Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Promotes optimism
Stated Age
19 years old
Virgin Heavy Toast Medium Char Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Feb 2017 9:58 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 88,82

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1997 SMWS 1.203

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.86 points

  1. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It’s not really bad, but also not very outstanding. The nose is quite nice, but it goes a bit downwards from there. There’s too much wood influence in the taste and finish for me I think. So it loses some points on that.
    • Nose
      The first things that come to mind are sweet honey, malty and nutty. Then oak, a bit of orange all flowing into charred wood. I have never had it this obvious. Like smelling a burned piece of wood without the obvious smoke elements. Cake, toasted nuts and a bit of tobacco and then back to the sweet honey and nutty elements.
    • Taste
      It starts nice but quickly turns to a very heavy oak influence with honey glassed nuts, fennel, and lime. But this heavy charred oak really speaks. Quite some spices here, like nutmeg and a bit of black pepper. And it has a bit of a bitter edge to it.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to mid-long. Mainly on the nutty, sweet malty elements. Some bitterness here too. In the end again some spices.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I'm not a fan of the finish here. I can't imagine it has improved the spirit.
    • Nose
      Quite a bit of oak to start off, accompanied by a distinct aroma of nuts. There's a certain sweetness with hints of honey, brown sugar and raisins, as well as some ripe fruits, white chocolate, cumin and cheese sweat. A tad unusual.
    • Taste
      Quite fruity (citrus mainly), but there's lots of spices here too, and they take over the palate. That virgin oak certainly gives it a kick. Ginger, pepper, nutmeg, cumin. Quite bitter with a good amount of tannins.
    • Finish
      The spices linger for a while. Drying.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose was stunning, but I think the wood is too dominant, which shows in the palate. 
    • Nose
      A very interesting profile, as it's a little different than what you often come across. The nose is sweet, malty, nutty, but also earthy. Think of roasted cereal with ample honey, hazelnut cream, fruit cake, raisins, but also licorice root and tobacco. There is also a hint of wood smoke. Behind this all, there is freshness of mint. 
    • Taste
      Quite punchy and very drying on the palate. It's a sort of a Campari feeling, but then even more intense. Water helps a little, but it stays on the bitter side, with lots of tannins. Further, there is vanilla sauce, orange juice, fruit cake, ginger, and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering, and still quite bitter. Tannins, ginger and pepper dominate. Yet the vanilla sauce gets a bit bigger, making it a bit more balanced. This is supported by cake and dried fruit.

  4. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. hfos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. mandragoru scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    The nose was sweet and nutty – marrons glacés, hazelnut toffee, sherry trifle, sugar-sprinkled buns, Jamaica cake and hints of tobacco. The palate was nicely balanced – Wagon Wheels, manuka, Madeira cake and chocolate-coated Brazils providing the sweetness and chilli, ginger, liquorice, teriyaki glaze and charred oak offering spicy tingles. With water, the nose gave us polished wood, orange blossom and walnuts sprinkled on carrot cake – we found our general optimism increasing. The palate was rounded and pleasing – wood, tobacco and spice perfectly balanced against caramel and toffee biscuit sweetness. After 19 years in ex-bourbon wood, we moved this into virgin oak.

    DRINKING TIP: When needing a sweet treat or to banish negativity.


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