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Glenfarclas 30-year-old

Overall rating
89.11/100
votes
231
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L07 11 13 3 21:00 BB
Added on
04 Nov 2008 5:10 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 355.60

55 × in wishlist

231 × member ratings

435 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 30-year-old

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.11 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I still find the nose very appealing, it looks fruity and relatively sweet. In terms of taste, tart, partly bitter wood tones dominate with a dark sharpness, no comparison to the inviting nose. All in all not a bad malt, but it does not appear harmonious and harmonious and unfortunately does not appeal to me in terms of taste.

    22/21/21/22 (86P)
    • Nose
      Intense caramel shimmers in the premium snifter, oily "legs" stick to the glass wall, oranges and apricots rose. Hints of raisins and dates, minimal hazelnuts and toffee, honey and hints of apple porridge, a hint of meadow herbs is added. The nose is incredibly mild and soft, not surprising at 43% alcohol. The apple and apricot aroma increases, short flashes of raspberries and strawberry limes. A hint of caramel and milk chocolate, delicate wood tones with herbs and minimal mint.
    • Taste
      Sweetness flashes briefly, then tart oak tones unfold on the tongue, a pinch of black pepper exudes its slightly spicy aroma, dark chocolate and rubbed off orange and grapefruit peels stick bitterly on the palate. Hazelnuts and subtle hints of smoke follow, nothing is left of the fruitiness of the nose. The second sip appears fruity and sweet at first, shortly afterwards sharpness releases from spicy oak and warms the palate slightly bitterly. The spiciness tickles on the tongue, then turns into dark chocolate and a hint of espresso, old hazelnuts are roasted over an open fire.
    • Finish
      Tart wood tones and old hazelnuts stick to the palate, wet leaves and unripe walnuts are added. The mouthfeel becomes creamy on the one hand, on the other hand it becomes increasingly bitter and dark. The nut mixture sticks to the palate and on the tongue for an eternity, but then soon dies off bitterly and subtly bitter with spicy oak tones.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I had a good batch of the 25er in the glass in front of it - the style is similar, but the 30s is weaker - less power and less fruit. The malt would be blind to me 100 € worth, maximum. Absolutely weak at the price, far too expensive.
    • Nose
      Oak with many facets from cellar to freshly sawn, well balanced - prunes and apricots are warmed up with much patience - when they are there they build up nicely and are very harmoniously delicious, vanilla, biscuit,
    • Taste
      old oak, cellar, a touch of mushrooms, spice, subtly sweet, tobacco, some leather, very reserved orange, a bit oily, a vegetable acid that I know so much from Bourboncasks,
    • Finish
      a little grapefruit peel, sweetness, some wood - rather lax - too thin

  3. whiskyd scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Nosingbär scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Nosingbär scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Wow. So that causes mixed feelings. The nose is great, it gets 89 points. But in the key I can barely distinguish him from an Aberlour 12 NCF, which I do not like because of the perfume note. There is no age noticeable, there is no great mouthfeel, there is nothing that I really like. If I count in my reviews the price with purely, there would be under 80 points. So, with the nose that rips him out, 82.
    • Nose
      much fruity, sweeter and less woody than the GF 25. The fruity sweetness goes towards nectar. Strawberry, orange, honey, herbs. He has something of the complex fruity sweetness that I like the GF 40 so much.
    • Taste
      sour, flowery-perfumed, a little woody aroma, young strawberries, oranges, relatively dry.
    • Finish
      fruity, gentle oak, fruity finish

  7. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mellow sherry and a trace of candle wax. Mint, moist soil, fresh cress. Light honey, orange marmalade, ground nuts.
    • Taste
      Round, slightly oily. Dried fruits, walnuts, honey. Dark chocolate with pieces of orange, cocoa powder, coffee.

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas 30 year old is undoubtedly elegant, but it’s a touch too austere for my liking – almost everything is on the ‘down low’ with no particular flavours providing one single direction of character. Lovely older notes and pronounced fruitiness alongside great balance still doesn’t quite delivery what I’d expect a whisky of this price (quite a step up in £’s from the 21 year old).

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/glenfarclas/glenfarclas-30-year-old/
    • Nose
      A touch tight and restrained so will need some period of resting. Even then I find it a little shy still. Polish, varnish and light leather alongside ginger cake and a nice touch of citrus. Orange peels and sandalwood provide delicate but interesting aromas and marry well to the quite woody nature of this 30 year old. There’s a light earthiness going on in the background – damp soils and a touch of dunnage warehousing.
    • Taste
      Viscous and silky with good body. Polish, fresh light golden tobacco and a wee touch of salinity. Spice comes to the foreground with pepper and nutmeg. The body is still very fruity and sherried with orange peels, dried red currants, plums and more than a hint of chocolate covered fruit cake.
    • Finish
      Medium, fairly woody and quite drying.

  10. Hemdl scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Disappointing. To the predecessor I had very good memories, this bottling disappoints me on the whole line. Lots of oak, lots of spice, a few fruity notes. To a distillery, which prides itself on their good sherrylagerungen, I put there other claims.
    Are there different batches here?
    • Nose
      Subtle sherry notes, which fight against heavy oak notes from the beginning. He definitely got a lot of cask, that's obvious in the nose. A few red fruits, some toffee, sweetish and malty notes. Behind a neat spicy oak cargo, which comes rather dull.
    • Taste
      The impression continues in the nose, unfortunately one must say. Mild approach, the Malt needs a few seconds on the tongue. The red fruits flash briefly, but fade quickly and make room for dry, slightly bitter oak. Much more will not come then. Instead of sweet sherry rather rough wood notes - Poof.
    • Finish
      Medium long, a little bit fading away. Dominated by the dull wood notes, getting slightly dry. Where are the sherynotes, where is the sweetie? At any rate, they did not succeed in the departure. Instead, the Malt builds from the nose starting strong.

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