Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°20

Overall rating
89.42/100
votes
169
Whiskybase ID
WB83812
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
Barcode
5018066160038
Added on
16 jun 2016 5:33 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 459.00

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169 × member ratings

485 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1988 Edition N°20

27 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.42 points.

  1. Malthead19 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: copper (without dye)

    - an ultimate great sherry whisky!
    - absolute top malt
    - very great taste experience and great combination
    of fruit, sherry and age
    - so I say worth every euro up to 200€, for me too
    definitely worth more (in terms of taste), whether it is now 400 -
    500 € must be ..... is probably due to the crazy time ...
    • Nose
      very mild soft sweet character, lots of sherry and old grapes
    • Taste
      velvety soft fruity start, round and sweet in the aroma, you can clearly taste the age, dark berries, toffee/caramel, old grapes, plums, amazing taste!
    • Finish
      medium long, very soft finish;
      damn long fruity aftertaste, becoming dry

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  3. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mature sherry notes. Light oak cherry / wine notes
    Taste: From the first sip notes of raisins, varnish. Orange peel and a little pepper are noticeable with subsequent sips. The taste is also nuts and some coffee beans.
    Rating: 89 | 100 Quite long finish with the taste of orange peel dipped in buckwheat honey. Good thing, I am not hiding it was nice to taste. I like this kind of sherry

  4. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ThorstenH scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet wood with fruits on the nose. The fruits become more and more over time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very round in the mouth. Fruity. Alcohol involved very well.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Unfortunately, the finish falls off. The intensity is a little lacking.

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting at Voss Nr. 1 (Round 1)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Super round and mild, rather no smoke, if, then only minimal.
      Reminiscent of Springbank or Glenfarclas.
      Rather bourbon, but maybe also PX. Approx. 18-22 years, 46-48%, apple, pear, orange.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Again super round, no alcohol at the start, a bit more taste in the middle, sweet fruitiness, vanilla, a bit too flabby, but tasty and round.
    • Finish
      88 88
      It fits

  7. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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;

  10. Jeadrick scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  11. larswehmeier scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  12. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  13. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mellow sherry, fresh earth, some Campari. Grated orange peel, marzipan, ground nuts.
    • Taste
      Red apples, honey, raisins, nuts. Orange marmalade, a hint of lavender. Dark chocolate with some pepper.

  14. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  15. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/glenfarclas-19882016-edition-no-20-james-clerk-maxwell-sherry-casks-no-6867-6982-6987-6988-46-vol-ob/

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Again a fantastic nose. Often Glenfarclas manages the sherry bottlings in my opinion not to integrate the alcohol properly. In contrast to the general public I feel the very cheap 105er extremely sprightly and not as pleasant. This special bottling starts with a beguiling nose and concludes as a complex package with true sherry tones such as raisins, dried fruits, spices, light chocolate and roasted aromas.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Portlover did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  20. 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

  21. Scott-Scotch did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  22. captain_k scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Top whisky, but 140 € would be a bit steep for me ... I would have liked at least still an official fruit note in the taste.
    • Nose
      juicy-fruity, orange, peach, apricot, tangerine, with a velvety-woody note, some cinnamon ... after a long period of use - tobacco, resin, pine needles
    • Taste
      a lot of oak - dark chocolate, walnut, coffee, leather, tobacco, very dry in the mouth, in between now and then a fruity-sour note, which I can not really grasp, sometimes dark berries, sometimes citrus
    • Finish
      long and strangely neither bitter nor sharp, only a light, warm, velvety pungency, a touch of blueberries and blackberries, latte, tobacco

  24. Dreamdramer scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  25. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Hm. I'm not sure. I find him completely different than the predecessors from the series. There are few piglets that inspire me. But this series is one of them. Here I was a little surprised by a sourish bread note and the tobacco.
    • Nose
      Very nice legs, though only 46%.
      This malt spreads and brings its own "bouquet" with it. Nice fruity, oranges, cherries, then suddenly tobacco and cereal notes. Some wood and slightly earthy, wet forest soil.
    • Taste
      Spicy, oily and almost sticky. First a bit spicy, then the above fruits come with some citrus. Sourly unbaked bread dough! Slightly bitter oak and slightly woody. A little choco, Jaffa cake and a few raisins and nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish with some dryness and tobacco. I would not have expected that at a Glenfarclas. But he comes back later with some Kircharoma.

  26. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky Verkostung: Glenfarclas No. 20 James Clerk Maxwell 1988/2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brv3aXw4DyM

  27. jankes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The No. 20 has a great balanced nose that shows age, clear wood notes, typical citrus notes, complexity but also sweetness and fruitiness. Taste and finish are already dominated by softwood and resin. Interesting! All in all, much better than No. 19, but personally I prefer the No. 18 in the taste due to its fruitiness and heavy sweetness.
    • Nose
      Like all GF editions I've tried, Malt needs some time in the glass before he's a bit alcoholic. Then come first clear citrus, orange, some peach at the same time sweet / sugared, oak and bitterness are already evident in the aroma, in addition to leather and light pipe tobacco, lighter fruits, sour apple but also sweet cherries. Now and then a torrent of candied fruit comes and the apple becomes a baked apple, rarely dried fruit, raisins, again a pile of fresh firewood, pine needle and resin. The woody notes are getting stronger. In the 2nd nose as expected sweeter with vanilla and a touch of white chocolate.
      The nose goes in the direction of No. 19, but is much better, rounder, more balanced but also woodier. Just from the nose hold No. 18 and no. 20 in the quality of the balance, albeit in different directions, no. 19 drops off a bit.
    • Taste
      Bitterness, seasoning, wood, strength, the 46% are well chosen, citrus, oak, chocolate, coffee, nuts, cherries, some tobacco
    • Finish
      woody, dark chocolate, some resin, apple, cherries, leather, espresso, spruce needles, pine cones, dry and warming, occupies the entire mouth, then sweet creaminess comes, woody notes last a long time

  29. Doctor B. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  30. 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.

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