Glenfarclas 1980

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Christmas Edition Port Pipes Selection
Stated Age
33 years old
Port Pipes
11066 + 11072
Number of bottles
45.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 19 02 15 1 10:30 BB
Added on
20 Apr 2015 7:46 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 499,45

53 × in wishlist

109 × member ratings

194 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1980

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.58 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    geiler fabric - especially the nose with her old fragrant charm - dream fabric
    • Nose
      honey sweet old fruity oak, delicate interwoven portnotes, floral scent, blueberries, blackberries, herbs, vanilla full, spicy old voluminous oak notes with herbs and a touch of mint - beautifully buttery full - but at the same time elegant, noble, old, irresistible.
    • Taste
      mild, gentle, complex spicy oak - like freshly worn oak dust with a slight touch of resin - prickles on the cheeks and on the tongue, mushrooms, walnut shells, port wine, grapes, honey sweetness meets a fruity acidity, cooling mint on the palate, a touch of chocolate Coffee - at first subtly spicy it becomes more and more intense, spice and fruit but no alcoholic note
    • Finish
      Grapes, mushrooms, nuts, cooling mint, slightly dry woody note, the spicy remains very long on the tongue.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 228 that I bought for 153 Euro in January, 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 92,5.  My notes state an incredible complex and balanced flavours profile that is multi-layered.  Hard to say what is better:  nose or taste.  The best fully port matured bottling I ever had (many long-time matured port cask whiskies show some strange sour off-notes or drive out of balance).

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A dream! The wonderfully fruity and sweet nose and the voluminous and complex body make the heart of every whisky lover beat faster. A variety of different flavors make this Port Pipe an incredibly intense and aromatic taste experience. A great and old malt, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Wow, immediately after pouring sweet and fresh grape aroma flows out of the glass. An oily streak forms on the glass wall, thick drops dissolve and return viscous back into the glass. The fruity Portaromen are intensified while dark caramel mixed with fully ripe orange slices. A fresh pinch and a touch of meadow herbs end in a wonderful nut aroma, a barely perceptible smokiness stands out from the subtly sourish fruit notes. Spicy wood elements mix with dark notes of caramel and toffee, the herbal notes become more dominant and the berry aroma is sweeter and more fruity. A touch of thyme comes to light as the red berries turn into dried raisins. I can hardly feed myself on this fruity and varied nose!
    • Taste
      Acidic fruit notes and dry, tart oak notes dominate the first impression. Slightly watery, the Glenfarclas flows over the tongue, again light smoke notes and leather aromas are mixed with wet tobacco leaves. While this leather-tobacco blend exudes a subtle tart and plump warmth, chocolate, cocoa and a hint of cinnamon come into their own. The sour berries and grapes return, dry and tart wood aromas mingle with some dark caramel. Harmoniously, the different flavors play together, with the pleasant leather and tobacco notes slowly gaining the upper hand. The next sip starts again diluted, fresh and clear. Here, a fine herbal mixture dominates the second sip, tart citrus fruits mix in the next moments with orange peel and a touch of sour apple.
    • Finish
      At the beginning of the departure dominated by a fine tart wood-leather-tobacco blend. The meadow herbs slowly return and sour, slightly fermented fruit flavors rise from dry wood elements. The long and spicy finish sounds slowly with an old walnut note, the tart and subtly bitter wood aromas let forget briefly the fruitiness of Glenfarclas. In the fading away, the sour berries and the intense orange peels make themselves felt again.

  4. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Another great Christmas expression by Glenfarclas. Spicy herbal fruits with some espresso. Great!Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Red fruits, plums, nuts, nutmeg, oranges, honey, berries, cinnamon, cherries, some herbs, mint.
    • Taste
      Red fruits, rich spicy oak (some tannins), some port, sourness. Overripe fruits (oranges, berries, plums), cacao, dark chocolate, espresso. Great texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Red fruits, dark chocolate, cacao, some leather, espresso, fruity oak.

  5. Vince' scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Hui, there's a lot in it. Cherry, mint and many herbs. I am waiting for the day when an old piglet with at first a really completely different odor profile delivers. Furthermore, I associate orange blood, red grapes, burnt caramel and an intense vinous-acid fruit and a lot of spice. After a while, associations of old moldy wood, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, lovage, walnuts, some dark chocolate and wonderfully integrated tart acid evoke grapefruit, plums and orange peel. In general, there is a multi-faceted plant note that appeals to me in the context of the overall aroma. After the first sip, the nose becomes even spicier, otherwise the aroma remains relatively similar. Taste: Soft, sweet red grapes are reminiscent of the port and are accompanied in the mouth by a strong but pleasant herbal note including roasted aromas. Mint, bitter almond aroma, sour cherry, plums and a musty oak note accompany the aroma permanently, until the very spicy, discreetly bitter musty oak tones gain the upper hand. Walnuts and green tea as well as orange peel, roasted hazelnuts, associations with leather and cigar boxes, old sour plums and cherries remain on the tongue. This musty oak note disappears just as fast as the other described flavors. The finish is really long, but not so much influenced by the bitterness as I would have expected at the age.
    Conclusion: I had the sample already forever in the closet. I'm just wondering why I've been waiting so long. Maybe out of awe. The drop convinces me on the whole line. Why? He is special and certainly not for everyone but has such a high concentration of flavors that it puts a grin on my face. The flavors meet with me in black exactly. A drop to fall in love.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  6. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    not too complex and easy drinkable. Very dry sherry malt which is smooth throughout all levels!

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, super tasty, complex, old and solid! To my taste! The sample is now empty, but luckily there is still a big bottle of it today :-)
    • Nose
      Herbs, soft, sweet, portnotes, blackberries, black coffee, but also fresh, slightly sour notes, which I can not decipher more exactly
    • Taste
      soft and gentle, sweet orange, slightly bitter chocolate, overripe, slightly musty berry fruit, caramel
    • Finish
      The oak dominates the medium-long finish, coffee, dark men's chocolate, to light residual sweetness, herbs and spices, cool!

  9. XorLophaX scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 92/100 points. - "empty at one evening Whisky" The Glenfarclas is not very complex and very sweet. Rather musty, woody and not fruity. You can tell him the age, but I would have estimated him as even older. Pleasant, tasty whisky. The glass empties faster than you think. Highly recommended, as an uncomplicated evening companion. Link to the tasting on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/86
    • Nose
      Very sweet and soft. Has something of good XO cognac. (Here I think specifically of the Hennessey Paradis) No trace of alcohol. Some wood and dark berries.
    • Taste
      Hardly any alcohol. Slightly mature forest soil and old wood. Less sweet than the nose suggests, but quite tasty and mild. Overripe berries, slightly rotted. Subtle in the background wine gum and a touch of fruity freshness.
    • Finish
      A bit dry and musty. Mouth filling and warming. The departure is complex. Notes of mocha and coffee beans. Dark chocolate min. 80%. Overall, but also very solid and wohlgefallend.

  10. Gloin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful old whisky, ripe and set, a little bitter, but at the same time sweet. I wish the finish longer, this is the only criticism. Top whisky!
    • Nose
      It starts with a bunch of tons of different herbs. While many spicy notes mix so much that I can not clearly determine any particular detail, a fresh, unusual impression comes to the fore: Waldmeister. Oak is present, everything is sweet and interwoven. The perceptible fruits also come from the forest: blackberries and even more wild strawberries. Great.
    • Taste
      A soft start completely free of any alcoholic notes. The first impression is oak, but only a little bitter. The whisky spreads sweetly in the mouth and reflects the smell: wild strawberries and herbs, accompanied by a fine orange note.
    • Finish
      The finish is warm and unfortunately only medium. I wish it to me forever, so soft and impressive remains the memory of whisky on the palate. The predominant element is the oak. This gives the impression of age without being outdated.


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