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Overall rating
90.24/100
votes
73
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
26.01.1978
Bottled
11.07.2016
Stated Age
38 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Casknumber
748 + 749
Number of bottles
333
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066160199
Added on
17 Aug 2016 5:46 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 869.50

34 × in wishlist

73 × member ratings

141 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1978

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.24 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I think this bottle is extremely overrated - by all those who do not want to make their bad buy even more repugnant - the forums are full of sales offers of bottling in some cases well below EC !! way too thin the plörre imho for the price - but chic box

    with some time in the glass, the nose is getting better and better, I could smell it forever, it makes you want to taste and then he is from the dream - on the palate, the Malt can not quite keep up. It is a very elegant restrained drop, one must have a good day to complete subtle flavors. But you could also just admit that the Malt fas nix can and you spasmodically tried to make the purchase beautiful - I was not even worth € 280 in 2018.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Complex citrus notes, acidity - always flashes briefly like sour cucumber water, fatty - oily tobacco and leather notes, green tea with fragrant hypnotic jasmine flowers, beautiful oak notes - sweet, buttery, caressing, fresh orange blossom, mint, exotic fruits and flowers, coconut, hazelnut cream, Sherry Fassaromen I find only as a backdrop - what smells so great here and forms the main note of the nose - reminds me of good very old Bourbon Fassreifungen - very clean with the elegance of age
    • Taste
      87 87
      Minty cool, delicate fruit notes, slightly dusty oak - like particles on the palate - dry, slightly resinous, woody aromatic, light almond bitter - orange sweetness, a hint of plum, fresh orange oil
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peaches, oranges, dry oak, mint, very elegant, noble, round

  2. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 249 sold empty at ebay.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2020] I am in the mood for a fine Glenfarclas these days so I selected this older dram out of my sample library...

    ...and 1978 was a great vintage year at Glenfarclas. They still produced a very fruity-honeyed profile which changed from 1980 onwards, unfortunately. This is a perfect example of that old fruity style without any flaws or imbalances, simply adorable and dangerously quaffable.

    PS: Like so often I cannot comprehend dRambo's tasting notes - obviously the two of us own very different tastes (and/or preferences) which is absolutely fine. So always take any tasting note of anybody as a personal opinion only!
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a delicious fruity-honeyed profile which enfolds nicely upon breathing. No off-note or imbalance but dozens of different impressions, among them floral, spicy, waxy, oily and leathery aromas. The wood is rather shy for a 38-years maturation and leaves the stage for the spirit-induced aromas but it provides a firm backing structure, I like this nose very much!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on all the adorable flavours of the nose and some stronger but never dominating wooden impressions. The fruits are great as are the honeys and barley sugars on the sweet side and the waxy-grassy-floral notes on the bitter-spicy side. Again no flaw or imbalance but I found the nose more impressive (like so often with very old drams). It is greatly chewable!
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives very charming on the palate with an immediate creamy coating of all of the mouth without any distracting bitter or astringent moments. The finish is long and adds more old-style waxy and oily notes which I really like in this mix. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.

  4. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    For me, this bottle as a Glenfarclas fan is an absolute must. Something different than the typical sherry bombs. Very fruity, light yet old-complex just the thing for the sherry collection. An absolute recommendation. Too bad he was sold out so soon.
    • Nose
      Already when pouring the Glenfarclas exudes an incredibly fruity aroma. Tropical fruits like papaya, mango and pineapple are noticeable in the nose, along with green apples and a light breeze of bitterness from the wood. This reminds me very much of the 30's Tomatin, which has a very similar fruit character. The nose is definitely a treat!
    • Taste
      What has barely noticed the Nosing, now comes to fruition: the wood makes itself felt. The oak is present and you realize that you have something old on your tongue. Complex flavors come through: in addition to the fruits that are in the mouth, now subtle spicy notes are added. The sherry you notice in my opinion, not really something, so that, as with the 30s Tomatin, rather close to ex-Bourbon barrels. The alcohol is well integrated and holds back very discreetly. Everything is wonderfully complex and neatly interwoven.
    • Finish
      The finish is briefly very fruity, but this then gradually gives way to the wood flavors. The tongue is slightly dry on the palate and it makes a sense of total satisfaction in the mouth wide. Hard to describe but very pleasant, which calls for a second sip.

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very idiosyncratic Glenfarclas. Despite Sherry Cask, the typical (dark) berries are absent. The nose is still surprisingly fruity, but it is more influenced by light and tropical fruits and spicy wood. The taste of the Glenfarclas flattens, there are hardly any fruity elements. Tart and discreet bitter wood aromas dominate the taste and finish. I already had some old sherry bottlings from Glenfarclas or other distilleries in the jar and this was by far the most boring of all. Either refill sherry casks or these barrels have not given much to the distillate for the past 38 years. Only the nose excited me, but the 1978 is no comparison to the almost same-age bottlings of the crest series of Rudolf Futterer or other older Sherry Cask bottlings. In between are unfortunately worlds.
    • Nose
      After pouring the Glenfarclas shimmers bright amber and clear in the glass. After panning, drops of the streaks dissolve very slowly after a few moments and then slowly and tenaciously go back into the glass. The first nosing raises fruity aromas from the old wood. Light fruit dominates the first impression, apples and peaches stand out from the rather delicate and restrained nose. A touch of orange and tropical fruits is noticeable. The more I wave the glass, the more intense these fruity elements become. Spontaneously, the idea of ​​ripe mangoes comes to my mind. Somehow the nose is subtle and somehow complex, fruity and complex. Sweetness and a hint of vanilla comes from the finely wooded fruit note. The oak flavors hold back elegantly and support the bright fruits.
    • Taste
      The first sip is carried by tart wood notes. A hint of grapefruit immediately stings through the oak tones. The bright fruits try in vain to prevail against the tart oak note. Spicy notes of wood and a subtle bitterness now dominate the taste. Again and again, fruity elements flash through the austere oak, but only the grapefruit aroma can prevail. An aroma of over-ripe walnuts is created, but is also displaced after a short time by spicy and harsh oak tones. A hint of sulfur breaks through the wooden aroma.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste revives briefly the aroma of walnuts and dry leaves. After a while, these spicy and slightly tart woody aromas dominate the finish. The fruity note of the nose is hardly reflected in the finish again. Only here and there the apples and apricots come to light. When fruitiness arises, it is again the intense grapefruit. At the very end of the finish, the fine, tart wood flavors are extinguished and the walnut flavor returns. There is a barely perceptible note of sulfur above the complete finish.

  7. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I ordered a sample from a forum and was a little disappointed as the whisky showed some soapy notes on the palate. . After waiting quite a while I got back to it and somehow it seems to have recovered....
    • Nose
      92 92
      What a fruit bomb! peaches, pineapple, the juiciest of oranges, some honey, tea leaves. this produces quite some saliva in my mouth. smallest hints of hazelnut.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A little thin on the palate, remarkably less fruity and more oak. slightly minty, somehow scented. After the nose the palate is a clear disappointment.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium in length, slightly spicy and it has some wet teabag taste like so many GF have.

  8. Macbear scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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