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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
- 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.
- [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.
- A very fine droplet. Thanks Markus H =)
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
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
Sweet and spicy finish, very warm for the low alcohol strength, nice and elegant longer finish
- Perfect ABV balance here, but close to the edge of too much wood.
Cinnamon, dried apricots, oak, apples, chocolate, vanilla, thyme
Red berries, malty, caramel, candied oranges, vanilla
Bitternes, burned caramel, peat (as I most often find in Glenfarclas)