Glenfarclas 1988

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release W15)
Calculated age
26 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Apr 2016 10:31 am by paddmo
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 359,45

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41 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.51 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] As the new releases of The Family Casks have entered an unreasonable price level now I go for some older ones (that were offered at a fraction of today's inflated prices)...

    ...and this one is another great pick of the past. The nose is fine but somewhat shy and closed - but both taste and finish offer a delicious and very enjoyable experience. So skip nosing and go straight for the drinking pleasure!

    PS: I do not find the sulphur note (rotten eggs) another member described in his/her tasting notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is amontillado sherry and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile which is punchy and a little shy first - so let it breathe for some minutes. It opens up somewhat but still it is rather unimpressive. Maybe water helps ... no, not really. Some chalky-waxy aromas pop up but this nose stays shy, unfortunately.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is much bolder than the nose with delicious sherry flavours in a sweet barley sugary setting. It is layered with delicate spices joining later as do appropriate wooden notes (which never dominate). This is a very fine balance of flavours, indeed. There are different nuts, fruits, sugars and many more to explore, I like that. This dram is great for chewing, try it and find even more flavours this way,
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and combines the different layers of the taste to a spicy chocolate impression which is very tasty. No distracting moments again, a minor drying wooden note towards the end is rather appreciated to counter the sweetness. Water smoothes the dram but the layers are gone now as is the delicious chocolatey flavour in the finish. I clearly prefer the neat dram.

  2. Bam scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Looks very set, but at the same time has a certain freshness, due to the mix of orange and peach with a strong oak. Incredible complex. Small drawback is the sulfur note, which is always felt in the nose again and again. The alcohol is perfectly integrated.
    • Nose
      Very full, fruity-sweet sherry nose. Peaches, plums, blood oranges, fresh figs and dates. Spicy forest honey, and dark caramel. Some sulfur from rotten eggs occasionally flashes. Roasted hazelnuts, milk chocolate and dark nougat, interwoven with a wonderfully set oak note, which brings some anise, nutmeg and cloves.
    • Taste
      Medium onset, oily / silky mouthfeel. Immediately the oranges and peaches from the nose. Honeyed. Will always full and strong, again a great oak note the dark nougat, slightly burnt caramel and milk chocolate with bring.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Still the oranges. Menthol. Milk chocolate. Dark nougat. Cloves, and white pepper.


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