Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks

Overall rating
92.74/100
votes
116
Whiskybase ID
WB58489
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family Collector Series I
Vintage
23.09.1966
Bottled
18.12.2013
Stated Age
47 years old
Casktype
Fino Sherry Casks
Casknumber
4194, 4195, 4197
Number of bottles
1444
Strength
50.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 18 12 13 1 11:04 BB
Barcode
5018066140184
Added on
29 sep 2014 6:10 pm by Alex
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2958.34

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1966 Fino Casks

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.74 points.

  1. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2022] Tonight I am in the mood for something special...

    ...and this is very special, indeed. The nose is truly excellent and in the best tradition of sixties' sherry maturations with both a very high complexity and perfect balance. The taste and finish is great too, with delicious chocolatey flavours in a spicy and waxy setting. Great stuff from the past, no doubt.
    • Nose
      96 96
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers an excellent old-style sherry maturation without any flaw. This is complexity and harmony at its best, both all the fine 'farclas malt's and fino sherry's aromas are present and all combine to an impressive nose I could sniff for hours. There some tasty OBF's too, oh - how I adore these! The wood is perfect and neither too strong nor too weak. After some breathing this nose grows even more spectacular so take your time with this dram. And use a big spherical blender's glass for nosing, if available.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-layered on dozens of different flavours in a superb mix. They can be perfectly explored while chewing the dram for some time, and they march across my taste buds in a victory parade. All starts with fruits and honeys but the bitter-spicy flavours join in quickly and ensure the balance of the profile. Again I do not find any flaw, all is close to perfection. Even the wood is okay for such a long maturation (strong but not over-powering).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating (but not I expected more in this respect, to be honest) without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more spicy wooden notes without turning bitter or astringent until the very end. The chocolatey impressions get even more tasty after the dram went down my throat, I like that. Water unlocks additional waxy-chalky aromas in the nose and the taste turns more to the bitter side of the profile, I prefer this dram neat.

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

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

  5. JeanChan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. teospy scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    The perfect combination of nutiness from fino casks and fruitiness of Glenfarclas balanced in the perfect abv

  7. Andreas W. scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    It was an honor for me to try such an old and special drop. A real treat. The nose seemed a bit closed at first, but then opened after a while and released new aromas. On the palate and in the finish, the old age was noticeable, but always supported by a great variety of flavors.
    • Nose
      92 92
      It takes a long time to open up. Then the nose becomes more intense. I perceive an interplay between raisins, peach and pineapple. After a while in the glass, some orange and madarine are added. A touch of baked apple and roasted almonds finally round off this great nose.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The first impression is powerful and spicy. Then I have peach and orange zest, followed by a mixture of raisins and delicate marzipan in dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Oak spice, followed by sweet raisins and some almonds, then an interplay of the aforementioned. Long-lasting

  8. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is great cinema, single malt Scotch Whisky at its best! In terms of complexity, my most impressive Glenfarclas yet, but also so different from the younger and older Family Casks with a much darker color. More complex and balanced than its opponent in this comparison (which actually isn't one), also so much more impressive than the younger Family Casks, whether first-, second- or fourth-fill.
    • Nose
      93 93
      At the beginning, immediately after pouring, it is a little bit closed, a little bit musty, but already voluminous and rather raised. After 30 minutes it opens a little, some hand warmth helps to unfreeze it and gradually release more and more of its aroma fireworks. What a perfect barrel, the fino influences go hand in hand as harmoniously as a perfect mirror image. I wouldn't guess 47 years, but the tendency would be 40 if I were to taste it blind. Over time, it becomes more oaky, and the very minimal sour fruitiness recedes into the background.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Boom, 50% and the alcohol is only there to drive the aromas in your mouth and is as smooth and creamy as you would like it to be. More present here than in the nose is the influence of Fino Sherry, a shortcrust apple tart with sour apples, a dry oak that gives me the feeling of having a piece of wooden barrel with the inside of the barrel directly on the tongue. Still no alcohol, you can push it forever from left to right and don't want to swallow it!
    • Finish
      93 93
      When it is gone, the mouth remains full as if it was still there. A highly complex harmony, an orchestra that has reached the end of the last movement and is playing itself out bit by bit. Without compression, as it can only end in a real concert hall.

  9. dandan798 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweet, red fruits, there is a certain warmth from this malt. The alcohol is quite clearly noticeable and is reminiscent of cooling peppermint. I notice a certain spiciness and a slight sour berry note. The spice is somewhere between cinnamon and cloves but the fruitiness predominates. Cherries with a light creaminess. Now the spiciness comes through more with leather and tobacco. Overall, a great interplay of red fruits and leather. The sherry ripening and the old age harmonize perfectly.
    • Taste
      red fruits, cherries, sweet sherry and berry compote. Then spiciness with cinnamon and fresh tobacco. Everything is accompanied by peppermint. Further spices, a slight acidity and creamy cream follow.
    • Finish
      Sherry, creamy, red berries. Slight acidity, maybe red currants and green apple. Leather, oak, cinnamon and finally strong cloves. The finish is very long overall and becomes dry. After a while it gets oily again, I can still taste grapes, cherries and peppermint.

  10. Griller76 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Pure: alcohol and bitterness of the barrel wood strong
    It only opens with water. Nevertheless, the too long storage in the barrel remains unforgivable due to the dominant bitterness.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Harmonious deep sherry, turpentine note, nutmeg
    • Taste
      85 85
      Mild, short, thin sweetness quickly gives way to a brutally bitter oak board.
    • Finish
      77 77
      The bitterness increases to the finish and remains unpleasantly on the tongue forever, so that it shakes you.

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Great wood, very fruity excellent

  12. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Just an extraordinary whisky
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  13. Started scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    One of the few excellent drops, which does not need dilution. Aromas and alcohol form a perfect unity!

  14. SFWC scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The Nose: Wow this is glorious. An expensive gentlemans cologne of musk, oud, sandalwood, a hint of vetiver and an old leather duffel bag filled with crisp whites ready for a trip to sandy shores under palm trees. There's a bottle of yellow Chartreuse in that bag and the salted sour pears reappear but now they are lightly sprinkled with demerara sugar. If Tom Ford could bottle this it would be his greatest hit!.

    On the palate: Ok the initialization is a memorable and wonderful experience. At first I taste spicy marmalade on lightly burnt toast. It's waxy and oily and coats the lips. Mesmeric mouthfeel. The spices and oak fade long and blisfully. Further tasting reveals some of those savoury notes. Ginger and horseradish. Yellow Chartreuse. A Farmhouse sour ale, walnuts, cashews, some eucalyptus or clove in the finish. This is needless to say a beautiful whisky and a fine departure from the Olorosso style maturation we know and love with Glenfarclas. The quality of this whisky is up there with some of the greatest I've ever tasted. Bravo. Encore!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. p4blo scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This is a great example of an 'alternative' old Glenfarclas. I love it.
    • Nose
      Very intense and rich. There are notes of orange, pineapple, baked apples, papaya, exotic wood and spices and peach. A hint of burnt milk.
    • Taste
      Creamy texture, very rich. At first there are yellow fruits with banana, gooseberry, unripe apple, then it becomes more tropical with mango, passion fruit and papaya. Hints of lemon juice, caramel, honey and cheesecake.
    • Finish
      Long, on intense fruitiness of tropical fruits and caramel fading slowly.

  16. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas 1966/2013 'Fino Casks' (50.5%, OB, casks #4194, 4195, 4197, 1444 bottles)  This little baby was bottled in December last year but it’s only going to be available in the coming weeks. It should be 47 years old if I’m not mistaken. Fino was unusual at Glenfarclas, where oloroso was/is the norm as far as sherry’s concerned. Oh and the price will lie around £750-800, which sounds pretty fair these days. I mean, very fair. As for the marital compensation trick, you may not need any. In case you do, may I suggest three Hermès scarves? Colour: deep gold. Nose: for a start, marmalade. The finest marmalade. Great but a tad disappointing because of the relative narrowness of the first nose. But then… there’s an avalanche of smaller, more complex, more tertiary aromas. Those would include chartreuse, wormwood, iodine (is that the fino?), walnut liqueur, vin jaune (no wonder), old roses, patchouli, eucalyptus, tangerines, almond oil, ale… The whole remains very clean, with that marmalady structure that keeps it focused. Perfect. Mouth: exceptional arrival, spicy and zesty at the same time. Again, marmalade with a little white pepper. And then, chartreuse jaune, orange liqueur, a funny herbal zestiness (angelica? Kiwi jam?) as well as walnuts again, but less than in the nose. I find the sherry rather discrete. Finish: very long and always spicy/zesty. The oak feels a little more than in the Glenlivet, but the spirit’s structure is fatter so balance is kept. Marmalade with pepper and wasabi or horseradish. Comments: I find this absolutely superb. To tell you the truth I had lower expectations because I had already tried a bottle of 1966 fino that was excellent, but not quite as stellar in my book (88-ish).SGP:661 – 92 points.

  17. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This bottling marks the first in a series of six different Glenfarclas special releases, one for each generation of the family. “Another one is coming on board that is going to be totally different,” hinted Grant at the future development of this series.

    Each bottle is packaged in a black box bearing a silver coin which features an image of John Grant, who founded the distillery six generations ago.

    Having bottled the whisky in December last year, Glenfarclas now plans to release it around the world in early November. Although precise allocations and price are yet to be confirmed, the UK is expected to receive around 300 bottles, priced at about £750-800 each.

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