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Glenfarclas 1993

Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
163
Whiskybase ID
WB41761
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Rare Bottling
Vintage
1993
Bottled
04.2013
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Casknumber
see note
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 08 04 13 3 10:20 BB
Barcode
5018066619895
Added on
05 May 2013 7:55 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 249.00

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163 × member ratings

451 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1993

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 points

  1. malthead-sven scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Overall, as expected, but falls back in the aroma something, in addition to typical sherry notes missing here a few facets. Well balanced afterwards, the finish is great and has a good length.
    • Nose
      fruity, typical Oloroso, as expected, raisins, brittle wood, cinnamon behind, elderberry, nougat, apple, peach jelly, cooked fruit, malty caramel, overall a bit restrained
    • Taste
      soft, unfolds slowly, barely sweet and barely any fruit, accompanied by a sparkling spice, oak is very present
    • Finish
      round, balanced spicy and slightly fruity, anise, peppermint and dark chocolate, remarkably long in the neck and on the cheeks

  2. Flou scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This Glenfarclas of the Limited Rare Bottling range from 1993 was bottled in April 2013 when it was 19 years old. A total of 15 Oloroso sherry barrels were married, all of which were filled in 1993. This bottle has been on my shelf for many years and I can still remember that it was a bottling from the Limited Rare Bottling range that sparked my love for sherry barrel-aged whiskys about 10 years ago. Of course, I had completely different demands on a whisky back then and by then I had tried maybe 5-7 different single malts. So I'm all the more curious to see how I like the whisky today, after I was able to try many different bottlings in recent years and my whisky horizon has been significantly expanded compared to before. But it has to be said that in my opinion there are clear differences between the individual bottlings in the range. Unfortunately, I can't remember which bottling I was so enthusiastic about back then ... well that's another reason why I started writing the tasting notes. I do this primarily for myself so that in a few years I will still know what I had in my glass and how I liked the whisky. With 46% alcohol content, this whisky has a great drinking strength that should not overwhelm even beginners. With a color like really dark amber, it has been waiting in my glass for a quarter of an hour.

    The Glenfarclas is reserved on the nose. Sweet fruit flavors come from the glass with oranges, lemon peel, peaches, grapes and chocolate-coated raisins. The chocolate note is clearly noticeable and dampens the sour citrus note a little. In combination with nutty flavors, I think of chocolate with whole hazelnuts. Everything is covered with a little honey and wrapped in a cloud of herbal notes, spices and oak wood. The chocolate gets darker after a short time and the sour citrus note manages to push itself too much into the foreground. Well, I found yesterday's 8 year old Glenfarclas (whisky autumn fair bottling) much more exciting in terms of smell.

    In the mouth, the whisky tingles all over the mouth, I would not have expected that with 46% alcohol content. The whisky is really peppery and spicy until a wonderful and almost syrupy sweetness and fruitiness cover the inside of the cheeks ... mhhhh, delicious! Now dates are also included. The alcohol content is very good here. I tend to be more in the direction of 50% ABV, but that would probably have become too sharp in the mouth. With the second sip, the spiciness and the bitter notes are clearly more present. Lots of pepper, dark chocolate, which may already be tending towards coffee, and hazelnuts, which are now tending towards walnuts. The mouth is now also a little drier, but everything is still within a comfortable range for me. I have a slightly waxy feeling in my mouth, which I find very pleasant. In the mouth it surprised me this time, because I find it stronger than the smell.

    The finish is medium long and dominated by the tannins. Liquorice is becoming more and more present, the pepper has been buzzing around in the mouth since the first sip, dark chocolate, coffee, aniseed and somewhat dry forest floor are added. The mouth is now clearly drier, now it is almost a little too much for me. In the background you can still feel citrus notes, aftertaste of raisins and a slight sweetness, but the main roles have long been assigned to the spicy and bitter aromas.

    Overall, that's a good whisky. I wouldn't pour this to anyone who hasn't had any contact with whisky, the start is simply too hot for that. For the price I paid back then (I think around 65 euros), you get a great whisky. In the nose I would have liked a little more intensity, in the mouth the Glenfarclas was peppery but very tasty. The dryness in the finish was a bit too much of a good thing for me personally, but in summary I can only say: The whisky was definitely worth the price at the time and every penny of it! Compared to the Glenfarclas Limited Rare Bottling 1995 (currently rated 85 points by me), I definitely think this 1993 is better. Today I see that the cheapest offer in the base is 180 euros and I have to say very clearly that I get significantly better whiskys for this money.

    Yesterday's Glenfarclas 2007 (Whisky Herbst-Messebottling) got a good 87 points with a tendency to 88 points. This Glenfarclas can't quite keep up and gets 86/100 points from me with a tendency to 87 points.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Koalafant scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    2019-11-13
    @ 369
    In a great, quite complex malt. Strong in style but still mild and round.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant, fruity nose with notes of oranges, dates, chocolate and hints of leather.
    • Taste
      Stronger and stronger in strength than expected from the nose, but still round and supple. Again, date and oranges. In addition, a light, crisp sharpness with hints of mango and coffee beans.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting. The oranges and lightness dominate, but there is also a rather complex background profile that is difficult to categorize.

  4. Koalafant scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    2019-11-13
    @ 369
    In a great, quite complex malt. Strong in style but still mild and round.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant, fruity nose with notes of oranges, dates, chocolate and hints of leather.
    • Taste
      Stronger and stronger in strength than expected from the nose, but still round and supple. Again, date and oranges. In addition, a light, crisp sharpness with hints of mango and coffee beans.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting. The oranges and lightness dominate, but there is also a rather complex background profile that is difficult to categorize.

  5. VollePulle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    sweet sherry, more of the nutty, elegant sherry, not too strong Beautiful yummy, round malt.
    • Nose
      darker fruit notes, slightly musty oak notes.
    • Taste
      soft, mild, nuts, sherry, tart oak.
    • Finish
      becomes really peppery, strong astringent, but with a nice nutty sweetness in the background.

  7. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice maturation, especially the fruity line. 46% works well.
    • Nose
      Sherry. Mon cheri, raisin, plum and punch. Spices and oak.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Sherry and sweet fruits starts. Then sour fruits: blueberry, gooseberry and blackcurrant.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, sour, dry.

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2013]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 57 Euro in June, 2013.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no notes.

  9. Scott-Scotch did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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