Glenfarclas 1993

Overall rating
86.65/100
votes
168
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

€ 274.50

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1993

26 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.65 points.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  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. VollePulle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  9. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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

  11. thomasflsts scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. domani scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The nose is better than the palate. The alcoholic sharpness is too dominant for my taste and drowns out the flavors - 02.09.2014
    • Nose
      Sherry and fruit flavors, sharp alcohol
    • Taste
      Sweet for sherry and fruits
    • Finish
      medium

  13. Helgo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. p4blo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good value for money. Works pretty well at this ABV.
    • Nose
      Very fresh with cherry liquer as in mon cheri, white wine, strawberry gum, tons of raisins and plums plus a handful of spices.
    • Taste
      Quite one-dimensional with sweet fruits playing the major role. Strawberries, blackcurrant and prunes. Perhaps a hint of toffee.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, slightly drying.

  15. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A nice nose, getting weaker in the mouth and unfortunately not really mine on the finish. If he could only hold that first second in his mouth, it would be a great malt.
    • Nose
      Yes, there is a lot of fruit, a classic sherry nose, dry fruits, old leather, some chocolate, a little maggie herb, all in all a nice potpourri of fruity and spicy notes.
    • Taste
      The very first moment (very short) spicy and light sweetness, then relatively dry, spicy and leathery, also present sherry, typical Glenfarclas, slightly negative alcohol note, well despite drinking strength.
    • Finish
      Still very dry almost bitter, it forms a light furry coating in the mouth, slight grape notes, as if one chews on the bowls

  16. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind-Tasting.
    • Nose
      Zunächst
      leicht alkoholisch. Süße Kirsche, in Honig eingelegte Sommerfrüchte, Orange,
      Vollmilchschokolade, etwas Sherry und Zimt. Später dann erdiger, dunkler, mehr
      in die Kellerrichtung. Im Hintergrund Malz, Eiche und Nüsse.

      Mit Wasser: Die
      Früchte werden intensiver und süßer. Der Honig wird präsenter.
    • Taste
      Ölig-wärmend auf der Zunge. Orange, Honig, Karamell, süße eingelegte
      Beerenfrüchte, Eichenwürze, Schokolade und Nüsse. Sehr lecker.

      Mit Wasser: Etwas
      salzig/maritim. Die Schokolade wird kräftiger, die Beeren intensiver.
    • Finish
      Lang und
      wärmend. Eiche, Bitterschokolade, Orange und eingelegte Kirsche. Etwas Lakritze
      und Salz.

  17. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting

    another sample tasted with Wim51

    compared with 1993-2012 and 1993-2014
    • Nose
      pepper, syrup, coffee - cappuccino, some sulphur, orange, fruity - winegums, cactus, pastry, orange and chocolate
    • Taste
      fruity, honey, mint, chocolate, caramel, fruity - orange and orange peel
    • Finish
      liquorice - zoethout, caramel, forest fruits - cranberries and strawberries and later something briny

  18. Numwierum scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. GuyIncognito scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

      One notices the Malt his 19 years, with intense "dark" wood flavors! The nose is wonderfully complex and the finish is definitely something for coffee fans. The mouthfeel seems to me a little too alcoholic for the specified percentages, which unfortunately does not bring out more flavors but rather something drowned out. A little water helps at this point.
    • Nose
      First impression of solvents, including beautiful sweet fruit notes ([dry] apricot, fig, grapes) - in parallel with some rather sour tones (orange), cream caramel cream and vanilla pudding. Over time, the creamy flavors become more intense and drown out some of the lighter fruit scents.
    • Taste
      Dry mouthfeel, caramel sweet, relatively alcoholic for the 46%, slightly bitter -> some water does the dram well and softens the pungency. Now I find here also the coffee flavors from the finish, which were previously covered by alcohol
    • Finish
      Spicy with cloves, licorice, some espresso beans or dark cocoa powder with a little more time ... definitely espresso

  20. Armin Fuchs did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For me the sulphur component is really impenetrable -

    like a concrete wall - no chance to see anything else.
    I just recognized hints of apricot dumplings, apple, sour pear, and caramel (nose),some coffee and dark chocolate (taste), and some sweetness (finish).I cannot understand this: I like the Glenfarclas stuff very much - normally … -but here I have to quit.
    It was the second tasting with FineSpirits_butler1and both times the fiery sharpness of this dram was too much for me, too.Maybe some day I'm lucky and can enjoy also this one!

    (No vote: just to give a further opportunity a chance …)

  21. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    very fiery: little sips recommended - also a tiny drop of water seems to suit well; very sweet: sometimes you get pure sugary and syrupy sweetness nose after nose - on the palate you get the balance with the wood; nice whisky-aroma in general - particularly from a little distance; the candle wax may really turn into some sulphury notes - to me it didn't happen, although i'm very touchy as far as sulphur is concerned.

    Nice - i prefer this miles above the Glendronach Allardice.
    • Nose
      cherries, plums, sweet sherry, apple, sour pear, orange juice, sherry cask from time to time, apricot dumplings, couverture, pure wood, light custard, vanilla crescents, spices, cinnamon, syrupy sweetness, vanilla sugar, crumble mixture, nuts (getting more), christmas stollen, raisins, hints of Maggi, some candle wax, caramel, latte macchiato, from distance toffee and brandy praline, solvent, Revell colors, noble milk chocolate, dark chocolate with wood.

      with water: more wood and sometimes more sherry cask and some mocha
    • Taste
      cherries, apples, sourness around the whole tongue, blood orange, orange juice, nuts (also here getting more), syrupy, sweet, cask, coffee, latte macchiato, fiery and very hot, long, fruity, light spices, vanilla, some cigar. Alcoholic.

      with water: more vanilla
    • Finish
      sherry, warm, dark chocolate, orange juice and candied oranges, plums, some vanilla, plum peel, flambéed cherries, plum jam, spices, hot paprika powder, many nuts from time to time, hints of fresh mint, apricot dumplings, long and quite intense

  22. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  23. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      pepper, syrup, some sulphur/gun powder, pastry, orange and chocolate
    • Taste
      oily, chocolate, caramel, fruity - orange and liquorice      
    • Finish
      liquorice - zoethout, something briny, pepper and mint

  24. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. Peatpilgrim scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    A total bang-for-the-buck malt. 20 years of age for a reasonable price! Good quality malt, practical, recycable cardboard package, not over-the-top marketing, typical Glenfarclas package overload. 300 fonts, 467 pictures, 34 signatures and at least 5678 colours- love it!
    • Nose
      Plumcake, sweet, dutch honeycake, crisp, warm, full, floral, walnuts, oaky, sherry, vanilla, heather, bloodoranges, grapefruit, german pumpernickel, peach, dried apricots, rasins, dark chocolate, rum, red fruits, scottish grandmother cooking apples and pears ( dont ask why, just dont) , fresh leather, tobacco, honeydew melon, woody
    • Taste
      Prickeling ( really!) strong, wood, oaky, bitter, sweet, old, bramble, clotted cream, pepper, smoke, ash, sherry, effervescent powder, lemon, apple, canned fish ( somehow pleasant), metal, coins, fig, beeswax-candle, apple-mash, fine strudel
    • Finish
      canned fish, sherry-bitter-sweet, leathery-tobacco, pipe tobacco maybe? yes definitly! and coins.

  26. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasty and consistent all along, good value-for-money.
    • Nose
      Caramel, prune, red berries, almond, tangerine, mocha, vanilla, mocha, apple and a little candle smoke.
    • Taste
      Caramel, almond, plum, fig, oak, tangerine, candle wax, hazelnut and honey.
    • Finish
      Caramel, malt, almond, beeswax, candle smoke and mocha. A little rhubarb and rubber in the long run.

  27. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. hsmithjr scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A good nightcap.
    • Nose
      Plenty of sherry and some oak.  Dried fruits.  Christmas fruitcake. Milk chocolate.  Oranges.  Lacquer thinner.
    • Taste
      Lots of sherry, as expected.  More on the dried fruits, giving way to dark figs.  Some salted caramel.  
    • Finish
      Big and bold.  Sweet and sherried.  Hot peppers.

  29. RoyalScotsman did not rate this whisky Administrator

    Cask no.: 16-18; 505-508; 1204-1205; 3945-3947; 4412-4414

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