Glenfarclas 1953

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
58 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
47.2 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Bottled for
Wealth Solutions Exclusive
Added on
16 may 2012 11:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7596.33

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31 × member ratings

61 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1953

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.17 points.

  1. riekio scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Its not bad but its not great. Lot of play between bitter and sour, but it was a very interesting dram. Not my favorite farclas and imo definitely not worth what this is going for in 2020
    • Nose
      85 85
      Funky. Rotten tropical fruit. Dirty socks. Sour. Coconut. A kiwi or Citrus note, with a metallic tinge. Mangoes. Gunpowder. Asian style beef jerky
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oak and lots of it. Sulphur. Bananas and other yellow fruits, black licorice, an antiseptic note, and sourness from the nose, almost like cooked bitter melon. Grey poupon, key lime pie. Moving towards the finish its mostly a citric and sour note
    • Finish
      84 84
      Tannins make a drying finish. Vanilla. After awhile the tannins die down and its a more refined oaky spice, with key lime from the palate coming in. Definitely recommend letting it sit for awhile

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  3. Suevia scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. autowatch092 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Bright amber
    Nose: Apples, raisins, dried apricots, butterscotch, a waxed wood table with a vase of flowers, whiffs of a dusty old cupboard and a wee bit of smoke.
    Palate: A gentle but very notiecable smokiness wraps around a rich fruit cocktail, and yes it is sprinkled with rose petals. Not very sweet but immensely flavourful. Where is the wood?
    Finish: Endless, fruity, slightly dry and slightly smoky.
    Overall: Simply magnificent. Most of these bottles are offered to investors. But anyone buying this bottle to increase their wealth by a few bucks misses out on a once-in-a-liftetime opportunity. If you can afford this whisky, please drink it!

  5. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Charles MacLean, a writer and whisky connoisseur, had this to say about this Glenfarclas :
    Taste: Smooth and fresh; not as sweet as expected and quite tannic/mouth drying with some spice. A long, rounded warming finish.

    Diluted to 40% abv: Still smooth, fresh and slightly sweet; a trace of ginger in the warming aftertaste.

    Development: Warm sand and sand dunes, with suntan oil.

    Comment: Layer upon layer of flavour. A splendid old whisky;
    still lively, and not displaying any woodiness. Much influenced by the
    American oak cask, but wholly beneficially. Best enjoyed unreduced.
    Cheerful and friendly at natural strength.

  6. franpincoffee scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This is the oldest Glenfarclas bottling yet at 58 years old, but the nose is fruity and rich with apricot, tangerine, almond, and a hint of vanilla creme. The taste is thick, dry, and spicier than expected with tannins, vanilla, black tea, and a hint of ginger. The finish has a hint of coconut and fades smoothly with a lingering subtle spiciness. Excellent!

  7. bull10298 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas ever to be released. It has been bottled for Wealth Solutions, a
    company which provides exclusive products for Polish investors and connoisseurs.
    However, it is available in the UK through, whose sales
    director, Ben Ellefesen, was on the panel that selected cask # 1674 (an American
    oak, ex-sherry cask) from just three 1953 casks remaining in the Glenfarclas
    warehouses. A sweet, fragrant nose, with vanilla, fudge, sultanas, sherry,
    ginger and new leather. Full in the mouth, with spicy fruits and more leather,
    but soon drying to oak tannins. Liquorice, citrus fruit, plain chocolate and old
    oak in the long finish. Like so many veteran Glenfarclas drams, the spirit has
    somehow avoided being overwhelmed by the cask.


  8. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that`s exclusively
    available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it`s the
    oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas.

    It was chosen by a panel consisting of Serge Valentin, key member of the
    internationally renowned Malt Maniacs, the Master of Malt Sales Director Ben, Michal
    Kowalski of investment company Wealth Solutions and George Grant, of

    They assessed the distillery`s rarest and oldest stock, the remaining 4
    casks distilled in 1953, and unanimously selected cask 1674 for

    It`s a Spanish sherry cask filled on 20 November 1953, and the angles
    have been greedy - after 58 years of slow maturation in Glenfarclas
    traditional Highland Dunnage warehouses, the 1953 cask yielded just 400

    This exceptional whisky is of course bottled at cask strength and is naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.

    This Glenfarclas deserves a special setting. Each bottle is
    accompanied by a special book written by Ian Buxton, a well-known Scotch
    whisky enthusiast and writer, the author of the official history of the
    Glenfarclas distillery entitled Glenfarclas, an Independent
    Distillery. The whole set is enclosed in a plain oak box.


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