Glenfarclas 1978

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S14)
Stated Age
35 years old
Plain Hogshead
Number of bottles
41.3 % Vol.
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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