- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- New Label
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Sherry Cask
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 1000 ml
- Bottled for
- Travel Retail
- Added on
- 25 Jan 2013 8:09 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 18-year-old
93 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.19 points
- A soft, sweet fruity malt with hints of milk chocolate, some oak and slightly nutty notes. It was probably created to a high degree from refill sherry barrels. These were probably not only European, but also American oak. The 1000ml bottle lasted a long time with me and the more oxygen in the bottle, the more intense he became. Also in the glass you should give him at least 15 minutes to breathe. Since I have had worse 18 year old in the glass and the whole thing at a great value for money.
- [January, 2019] Just a quick review of a free sample so I do not know what batch (year) this was drawn from...
...and this is very bad, both that I do not know the exact batch and the dram itself. It is composed mainly of exhausted (leached) casks that contributed almost nothing to the maturation. Hence this whisky smells and tastes more of a new make spirit than a malt at all. Hey, why do you bottle such immature stuff? Re-cask it and let it mature for another ten years, at least! Shame on you...
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an unimpressive and immature profile, quite unusual for an 18-years old. It smells as if they used a large number of inactive (exhausted) casks in this batch - I can get more aromas that come typically with new make spirits than with seasoned malts. In a blind setting I would have guessed a 3-5 years old non-scottish "wanna-be" whisky.
The taste confirms this guess with a very simple barley sugary profile and some shy spices. This is one-dimensional and boring, I prefer any blend over such a malt. Water dilutes the anyhow thin nose and taste further, I neither like this dram neat nor reduced.
The spirit arrives with almost no mouthfeel on the palate (neither good nor bad). The finish is rather short and turns a little bitter-tannic towards the end. I am glad it was a 3cl sample only...
- Actually a pretty nice dram, fruity. Not as sherry-driven as we are used from GF, but still good and enjoyable.
Fruity, some prunes, raisins, oranges. Floral and grassy. Then suddenly the smell of greasepaint ("schmink")? Lemon as well, pineapple, winegums.
A little pickering, full, fruity and a bit sour, citrus, tropical fruits, honey, some licorice.
Still a little pickering and full, fruity, pretty long, some wood influences, licorice.
- Sweet, brown sugar, subtle sherry notes, rather restrained oak notes. Very sweet, with unobtrusive sherry, there were also Bourbon barrels. Very tasty and balanced composed.
- The age doesn't show at first, but this malt benefits very much from an open bottle and becomes gradually better as the filling level decreases. It shows some nice depth and complexity, especially in the initial taste, it benefits from a few drops of water. It's cosmetical and pharmaceutical notes are quite odd and a little disturbing at first, but fade as the filling level decreases and eventually integrate very well and only add to the complexity. The finish is a bit disappointing however, as it is too alcoholic and simply unworthy for an 18 year old malt. A nice dram overall, but nothing to write home about.
winey & waxy, yellow gummibears, sparkling wine, sweet white grapes, beeswax, sugared and dried apricots, coconut, toffee, cosmetics, aspirin, yellow flowers (Dandelions), pineapple body lotion, anis seed, wormwood, licorice, fermenting pineapple juice, plain dry oak, after some time sweet raisins appear.
juicy and waxy arrival, yellow fruits, golden delicious apples, yellow gummibears, a tiny bit fizzy, slightly barmy pineapple juice, honey, licorice and anis seeds, oakiness develops, a little candle wax and cosmetics, rich with quite some depth, middleweight.
overripe pineapple, cheap sparkling wine, woody coconut, licorice, cosmetics, alcoholic fizziness, medium length.
- This bottle has been open for more than a year and a half now and I initially thought there was something wrong with the whisky. It was flat and two dimensional, and I thought the 12 year old Glenfarclas was much superior. Subsequently it was stashed away and has been opened a handful of times since and drams were drawn. It has gradually improved and gone from 77 rating to 87. This whisky is to my experience a perfect example of tight casks and low abv and what time in a open bottle can do. Considering the price point for 1000ml of 18 year old barley juice, I would recommend buying a bottle, drink a few drams and storing it away for a year and then enjoy a mellow but fine whisky. Sláinte!
Freshly cut fruit salad, honey, heather, turning to christmas spices and something earthy and minerally. A bit of sweet and sour sauce. Very pleasant and small hints of older notes mingle occationally when nosed for an extended period. Nose is clearly the strongest feature.
Honeyed citrus fruit, sweet malted barley, slightly minerally, sweet and sour. Some deeper sherry fruity impressions appear.
Drying on citrus and honey going to minerally, flinty notes and fairly medium in length.
- This needs a lot of air. I originally rated it 86 but happily add 2 points now that my 1000ml bottle is about halfway and has been open for close to a year now. Only now does it start to reveal some beautiful mature aromas. It is quite woody, so if you don't like that this isn't for you.
fruity fresh; sweet sherry; Honey; Vanilla; a touch of citrus; slight oak tones come through
Fruity; Pear Apple; spicy oak, but mild; Sherry; light chocolate; Honey; light nuts
Fruitiness first in the foreground
long and gentle, oak, sherry; Delicately bitter chocolate; pleasant spice; Nut becomes stronger and stays sticky for a long time