Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
46 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
43.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 28 09 12 1 07:25 BB
Added on
09 Nov 2012 4:15 pm

Average value

€ 1199,00

24 × in wishlist

94 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1966

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.46 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    What a great drop! The nose of this old Glenfarclas is a true surprise bag and impresses with its sweet berries, apricots and peaches in combination with creamy caramel and velvety milk chocolate. The taste of the sweet beauty of the nose is unfortunately almost imperceptible. Tart and old woody tones dominate, a hint of smoke unusual for Glenfarclas permeates the taste and the aftertaste. The aftertaste, like the taste, is dominated by tart and dark tones, while espresso and dark chocolate blend almost with the aroma of burnt wood or wood smoke. And just this unusual combination between the different flavors makes this Glenfarclas something special! An old and venerable drop, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Rusty brown with a reddish glow shines Glenfarclas in the Premium Snifter. On the glass wall sticks an oily and tough streak while fruity and sweet sherry aroma blows from the glass. Creamy toasted aromas and caramelized sugar rise promisingly in the nose. Sweet and creamy caramel mixes with opulent berry flavor, overripe apricots and creamy milk chocolate mix to a sugar sweet melange. Velvety peach joins the fruity apricot, cocoa and milk chocolate zealous with the peaches and apricots to the bet. In a moment the fruity sweetness dominates in the form of apricot and peach, in the next moment sweet chocolate or cocoa dominates with a pinch of cinnamon. The interplay of flavors is impressive, as is the complete nose. Again, the sweet caramel and toffee come to the fore, a hint of green apple and fresh mint come out, tangerines and a hint of tropical fruits give the nose a dreamlike complexity and variety. My salivation is getting more and more excited and although this piglet is an absolute sniff whisky, I lick after the first sip ...
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy, the first sip flows through the palate. Red berries and a hint of chocolate end in a fine-spicy wood mixture, subtle sharpness is created while tart and dark wood tones push into the foreground. A sip of freshly brewed espresso mixed with dark chocolate, dark walnut aroma in combination with tart and wet wood elements give the taste a certain bitterness and tart moments. Sour cherries and dark chocolate dominate the second sip, espresso and a subtle smoky note dissolve from the spicy and tart wood tones, a distinctive aroma of slightly burnt wood with a subtle and barely perceptible smoke. Dark and almost burnt caramel lies in the background, creamy and oily spill the tart fruit and wood aromas through the palate.
    • Finish
      The dark and tart wood notes change over time into burnt wood tones, black coffee and dark caramel end in a harsh walnut note. The mouthfeel is still extremely oily and creamy, the old oak tones are getting more and more powerful. From time to time dark fruit flavors and dark chocolate appear, the freshly brewed espresso still sticks to the palate. With this for a Glenfarclas unusual smoke flavor, or aroma after charred wood sounds the aftertaste very slowly. Sour cherries and a hint of leather come to the fore shortly before the Glenfarclas then fades away very, very slowly and an eternity is remembered.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Can a sherried single malt be any better? What a classic! Great stuff!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Intense, dried fruits galore, plums, dates, figs, prunes, you name it, sugar cane, acacia honey, old sherry wood, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, hints of vanilla, chocolate mint sauce - fantastic!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Oily, creamy, mellow, sirupy, after eight milk chocolate, more dried fruits, spices, cooked fruits, subtle sweetness, finest sherry wood - excellent!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, becoming a bit more punchy, more spices, not drying

  3. MInimax007 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Because of the 1966 Christmas Malts of Glenfarclas, I even started the hobby of whisky. My heart is bleeding on these lines, but this whisky is totally overrated by IMHO.
    • Nose
      You do not even know what to "sniff out" first. Wood, sherry, fruitiness ... even a slight hint of smoke is noticeable. Even the smell reveals something special in the glass.
    • Taste
      The taste is as much interwoven as the smell. Malty, sweet, strong oak, citrus ... everything is there anyway. But unfortunately also quickly gone again. For me, especially towards the end, the woody taste, which becomes bitter in the mouth, dominates.
    • Finish
      The taste experience described continues especially when leaving. The whisky spreads at first very nice, but the finish is unfortunately quite "woody". You do not have to like it.

  4. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    After 45 minutes the Whisky is round in the nose; 

    the taste is dominated by sweet and sour and bitter aromas;

    the finish is alike.

    Very enjoyable - 

    but this time (24.12.2017) not as rich and complex like at the first tasting.
    • Nose
      Fruits (like apples, pears, banana-orange mush), peppermint-honey, caramel with spearmint;

      later smoked fish, dark cake, marinades (sweet-sour) with vinegar, pepper-chili-caramel ...
    • Taste
      Sweet jams (cherry & trop. fruits), bitter chocolate & cocoa, tart vanilla bean, bitter leather, wood, citrus peal, some smoke ...
    • Finish
      Burnt branches, bitter cocoa, vanilla bean, wood, some mould, garden herbs, scouring powder, luckily the sweetness remains ...

  5. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    New review 1 1/2 years later (24.12.2017).
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ... went up in price about 500 to 600 € in the last 6 months ...

    Time to fall down again, I think!

    ... up to over 1.000  ...

  7. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    For details look at FineSpirit_butler1's tasting note!

    I had to stop writing down them because of the pleasure this great Whisky gave to me! 

    • Nose
      First a pleasant impression of richness and freshness; soon the fruits (oh - so much of them: red ones, berries, exotic ones ...) appear, also as jams! Then you feel that there is a great, great deepness in it. And part by part all reasonable aromas from an old best Sherry cask arise; … and that special wonderful sweetness … 

      It needs at least 30 or 40 minutes to complete the different flavors, and then it starts to built an unit - wonderful! And every time it changes a little bit … You don't want to get out your nose ...
    • Taste
      Now - the taste is even more fantastic for me!

      Perfectly balanced aromas and spaces - always lively, always satisfying, always palatable!

      Nothing goes lost from the nose, all becomes more compared to the nose. 

      Also the deepness & freshness stays alive!
    • Finish
      And now a great and long finish makes you satisfied and happy ...

  8. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    So surprising!

    So deep and big and round and aromatic!

    So palatable and smooth but strong and intense!

    What a complexity!

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs, May 2015.
    • Nose
      From the bottle immense plum jam and cherry juice as well as some oak.

      In the glass a huge and slow development takes place.

      Big Sherry and old casks with Revell colors and cuban cigars are joined by wonderfully subtle spices.

      Already deep with wonderful alcohol, perfectly in balance to the wood.

      Leather coated with pure alcohol, 'old' spicy and tart-sour citrus aromas and a lot of different liquor pralines.

      Exotic fruits (Papaya, Mango), fruit bowle, brandy beans and developing scouring milk.

      Then comes a wonderful 'strong' Cognac and espresso with raspberry liquor served in a smoky club with leather couches.

      Library with old books and wood barks from the forest. Raspberry jam with hot rum (into grog) and many other intense thick and sweet red jams.

      'There are still some with butter and raspberry coated buns on the table.' says Armin Fuchs.More coffee develops and oaky jams (plum etc) do not want you to leave the glass ...

      How aromatic! Spiced toffee and fresh opened wood polish.

      Fruit purees join with banana, pear, cherry and more exotic fruits.

      Toffee-leather now and mousse au chocolat with hot cherries (flambée with burnt sugar and some fine rum).

      Hangings of caramel in an old wooden closet.

      But the wood is also soft and mellow in a way, coating from the outsides with a bed of fruity sweetness and spices; plus real oak notes. Never too strong.

      Boullion cube, old sponge, oily, workshop floor and also basement floor - screed.

      Really goes in all directions ... dark with light, full and round.

      Espresso grounds, tart berries and blackberry. In there is one fine vanilla pod. Brushwood from spruces and pines.

      Then rum fruits, black bread crust and fine hints of peaty wood.

      Very complete in itself. Overwhelming!
    • Taste
      Well ... so much ...

      Sweet-sour fruit explosion with all kinds of fruits (extreme!), spicy oak in the background, dancing with the fruitiness into unity.

      Broth and grilled meat, citrus, aromatic leather, dark chocolate, wonderful noble cocoa, so much cherry, coffee, fiery and full, scouring powder, hints of fine vanilla, Cognac, liquor pralines (many different of them), berries.

      Goes on forever.

      Unbelievably balanced!

      Old upholstery, old casks, fruit pralines, very big and orchestral.

      Sweet jams until the finish.
    • Finish
      Fruit spirit, liquor with spiciness, fruity in the extreme, dark chocolate, caramel, oak, creamy and very warm.

      Extreme caramel-chocolate joined by tingling red fruits.

      Not bitterness at all and getting wonderfully dry.

      Wood barks, melasses, again hints of fine vanilla pod, clear oak wood.

      Hints of melted butter and raspberry jam on a bun.

      Many fresh garden herbs with thyme and rosemary.

      Then old Sherry casks and really dry scouring powder.

      Hints of 'old' radish and incense (church).

  9. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful !!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  10. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95


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