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Glenfarclas 40-year-old

Overall rating
90.76/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB52488
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
3rd Release
Bottled
26.11.2012
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
3900
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 26 11 12 3 14:40 BB
Barcode
5018066094067
Added on
26 Feb 2014 6:08 pm by Schmausel
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 804.50

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52 × member ratings

70 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 40-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.76 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Tonight I am in the mood to do another of these crazy vintage head-to-head tastings, this time it is this 3rd release of a 40-years old Glenfarclas from 2012 versus the 2nd release from 2010 (WB id 15943).

    Both are great drams that are simply adorable and dangerously quaffable.  Around the time of their release they were quite affordable for a 40-years old and still a price point of around 500 Euro is okay given the quality of these drams.  If you can afford it go for it at auctions (but remember there are many later releases of a 40-year Glenfarclas that might be different to these)...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The 2010 has a colour of mahogany and the 2012 is around one shade paler at tawny. The texture of the 2010 shows very late sticky tears and late slow legs. The 2012 shows some earlier and a little faster legs but still very late fat sticky tears. The 2012 offers a very bold and complex nose on fine herbal sherry aromas wih some spicy wooden notes. The 2010 owns less a herbal but a more sweet and fruity sherry profile that is at least as complex as the 2010. So the winner depends on your preferred profile - I like the more fruity profile of the 2010 a little better than the herbal of the 2012 but this is just a nuance.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste of both drams are multi-layered and tackle the taste buds with an unbelievable array of different flavours. The 2012 is nicely balanced on all the sherry flavours one can imagine plus some very nice spices (even some salt) and herbs. The 2010 is a little more spicier (peppery) but more chocolatey too. Hard to decide which one is better, in case of doubt I would prefer the 2012 here (but again it is just a nuance). Some water opens the nose of the 2010 even further but flattens both the taste and finish. Same with the 2012 so nose it with some water added and drink it neat (You think, that is impossible? ...simply use two glasses).
    • Finish
      93 93
      The 2010 immediately coats all of the mouth with a warming feeling, no distracting moments to mention (the tannins are just perfect for my taste). Same with the 2012 that is even a little more charming on that very first impressions (maybe it had the advantage that the 2010 already coated the mouth before). The finish is unbelievably long on both drams with no distracting bitter or drying moments. The 2010 vanishes nicely in different waves that get more and more chocolatey over time, really adorable. The 2012 gets more herbal again that is a perfect contrast to the sweet sherry aromas. Nevertheless I like the chocolatey finish of 2010 a little better.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. Quite different from the 2010 batch, lighter in both colour and taste.
    • Nose
      Fruity, meaty and spicy at the same time. Red berry jam, laurel, cappucino, liquorice, eucalyptus and... spare ribs?
    • Taste
      Blueberry, pepper, coffee, leather, dark chocolate, fig, liquorice and clove.
    • Finish
      Blueberry, espresso, dark chocolate, raisin and pepper.

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. kot1803 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful old, but not at all tired, very hearty molt, the aroma is simply masterpiece, against its background taste / finish seem slightly rustic and poor, in general it requires a slow and thoughtful tasting.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, old furniture from solid wood, mahogany, thick fruit tones - apple jam, baked pears, thick caramelized jam, almost burnt; prunes of various shades, some other dried fruits, nuts, cappuccino notes, moderately sweet creamy motifs, a bit of earth and pu era in the background, kvass wort, rye crackers, raisins, old leather goods, pipe tobacco, a cigar box, density and depth awesome.
    • Taste
      Rich, dense, more oak, a little tart bark, prunes, wort mash, raisins, cola, light sulfur-metal shades, berry puree, a little ginger, orange peels, mulled wine.
    • Finish
      Spicy, rather invigorating than warming, prunes, raisins, cola, slightly burnt croutons, light bitterness of dark beer, tobacco, spicy oak, grapefruit rind, mountain ash.

  7. Arranthony_Moray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      97 97

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The finish is the best part for me.

    My price rating is based on the price it was in 2012 (around the £300 area), now this expression at double the price is far too expensive.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very different from the 2010 and 2014 bottlings that were heavier sherried than this one.

    I really like this,  it`s fresh clean and far too drinkable.

    Notes from a sample.
    • Nose
      Fresh and lively on rich dark fruits, dark fudge but then there is a wave of orange and some brandy liqueur and boiled ham.
    • Taste
      Bitter/sweet caramel, black cherry pie but then a blast of candied orange sweetness.

      There is also some ginger spice with hints of bubblegum
    • Finish
      Long, smooth and spicy sweetness

  10. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

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