Glenfarclas 1997

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release X)
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 28 06 12 1 11:36 BB
Added on
02 oct 2012 3:41 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 302.25

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1997

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.10 points.

  1. Prodigy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Brilliant whisky selected by undersigned and around 40 other people at Sprit of Speyside tasting with Mr. George Grant in 2012

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] Somehow I am in the mood for a long-gone Family Cask tonight and this one was recommended to me, so I bought it for 184 Euro about two years ago...

    ...and this was a good deal, no doubt. Obviously this cask was seasoned with long-matured wine (ready-to-sell sherry) like all the old casks before 1982 (which were used to transport the sherry from the Spanish bodegas to the destination markets like UK). This is flawless and very quaffable stuff - not the most complex one (hey, it is just 14-years old) but a perfect example that old-style sherry maturations still work today. You just have to invest more money and season your sherry casks with flavoursome old and not with cheap young wine (oops, I lifted one of the best-kept secrets of the Scotch whisky industry)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is very dark for a just 14-year old at mahogany and the nose offers a flawless old-style oloroso sherry profile which is bold without burying all the 'farclas malt aromas beneath its strong flavours, luckily. It demands some oxidation time to really open up, still it stays a little simple (which is no wonder after just 14 years of maturation only) but it is both fresh and delicate. A truly fine nose for a 14-years old, and it gets even better when reduced to about average drinking strength (43%).
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is fresh and bold on both sherry and malty flavours in a bold wooden setting. All is very impressive according to my taste buds and still it stays balanced on that powerful level. The complexity is limited, of course - this is not a dram for hour-long investigations but for quick and lasting simple impressions. After some chewing the flavours combine to a tasty chocolatey, fruity and spicy mix. Again no flaw or off-note, this is a perfect (younger) sherry maturation and very quaffable.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with significant bitter-drying moments (tannins at work) which are acceptable given the overall profile. The finish is long and turns more on the dark chocolatey side of the dram with again strong but not too bold wooden notes (wood-heads will adore this). Some water turns both nose and taste punchier (more alcoholic) while a significant reduction to about 43% abv releases more old-style aromas in the nose and the taste gets smooth and much more interesting to explore. This dram swims like Mark Spitz! I like to explore it neat first, but prefer to quaff larger measures with a big splash of water.

  4. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Ohh what a smell, complex in his sweet, choco, coffee,mocha, fruit, vanilla. Also smell from ,indeed a old ware house. Like if you are there. 
    • Taste
      All kinds of sweetness, very nice sweetness, but also spicy and dry. Complex again, dark choco, raisins, figs, lovely. 
    • Finish
      For me very long. Very nice aftertaste.

  6. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Together with George Grant, this fantastic whisky was selected by the panel of visitors who came to an event at Glenfarclas - `The Family Casks - help choose the 1997 bottling`, held during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2012. The following tasting note was compiled by George and the 30 guests who selected the cask.

    Dark Amber

    Smooth, sweet, caramel and toffee. Mocha coffee, light dry aromas from the warehouse. Christmas cake and spices also apparent on the nose.

    `It had me convinced from my first impression` (NT)
    `Classic Glenfarclas fr me` (MFM)
    `Bang on dram. Glenfarclas as I like it.` (TK)
    `Liquid Toffee` (MB)

    Bottled 2012.,1990-.html 

  7. Finlaggan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was at the event during the Speyside Festival 2012 where we picked the cask:
    A report from the event can be found here:


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