Glenfarclas 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

Average value

€ 75.81

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708 × member ratings

1939 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 18-year-old

115 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.00 points

  1. Andreas W. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [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...
    • Nose
      81 81
      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.
    • Taste
      80 80
      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.
    • Finish
      79 79
      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...

  3. JR1204 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    I have read several rather negative reviews relating to the Glenfarclas 18 year old. Especially taking into account the price for this 18 year old whisky I do not agree to this negativity.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Not very intense, but very aromatic. Direct nosing of the whisky provides a not very intense but pleasant smell. Interestingly, the entire room gets filled with the aromatic smell of this whisky:
      - Honey
      - Dried fruits (raisins)
      - Banana and ripe apples
      - A bit of sherry
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is rather intense and very pleasant. Still a bit sharp for an 18 year old whisky, but that does not make the whisky less tasty (smell and taste are quite alike):
      - A lot of honey
      - Dried fruit (raisins)
      - Cinnamon
      - Light sherry
      - Ripe apples

      The taste can be compared to a warm home-baked apple pie filled with a bit of sherry.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long, warm and sweet.

  4. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant and refreshing 18 year old. PLV is true, but you shouldn't expect a dark sherry bomb.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh red and green fruits, refreshing, slightly spicy oak, tart nutty, fruity-sweet, gummy bears, sweet orange. Strongly indicates many refill barrels.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fresh, spicy, slightly oily, fruity, sweet, fresh green and red fruits, apples
    • Finish
      81 81
      Relatively flat, spicy, tart, fresh green fruits linger, a bit short overall

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Actually a pretty nice dram, fruity. Not as sherry-driven as we are used from GF, but still good and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity, some prunes, raisins, oranges. Floral and grassy. Then suddenly the smell of greasepaint ("schmink")? Lemon as well, pineapple, winegums.
    • Taste
      84 84
      A little pickering, full, fruity and a bit sour, citrus, tropical fruits, honey, some licorice.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Still a little pickering and full, fruity, pretty long, some wood influences, licorice.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.

  7. dandyman scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    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 definitely benefits from adding some 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.
    • Nose
      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. 
    • Taste
      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. 
    • Finish
      overripe pineapple, cheap sparkling wine, woody coconut, licorice, cosmetics, alcoholic fizziness, medium length. 

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One of the best value malts currently available in my view.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Bang for the buck though prices have climbed already from sub 50 EUR to 60+. Less sherried that the 15 but comparably similarly priced to give you a hint. There are def many better 18 yo out there and I prefer a good batch of the 15 @46% abv. or even a liter of 12 yo for half the price. Nonetheless alright for what it is. Could work well 50/50 with 105 to spice things up imho. Would not pay more than 60 EUR for it as the quality is not there and judging from the reviews there either is a significant batch variation in quality or it's decreased permanently. Tried mine in about 2015. :-)

  10. Flintz scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Sweets, fruits, cognac type, balanced.


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