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Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°20

Overall rating
89.73/100
votes
158
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
James Clerk Maxwell
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2016
Calculated age
28 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Casknumber
6867,6982,6987-6988
Number of bottles
2400
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Jun 2016 5:33 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 252,59

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158 × member ratings

426 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°20

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.73 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 2066 that I bought for 144,50 Euro in July, 2016.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state "excellent as usual".

    [November, 2019] I opened a sample tonight to do a proper tasting note, finally.

    And my taste buds confirm a fine and easy quaffable 'farclas but it lacks both complexity and power to scratch the 90 points barrier.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a very fruity profile with rather shy sherry aromas only. The fruits are both exotic and home-grown as well as ripe (e.g., mango) and green (e.g., apples). There are delicious honey and waxy impressions too and after some breathing the vanilla-toffee notes grow stronger while the fruits retreat somewhat. The sherry stays in the background, obviously the sherry casks were rather depleted but I do not miss anything to be honest.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is sweet on sugars, fruits and honeys with spicy and herbal flavours. Again, there is almost no sherry to detect first but if you chew the dram for some time it dares to show up with sour-sweet winey impressions. The taste is not layered but nicely balanced and without any flaw.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and slightly coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns more spicy (white peppers, chili) what I like. Water is not needed because it just flattens the dram without releasing new impressions except an unpleasant bitter-drying touch.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is wonderfully fruity, the aroma has already distributed in the entire room when pouring. The taste of the Glenfarclas is delicious but very own. Leather, tobacco and wood dominate the taste and the finish. An interesting and delicious drop.
    • Nose
      Strong and intense amber. The drops stay on the glass wall for a long time.
      Already when pouring the Glenfarclas exudes a wonderfully fruity aroma and fill the room with a wonderful fragrance. Dark fruits mix with a very fine bitter wood note. Now, fruity cherries suddenly dominate which, over time, turn into an aroma of overripe bananas and oranges. The alcohol is now also more noticeable. Slight spiciness occurs while the drops oily and creamy slowly back into the glass.
    • Taste
      Cherry flashes briefly before spicy and fruity wood dominates the foreground. The spicy and intense woody aroma exudes a chubby mouthfeel. Leather and bitter tobacco flavors come from the now slightly bitter wood aroma. From the fruitiness of the nose hardly anything is to be felt in the taste. An indefinable aroma arises at the end of the taste.
    • Finish
      The finish begins with bitter tobacco notes and old leather. The spicy wood plays with the tobacco and the leather. Again and again flash fruit flavors. A subtle walnut aroma follows, creating a touch of sharpness. With a slightly bitter, moist walnut aroma, the finish ends.

  3. Abadon05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A typical Glenfarclas but incredibly good and tasty. No burning and the fruits are well integrated with the sweetness and the honey. Only the price clouds the great impression.
    • Nose
      Sweetness, strawberry, dark fruits, small hints of honey, dark chocolate, lemon. In particular, a dark, fruity sweetness outweighs and makes you want more.
    • Taste
      Here the influence of the barrel is noticeable. The sweetness and the lemon remain, the dark fruits are more strongly expressed.
    • Finish
      Medium. A pleasant warmth and spice spreads. A little dry and not so sweet anymore. Orange is now spreading more.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweet and sour oranges, lemon zest, peaches, ripe dark cherries, hidden notes of wood, sometimes a hint of resin flashes

    Taste: Smooth-oily mouthfeel, tart and fruity-dark sherry notes (cherry) with sweetness, in contrast freshly sour fruity orange (nsaft) with a little mint (oranges TicTac), full-bodied, moderate oaky spice that remains in the background, a little wax, Blueberries, with a little water, vanilla comes to the fore and a woody note, but for me he does not tolerate even the 3 drops of water on 2cl. The dry glass is dominated by a very dark chocolate note
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A top malt from a great collector's series!

    [Color] copper;
    • Nose
      soft, mild, sweet, ripe dark fruits / grapes, a lot of sherry;
    • Taste
      velvety soft onset, round, sweet, fruity (plums, grapes, berries), toffee, caramel, then leather, spicy, harmonious, complex;
    • Finish
      long full warming finish, raisins, dark chocolate, nuts;

  8. Jeadrick scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  9. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Elegant. Sweet. Somewhat dry (Oloroso) sherry nose. Honey. Vanilla. Sweet malt. Orange.
    • Taste
      Fine, light texture but intense taste. Toasty aromas. Fine dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Coffee. Fine bitterness.

  10. wbarchive_104650 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose is slightly musty, the taste a little too lax. The departure is great.

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