Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d

Overall rating
83.39/100
votes
154
Whiskybase ID
WB69035
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family Reserve
Bottled
2015
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 04 15 3 07:28 BB
Barcode
5018066150039
Bottled for
150th Anniversary of Grant Family's Ownership
Added on
09 jun 2015 10:18 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 113.24

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas £511.19s.0d

35 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.39 points.

  1. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NAS and "only" 43% ... I think this bottling was underestimated by many because of this basic data.

    Barrels of different ages are said to have been used for this bottling. The time span should be between 16 and 50 years.

    Personally, I find this whisky very successful. A very pleasant fruitiness paired with sweet notes of honey can be felt both in the nose and on the palate. The very creamy and oily mouthfeel gives it a certain sweetness. This bottling looks very mature and settled on me. No surprises in the medium length finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Chocolate, sherry
    • Taste
      Honey, sherry
    • Finish
      Fruit

  3. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This is some serious dessert. The strength seems really low, so everything comes across as quite mild. Despite that though, this dram is very rich and chewy. Awesome luscious fruit and honey notes. The mouthfeel is decent for the proof too. All in all, a nice dram to sit back and relax with, a "sipper" you might say.

    Nose: Sweet and chewy. Plenty of fruit: strawberry tarts, apricot jam, muscat grapes, dried mango, orange, and dates. Oh, those strawberry yogurt hard candies. Toffee, beeswax, nougat, French toast, and milk chocolate. Spice notes of clove, star anise, and eventually cedar. Slightly earthy underneath, almost smoky. New suede shoes and lavender.

    Palate: Medium texture. Gentle arrival, with brown sugar, orange peel, cherries, and honey. Soft oak and leather on the development, with sweet candied orange peels, peach cobbler, rainbow sherbet, and honey. Lightly earthy in the middle, with dunnage, toasted sesame oil, and roasted nuts.

    Finish: Sweet and sticky. The fresh orange turns into slightly bitter-er orange marmalade. Pineapple, ginger, and rosewater. More star anise, caramel, and chocolate. The slightest hint of sulfur.

  5. Andreas W. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose knows how to please with its changing impressions, on the palate the drop is reasonable, but too weak for me in the finish. It's good to drink, but doesn't stay in the memory for too long.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Wild mixture of toffee, toy dough, citrus fruit, gummy bears, soy sauce, apples and a sour and alcoholic note. Somewhere there is an impression of diesel.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and fruity, roasted aromas, black tea, floral. Alcohol is very pleasant at first, but becomes slightly intrusive over time.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Rather almost medium-length finish with a hint of Glenfarclas nutty, still acceptable bitterness.

  7. el Gato scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Starts out pretty good. Unfortunate Development imho.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peach. Jam. Moist. Hints of sulphur. Plums. Red currants. Camphor. Hints of marzipane
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sulphur is confirmed. Not as thick as I would ve guessed. Jammy. Bitter Oranges. Soft spices. Sweet chili.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long. Dry Development. Citrus still. Eucaluptus. Herbs. Oaky bitterness -> metallic notes

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Part of a Glenfarclas tasting...

    Not sure what Glenfarclas were thinking here, to be honest. It’s young with quite a lot of sulphur, no age statement and 43 abv. It’s supposed to commemorate buying the distillery for £511 and 19 shillings, but who cares? This is crap anyway you slice it.
    • Nose
      74 74
      Rough for 43%. Sour ale, rubbing alcohol, matchsticks, hay, gravel
    • Taste
      75 75
      Much creamier than the nose implied, vanilla, suggestions of raspberries.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Sulfur dominates, grainy vanilla, husk, dry and weak

  9. whiskygalaxy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dramspotter scored this whisky 64 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      honey, raisins, liquorice, orange, sherry & bourbon notes, sandalwood
    • Finish
      shortish

  11. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. Me2 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    According to one (older) distillery employe, the casks used for this batch are between 16 and 50 (!) years old.
    Dunno...

  13. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very fine Glenfarclas that is more voluminous and older than expected due to age (NAS) and alcohol volume percentages. These were obviously very well selected barrels. An all-round fine sherry malt.
    • Nose
      This Glenfarclas comes very old and fully ripe in the nose; Oak, slightly burnt wood, crisp caramel, a hint of vanilla. Marjoram, rosemary. The otherwise typical for me "Farclas bakery" is not found here.
    • Taste
      With its 43% comes nicely fully into the mouth, where the notes of the nose continue: oak, herbs, caramel, also vanilla, plums and many other dark fruit. Looks very ripe and set, becomes increasingly fruity.
    • Finish
      The finish is not so long and hardly varies the taste impression. Maybe here is the youth to notice.

  15. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The whisky may not be very old, but it is a very decent highlander / gravy from the sherry butt. Not spectacular, but not boring either.
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry, grapes, strawberry jam, fresh bread dough, leather notes, mild spices. A very pleasant nose in the best sense of the word, which makes you want more.
    • Taste
      Again, a lot of sherry share. At the beginning nutty and with a fair amount of wood. A spice that plays something to the temptation. Vanilla, wild honey. Dark chocolate and still a lot of (whale) nut.
    • Finish
      Medium long and dry, with sweetness from the sherry barrel and pleasant nuttiness.

  18. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An untypical Glenfarclas. Although he has many numbers in his name, a NAS - but a very good one.
    • Nose
      A very aromatic, pleasant sherry note. The smells fruity in the background, some wood notes.
    • Taste
      In the taste but then spicy, with a strong start. The oak comes out, also a little vanilla - exactly my taste. Dry fruits, dates, rotten apples. With time then a little milder, more harmonious.
    • Finish
      Long, pleasant finish. The fruits are coming back.

  19. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A light and flavoursome whisky but there is better whisky available for the same price.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant Glenfarclas but not to round and balanced.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, toffee, wild honey, plums.
    • Taste
      Dry and sweet. Nuts, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Honey, nuts and oak.

  23. Glenfarclas-Fan scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      pleasant with sherry, honey, fresh fruits
    • Taste
      pleasantly sweet, a lot of sherry, fresh fruits
    • Finish
      pleasantly long and soft

  24. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Camouflage by mist of rubber and burn butter with sharp notes
    initially. But comes good with flavoursome combination of rich fruits,
    nutmeg and almond. Alluring fortified wine notes expression.

    P- Rush of flavours, firm strength, fresh nutmeg with welcoming bitter chocolate develop over times.

    F- Medium, plum sweet finish with evolving leather coat.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Many kind regards to Matthew who greeted and treated us beyond expectation, with three treats at the rather fine [Glenfarclas] distillery lounge bar. Logically, we started with the NAS.
    N: Rubber char, just like that Muscatel Tomatin [another story for another time] 
    T: Char
    F: Char and more char
    C: Thought id had this before, have now. Next up, a vintage single sherry cask WB.

    Scores a C

  26. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Light, nutty, banana, cereal, nougat. Some sulphur. 
    • Taste
      Nutty - crunchy-nut cereal, butter, spice, bubblegum. Sulfur note develops after some time
    • Finish
      Nutty again with more bubblegum

  29. Bart&Claudia did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Just posting this for those concerned: avoid this NAS. At such a price, buy something for its value and NOT because it looks and sounds collectible.

    In my humble tasting opinion: the 15yo has more to offer at more than half the price of this.

     

  30. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This special release bottling to celebrate the 150th anniversary of
    the family ownership of the Glenfarclas distillery is like Dr. Jekyll
    and Mr. Hyde. A lovely sweet fruitiness with rich flavours of sherry,
    well balanced with a delicate spiciness on the nose, but surprisingly
    dry, spicy and barely sweet on the palate. The spiciness is quite
    dominant in the mouth with a long and dry finish. To me, I miss the
    classic sherry aroma Glenfarclas is quite famous for. Too dry and spicy
    in my opinion.

    I thank the German importer Hanseatische Weinhandelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Lovely sweet on the nose with delicate sherry flavours and a rich aroma
      of fruit - plums, mirabelle and apricots. Lots of honey with a touch of
      mint and toffee. Lingering spices emerge with oak, nutmeg and a whiff of
      fine cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly dry and less sweet on the palate than expected from the
      lovely nose. Flavours of ripe apricots and orange marmalade are
      complemented by a significantly spicy note of oak, cinnamon, ginger,
      nutmeg and black pepper. Very warm and dry in the mouth. Less sweet with
      a slightly earthy touch towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and slightly sweet with a delicate note of honey.
      Gets drier on the tail with nutty flavours, cinnamon and nutmeg.

      WITH WATER: Water enhances the fruitiness on the nose with plums,
      peaches and luscious apricots. There's also more sherry coming through,
      nicely balanced with cinnamon and oak. The spiciness significantly tames
      the fruitiness on the palate, bringing cinnamon, nutmeg oak and black
      pepper to the fore. Dry and still warm. The finish is long, warm, spicy
      and very dry on the tail.

  31. NamorX68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Even if it's a NAS, I like it a lot, a little better than, for example, the Glenfarclas 2000 Premium Edition Vintage.
    • Nose
      fresh and sweet, honey and vanilla, nice fruitiness towards orange, sherry and also some oak, chocolate.
    • Taste
      sweet, creamy, fruity sherry and orange, spicy, oak, again chocolate.
    • Finish
      medium length, slight dryness.

  32. Dramlicious scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It’s just a bit unfortunate that one of the last family-owned Scottish distilleries, run in the 5th and 6th generation, now also jumped on the “fairly high-priced special release NAS” bandwagon.

    My full review:

    http://dramlicious.com/tasty-tastings-episode-83/

  33. Defeatless scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet cherry, some sherry notes and some off-note. That smell I cannot describe, but yet when I read French bread I understand what they mean. But I don't like it. It's also in Glenrothes bottlings. Hence some vanilla and oak.

    Taste: Oooomph. Sweet, silky, sour, little peppery, Quit nice! Hard candy sweets. hint of anta-flu.

    Body: Medium, it's thinner as most bottles

    Finish: Medium sweet vanilla, sherry some oak, but spirit driven.

    Price: just a bit over the top. There is a bit of young whisky in it i suppose

    Presentation: Well for a commemorative bottling quite nice. Like the loose leavlet inside.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Fable scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      80 80

  35. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Conceptually I would have expected something different - wild, rude, racy. Also, I would probably never blindly come to a Glenfarclas or even 1st fill sherry. I like it, delicious and interesting, but far from 100 € whisky.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, biscuit and a fresh, tart citrus note (grapefruit / lime)
    • Taste
      strong, the grapefruit is back, nougat, milk chocolate, some walnut bitterness, toasted cereals
    • Finish
      medium-long, latte, nougat, slightly bitter

  36. Angelos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat difficult candidate here. Non-age statement ... and pretty expensive. The age range of the whiskys used for this I estimate at 8-20 years! Was with me in the context of a wrong division. I would not buy a whole bottle of it. For the money, there is definitely better!
    • Nose
      First, I find the wonderful Mon Cheri touch, as I find so often at Glenfarclas. Even the vanilla, sweetness and bitterness are alike. The bitterness reminds me pretty much of grapefruit! And yes ... I also discover a certain glue note, as I also find it with the Bourbon.
    • Taste
      For 43% alcohol by volume, this whisky is quite "heavy". At first pretty sharp, as I often discover with younger Glenfarclas .... but here to speak of "youthfulness" would be exaggerated. The sherry is here as well, but rather subliminal. But I also discover notes that could rather be attributed to older whiskys. Wonderful wood notes, quite bitter, probably too bitter for one or the other .... just right for me! The glue notes that I already felt in my nose are much clearer here. Somehow like freshly applied paint on wood!
    • Finish
      Somewhat disappointing and monotonous. The finish I feel as short. The glue / varnish notes remain as well as the tannins of the oak. There is not much more!

  37. didi1893 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The color in the glass and the nose whet the appetite for more. The taste of Glenfarclas disappointed me. Hardly any fruit, only bitter wood. The sherry hardly appears. For me one of the most disappointed Glenfarclas I ever had in the glass.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully fruity, fine sherry rises from the glass. Sweet vanilla mixes with the fruity sherry. The finely integrated alcohol develops a slight adhesive note. Does a hint of orange come to the fore?
    • Taste
      At first, heavy, extremely wooden sherry explodes in my mouth. Thereafter, a bitter woody note immediately develops. The sherry appears briefly, but the fruitiness of the nose is absolutely imperceptible. It dominates a bitter, woody and nutty taste, almost like biting on an unripe walnut.
    • Finish
      After the nutty taste of the palate fades, a bitter and medium length finish develops. In the end, this bitter, wooden taste of nuts remains.

  38. Whisky-in-Wiesbaden did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Original Tasting Notes:

    Sweet and rich sherry, like a toffee

    syrup over a freshly toasted French

    baguette, the nose promises fresh fruit

    smothered in heather honey, ending

    almost like a sweet port. Then a dry

    yet sweet taste, a lovely balance of

    fruit, light nuttiness and milk chocolate

    develop, followed by a very palatable

    long and easy finish. 

  39. Schmausel scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    "The £511.19s.0d Family Reserve, a non-chill filtered bottling at 43%, is a vatting of predominantly first fill sherry butts which proudly embodies the distillery’s sherry profile, bringing together all the character of this great spirit across the generations. Sweet and rich sherry, like a toffee syrup over a freshly toasted French baguette, the nose promises fresh fruit smothered in heather honey, ending almost like a sweet port. Then a dry yet sweet taste, a lovely balance of fruit, light nuttiness and milk chocolate develop, followed by a very palatable long and easy finish. A copy of the original bill of sale is included with each bottle along with a note from George Grant explaining the significance of the £511.19s.0d Family Reserve to the Grant family tradition."

    from Glenfarclas homepage

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