Glenfarclas 1989

Overall rating
89.23/100
votes
153
Whiskybase ID
WB85819
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Christmas Edition
Vintage
27.12.1989
Bottled
08.2016
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Casknumber
see notes
Number of bottles
1200
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066160212
Added on
17 aug 2016 5:53 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 134.53

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1989

28 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.23 points.

  1. Tomek scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: slightly mineral, cherries, alcoholic, toffee, grated orange peel, dried fruit
    Taste: oranges, cherries in spirit, cherries, bitter, spices,
    Finish: dark chocolate, wood comes out, acidity, dryness
    Grade: 4

  2. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Very fruity. Sweet notes of glue. Dry. Sour lychee (although I've only eaten sweet so far). Sour orange that tends towards clementine with a little more time. Behind it, cranberries appear. A light cinnamon note appears - but, as is sometimes the case, maybe I'm just imagining it because it's a Christmas malt. Although if I wait a little longer, it will actually become even more intense. At some point the whisky becomes very soft and creamy and reminds me of a tangerine and sour cream cake.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft. Little pepper. Wood. Licorice. Espresso. Far less fruity than the nose.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Pleasant bitter notes. sour. Licorice. Licorice. Nicely balanced with an understated but pleasant character. Nutty, along with the bitterness, somewhat like a bitter-skinned walnut. Finally, the orange comes out again.

  3. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very nice sherry nose, initially a bit heavy and concentrated, syrupy sweetness, fine dried fruits, old dry oak, spices, a little Christmas baking, orange, fruit cake, slightly spicy, idea of vanilla and a hint of menthol ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Sorry Glenfarclas, but you have yet to impress me...
    • Nose
      86 86
      maltyness, sherry, caramelized sugar, dried fruits
    • Taste
      84 84
      maltyness, vanilla, oak sweetness, sherry, some bitterness, spicy
    • Finish
      84 84
      spicy oak, sweet vanilla.

  5. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, if not outstanding, sherry malt. Something on the tart and spicy side, plus dark fruits made from raisins, plums, and leather. Clear spicy notes in the mouth, a peppery appearance, the overall finish is on the bitter side.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sometimes a Farclas is just right as it is.
    Very smooth, sweet and christmas-sy.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful classic Glenfarclas with a lot of sherry, but also the Glenfaclas own spiciness and herbal note. All around, without being really outstanding. There is a lack of depth and independence for this.

  8. Deloti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Grain and red fruits. Very good
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Round. Dry sherry, honey, hazelnut. Light raisins, orange peel and a trace of wax. Vanilla, new leather.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Dried fruit, candied orange, some nougat and cinnamon. Bright plums, white chocolate. Walnuts, mellow black tea.

  10. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good Glenfarclas, real winter dram here.
    • Nose
      Speculoos, cloves, dates, orange peel, dried tobacco leaves, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, cardamom
    • Taste
      Full dark honey, bitter orange, baked apple, ginger, camphor, oak dipped in honey, nutmeg, leaves, chest of drawers, nuts
    • Finish
      Anise, beautiful oak notes, the tobacco leaves of the nose again, walnut, medium to long

  11. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Andreas W. scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  15. 88plus Bus did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Slightly oily with a nice color between amber and mahogany, the malt is in the glass. Seasoning, some wood, malty, dark fruits in the nose. Then many sweet flavors, chocolate, Mon Cheri, rum raisins

    In the mouth contrasting, spicy, pepper, tart, nuts, very dark chocolate, Christmas spices.

    Long finish, dry, oak, coffee

    Nice drink, even if I had hoped for the nose on a nice sweet drop.

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    For Christmas the right thing - a top malt, which was allowed to mature in good sherry casks!

    [Color] dark copper;
    • Nose
      mild, dark fruits (raisins, berries, grapes), sherry, spice / oak;
    • Taste
      soft onset, voluminous, dark fruits, Christmas spices, cinnamon, dark chocolate;
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity; in the aftermath seasoning, becoming dry, chocolate;

  17. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Price valuation based on issue price 100
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I remember it red fruitier - but I also like the old bottle flavor very much - very aromatic - still the best Port xmas Malt I had
    • Nose
      begins with dusty oak cabinet wall, fine wood dust that forms when opening the doors and floury on the mucous membranes lies, furniture polish, palm wax shoe cream, behind it is very slowly with increasing temperature (I warm him) cherry jam on, the nose is always full and fruity - develops towards Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte with shot, in addition comes orange, plum and oak flavors of the darker variety with tobacco, beeswax, cardboard, grape seeds, shredded teak, juniper, tree bark, cinnamon, a delicate touch valerian (disturbs zero) - he is really intense one vital pulsating mixture of balsam-like fruit and the very spicy herbaceous oak - retro style sherry with a lot of wood cargo but fits the overall picture.
    • Taste
      rather sweet, subtly fruity sherry notes, syrupy, it runs very slowly pricklend and mint-cooling on the tongue, a small drop is already mouth-filling - cherry with orange peel, raisins, always wax and oak
    • Finish
      slightly dry, a lot of oak, cardboard, the fruits are gone at first - spicy, woody, peppery it lies on the tongue

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

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

  20. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another great Christmas expression by Glenfarclas. Fruity oak and leather harmonize very well.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10 
    • Nose
      Old sherry, overripe plums, overripe oranges, plum marmalade, raisins, nutmeg, nuts, berries, leather and dark chocolate. 
    • Taste
      Blackberry, spicy sweet and rich oak, sherry, berries, raisins, leather, wine gums.
    • Finish
      Long. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, leather, overripe plums, fruity oak.

  21. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. Portlover did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  23. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting. Copper with gold engraving

    Nose: Oh, that's a blend, the Grain is present with its glue and solvent flavor, but it's dominated by heavy cherry compote, sugary boiled, with cinnamon, orange peel and vanilla and a touch of rum, Dazu Muff, dusty granny, yet then bitterness again.

    Mouth: First heavy sweetness on the tongue, then a splash of pepper rolls through the mouth. Fruits are bitter, gooseberry, blackcurrant, but boiled with plenty of sugar. In the finish comes the bitter wood note, this time paired with medium-hard chocolate. Unfortunately, everything is quickly gone.

    Conclusion: A heavy blend, good for savoring. Man notices the age on every corner and even the grain is only noticeable in the nose. An exciting experience

  24. Phillidae scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Together with the No. 18 so far my favorite from the house Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      A beguiling sherry aroma. Sweet spicy fruit with a hint of glue. Orange, plum a little raisin with some delicate chocolate and other tart notes like leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Slightly tingling pepper builds up, along with a slight sweetness on the tip of the tongue. After swallowing, the pronounced oak appears spicier, as the first nose suggests. Becoming slightly bitter at the back. Walnut hits it very well.
    • Finish
      Dry, dry finish, the bitterness of the oak remains long in the mouth. Coffee, possibly unsweetened cocoa.

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

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

  26. wbarchive_618617 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nice drinking whisky. Significantly better than the other current Christmasbottlings. Nevertheless, you can not really be satisfied. The whisky looks much younger than it is and the sherry notes are not really intense.
    • Nose
      white pepper, pepper nuts, prune, raisin, some leather
    • Taste
      sweet, slightly peppery, hazelnut, light chocolate, light woody note
    • Finish
      medium length, slightly hot, slightly bitter

  27. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose of Glenfarclas is really great. Old sherry aromas and old wood notes whet the appetite for more. In terms of taste, this malt is characterized more by dark barrel and sherry flavors than by fruity sherry. I miss a bit the fruitiness in the taste, the deep and tart wood flavors also have their charm and give this Glenfarclas more maturity. A great malt, which certainly comes at Christmas in the circle of the family in the light of the lights in the glass!
    • Nose
      Wow, what a color! Immediately after pouring, powerful old sherry aroma rises from the glass. Old oak tones are immediately mixed with dark berries such as date and raisins. A hint of citrus and orange peel comes from the intensifying sherry. A blend of subtle leather, dried tobacco leaves and chocolate whets the appetite for more. My salivation is massively stimulated. A few more times the strong aroma inhaled, then I want to finally drink the Glenfarclas.
    • Taste
      After the first sip, subtle tart oak tones immediately appear. Short flash of mild and fruity Sherry. Slowly, a full-bodied and spicy oak aroma, a slight sharpness arises and leaves a subtle tingling and bizzelling in the entire palate. The fruity wood notes become bitter and bitter, fine walnut aroma is created.
    • Finish
      The spicy oak flavors are becoming increasingly bitter. Again a touch of leather and dried tobacco leaves, some espresso powder melts on the tongue. The dark berries thrust briefly through the oak tones before the spicy wood dominates again. A great aroma of ripe walnuts finishes the finish. The finely tart wood aromas still sound.

  28. Glenladdie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An absolutely successful Glenfarclas. I particularly like the great nose, which in addition to fruity sweet sherry aromas and typical oak also offers a pleasantly creamy toffee / caramel note. No miss notes. In terms of taste, it leaves a little more intensity for me, but it still stays tasty. In direct comparison, he is with the No. 18 rather than the standard 25yo, which is miles ahead of him. The No. But he can not beat 18. In addition he lacks intensity, balance and complexity, but he is close to it. Clear recommendation!
    • Nose
      As a basis for comparison, I have the Glenfarclas Edition no. 18 and the standard 25yo.
      To the color: nice dark for Glenfarclas conditions, comparable with the no. 18, much darker than the 25yo.

      Nose: distinct oak, walnuts, light citrus notes, sweet and juicy orange, now the sherry is making its way forward, beautifully full and sweet, raisins, milk chocolate, some caramel, the fruity note goes into the red berry note, sweet blackberries and currants, the malt is not heavy yet sweet. Now followed by honey and again clear oak notes, again orange and vanilla and a dominant Toffeenote which then also remains. A nice interplay.

      In comparison, the No. 18 significantly heavier, more intense, spicy and more in the baked apple direction. The 25yo is much more restrained, fresher and citrusier than the other two. The Christmas malt I would see of the Sherry influence between the two, where he tends more intense to the buttery Toffeenoten. In direct comparison, the 25yo can not compete.
    • Taste
      slightly spicy at first, a lot of oak is clearly on the tongue, now it is quite mild and sweet, oranges, light toffee and vanilla. Less bitterness than expected, milk chocolate and raisins.
    • Finish
      comparatively mild, dry, clear bitterness, a lot of oak, dark chocolate, draws the mouth downright, espresso, bitter almond, except for a hint of oranges, I find no fruitiness. At first I thought the finish is quite short but the oak clings to the tongue and cheeks and does not let go.

      Also in the taste / finish is the No. 18 more intense, spicy, slightly sour, more oak, offers more space for aromas (slightly nutty, more sherry, intense finish, more citrus). The 25 yo offers far less complexity, less sherry and oak influence (or the effect here rather disturbing), milder, less fruitiness

  30. Schmausel scored this whisky 88 points Administrator

    used casks - destilled

    cask 12820 - 27.12.1989
    cask 12831 - 27.12.1989
    cask 13014 - 27.12.1989
    cask  25670 - 27.12.1989

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