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Glenfarclas 1981

Overall rating
90.40/100
votes
12
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release S16)
Vintage
1981
Bottled
25.07.2016
Casktype
4th Fill Butt
Casknumber
1607
Number of bottles
265
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Nov 2016 5:08 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 425,80

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12 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1981

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.40 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] Another one of my beloved 4th Fills and this sherry butt was coopered in the mid-sixties or even earlier (when both the wood quality and the sherry maturation times were much better than today) - so I have high expectations...

    ...and yep, expectations met! This is a delicious, complex and flawless old style sherry maturation that only a 4th fill cask can do (over such a long time). The sherry is impressive but not too dominant so this is truly a sherried whisky (and not just a fortified sherry wine like many of the "sherry monsters", that nonetheless are often very delicious too). Great stuff of a lost whisky style (because both the oak quality and sherry maturation times cannot improve in the foreseeable future).
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is mahogany (wow, with a 4th fill!) and the nose is simply great! A perfect old style sherry with lush aromas that still leave space for the fine 'farclas malt. All very balanced and delicious to sniff, the nougat-marzipan note is both unusual and adorable! This is ultra-clean old sherry married to the bold honey-waxy-nutty 'farclas malt of the early eighties - just wow!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-layered and again perfectly balanced and without any flaw. It is both complex and subtle and very interesting to explore - and it is even more enjoyable to drink! Delicious (different) chocolatey flavours mix with spices and honeys and nuts and oils and waxes and... Hey, there is a very nice movie running on my palate.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is creamy and instantly coats the whole mouth without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and gets somewhat drying (tobacco, tannins) but this is still acceptable (and no wonder after such a long time in a sherry butt). Some water takes this away but it flattens both nose and taste, unfortunately. I like the neat dram best.

  2. Cheng Chee Kaan did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From whiskyfun.com

    Colour: copper. Nose: a rather lean and sinewed sherry profile. Light notes of damp leaves, toasted almond flakes, hints of mushroom powder, lemon pith and a few pieces of crisp pancetta. Develops towards a deeper, bassier earthiness. Pine cones, leaf mulch, walnut oil, mineral aspects and cola cubes. Very good but overall a tad shy perhaps, not that modesty is a flaw by any means. Mouth: a more textbook profile of raisins and sultanas in old cognac, black pepper, strong tea, mint liqueur, caraway, red liquorice, cola syrup, cocktail bitters and aniseed. Excellent balance and a good strength that delivers texture and flavour very well. Salty almonds, muesli, toffee and salted caramel ice cream. Finish: long, spicy, peppery, bitter chocolate, mint, cough medicine and lemon balm. Comments: I find the sherry profile surprisingly prominent considering it’s a 4th fill cask. However, I’ll not grumble as it’s excellent and treads a lovely line between distillate and cask.
    SGP: 661 - 90 points.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    from a 2 cl sample
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

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