Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
40 years old
Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 19 08 15 3 12:15 BB
Added on
10 Sep 2016 10:12 am by OpenBar_PMI

Average value

€ 837.45

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69 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 40-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.33 points

  1. mike_ako84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The Glenfarclas 40yo definitely cannot deny its origin from the Glenfarclas core range. It is a logical development of the Glenfarclas 25yo and 30yo.

    The alcohol strength of 43% is perfect to smell, because nothing stings and you can fully indulge in the variety of flavors.
    This old malt in the glass is very fragrant, almost perfume-like, all the flavors are very closely interwoven.
    Overripe pear, sweet nectarines and peaches combine with baked raisins. Caramel and a hint of tobacco mix with floral notes such as honey and herbs. A pleasant maltiness rounds off the entire aroma.
    It is a real experience!

    He lies sweetly and oily on the tongue with a light tingling of herbal honey and oranges. Would he like a few percent alcohol better? No, this malt was not composed for drinkers of young and strong whiskys, this old man is for connoisseurs and a real gentleman. With an astringent mouthfeel on a hint of violet, one is accompanied in the finish.

    The aroma symphony continues for a long time. The actors are licorice, milk chocolate and a delicate fruitiness that linger on the tongue.

    A really great whisky, but you have to do something to do it justice. It invites you to indulge and dream and if you like, it is a very good companion through a quiet and long evening.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Part of a Glenfarclas tasting

    I remember only a few years ago the 40 year old (purple tube) was $400 cdn. I think I saw it even cheaper at one point! I waffled, it was gone and it seems like one day later that it was $1200... ah well.

    This was poured right in front of me at the tasting and upon sticking my nose in there right away, I was very unimpressed. Over the course of the night I kept nosing it and it just got better and better. Definitely needs time to unfold, patience is key. It’s a great malt, but I felt like had the abv been even 46%, it would have made a world of difference.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Spearmint, bubblegum, creme brûlée, tropical fruits, guava, mango, passion fruits, kiwi, milk chocolate. It takes a long time to unfold (over an hour), but it reminds me of a weaker 73 speyside.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very creamy, medium mouthfeel, lots of mint, bubblegum, clotted cream, milk chocolate, treacle
    • Finish
      91 91
      Creamy, fruity (tropical and soft dark fruits) milk chocolate, soft, elegant and medium length.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great, especially the nose is great cinema!
    • Nose
      Strong honey bomb, orange oil, rose water, Werther's Original, brown sugar, panna cotta, old, caramelized oak, cinnamon, milk chocolate, red pear, gummy bear, reminds me a bit of Mizunaral storage on the notes, lavender, rosemary, very fragrant
    • Taste
      Apricot with shell and core, rose water, full of herbal honey with mouth, orange bitters, blood orange and lavender, beautiful oldschool malt and clear tannins, red, dried pear, cinnamon and brown sugar
    • Finish
      Dry sweet with sweet malt, long, warm, honey, lavender and burned sugar

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very beautiful full taste, sherry notes, very thick structure, very smooth and gentle. Very attractive dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some dark fruits, prunes, raisins, old leather, coffee, nuts, chocolate, some tobacco.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily structure, thick, a little pickering. Red fruits, prunes, leather, dark chocolate. Then some winegums too, pretty smooth and soft, yet rich.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very smooth now, full and thick. Prunes, dark chocolate, somewhat bitter. Also some tobacco. Pretty long finish.

  5. PatrickWesterink scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Smooth, honey, butterscotch,
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    a slightly different profile than the older version shows how well Glenfarclas ages with clever barrel management
    • Nose
      in a direct comparison it looks a bit fresher, greener than the previous version in the purple can. Light resin and gooseberries are reminiscent of the 21-year-old. Then mild herbs, honey, fruit tea and baked apples. The perfume note of the predecessor tends to be rose and lavender essence
    • Taste
      not heavy, like the older version. Fresh mint, astringent dryness and tart wood tones. Bitter oranges, mainly orange peel, tonic water and a wonderful roasted malt note
    • Finish
      Liquorice, burnt caramel and light pepper flavor. Then dry with Earl Gray

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Pretty OK, but definitely not outstanding
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nutty, cooked fruits, dried fruits, fine sherry notes, hints of acacia honey, whiffs of tobacco - not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, creamy, nutty, little sweetness, more woody, oak wood, spices, pepper, black tea, hints of cigar tobacco
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, more oaky, tannins

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Schmausel scored this whisky 91 points Administrator

    comes with a red wooden box designed to recreate the iconic Glenfarclas warehouse doors .


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