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Glenfarclas 1980

Overall rating
89.90/100
votes
15
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp15)
Vintage
1980
Bottled
02.12.2014
Calculated age
33 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
1411
Number of bottles
260
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 May 2015 9:58 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 549,00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1980

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.90 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] This is from an older release of The Family Casks but it is still available - I guess because it is not sherry matured. But Glenfarclas offers a great profile in bourbon cask maturations too...

    ...and it does in this bottling. This is a very complex, greatly balanced and absolutely flawless dram that shows the fine Glenfarclas malt profile at its best. Highly recommended to all lovers of old style distillate-driven drams that prefer a fruity-honey/waxy-spicy profile - I secured another bottle that I will open once I got tired of all the wood-driven uniform modern releases (what might be not that far from now)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a delicate fruity and honey (waxy) profile that shows 'farclas at its best. There are many ripe fruits both exotic and home-grown together with several honey-waxy aromas, lots of spices and slightly bitter wooden notes that form a nice counterpoint to the rather sweet profile. No off-note and no imbalance, this is one to sniff for hours...
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-layered on all the fine flavours of the nose - but it seems as if there are even some more fruits on the palate (but I am too lazy to count them). All is in perfect harmony without any spike or flaw, this tastes like a great symphony of flavours. Water is not needed - this dram is perfect as it is!
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is bold and charming. It immediately coats all of the mouth without any distracting moment. The finish is long and gets sweeter on barley sugars as it vanishes. Again no drying or astringent moment despite 34 years in oak, this one was bottled at the right time!

  2. Cheng Chee Kaan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From whiskyfun.com

    Colour: gold. Nose: What’s fascinating is that you really start to see a change from the 1970s here, all the previous ones possessed an immediate and connected fruitiness. Here the profile is straight away more towards exotic spices and notes of pot pourri, jasmine, white pepper and lamp oil. There is a fruitiness but its leaner and not quite as immediate or abundant as in the previous ones. Some caramelised brown sugar, lime cheesecake and fruit-flavoured shisha pipe tobaccos. Still excellent! Mouth: wonderful thickness and spiciness. Lots of wax, mineral oil, oily rags and lemon peel. Some coal dust, hessian and wood spice. Finish: long, lemony, spicy and rather fatty with a thick oiliness. Comments: Another top notch Glenfarclas. You miss the exuberant fruitiness a little in this one, but this big gathering of waxes and spiciness is really terrific as well.
    SGP: 661 - 90 points.

  3. Cheng Chee Kaan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From whiskyfun.com

    Colour: gold. Nose: What’s fascinating is that you really start to see a change from the 1970s here, all the previous ones possessed an immediate and connected fruitiness. Here the profile is straight away more towards exotic spices and notes of pot pourri, jasmine, white pepper and lamp oil. There is a fruitiness but its leaner and not quite as immediate or abundant as in the previous ones. Some caramelised brown sugar, lime cheesecake and fruit-flavoured shisha pipe tobaccos. Still excellent! Mouth: wonderful thickness and spiciness. Lots of wax, mineral oil, oily rags and lemon peel. Some coal dust, hessian and wood spice. Finish: long, lemony, spicy and rather fatty with a thick oiliness. Comments: Another top notch Glenfarclas. You miss the exuberant fruitiness a little in this one, but this big gathering of waxes and spiciness is really terrific as well.
    SGP: 661 - 90 points.

  4. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Restrained. Some candle wax, slightly dusty. Then yellow apples, honey and a hint of overripe mango. Some lemon and sage.
    • Taste
      Bright grapes, kiwi, gooseberries. Some pepper. Coffee and cocoa with a slightly sour bitterness. Medium.

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