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Overall rating
91.00/100
votes
35
Whiskybase ID
WB63234
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
11.02.2014
Stated Age
40 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 11 02 14 3 23 05 BB
Barcode
5018066094067
Added on
11 Jan 2015 10:08 am by KayMeertens

Average value

€ 768.50

6 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

73 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 40-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] I had several 40-years old Glenfarclas before and all were excellent (91+ points). So I look forward to this 2014 release with spirits distilled at the end of the golden period of the Scotch whisky industry in terms of quality produced (which ended with the first modern whisky boom that started around 1975). The colour is very dark so it seems there is a big share of sherry casks in this batch (from a time when Paxarette was still allowed and not overly misused as some distilleries did during the whisky boom that followed).

    This release is another benchmark for the high quality Glenfarclas produced in the golden period of Scotch whisky (that is why these whiskies got very pricey during the last decade). Excellent stuff both for nosing and drinking (but it is not recommended to collectors or investors, leave this fine dram for us drinkers, please!)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The nose offers an extremely rich old-style sherry profile that is bold, rich and incredibly complex. All the fine sherry aromas are there: chocolates, oranges, plums, figs, raisins, nuts, ginger and and and (find them out yourself) accompanied by delicate tobacco, leathery and peppery wooden notes. All greatly balanced and not a single sulphur atom (of course, this "legacy" started in 1982 when Spain joined the EU). I could sniff this for hours...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is truly multi-layered and nicely chewable with dominating sherry flavours showing up first. Then the spices kick in and after that the wood structures all the impressions in a perfect way. There is enough time to explore the different layers before the next wave of flavours show up what is pretty good (because this happens not that often). After all flavours mingled together there is a delicious taste of peppered dark chocolate flakes on top of a ripe fruit salad. Water releases even more aromas in the nose but it flattens the taste (without getting bitter like many other dark sherried drams). I like to nose it a little reduced and prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with a minor bitter-astringent feeling from the tannins (no wonder after more than 40 years in oak). The finish is long and now the spices take over from the fruits. This is a nice counterpoint to the sweet taste and I like this shift very much. The ending is more drying and astringent from the tannins (as expected) but still this is enjoyable.

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    The noise is full and musty, with suede, old honey, thick vanilla and fruit cake. The palate; light vanilla, anise, 60% dark chocolate, medium black pepper, macerated musty fruit. Finish is medium, but very well balanced.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I think this is sweeter than the 2010 version as there is no bitterness detectable.
    • Nose
      Raisins, black cherry, ripe dark plums, stewed figs and hints of creosote (in a very ggod way)
    • Taste
      Mouth filling and chewy on dark chocolate, raisins a touch of mocha, black cherry.

      Gets quite creamy with a few balsamic notes.
    • Finish
      Long, smooth and lush

  4. saothangbay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Sherry, raisins, a hint of orange, walnuts, oak and vanilla ...

    Taste:
    Full and aromatic, warm, spicy, walnuts, oak notes, tart and sweet, somewhat dark chocolate ...
    When tasting longer, fruity and sweet-tart, here again a touch of orange ...

    Departure:
    Soft, oak, walnuts, sweet, slightly fruity, orange. At first slightly tart but not bitter then slightly fruity with sherry and slightly malty sweetness. Very long, very good!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Monsieur Dram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    All simply magnificent. The balance is perfect. It is certainly very spicy, but it goes so well with the other flavors that the whole is superb. It is rare to taste sherry profiles as delicate and balanced. The bottle is still around 600 euros.
    • Nose
      subtle and delicate, all restrained, with a strong influence of sherry. Here we have a mix of fruit flavors (peach, prunes, apples), pastry flavors (vanilla, brioche from the oven, tarte tatin, egg cream, dark chocolate, orangettes), dried fruits (hazelnuts, almonds), citrus (orange), but also a fresher pan that brings a little vigor with notes of chlorophyll and licorice. In the background, there are notes of tobacco, leather and wood. Although not very exuberant, this nose is of an exceptional richness and precision.
    • Taste
      a beautiful attack but with delicacy, it unrolls the aromas one after another with a lot of class. It is rather woody but not at all disturbing. Precise notes of plums, peaches, grapes and orange are all covered with Espelette pepper dark chocolate with a touch of pepper and clove. We also find these notes of leather and tobacco. The second part of the mouth is fresh (mint) and very spicy. It's delicious, complex and captivating.
    • Finish
      Long, endless, with spicy notes (pepper, Espelette pepper), dark chocolate, plum, leather peach and tobacco. Sublime.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

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