Glenfarclas 1986 - Refill Sherry Butts

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Release
Stated Age
29 years old
Refill Sherry Butts
3454 & 3457
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 19 05 16 1 13:17 B B
Added on
22 Jul 2016 4:35 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 620,96

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1986 - Refill Sherry Butts

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.94 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Gorgeous! These Glenfarclas offer the full range of products: spicy oak, dried berries and velvety fruit, sweet vanilla, fresh peppermint and many other savory aromas give the piglet a complexity and elegance that will be long remembered. A very successful drop for special hours, I like it very much! Only the partially occurring sulfur touch forces me to a small point deduction ...
    • Nose
      Clear and pure amber shimmers out of the glass, timid oak tones and toasted aromas rise from the glass. Briefly I am distracted by the tough and oily drops on the glass wall ... Dried raisins and milk chocolate bring me back again, a subtle hint of sulfur rises. The raisins and dates in Rum are intensified, the sulfur pulls back luckily back and velvety vineyard peach comes out creamy. A touch of apricot and dark orange peel join the creamy peach notes, a pinch of old leather and crumbs of dried tobacco leaves end in a sweet hint of vanilla. The peach now dominates the nose and is repeatedly permeated by rich oak tones. Smoke? Do I smell a subtle smoke? The flavors alternate every second. Now dry leather and tobacco are noticeable, followed by a hint of sulfur. With velvety pirsich in the nose I take the first sip.
    • Taste
      Creamy and velvety, the Glenfarclas flows over the tongue. Spicy oak tones radiate immediately a wooden sharpness, black pepper spreads on the tongue and between the lips. The complete mouth area is now enveloped by chubby heat. Dried tobacco leaves and old leather dissolve from the decaying sharpness, dark raisins fall in milk chocolate, a touch of freshly brewed espresso exudes its lovely fragrance. spicy oak tones mix with a fresh peppermint note, creamy and oily, the harmoniously balanced aromas are distributed in the palate. Again, a hint of sulfur, dark peach and slightly harsh orange peel abrasion give this malt an elegant and old touch. Spicy wood tones, a hint of fresh mint and dried fruits rest for an eternity on the palate. With this variety of different and very tasty flavors, the taste gradually transpires into the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Heavy and full-bodied, the aromas of the taste linger long on the palate. Slowly an old and very fine walnut aroma is created. Oily and with raisins in cognac flames up the sharpness again slowly and leaves a powerful impression. The peppermint exudes its refreshing aroma and so the heavy spicy wood tones and dried berries do not seem so dominant on the aftertaste. A feeling of eternity remains the multitude of different harmoniously harmonized aromas on the palate and ultimately leaves a chubby heat on the tongue.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    an interesting mix of old school and modern - very elegant and valuable for the advanced connoisseur vllt. something to "easy drinking" for the price range - pleasing I find that there is no more Saftmalt as the 2001er Family Casks - who is expecting something like this is completely wrong - I find the price of this bottling very exaggerated - more than 200-250 I would Do not pay for it - so it stays with this sample
    • Nose
      A tender round oily dark red nose. The typical dusty old oak cabinet wall mixes with subtle raisin sweetness and a fresh subtle very well integrated mint note, slightly warmed comes so much oak, that you can hardly distinguish it from a well-mined minimal smokiness - but the fruits keep the upper hand. Strawberry jam, vanilla, oranges. Red tartaric acid, grape seeds, flowers
    • Taste
      Cherries, raisins and plums meet tobacco, milk chocolate, some leather and cardboard - some dry mouthfeel - at the same time nice oily consistency and a very fine texture - it looks strong, fruity, spicy and fine at the same time - the alcohol is only to be sensed by the power does nothing here and even the mint remains discreetly in the background
    • Finish
      spicy fruity with rising barrel wort - pepper, dark chocolate - really intense and very long

  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. Caffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: After a run of distillate-led, bourbon>sherry malts all with light chars, when confronted with a heavy burnt cask it’s amazing how remarkably obvious charring adds complexity so blatantly yet so well - but it’s important to acknowledge. It’s like the difference between a Glen Grant and a Caol Ila at times. The sherry brings an oyster sauce vibe, fruit compote, shoe polish, honey cake - we are in [1980’s] vintage Yamazaki territory.
    T: Despite too much char at the beginning, it eventually eases off and evens out,.. consolidating with a malt treacle char.
    F: The malt char brings forth sweet, meaty curiosities during a long & tasty finish.
    C: The sherry level is fine but the char bomb is too much, yet it’s still a very good ‘in your face’ Speysider.

    Scores a B-


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