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Glenfarclas 1978

Overall rating
89.40/100
votes
7
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S14)
Vintage
1978
Bottled
26.03.2014
Stated Age
35 years old
Casktype
Plain Hogshead
Casknumber
4004
Number of bottles
289
Strength
41.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Sep 2014 12:04 pm by Alex
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 545,74

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1978

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.40 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask has a lovely syrupy fruitiness running throughout – it achieves a wonderful sense of natural opulence. Whilst there’s certainly quite a lot of cask influence (35 years is a long time), it’s still the vibrancy of the fruit which starts and closes this journey. It’s not all plain sailing in this plain hogshead though as there’s a ton of spice on the palate – to my taste it’s just about borderline when squaring off against the fruitier notes, but it’s certainly likely that it will prove a little too much for some. Nevertheless, this is a delicious, grounded whisky not afraid to show off either its naturally-led aromas and flavours, nor its long maturation regime.
    • Nose
      Vibrant, fresh and fruity. Green apples and pickled pears come together with syrupy pineapple, tinned mangos and a scattering of citrus peels. Everything feels incredibly lively and zingy – quite remarkable after 35 years in cask – and starting to verge on Irish fruit bomb territory. Throughout are notes of patisserie – custard tarts and vanilla buns (plain hogshead right?!) as well as a slight, but perceptible minerality – granite-like, cold and steely. In the background, more hints of age – just a touch of earthy dunnage, teak oil and furniture lacquer.
    • Taste
      Excellent translation from the nose – the arrival is packed full of juicy fruitiness. Tinned and spit roasted pineapples, peaches, melon and some zingy grapefruits. Again, there’s minerality here – almost akin to coal dust – and perhaps just a hint of old charred cask. Throughout is a sense of menthol and mint leaves – slightly cough syrupy or nasal spray – interesting nonetheless. The mid-palate is where 35 years of maturation really start to make themselves known – a steadily building wall of prickly pepper – starting with a tinge, ending with quite a crescendo. It’s a good job that there’s tons of fruitiness and natural sweetness here to counterbalance and for the most part, it does. In the back-palate, again aged notes – this time polished wood and brasso.
    • Finish
      Long with syrupy tropical fruits, dusty oak, charred wood and bitter pepper spicing.

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