Glenfarclas 18-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 57.46

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 18-year-old

106 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.04 points

  1. 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...

  2. 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

  3. singlecask_luke scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Fred Labosch 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 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.
    • 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. 

  7. MickMatrix scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  8. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Golden color. Good, the scent would be excellent, but it seems to come from afar… Very good in the mouth, tasty, delightful. definitely better smooth than with water
    • Nose
      Very delicate and fruity bouquet, hints of orange and berries, brandy, bread, biscuit, butter, barely perceptible alcohol. To tell the truth I was expecting a more incisive perfume, instead the various components are barely felt. With water the presence of the cereal increases, but the orange, the brandy and the butter vanishes that I had found very pleasant
    • Taste
      On the palate it is dense, sweet and spicy, with notes of ginger, honey and orange. With water it looks younger, fresher and lighter, a very light balsamic note appears.
    • Finish
      Medium-lasting, sweet, honeyed finish

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Vis2020 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    This is not my thing. Better whiskys can be found for the same money. The age of 18 does not show itself in this whisky. It seems that almost only exhausted refill vessels have been used.


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