Glenfarclas 1981

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Pipe Edition
Stated Age
33 years old
Port Pipes
134 + 135
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L 16 01 14 1 07:11 BB
de Germany
Added on
30 Oct 2014 12:22 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 789.00

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112 × member ratings

248 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1981

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.82 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Complex, but not overwhelming. An excellent balance between oak flavors and intense port wine fruitiness. You have to like the slightly musty wood note, but it blends elegantly into the intense port note for my taste. The drop has a lot to offer and completely convinced me.
    • Nose
      Old musty, yet spicy and fruity wood at the same time. Behind it hovers a very fruity, sour port note. You might think, an old wooden barn stands for years in Portweinregen and weathered, about that must smell.
      After another few minutes, I mean a little caramel, a decent portion of spice (lovage), freshly sawn wood and mint. In general, the nose is relatively restrained, but very aromatic with a very pleasant acidity that lets me associate ripe oranges and sour cherries. The wood notes do not go in the strong harsh direction, but bring in with more thoughts of bitter almond flavor, dark chocolate, tobacco and leather.
    • Taste
      Short fruity-sweet and you could have sipped on a port wine. But immediately after the dominant fruitiness, the age shows in the form of spicy, tingling oak flavors. Again with the association with old port wine-soaked wood. A little vanilla flashes from time to time, but can not completely prevail against the oaks and Portaromen. I hear my dark chocolate, old leather couch, tobacco flavors and a lot of oak spice. A very pleasant mouthfeel and the Port fruit acid and orange peel remain in the mouth for a very long time and give the whole spectrum of aromas a beautiful intense fruity-spicy component.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and at first still pleasantly tingling with a residual fruit and elegant and not really tart oak flavors. A cooling mouthfeel also lingers for a long time and is reminiscent of mint. A somewhat musty wooden character also occupies the middle of the tongue and remains, as all other flavors, felt eternal.

  2. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Old Swede, this whisky is a hammer! With almost missing the words. Elegance in perfection without being restrained, mild without losing its expression, complex but not overstraining, sweet and fruity, creamy, full, old without being bitter, clear port wine without being overpainted or overladen, herbs without the impression of Kräuterschnaps / bitters. Just right.
    This Glenfarclas is the best whisky I have ever had in the glass. In Sproak's words: "Wow!"
    Update: Has been replaced by 98907.
    • Nose
      Very nice, the first nose train says immediately: I am a Glenfarclas and I was 33 years in the barrel, oak, honey, fresh strawberries, sweet fruit, milk chocolate, cinnamon, gingerbread, speculaas, plum, raisins, with minute by minute this whisky heavier, fuller, deeper, creamier, fruity, sweeter without losing its elegance. Citrus fruits flash briefly (oranges) before they are put back in the cupboard wall, vanilla cream, panna cotta, it swings over to leather but only briefly, the dark fruits and berries, especially blueberries and currants make their way and unite to forest fruit jam , Suddenly peach agrees. The potpourri is constantly backed by sweet but old wood and slightly fresh herbs. The second nose is again indescribably seductive with a clearer port.
    • Taste
      first strong, oak, gingerbread, really sweet port, cinnamon, milk chocolate, again panna cotta, caramel, lots of berry fruit (strawberries, currants, blueberries) plums, herbs, creamy-oily, some cocoa, orange, really chewing, full of aromatic , Top class!
    • Finish
      Also the departure is the madness! Mild and at the same time creamy and elegant, incredibly fruchitg, herb candies and oak show up without any bitterness. Sweetness like honey, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, a touch of coffee, despite all mildness really long.

  3. Dramlicious scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Glenfarclas is especially well-known for their heavily sherry influenced single malts. Not only is this expression full matured in port pipes (which is a rarity in itself) but it is also over 30 years old!


  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Alleluia! This Glenfarclas is incredibly layered, complex and profound. A dreamy nose, unbelievably voluminous and intense in the taste, in addition to that harmoniously with the powerful and characterful aftertaste. Glenfarclas and Port, a successful combination, especially the famous port bottlings in the early 80s! Fantastic and indescribably delicious!

    24/23/23/23 (93P)
    • Nose
      Light copper has a reddish shimmer in the Premium Snifter, while beguiling sweetness and fruit aromas are noticeable from afar, a multitude of small and thick "legs" emerge from the streaks adhering to the glass wall. Caramelized sugar mixes with sour fruit notes, raspberries play with strawberries, currants and blackberries end in honey and toffee, spicy oak is discreetly in the background. A hint of citrus fruits and old mint, milk chocolate and hints of raisins and dates emerge from the tart fruit notes, the nose is incredibly fruity and complex. The abrasion and zest of juicy orange peel is followed by a hint of sweet tobacco and dry leather, grapefruit and the remaining citrus fruits with mint and a hint of menthol, dried grapes and berries come into their own with a minimal musty appearance. In the meantime the salivation has started massively and although I would like to smell this wonderful nose for an eternity, the first sip follows expectantly ...
    • Taste
      The first sip flows gently and mildly over the tongue, briefly sweetness and caramel flashes, then sour fruit notes envelop the tongue, subtle spiciness settles on the palate while woolly warmth with abrasion of grapefruit and orange peel pulls through the mouth. Cinnamon and cocoa trickle onto currants and old tobacco leaves, milk chocolate drips onto leather, citrus fruits also trickle into spicy oak from which peppery heat is slowly emerging. Sour fruit aromas dominate the taste, mint is added, a slightly musty and "mushroom" aroma is created. Hazelnuts and grated dark chocolate, followed by spicy wood tones and dark plums, the aromas change every second and flatter the tongue.
    • Finish
      Hazelnuts with cinnamon and cocoa powder start the aftertaste, cozy warmth sticks to the palate with a touch of spiciness, tart citrus fruits knock on the palate and end creamy on the tongue. Spicy with a dry herbal note, hazelnuts and milk chocolate come into their own, a hint of vanilla ends creamy with honey and toffee in the lower jaw, hints of tobacco and leather herald the end of the aftertaste with cedarwood and creamy walnuts.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a complex impressive old malt, great nose that needs time, the fruit notes are very complex and not so easy to grasp, but the mushroom note bothers me a bit - very tasty - but overall not at the level of 40yo with 46% for me
    • Nose
      old cellar with a lot of damp old mushroom wood, above all for me even after 2 hours in the snifter a mushroom / Schafdung mushroom cultivation note, in the beginning still mint - this faded, citrus, grapefruit and orange peel, spicy wax (like the Pulteney 21), a herbal flower meadow, freshly sawn and ground deposited oak, then only sweet very fruity port wine, perfect sweet and sour balance in the nose, red fruits with peach, leather, sweet oily tobacco leaves - after the first sip the fruit notes become more intensive - sweetly exotic delicious blueberries with hints of jasmine flower scent
    • Taste
      sweet tingling, mushrooms at the tip of the tongue, short fruity acidity, oak tingles on the tongue, dark berry jam - a wonderful fruit cocktail, intense spicy tobacco, with a little chewing - movement sweetness, acid different fruits alternate, blueberries with "carbon dioxide" so tingling the oak subtle on the tongue, light mint note, spicy vegetal, slight bitterness - just on the border with bitter - even more spice / volume
    • Finish
      sparkling, warming, peppery, port fades out slowly - shows many beautiful facets, oak dresses voluminous from the mouth - looks long after

  6. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great. Piglet, 33 years old, Portfass - you get exactly what you pay for and expect. Thats how it is suppost to be. PS: I also regret sharing the bottle, I'm feeling like Corso_theRed. ;-)
    • Nose
      dry-fruity, exotic fruit notes mixed with dried herbs, some lovage / Maggi
    • Taste
      superficially beautiful, full fruity notes, red grapes, blackcurrant, raspberry, a slightly exotic touch (mango?), later caramel, (milk) chocolate, some old, dusty wood, but not bitter.
    • Finish
      beautiful. chocolatey-sweet. a little bit of licorice. but no piece of the oak bitterness that one would expect / fear in such a whisky.

  7. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a great malt! Now I regret splitting the bottle to the point where
    my share is only 10cl. At no times you are overpowered by a singular
    aspect of it. It shifts from sour to sweet, from fruity to herbal, from
    oaky to meaty. It rewards those who take their time with it. But when
    enjoying over 30 year-old malt whiskies, that should be a given anyway.
    On top of its fair price for a 30+ year-old official bottling, the
    overall profile of it makes it a perfect Christmas dram. Recommended!
    • Nose
      Initially quite dense. It starts off with overripe fruit, such as figs,
      dates, pineapples, and is certainly on the sweeter side of things. I
      always found Glenfarclas to exhibit a sour oakiness, but in this dram it
      is less obvious – on the nose at least. Concentrated herbal candy and
      sweet licorice. Even at 46%, the spirit is noticeable, but not really in
      an alcoholic or badly integrated way. Honey and Christmas cake full of
      sultanas. After half an hour or so, the overt sweetness turns into
      candied gammon.
    • Taste
      Wow, there it is. Sweet, spicy, sour oak! Amplified tenfold in
      comparison to the likes of the 18 or 21 year old. I am not sensitive to
      oaky whisky, so I find this rather interesting. If you go with it and
      keep it in your mouth for as much as 33 seconds, g, it develops
      a heavy sweetness. Now it is full of caramelized wood spice and… salted
      butter? Savory notes emerge together with more licorice. As a backdrop,
      the port wine remains present at all times. It is different from
      oloroso or PX sherry however; meatier and darker.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Although quite oaky, this dram is not bitter at all. The tannins are loud, but in a juicy and spicy aromatic way.

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 593 that I bought for 170 Euro in November, 2014.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a very complex profile that is multi-layered but it shows some strange sour off-notes that drives the whole dram out of balance (this happens quite often with long-time port maturations).  Some people might like it, I do not.  Nevertheless a very fine dram and easy to drink, for sure...

  9. Glen Highland did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Well, how should I put it? The best single malt I ever had in my glass. That was sample number 178. I hope there are more such great whiskys coming. There will be another look for replenishment. Wonderful ... Just a dream
    • Nose
      Beautiful herbs, wood, port .. Very much to smell. Give it time and it will not disappoint you
    • Taste
      Wow ... Spicy gingerbread. And again wow ... oak, chocolate, spices, cinnamon sticks. I'm speechless ... Had such a crazy explosion never. Second sip even more pure. I'm in love. The port is so beautiful and so supple, but at the same time also dominant. Do not know what to say
    • Finish
      Very long, very pleasant. Cry for more. Amazingly, not too bitter for me the proud age.

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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


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