. A touch youthful, especially on the nose. A few drops of water opens it up nicely. Dry and peppery on the finish. Very tasty.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Hsh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The more I drink, the more I like it
    Sticky plum wine caramel
    Oh, it's so thick that I think it's made of wood chips.
    bitter ginger
    Oh, it's spicy and oily, and the tannins remain on the tongue.
    cinnamon
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Finn2206 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky that does need some time and water to open up.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. TimkoT scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Will_iam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  18. bankimate scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  19. JJKATED scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  20. MengPo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Amazing PLV and all, but I don't really like this whisky without water. It's okay with water, and after an hour or so in the glass it gets even better, like malty-woody-buttery ripe strawberry juice. But but but.... as a mixer it is absolutely amazing. Nice red wine on the dry side of the spectrum, quality lemon-lime soda (cold), a shot of this 105, fill it up with some ice, some mint leaves and some slices of orange and give it ONE soft swirl with a spoon and bamz. Amazing, the best use for this already fairly respectable whisky.

  21. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting:

    nice malt. quite intense palate and finish. nose behave somewhat.
    • Nose
      a bit sour dirty at the beginning. Then it becomes softer and rounder. Berries come, as do honey and caramel. Oak and light citrus fruits. Then later with dried fruits. If you wet the wall of the glass, the alcohol shows up more strongly.
    • Taste
      strong start. slightly sharp. berries and dried fruits. citrus fruits. Chocolate. slightly sour. light oak. Later some grapes
    • Finish
      strong dark fruity finish. very intense and quite long. Slightly acidic and slightly tart towards the end.

  22. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Round, elegant. sour cherries. Raspberry cake. Lemon Thyme. lime juice. Behind some butter, olive oil and walnuts. A touch of honey. Wet autumn leaves.
    • Taste
      Spicy and sweet with a present spiciness. Raspberries, milk chocolate and red pepper. Fruit tea. Red grapes, almonds, a hint of leather.

  23. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    tart and more oak (of the freshly sawn type) than the Heritage CS
    but can also be batch-dependent
    • Nose
      Oak!! (stronger than the Heritage), mini carpet gumming, raisins, red berries, slightly herbs, becomes tart

      with water: rubber, tart, ??
    • Taste
      full, powerful with thump
      sweet, oak, tart, spicy, sparkling, chocolate ~ 65%, sherry (a real board; fierce / tart), slightly nutty

      with water: softer, very tart !!, lots of oak !!
    • Finish
      long
      very tart, some chocolate ~ 70-80%, very dark sugar, oak

      with water: minimally nutty

  24. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    20.08.2021
    • Nose
      Some cardboard, some earth, it has definitely seen a bit of sherry, a few dark dried fruits, some wild berry jam, plum jam with a little cinnamon, alcohol is clearly noticeable, it could also have a tiny bit of smoke, wood
      After the first sip, I would say, yes, there is a little smoke
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, caramel, then it gets really spicy with a lot of pepper, a little bit of wood and a very light ash finish

  25. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Creamy nose and candied cherries, morello cherries, amarena. Despite the total absence of peat, it is well smoked, no doubt because of the barrels which are particularly burnt in this distillery. It's intense, dark chocolate, almost bitter, varnished wood, wet leather, slightly sour strawberries. On the palate, it lacks a little taste for 60 °, some blood oranges, apricots, but it is intensely spicy, pepper, cumin, ginger, paprika. Lie-de-vin, heather. Pure cocoa. Rather explosive final obviously, it deposits as they say! Plants, fresh soil, old marc.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/glenfarclas-105.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very bright, very sweet, very sherry, it is created to shock.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet, with a hint of oak and a strong influence of sherry, prunes, marshmallows and dark raisins.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Bright, burning taste of acetone and varnish, prunes and dates.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet, intense, aggressive, assertive.

  27. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Relatively closed on its own, slight sherry fruitiness on the nose but still very reserved.
    In the mouth a bit fuller and more varied between sweet, sour and spicy impressions. The alcohol is very well integrated and not too strong. A lot of chocolate in the finish, through which the fruitiness of the nose slowly fights its way forward.
    Length: 4/10

    With water it becomes creamier and releases caramel, but in return it loses some of its fruitiness. In the mouth it becomes a bit rounder (and more boring), the finish gains in spice. I think I like it a little better without water.

    Overall nice sherry cask strength for the tight budget. However, it does not feel like it can keep up with the competitors from Aberlour and Tamdhu.

    Grade: 2

  28. kikist scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    -
    • Nose
      77 77
      chocolate, sherry, mold, sweet, dark fruit, strawberry
    • Taste
      79 79
      creamy, raisin, sweet, pepper, nutty
    • Finish
      74 74
      raisin, short

  29. Rody024 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Boom goes the sherry bomb! Big sherry influences but well in harmony with its high ABV. Expressive on its own, but loses this in a line-up of sherry matured whiskies.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Intensity - 8
      Richness - 6,5
      Plum, honey, vanilla, raisins and walnuts.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Intensity - 7
      Richness - 6
      Coating and dry mouthfeel.

      Stone fruits, walnuts, raisins and cacao.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Long (+10 seconds) with some complexity of raisins and nuts.

  30. DGV scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    If there is anything interesting about this malt, the barrel fortress does everything it can to hide it. Simple, bold, incomprehensible.
    • Nose
      Faded wine tones (berries, dried fruits), technical component (motor oil, varnish, iron).
    • Taste
      Berry jam, cardboard, sour milk.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, slightly alcoholic, with the remnants of dried apricots and oak bitterness.

  31. WimLambrechts scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Tasted in a tasting set and immediately taken with me on my next visit to the liquor hall.
    The nose reminds me of a glass of red wine that has been on the table for a long time after a hard evening. Firm, good wine that is.

    Taste and aftertaste could certainly also appeal to me.
    A fun one to remember.

  32. Matthias80 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Really good malt. Of course not a high-end whisky and rather spicy due to the cask strength. Is given when diluting.
    Great price / performance ratio.
    • Nose
      Anise, light sherry influence, mandarin, apple. A little more citrus flavors with water.
    • Taste
      Orange / mandarine, raisins, dates, moderately hot, light nuances of cinnamon
    • Finish
      Sherry, dry orange, overall fruity with water

  33. Igitor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Kilo1 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Aroma Sweetish notes of wine, port, plum, dates, dark chocolate, wet wood.
    Taste Slightly astringent, burning (effect of degree) sweetness, light grass, dried fruit compote.
    Aftertaste At first, there was one bitterness, after the whisky stood for two days it opened and undoubtedly got better, the bitterness went away completely, a fairly pleasant aftertaste came, dark chocolate in the foreground with raisins and a wine tint.
    Conclusion: Sherry nice whisky, a little rustic. In order for the aroma and taste to open, he needs to breathe a little.

  35. vmp scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    No way a sherry bomb in my book!!. I tend to get a lot of bourbon-matured like notes here. I doubt a full sherry maturation.
    • Nose
      85 85
      sherry, yellow fruits, red fruits, citrus, vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      Molasses, yellow fruits, ginger, citrus, spicy heat
    • Finish
      86 86
      long finish. chilly heat and raisins in the aftertaste

  36. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  38. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on a hiking trip in the woods on 04-10-2020.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. 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

  40. mjts93 scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    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

  41. 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.

  42. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. WhiskyBjorn83 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

  47. Immerenga scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

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

  48. Kumachan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice whisky very marked by sherry. Relatively well balanced despite its 60%. If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 86.
    • Nose
      Brown amber dress. The tears are heavy and numerous. At first, it is lacquered, paraffin and wood. Oxygen is work and whisky is revealed. Noble wood, camphor, red fruits, a rancid side on cooked apple and walnut, progresses on earth and leather. Liquorice and black cocoa closes the walk.
    • Taste
      Power, very hot entry, the palate is spicy, big amplitude. Dried fruits, raisin, nuts. It's round, fat. Nutmeg and dusty wood.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium on dry cut grass and licorice.

  49. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas: always great value for money.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  50. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A class mole, one of the brightest representatives in its role - a young, strong lateral branch on the standard line of the distillery; simplicity, power and dampness of the material are attached and are rather merits with the right cut; in this case, everything was done right - the product turned out to be one-piece, balanced, with a beautifully inscribed large fortress, it all covers the entire line up to 21YO inclusive
    • Nose
      Open, saturated, pronounced sherry motifs, dried fruits - dried apricots, raisins, slightly less prunes, dried mushrooms, mold, earth; confectionery sweetness - jam, plum jam, slightly burned shortbread cookies;
    • Taste
      Powerful, sweet-spicy, peppery, confectionery motifs, oak bitterness, coriander, grassy bitterness, lacquer notes.
    • Finish
      Oily, sweet, fried peaches, mango, warm, long, fruit jam, spicy oak, ginger.

  51. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  52. Wiz scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  53. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Glenfarclas 105 is outstanding. The house style is clearly recognizable and wonderfully integrated into the 60% filling. Not only recommended as a beginner in the Farclas range.
    • Nose
      A very pleasant fresh baked apple and sherry breeze rises in the nose. Even a bite of crumb cake is to smell, anise flavored the Farclas aromas Bouquet. All this seems a lot more "catchy" than the ten- and twelve-year-old Glenfarclas from the "base range" that I recently had in my glass. On further Verriechen brighter fruits appear, also some vanilla points to the probably also existing Ex-Bourbon barrels. Strong nose.
    • Taste
      Now you can already see the 60%. But not unpleasant, because at the same time he is enormously sweet, the crumb cake is reported, cinnamon as well. I am even briefly reminded of the forty-year-old! In the background, a very beautiful oak aroma appears ...
    • Finish
      The finish of the 105er is medium in length and changes nicely from the fruitiness over the wort to the well-audible oak. Quite excellent. Again, a cask strength that is perfectly enjoyable even without dilution.

  54. Macheye scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    105 Cask Strength is robust and powerful. I’ve seen it recommended to new-comers, but personally I’d be holding this back a little bit (until they’ve found their malt feet) and using it as a great example of how water can improve the depth and complexity of whisky. With 60% ABV to play with there’s quite some scope to find the right level of hydration based on your personal preferences. At under £50 (at least in the UK) this represents good value for money for a cask strength bottling.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glenfarclas/glenfarclas-105-cask-strength/
    • Nose
      A sugary and potent mustiness – very similar to the aroma of an empty but still moist sherry cask. Syrupiness from fudge, toffee and light brown sugars with fruitiness from stewed red berries and a refreshing citrus note. Light maltiness and oak influenced vanilla are initially present but subdued until water is added. This livens up the nose massively, heightening the top end fruity aromas and bringing forth some greater floral influence.
    • Taste
      As one might expect from the mighty ABV, an initial powerful attack with real bite. Good translation from nose to mouth with simmered fruits, maltiness and mustiness all present and correct. However, reaching for the water once again will somewhat tame this beast and offer up a lot more complexity. Mouthfeel, to my palate at least, is enhanced greatly with some dilution, presenting a viscous, oily and chewy body. There’s a good punch of wood here and as such associated sherry wood spicing which is both peppery and with pleasant salinity. Sweetness is dialled down a notch becoming better balanced, and offering more stone and tropical fruits alongside cutting lime-like acidity.
    • Finish
      Medium in length (you might initially have thought it to be quite long, but without water, much of that would have been your taste buds shuddering at the cask strength) with a very nice level of astringency.

  55. Laskglen scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Unfortunately does not tolerate much water. Dilutes taste too fast, while the alcohol is not yet on drinking strength. Nevertheless, good PLV
    • Nose
      Marzipan and almond croutons with slightly dry sherry. Raisins or glazed dates? Honey. Still some malty and definitely vanilla. All in all nice buttery. Still some juicy oak.

      With water sweeter and lighter in taste.
    • Taste
      Intense and sweet, strawberries, pear. Leather-chocolate interplay.
    • Finish
      Long. Latte macchiato, chocolate and a few mentions.

  56. BXpress scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    No thanks. Rough and forgetable ultra generic Sherry maturation. No wonder it's so cheap.
    • Nose
      Begins very winey. In fact it could be mistaken for a port cask at first nosing. Quite yeasty and buttery.  A little spicy. Cherries, Chocolate, actually much like Black Forest cake. And there is something earthy/dirty.
    • Taste
      Oaky, astringent. Extremely so. Some chocolate and biting alcohol. maybe some red fruit and not much more to it really.
    • Finish
      Certainly long but not pleasant. Cherries in the after taste and thats about it.

  57. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  59. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  60. steinrich scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  61. Patrick93 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  62. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I expected more power in this one. 
    • Nose
      Complex.oaky tones, fruity like apples, pears and some hints of dark toffee sweetness. 
    • Taste
      Little bit dry and assertive, rich spiciness combined with hints of oak and sherry fruit.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly smooth for the strength , warming, smoky and very rounded.

  63. beeman1979 scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Granny Smith apples, pears, dark chocolate brownies. Hard finish, tolerable if you enjoy cask strength
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      70 70

  64. wbarchive_465063 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  66. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is very good value, and you can really experiment with water.

    beginners to whisky should all try this whisky, hard to beat on value or quality.
    • Nose
      Smells like a Cheeseboard with the grape selection on it. caramel and custard cream biscuits.
    • Taste
      Fizzy and fruity, on caramel, apple, ripe peach and apricot.

      There are a lot of cream notes and more apricot.
    • Finish
      Long and vibrant

      With water:-

      The nose is less expressive  and on the palate it reminds me of the new 18 year which is a good thing.

  67. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  68. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Dark cocoa, dust of floral. Charred oak and beefy. Water drawn out the olorosso sherry oak and nutty.

    P- Stiff structure and very dry, fiery oak and sherry dark fruits develops into spicy, combined with a hint of tannic.

    F- Smooth for the strength, cocoa and warming. Spiciness build up to gives it a lasting finish.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  70. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's good, but the alcohol disrupts the whole experience, even when riding - Abunadh is in this respect a "smoother" matter in a similar "cubature"
    • Nose
      Without water: a lot of fruit - apples, pears, sherry, dried dark fruits, cherries in chocolate With water: More shattered - woody, dried dark fruit, pears, grapes, weak vanilla and malt, alcoholic acuity
    • Taste
      In taste sherry, varnish, cherry in chocolate, butter pear, citrus, woody, caramel and alcoholic sharpness
    • Finish
      In reverberation, woodiness, chocolate and a slight squeeze of sherry and citrus - thanks to the strength of alcohol it is a hot and long matter :)

  71. Opeth83 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  72. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is the first whisky I thought actually tasted better at cask strength. Even at 60%, it didn't have the alcoholic burn to either the taste or nose. I actually found water brought out the alcoholic burn. 
    • Nose
      Immediately sherried with earth and toffee. With 5 mintues, nut oil, orange peel, shortbread, and chocolate. There is a whisper of oak toward the end.
    • Taste
      Sweet floral, oranges, and spice with a hint of cherry.
    • Finish
      Sweet sherried fruits.

  73. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sampled this in a line up of Glenfarclas 13 (SMWS bourbon cask), 10, 12, 21, 25, 40, and the 105. It was one of the top malts in the line up. Strong, sweet sherry notes with red fruit and rich spice. A wonderful dram. 

  74. Thermidor scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I like the regular Glenfarclas range from 15 up to 40 but this one just didn't sit right with me. Harsh and alcoholic neat, and if you give it enough water to break through that, the body loses all its consistency. In my opinion this bottle just doesn't hold up very well compared to for example most A'Bunadh batches which may not be any more complex than this but their body just feels that much better.

  75. Shane_IL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This has that funky Glenfarclas note to it which I don't like, but I have to give credit where credit’s due, the high ABV really gives a huge flavour delivery with a lot of really intense sherry notes. Fantastic stuff if it's to your tastes and really affordable too.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/07/25/glenfarclas-105/
    • Nose
      Very jammy. Wet leaves. Sandalwood. Light fruit syrup. Peanut brittle. Raisins. Ginger. Sharp woodspice. With water a huge cinnamon not develops along with a lot more raisins.
    • Taste
      Very oily. Thick jam. Woodglue. Bitter olives. Cinnamon. With water the bitter notes become more pronounced, along with some stronger sherry tastes and spices.
    • Finish
      Long. Cinnamon. Bitter wood. Thick, oily fruits and slight dry, nutty sherry flair at the end.

  76. whiskybros scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Onze review vind je ophttp://www.whiskybros.com/#!Glenfarclas-105-10yo/c21kp/571630510cf28d4bbf4da154
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  77. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  78. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  79. massus scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  80. ahroeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  81. Dyno scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  82. Cast Olila scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  83. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    If you like it strong and not too filigree or complex needs and is on sherry whisky, that is the price breakers with 37 € / liter. However, you should really get along with the strength and not dilute it too much, otherwise it will be boring and boring.
    • Nose
      tart sweetness, brown sugar, burnt match, I also understand Albaron's flesh, tobacco, leather ... with watery musty dried fruit, a hint of orange and strawberry jam
    • Taste
      strong, edgy, no tongue pleasing, tart sweetness, brown sugar, tobacco and leather here too, fruit bread, molasses, pepper
    • Finish
      medium long, warm, peppery chocolate

  84. Albaron scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Sherry whisky, seems to be young, hardly to no oak only sherry, actually I like in this context more barrel influence, but the nose is quite pleasant and the finish is very good. Guess a Speysider with Sherry influence. Distille is difficult for me here.

    As part of a blind tasting tasted.
    • Nose
      a little alcohol, solvents, slightly meaty, sherry, raisins, some caramel and a hint of spice
    • Taste
      strong start, a lot of alcohol, the whisky also appears 'hot' and looks young. Raisins, sherry, some barreled wort
    • Finish
      The seasoning and the heat remains and also the sherry, nice and long

  85. pelle86 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  86. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    @ recursiewhisky: this is not NAS, this is 10yo. Young and fiery. Can only be toned down with water, but not tamed. Interesting in comparison with e.g. A'Bunadh or Black Bull.
    • Nose
      w/o water - milkchocolate, mandarins, vanilla, flower perfume, icing sugar.
      w/ water - flower perfume, tinned fruit, sweet dough.
    • Taste
      w/o water - soft sweet arrival. Hot alcohol development. Chilli, peppers, orange-peel.
      w/ water - swet arrival. short development of fruity sour to fruity seet, and slight hints of smoke
    • Finish
      w/o water - sour bitter citrus fruit, complex.
      w/ water - bitter sour citrus fruit, complex.

  87. lupowolf63 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  88. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Well there is NAS (Diageo style) and there is NAS done right. In this one clearly falls into the latter category. A full flavoured and powerful whisky that is not overly complex but still offers you pleasant and challenging flavours. This dram can take some water (if you want) but is very easy to enjoy at cask strength. It’s powerful, young and assertive but by no means rough.

    I can certainly recommend this one especially for the sherry lovers out there.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-366-glenfarclas-105/
    • Nose
      A rich, full, assertive and balanced whisky with aromas of fresh fruit, dried fruit (dates, figs, apricots, prunes), apple, mocha, fino sherry, prunes syrup, caramel, honey, brown sugar, nuts, fudge, slightly burned toast, hint of sweet sulfur, subtle rumether, pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, pepper, cinnamon, clove, raisins, delicate floral tones, tea, grain and oak
    • Taste
      A powerful, strong, intense but well balanced whisky with aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, sherry, toffee, pepper, mineral tones (calcium), hint of sulfur, caramel, dried fruits (raisins, apricots, dates), backed pear, caramelized banana, toasted almonds, tannins, hint of sweet sulfur, chestnut honey, hazelnut, subtle armagnac, orange peels, blackberries, berry jam, candies lemon peel and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      A long and slightly drying finish with aromas of pepper, sherry, malt, chocolate, backed banana, caramelized pineapple, chestnut honey, oak spices (mainly clove and cinnamon), bitter chocolate and dry oak.

  89. jhut scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    With water -10 drops- he smells a lot better, with water the pallet is so much better. Much more complex and better balanced. Cafe de Toeter in Groningen, 07-09-2015
    • Nose
      very strong scent, sherry, red fruit.
    • Taste
      Red fruit, apricot. Sugar esteem, feels fat
    • Finish
      Wow, boom. Tears jump in my eyes. Little malt. Basterd sugar.

  90. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Single Sample. Blind tasting, 10/2015
    • Nose
      demerara sugar, granite, dusty, faint rubber/bicycle tube, grilled meats. (86)
      Oddity - only once and only directlly after coming from a real Sherry monster, Glendronach 1993 cask 523, this stunk badly of swampgas sulphur & compost... could not getthe same notes again over the rest of the evening even with the same order... but it was quite an unpleasant impression / nose at that point.
    • Taste
      new sherry,  high alc noticeable, sweet, raisins. (85)
    • Finish
      some sherry, some bitter- & sour-ness next to malt sweetness & raisins again. (85)

  91. Maczet scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  92. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    You get value for money. Beautiful body, sherry and good in the alcohol. A drop of water releases more flavors.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  93. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  94. ML89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  95. squaadgras scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  96. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet red fruits, oranges, plums, cherries, alcohol, sherry
    • Taste
      soft body; strong start; astringent, oak, sweet, red berries, oranges
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet wood, bitter, orange

  97. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    N: immediately more closed and more 'fresh' than the GlenDronach: there are pungent notes of solvent, leather, which slowly give way to very fresh red fruits (strawberries); there is a sense of undergrowth difficult to define, then sugary areas but not agile to cut. Compared to the GlenDronach for now is less expressive and closed (but it is also 6% more ...), has vinous notes (curious, almost red wine, tableware, sometimes) and some tips almost of rum, as a posteriori Serge points out to us. The water gives unexpected notes almost smoky (in fact: almost off cigar), in addition to an unripe fruit (say citrus? But perhaps also something like unripe apricots ...). P: alcohol is felt, but does not forbid the emergence of a profile of young sherry, including leather, tobacco, allusions of red fruits (cherries, still); those orange liqueur chocolates, what are they called? It is a more closed and simpler palate compared to GD. With water, a blue note (close to a sense of damp and dirty wood) peeps, keeping behind a fresh and - yes yes - exuberant sweetness: many red fruits still, then citrus fruits (orange on the shields), a little of rum, a kind of malty, even some peppery tip. Apple juice. F: all about red fruit and cigar tobacco; young malt; long and persistent. A good whisky, fun because it allows you to play a bit 'with water and evaluate, as it changes both on the nose and on the palate. That said, probably this 105 loses a little compared to the exuberant tasting partner: the one, the GlenDronach, very intense, very round and 'deep', very rich and certainly more showy, with many nuances; the other more restrained, perhaps more austere, more polished, fresher, simpler. They are two different styles of sherried whisky, every palate will choose the one that prefers: we like the GlenDronach more, we do not know how to hide it, but for example the friend Andrea loses his head for the Glenfarclas ... And what do you think? http://whiskyfacile.com/2013/01/31/glenfarclas-105-2011-ob-nas-60/

  98. FarclasFanatic scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Being
    a young whisky at 60% abv, this babe is a bit harsh at mouth, but I like the
    feeling of the sherry fire burn through my throat. A reasonably priced daily
    drink.

  99. Dionysus scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    In the beginning very disappointing but with a few drops of water, everything comes into its own. I think Glenfarclas is not really my thing.
    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      72 72

  100. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasty whisky.
    Is one to play with water until you tip off the stool.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  101. Koloman scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  102. Koloman scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Caution: needs water, but not too much
    • Nose
      Sherry, strong, sweet and juicy; Raisin Cake
    • Taste
      full and heavy; Sherry, sherry and sherry again
    • Finish
      behind strong sherry youth comes to the fore

  103. emptycask scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Full bodied sherry experience with brown Sugar and ripe red fruit.Liked it best with some water, and enjoyed it most after letting it rest for quite some time (15 mins or so). Did not find it very complex, but still a very good dram.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      84 84

  104. Zumbar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Needs lots of water, but with the right amount turns into a good sherried dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  105. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    just do not dilute, rather leave something in the air. Alcohol, full, spicy, sherry, sweet red fruit, lots of oak, salami (!?), Sulfur, silvesterböller / gunpowder, some smoke (?), Somehow salty, raisins, funny stuff, but certainly has, for the price certainly in order.
    One year later: Yes, pretty reasonable for the price! Meanwhile, I appreciate the distillers more, I take water now too ... intense, fruity sherry, the alcohol is clear, Glenfarcla's typical herbs, basil, copper, teriyaki sauce, has substance with thick caramel and vanilla

  106. mds51 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      strong, sherry, raisins, plum compote, strawberry, citrus, mint, apples
    • Taste
      spicy, fruity, dark fruits, sweetness, vanilla, raspberry, malt, raisins
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, slightly bitter, The alcohol burns slightly in the esophagus

  107. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasting of freshly opened bottle.
    It is a cask strength (60%!), thus needing water, lots of it.
    Definite Glenfarclas signature.
    • Nose
      No water: Heavy. Seeet of soaked fruits. Sultanas. Apple treacle. Boiled greens (french beans?)
      With water: dry sherry. Apples, conference pear. Oranges. Hint of smoke - burnt sugar.
    • Taste
      No water: siruppy arrival. Bitterness of citrus rind and Vanilla wood development. Long finish.
      With water: sweet arrival. Development of citrus, pear, long finish of sherry.
    • Finish
      Long finish. With water a definite Glenfarclas finish: sherry, fruit and high-summer flowery notes.

  108. p4blo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very decent whisky at an amazing price, perfect combo for everyday drinking as well as celebrating at more special occasions.
    • Nose
      Big, powerful sherry. Raisins, prunes and loads of cocoa beans and caramel.
    • Taste
      Cherries, figs, sultanas, some orange notes and plenty of dark chocolate, toffee fudge, a hint of oak. Very easy-going despite the high alcohol percentage.
    • Finish
      Medium long, mouthwarming with coffee, chocolate and wood.

  109. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  110. Achany scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  111. Guntis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  112. Edgewalker scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      97 97

  113. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Brown sugar, orange, cinamon and milkchocolate.
    Best bang for yer buck sherrybomb.

  114. nlsanand scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    I bought a bottle of Glenfarclas awhile ago and didn't totally get it. However, this is the real deal.Guy Fieri would say welcome to flavour town. 

    Add over a teaspoon of water and let it sit. Otherwise, is it not only too spirity but you'll only really get the Christmas cake and raisins. When you add this, there's this underlying earthiness to it.

    Cracker.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  115. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    This was on my wishlist and it was everything that I thought it was and more. Very drinkable with added water and without. It deserves it's legendary status and it's at a very affordable price. Everyone who is on a whisky journey should try this at some point.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      87 87

  116. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Quality. I bought this in Cost Cutter in Dufftown Scotland.
    • Nose
      A lovely strong thick nose, but add a little water and there is dark chocolate orange, Christmas pudding, black boot polish, raisins and tined prunes. 
    • Taste
      Full bodied, I tried it with water and without, both were excellent, liquorice, molasses, chocolate cake and dark cinder toffee just coat the inside of the mouth.
    • Finish
      This has a nice long dark fruit finish.

  117. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/glenfarclas-105-proof-aus-verschiedenen-jahrzehnten-33993/ Color: Old gold with amber stitch
    Nose: Heavy sherry with syrupy honey and aromas of delicious orange and dark berries. Gingerbread, cinnamon and Christmas spices give the malt a lot of expressiveness. But that's far from all the nose has to offer: bread, sweet malt and caramel, herbs that poke out slightly, some smoke from a blazing log fire, nutmeg, leather and some vanilla are also included.
    Taste: Powerful - creamy sweet, spicy and warming with smoky notes of chili, sherry, honey, herbs and toffee. Wood sets in and unfolds enormously. Drying to a finish, with lots of aromas of nuts, raisins, butter and plum and orange marmalade.
    Finish: Very long and warming - sweet and sparkling salty with dry oak notes, dull herbs, leather and nut bread with creamy-sweet marmalade.
    88 points (nose: 90 / taste: 88 / finish: 87)

  118. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Especially undiluted a complex and strong whisky. With each glass you discover new flavors.
    • Nose
      Without water: raisins, sherry, caramel, biscuits, leather, red berries, ripe plums, apples. The strong alcohol content is not noticed. With water: The sherry notes increase, the whisky becomes fruity with lemon and orange peel.
    • Taste
      Without water: very complex. Sweet and fruity with chocolate. Then getting sharper with ginger and chilli. With water: A true sherry explosion after a sweet start. Malty.
    • Finish
      Without water: powerful and long. Oak flavors combine with orange, candied nuts and malt. Dry becomes bitter notes appear, grapefruit can be seen. After a few minutes taste of fruit tobacco, plums and pears. With water: dark chocolate, malt, oak.

  119. Jaydee scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  120. numen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased official 50ml
    • Nose
      Rather like a 10-15 year Demerara rum. Some caramel and coffee. Also a
      very slightly salty sherry profile of red berries. Also tart like an
      aged balsamic vinegar. Winey, thick, and delightful.
    • Taste
      Approachable neat, and surprisingly calm and still warming. More
      obviously on sherry here than the nose, burned sugar, and Arabica coffee
      grinds. Less discernible fruit, with caramel and fudge.With water
      Nose: less aggressive sherry. Trucks full of dates. Cigar wrappers and older rum. Caramel. Delicious. Some coffee and chocolate. Unsweetened, boozy strawberry jam. Still, a
      spirity and off-sweet quality permeates, akin to an old and dark fruit
      cake.
    • Finish
      coffee, chocolate, bitter orange liqueur, dark coffee cake with stale candied fruit.

  121. Angelos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Now I know, what they mean with "Bang for the buck"! I love this one
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry, oranges and caramel, raisins and some rum-style, some chocolate
    • Taste
      Very sweet and creamy with ripe oranges, sultanas and some dried figs, some cherries, some tannins from the oak, slightly bitter with grapefruits
    • Finish
      Long and warming with remaining oranges and wonderful notes of european oak

  122. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Sherry trifle with lots of soaked baby figs, fruits [orange and rhubarb] and raisins. Woody biscuits are on show and the tomato juice is ever present. Smells boozy, big xmas sherry cake notes and some rougher cooking sherry pungency. I also get chocolate drops, marzipan at times along with honey and peanut butter. Entertaining nose for sure

    T: A little harsh on arrival - everything arrives at once forming congestion between the ethanol, sherry and chocolate wood spice. Water helps to relieve things somewhat. Later things improve as the main body becomes more cohesive.  Lots of kick here so add water

    F: Chocolate drops, nutmeg and caramel now develop. A chocolate/wood fuzziness develops here now making the 105 taste more like a blend, Furthermore, powdered chocolate and a woody bitter sweet freshness underpin the creamy chocolate chip vanilla conclusion.  Wood spice still maintaines its intensity all the way.

    C: Im not quite as wowed as i was after first trying this 105 from an older batch. However theres still much to like, especially on the nose and that nutmeg caramel combo is a cracking note. I'd love to try some single cask expressions of the 105 as these large vattings’ have some hit and miss casks in their midst culminating in this whisky tasting like a not so great blend at times [Old parr 12]. Adding water to this whisky improves the whole experience but for me it also removes much of the dynamic range.  Swings and roundabouts.

    End of bottle notes

    N: Sherried honey wine, musty must woodiness, caramel cream butter, sugared cream, vanilla essence, iodine seaweed notes, a yeasty nuttiness,  and pistachios.

    T: intensely spiced and sweet, packed full of intensity, quite a hit even with water 

    F: fresh sweet oaky finish with caramel and aniseed vanillas 

    C: About half way down this bottle turned harsh and rough, smelling and tasting more like a cooking sherry than a fine single malt and the bottle had only been open a month. However after having a bit of a downer over this bottle, it shone brighter again at the last pour.  My final score for the 105 is a B minus, because there is a lot of heat on arrival, water or not. i wonder whether my previous tastings were from superior batches? In summary - A rugged affordable everyday drinker, full or character and vigour.

    Overall, scores a B-

  123. Jimjam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Caramelised sugar, tarry notes, alcohol-soaked christmas cake with lots of dried fruit, sherry, oranges, a little mustiness like long-damp books, a salty tang. Water releases floral notes, fresh fruit along with baked apple and raisins, orange peel, more sherry.
    • Taste
      Coats the mouth. Sherry, fruit cake, a leather note. Tastes older than it is, with deep, round sherry fruit
    • Finish
      Long, round, sherry, wood, tingles from the alcohol even when diluted

  124. Taita scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Very tastefull sherrylike whisky, very affordable for the great taste
    • Nose
      Sherry, oak , oxidated apple and plum, nuts, orange, marzepian
    • Taste
      Pure its burning too much, but with some water sherry, orange, marzepian, caramel, hazelnuts and oak shine through in a warm and pleasant way
    • Finish
      De taste stays long with a warm feeling

  125. Reve64 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  126. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely top value for money. Now I’d like to try the 105 20yo and 40yo too.
    • Nose
      This is more like it. Pungent sherry; a rich fruitcake, marzipan, loads
      of nuts. Less spirit that one would expect from a 10yo with this ABV.
      With a drop of water, this becomes sweeter and amplified. Takes water
      very well.
    • Taste
      Very good. Sweet Jaffa cookies with strawberry flavor, raisins, grape
      rind. With water, it becomes a little drier and more citric.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Tons of caramel, little licorice, still more nuts. The tannins remain rather quiet.

  127. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Had it a couple of times, nothing I will add to my cabinet though. 

    (Rating interval 75-79p)
    • Nose
      Cabbage water, cooked carrots, allspice, bay leafs and coriander seeds. Some cinnamon liquor in the background.
    • Taste
      Immediately a sweet, spicy and pleasant delivery but the appearance rapidly shifts toward a rough and sharp delivery at the back of the tongue. Barley spirit and white pepper take charge.
    • Finish
      The finish is sweet and sour with notable spirit character. Even with plenty of water the spirit shines through to give an unbalanced impression.

  128. nathanyael scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  129. Aidan C did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Strong, needs water to bring out the flavours. 
    • Nose
      dried figs, woman's leather handbag, new shoes inside the box. 
    • Taste
      First taste: sherry, stewed fruit. 

      Main taste: nutty, bitter and dry. 
    • Finish
      long, dry praline

  130. zinaf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is still very nice but overall I prefer the previous label. I did not enjoy that much the differing nose and palate. Perhaps I was just not prepared for this :) 

    SGP:651(hint with a some coffee and milk in the mouth add some 105 and it becomes a real fudge treat with crushed nuts; just delicious).
    • Nose
      Fresh and sweet, dried aprcots, sherry. In ten minutes the loud freshness and sweetness closes a bit. 

      W - on top of the above develops on some coffee but also some wood.
    • Taste
      Savoury. Much more burning than the old label; roots sweetness; This NEEDS water. 

      W: again, very savory, some engine oil, or leather polish? This is strange and rather unanticipated, I'd say. It goes away a bit from the sherry profile of the nose. Perhaps a bit vinous - vinegar?
    • Finish
      Medium on some sweetness and earth. 

  131. Abydoss scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      despite the 60% only very low alcohol notes, clear vanilla, oak (verduennt stronger), sherry, fruity-sweet notes of apple / pear, brings me memories of chocolates
    • Taste
      Uunverdünnt makes the high alcohol content, of course, all the more noticeable (it burns strong)

      Diluted the whole thing is already pleasant: very dry and malty, strong sherry, slightly oily mouthfeel
    • Finish
      The chocolates go completely under the taste, but form the core of the intense and long finish, along with malty and oily notes.

  132. LukeFive scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    One of the superheroes from whisky world.

    And this one pack a PUNCH. Most definitely this one benefits from water but if you hardcore and know your palet SUPER well then go on take this neat.

    This one is designed to appreciate water ( try filtered water or basically good quality water with this, she deserve that ) . 10 years old cask strength guys..like it or hate it you got excellent value for money. dilute this right you get 1 liter+ of very good whisky. This is the biggest strength of this whisky.

    Obviously it is Glenfarclas one of very few privately owned distilleries. Just this alone gets extra point. this guys keeps tradition going and we are rewarded with very fine whisky.

  133. LukeFive scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  134. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good.
    • Nose
      Sherry, orange, coffee, dark chocolate, some spices, alcohol.

      With water: a little more fruit.
    • Taste
      Powerful, with creamy texture, sherry, oak, some spices, dried fruits, a little candied orange and caramel.

      With water: softer and sweeter, a little candied fruit.
    • Finish
      Long on pepper and oak.

  135. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    this one needs one drop of water

  136. D&A69 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  137. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Aromas with hints of Tofee, milk chocolate, sweet sherry and smoke
    • Taste
      Strong character with a creamy texture of sweet malt, fruit, milk chocolate, rich oak wood, peat and smoke with hints of toffee and cinnamon
    • Finish
      Long aftertaste of peat, oak and smoke

  138. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An important and intense whisky classic interpretation of what should be a whisky sherry: clean and crisp. With a drop of water unleashes aromas of raisins, dates, prunes, sweet spicy notes of Aranca. The finish is long and persistent with hints of malt crystallized.

  139. drkrylov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  140. drkrylov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Great depth, sherry. Creamy and nutty. Honey on toast, touch of smoky coffee.
    • Taste
      Silken, spicy and peppery oak. Almond, praline, hazelnut, dried peels, fruity. Touch of Armagnac.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery and nutty.

  141. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a bit of a beast! Serious sherry bomb territory. Deep, rich and creamy nose that needed a fair few drops of water to tame the heat and reveal a sweet, nutty tone. Rich and spicy on the palate, balanced by the sweetness and fruity finish. Great value for money, especially at cask strength. Definitely needed water to fit my palate, otherwise the alcohol burn covered most of the subtlety and complexity. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  142. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Deep peaty-gold.
    Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.
    Flavour: Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit.
    Finish: Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming and with a lingering smokiness, yet very rounded.
    Comment: A great whisky holding all the flavours of all the Glenfarclas in one glass. Being so warming, this is the perfect Hogmanay dram. Donâ€

  143. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    with massive notes of chocolate, fruit oils, nutmeg, caramel, stewed fruits,
    simmering spices, dark brown sugar, leather, wax and very thick notes
    of clean, vibrant sherry. A consistently wonderful bottling that shows
    Glenfarclas in all its youthful, naked glory.

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