Glenfarclas 1985

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp15)
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 May 2015 1:31 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 524,54

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12 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1985

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.70 points

  1. Ezzablue did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Lovely but very different glenfarclas. No chance i'd pick this as a glenfarclas in a blind tasting. 
    • Nose
      Lively citrus, slight oak spice, vanilla.  Apparently refill sherry.  I get no trace of sherry. 
    • Taste
      Big citrus, dry oak, cardamom like sweetness. Can't believe it's 49% abv, no burn whatsoever didn't need water
    • Finish
      Dry finish but vanilla balances it nicely. Not super long.  

  2. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Ok Jim Murray, this is (which was expected) not the best whisky between 28-34 of 2015 BUT it is an excellent and very different Family Cask compared to the ones I have had. Quite sour and young in the nose but quite balanced in everything. A very good dram by Glenfarclas!
    • Nose
      Quite pale for 29 years which is suprising. Ok what about the nose: Sour fruits (lemon, grapefuit) are very dominant then dark chocolate. After a while a hint of oak, vanilla and herbs. 
    • Taste
      Again the sour fruits and vanilla. A bit of oak again, some pepper and yes the alcohol is there but is carrying the sour fruits to a nice and enjoyable dram. 
    • Finish
      Very long and intense finish with a lot of herbs and a bit of oak. Very nice and not bitter at all!

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Jim Murray 2016 Single Cask Whisky of the year 28-34 years? Well, you can argue about taste. In terms of color, the Glenfarclas is not reminiscent of a sherry barrel. The nose is very subtle for a 30-year-old whisky, but fine! In terms of taste, I expected something more (even for the nose). The long storage is in my opinion more noticeable by the bitter and sharp aromas of the barrel and not by the sherry and the fruit. This Glenfarclas is a rock solid single malt the age not necessarily noted. A tasty drop, where you can argue about the award "Single Cask Whisky of the year 28-34 years".
    • Nose
      Refill Sherry Hogshead? The Glenfarclas looks more like maturing in oak barrels. Dark straw with a subtle reddish glow. Slowly and tenaciously, the streaks run back into the glass after panning. Fine, subtle sherry aromas pour from the glass. Fine sweetness mixes with slightly malty fruit. A hint of vanilla is noticeable. Raisins and dates play together. The 49% alcohol are harmoniously integrated and begin to tickle very slightly in the nose only after repeated smelling. Some dark chocolate and subtle caramel or toffee come from the alcohol. Do I smell a hint of orange or tangerine?
    • Taste
      For the first moment, the first sip comes to me relatively "cool". Then unfold strong, light fruity, woody aromas. The complete palate fills warm and warm and exudes a fine bitter, dry wood aroma. Now 49% alcohol is noticeable and tingles pleasantly in the mouth. A subtle nut aroma follows the fine bitter wood. After adding a few drops of water: again fine wood, this time with a hint of orange or peach. The spicy wood gets slightly bitter and begins to fill the palate with a slightly peppery and pungent heat. The sharpness is dancing on the tongue.
    • Finish
      The dancing on the tongue sharpness, or the pepper goes into a long, plump warm finish. The finish also reflects the spicy wood aroma again. Light fruit comes from the wood note and turns into a fine nut flavor. Slightly bitter, the intense finish ends.

  4. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Jim Murray 2016 Single Cask Whisky of the year 28-34 years!



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