Glenfarclas 1988

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S14)
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 27 03 14 1 09:05 BB
Added on
07 Sep 2014 8:56 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 290,00

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17 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.13 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017]  Oops, I do not like this nose.  It is full of unwanted off-notes (sulphur, cheesy, old socks and the like...) that cover all the nice aromas. I stopped sniffing for a while but it did not improve even after significant breathing time.

    On the palate it is ok but still not really good.  Quite hot, but the flavours grow nice after a while and the dram gets sweet and more interesting.  Nevertheless, this is one of the less impressive Glenfarclas (to me - it is very okay if others see this different).  By the way, water does not really help either...
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. asmazda did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    There are sweet and savory flavors doing the tango both on the nose and palette, which I found interesting.  It loses some points because it's a tad too hot and bitter for my preference.  
    • Nose
      Strong mustiness and earthiness, dried figs and plums, Christmas spices, tea.  There are cheesy and beefy notes from time to time.  Let it settle and you get a blast of toffee.  
    • Taste
      Rich, dry, and a tad hot.  While there is some woodiness and bitterness, the sherry aspects of the nose are nicely present, and it turns interestingly savory - beef, balsamic vinegar, olives, savory herbs.  This would be a great with a steak!
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, and a continuation of the mouth (primarily dry sherry and bitter wood).

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This one deserves water, it makes it less dry. Although, this dry character is also very attractive. 
    • Nose
      A very nice nose. In the beginning, there is some sulphur (gun powder, beef stock), but it vanishes rather quickly. It has this musty warehouse smell, which I find very pleasant. Then, a lot of dried dark fruit (figs, dates, plums), spices, and Christmas Cake. Later, tea notes appear quite strongly.
    • Taste
      Powerful, with the same dried fruit, orange juice, a nice woodiness with pepper, ginger and clove. Then, beef stew, bay leaf, darjeeling tea, tea chest, cigar box, and bone dry sherry.
    • Finish
      Pleasant, a little sour, and rather bitter like a good sherry. It's still beefy, nutty too (almond), with dried fruit and pepper.

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well I understand why people sense the smell of sulphur. Yet it's not a rotten egg smell, but rather on gun powder and beef stock.

  5. BXpress scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I am a smoker but i am also very sensitive to sulphur and i hate it with a passion. I am sure i would have noticed it immediately. What i can say is that the nose is overly musty. At first i suspected an infected cork. When i first opened it, it smelled slightly fungal. Maybe this is a form of sulphur influence that i am not familiar with? I detect no struck matches or rotten eggs here.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I thought it was quite strong on this one Bxpress and while it does not bother me too much it was there.

    Is it possible that whether you are a smoker or not could influence things regarding sulphur in general, I have no idea to be honest just wondered if that could affect things/enhance and what your palate detects?

    I tried this with 3 other GF and one was similar age/sherry influence non were like this one regarding the extra off note.

  7. BXpress scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    To each his own, but i'm not sure where you guys find sulphur. I can't detect anything like that.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Its fine but you have to like heavy sherry.
    • Nose
      Sherry, fig, plum, blackcurrant, ice tea, the usual sherried Glenfarclas combo.

      Smells quite powerful and rich with some mulled wine spice thrown in but I also detect the sulphur and its quite strong on this one.
    • Taste
      Full on the palate but there is quite a lot of woody bitterness from the off.

      Very rich on dark cherry, balsamic glaze, ripe dark plum, bitter red apple peels and a little blackcurrant.
    • Finish
      Medium length and finally so plummy sweetness come through at the end.

  10. BXpress scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It's just fantastic. My best blind buy to date. Initially i was dissapointed because the first dram was shockingly bad and inexpressive. This one needs a little time to breathe, and when it opens up it blows you away.
    • Nose
      Strong tea notes.  Loads of caramel. Cough medicine, leather, tobacco notes. Very well rounded. Unmistakably old, yet not too much of a cask monster. A little coffee. Something meaty and spicy like a good stew.
    • Taste
      Very similar. Mostly caramel, black tea, and cough medicine. Slightly dry, a little dusty. A tiny bit spirity which works great, and a little fresh paint and quite a bit of chocolate (i.e. brandy pralines) in the development. That's it for the most part.
      It doesn't bombard you with dozens of notes, but i would not go as far as calling this whisky simple, I'd rather call it compact. It is so well rounded that it doesn't need anything else.
    • Finish
      Very long and herbal, again with the cough sweets/medicine, slightly peppery, a little brandy. Leaves your mouth very dry with a leathery/ sweet tobacco aftertaste.


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