Glenfarclas 1953

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release X)
Stated Age
58 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
49.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 oct 2012 3:21 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 16583.26

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1953

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.00 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This is better than most aged OB because it is not heavily sherried like some of those thick syrupy old Farclas, this is an old Farclas that oozes class and finesse, just what i like in a whisky.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Great nose, not overly sherried, really elegant which is the sort of whisky i like.
      Marshmallow, nougat, red berries, plum jam, faint orange marmalade , there is also a sweet floral note, actually if i said floral gum sweets that would be about right.
      The nose just reeks of class, probably the best Glenfarclas nose out of the ones i have tried.
    • Taste
      93 93
      There is some initially fruity sweetness with a little mulled wine spice and some sweet red berry liqueur on the top layer. There is some oak that checks the sweetness but thankfully the sweetness wins the battle.
      As you go on the wood increases but the fruit is still in control, what is really good is the balance
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish is very composed, no burn retaining spice and sweetness.

      With water:- (5 very small drops)
      Little change on the nose just a little more fruit, the palate retains good balance but the water has releases more wood and this time it overpowers the fruity, jammy sweetness, not by much but you notice it.
      There is more spice on the tail now pushing the sweetness in the background.
      The balance is still really good.

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  3. 2lips scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    Full body and full of flavour, Great length on the finish.

  4. MaltNerd scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      intense and creamy. Vanilla ice cream sprinkled with candied orange peel, creme brulee and a pinch of spices. Lots of toffee, mandarin jam, and honey. There is also milk chocolate with hazelnuts, traces of wet tobacco and the smell of an old, dusty attic. Surprisingly, I also find some wax (association with Clynelish). Variable multi-dimensional aroma.
    • Taste
      94 94
      semi sweet and creamy. Wax again, a blend between citrus, vanilla and mineral elements. Lots of milk chocolate, dried apples and apricots. A pinch of herbs, tobacco leaves, nuts, leather and a mild tea aftertaste. The whole thing has a nice character of lemonade.
    • Finish
      91 91
      not flashy, rather gentlemanly and rising. Tobacco and caramel, smoldering spices from the cask. At the end there is the great aftertaste of tea grounds and red grapefruit without any tannins. Medium long.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice fruitiness on the note I found some herbal notes on the palate, nice balance, definitely one of the best glenfarclas I have tried

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Rich, complex, balanced, good fruitiness - excellent!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Plenty of toffee, vanilla, cooked apples, nuts, candy, whiffs of tobacco, oriental spices, cardamom, sherry wood, some dried fruits, dates and figs, hints of dry hay, condensed milk - very good
    • Taste
      95 95
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, sirupy, little bit liquorice, subtle sweetness, cooked oranges, jam, but also a bit of fresh fruit salad, spices, sherry wood, little earthy notes - great
    • Finish
      94 94
      Medium long, warm, fruity, a bit more earthy

  7. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 2.004 € at Whiskyauction in May 2015

  8. Malt Hans scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, cherry jam, mint, vanilla, passion fruit, cloves, ripe orange, banana, red apples, cinnamon, honey, mango and pear. Marzipan sweet and spicy taste, mint, pepper, eucalyptus, liqourice, vanilla, pear, ripe banana, almonds, orange marmalade and walnuts. Very long, sweet, spicy and malty end.

  9. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is simply stunning - it literally took my breath away. The nose is fantastic and complex, and very fresh and vibrant considering its age. On the palate it is like nothing else I have ever tasted: extremely complex with a thick oily texture (almost sticks to one's teeth) - I find something new in every sip with this one. The finish is big and elegant and beautifully subtle at the same time - not a 'shortish finish' (as mentioned in the official tasting notes) in my book at all. First the finish explodes dramtically and then dies down slowly to a subtle lingering with no bitter or unpleasant notes present at the very end. Subtle in the end, yes, but not a short experience overall. I will post a full review at a later date if everything goes as planned.

    A finer dram than this will be hard to find in my opinion (which my rate reflects).

  10. Alex scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    With 58 years of age, it`s the oldest Glenfarclas Family Casks bottling to date. The high ABV of 49.6% is amazing after so many years in the wood, however typically for Glenfarclas.

    For the producer`s tasting notes, please visit:,1952-1960.html



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