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Overall rating
90.04/100
votes
50
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1973
Bottled
12.2015
Stated Age
42 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
168
Strength
40.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15/518 08.12.15
Added on
04 Mar 2016 10:41 pm by ApricotOne
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 514,71

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1973 CA

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.04 points

  1. Amino did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    There is a bottling of Cadenhead's "William Cadenhead 40" at 40.2% (www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/81095/william-cadenhead-40-year-old-ca#note-container) when it comes to the same filling is. But not under Glenfarcla's name. Cadenhead already had his contingent for 2015 at Glenfarclas full. Cadenhead is only allowed to bottle a certain amount of bottles called Glenfarclas per year. But since they could not wait until next year, at 40.2% risky, they filled the rest of the barrel, a few bottles under William Cadenhead label. Cadenhead did not miss the bottlecode "Glenfarclas". A really small whisky curiosity.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2018]  I really enjoy a "naked" (meaning unsherried) Glenfarclas from time to time because these bottlings show the great distillate profile of this fine distillery.  And this baby slept for 42 years in its cask - time enough to develop a (hopefully) delicious taste...

    The colour is deep copper and the texture shows a sticky ring at the top of the glass that very slowly transforms into big, fat tears that slowly move downward.  The nose offers an adorable old-style bourbon cask maturation that is mainly distillate-driven (whereas most modern maturations are rather wood-driven what is a more simple "punch-in-ya-face" style, usually).  It is complex and beautiful balanced with lots of different fruits, honeys and spices, one to sniff for hours.  The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with just a minor bitter-adstringent feeling from the tannins (what is absolutely okay after 42 years in an oak cask).  The taste is truly multi-layered and one to chew for minutes, the flavours march over your tongue as if there were a victory parade - I like that!  The finish is very long and extends this beautiful taste into eternity.  No distracting moment that disturbs this delicious experience (the stronger wooden notes are just about right to counter the sweet fruits and honeys), simply great!  Water is not recommended as this increases the bitter notes from the wood (unless you like wood-driven drams).

    This is another fantastic old-style whisky from this (still) great old-style distillery at a very reasonable price (I paid 356 Euro just recently) - a fine dram to enjoy in any place at any time.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Bopaja scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. schero scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A very fine droplet. Thanks Markus H =)
    • Nose
      97 97
      Unbelievably fruity, peach, mango, passion fruit, felt creaminess, thick vanilla, pineapple, a hint of coconut, grapes, some strawberries, actually everything there is in fruits, with time comes more glue and musty warehouse, but without the fruits to lose
    • Taste
      92 92
      Mild kick, yet very much fruit, very creamy, peach and mango dominate again, pure and creamy juice, with the time comes spicy oak, the sweetness remains here, too
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sweet and spicy finish, very warm for the low alcohol strength, nice and elegant longer finish

  9. cuhp scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Perfect ABV balance here, but close to the edge of too much wood. 
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, dried apricots, oak, apples, chocolate, vanilla, thyme
    • Taste
      Red berries, malty, caramel, candied oranges, vanilla
    • Finish
      Bitternes, burned caramel, peat (as I most often find in Glenfarclas) 

  10. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

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