- 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
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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
- 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...
- 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.
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:
- Dried fruits (raisins)
- Banana and ripe apples
- A bit of sherry
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)
- Light sherry
- Ripe apples
The taste can be compared to a warm home-baked apple pie filled with a bit of sherry.
The finish is long, warm and sweet.
- Pleasant and refreshing 18 year old. PLV is true, but you shouldn't expect a dark sherry bomb.
Fresh red and green fruits, refreshing, slightly spicy oak, tart nutty, fruity-sweet, gummy bears, sweet orange. Strongly indicates many refill barrels.
Fresh, spicy, slightly oily, fruity, sweet, fresh green and red fruits, apples
Relatively flat, spicy, tart, fresh green fruits linger, a bit short overall
- 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 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.
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.
- One of the best value malts currently available in my view.
- 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. :-)
- Sweets, fruits, cognac type, balanced.