Glenfarclas 1990 Edition N°21

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Thomas Carlyle
Sherry Casks
1195, 9472,9520-9527
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 27 02 17 1 13:36 B6
Added on
29 Mar 2017 10:52 am by Schmausel

Average value

€ 277.81

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1990 Edition N°21

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.72 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2017]  Last night I found out that there is no open bottle of Glenfarclas anymore in my house.  What a shame!  For my comfort there has to be ALWAYS an open Glenfarclas nearby and so I went to my dealer and bought this latest Germany only edition for 116 Euro (what is a fair price, I think).  By the way, Glenfarclas is the only distillery of that I buy even Germany only sherry cask editions without trying it before - I never ever had a (too much) sulphury whisky from Glenfarclas!  Bravo!!!

    Glenfarclas is the only distillery that still owns significant stocks of old vintages.  The reason for that is very simple:  As a family-owned and family-run business the Glenfarclas management was obliged by one of the grand-grandfathers of George to always leave enough stock in the warehouses for the following generations.  And - to not follow the pork cycle of boom and bust but to constantly produce a reasonable amount of always high class spirit.  That are the family laws at Glenfarclas (as George told me over a dram of the 1952 family cask).  And that is why I always need an open bottle of Glenfarclas in walking distance...

    So this edition again is no surprise (as I expected good stuff anyhow).  The colour is russetmucat and the texture shows a few medium legs and many late slow tears that need quite a while to reach the bottom.  Some stick at the top even after minutes.  High quality spirit as the grandpa demanded!  The nose is a beautiful clean sherry profile with no flaws or off-notes.  Not the boldest one but delicate and greatly balanced.  It arrives on the palate creamy and peppery and coats the mouth (but not very long).  The taste shows a multi-layered sherried profile with some stronger wooden notes that are not unpleasant but significant.  The finish is long, chocolatey and neither drying nor bitter.  Even the stronger woods from the taste step back and integrate nicely into the overall flavours profile now.  Water flattens the nose but smoothes both the mouthfeel and taste so nose it neat and taste it a little reduced. Another fine and easy quaffable 'farclas just the way I like it.  Made to be (get) drunk according to Grandpa's laws...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A typical piglet. The fruity nose makes the heart beat the heart of any Glenfarclas fans, flavor dominate spicy and tart wood flavors. Unfortunately, the fruity notes are somewhat lower in the taste and give priority to the spicy wood. A successful Glenfarclas Edition, which unfortunately can not quite follow on from its predecessors. Tastes delicious and I like it!
    • Nose
      Intense, slightly sherry aromas rise leisurely from the glass. After panning, oily streaks have formed from which slowly thick and viscous drops dissolve and seek their way into the glass. Liquid, slightly caramelized sugar drips on fruity slices of orange, dried berries and grapes are carried by subtle roasted aromas. Milk chocolate rises from the spicy wood notes, a hint of peach is added. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and supports the fruity aromas. Slowly flat nose, so the Glenfarclas flows directly into the mouth ...
    • Taste
      Fruity yet slightly bitter sherry dominates the first sip. Subtle spicy wood aromas emerge, then the wood gets bitter and a pinch of white pepper spreads in the mouth. The fruit flavors return, the mouthfeel becomes creamy and sweet, the salivation is massively stimulated. Honey, tart orange peel and nuts mingle before a subtle tart walnut flavor is created. While tart oak notes and ripe walnuts dominate the taste passes into the finish.
    • Finish
      Gentle oak tones start the finish. From the oak notes suddenly flows an incredible spice note, Vollmichschokolade turns into dark chocolate, the pinch of pepper returns. Caramel becomes creamy, honey drips on the pieces of wood and the ripe walnuts turn into grassy, ​​immature walnut shells. For a long time, the finish exudes its intense walnut aroma.

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A really great, noble, mature, horny Sherryfass- Malt!
    A nice old Farclas - very complex - a top malt!
    [Color] copper;
    • Nose
      Raisins, blackberries, ripe grapes, sherry, honey, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      powerful soft onset, oak, tobacco, juicy ripe fruits, oranges, sherry, caramel, creamy, oily body;
    • Finish
      long finish, a lot of sherry; dry finish, tobacco;

  4. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a typical Glenfarclas Edition. For me, a mixture of No. 18 and no. 20. I like it very much. A nice combination of clear oak with the right amount of sherry, so that the wood is not overwhelming.
    • Nose
      very typical Glenfarclas nose, the sherry shows initially restrained, apricot, sugared oranges, oak, raisins, dark chocolate, grape seeds, the spicy wood flavors come to the fore, sawdust, glazed wood, furniture polish, resin, Sherrynoten break through and on the wood Slowly your nose turns to sweeter, scorched berries, the sherry becomes more dominant, forest honey, a changeful nose, for Glenfarclas fans!
      The second nose is sweeter, sherrylastiger, tasty ...
    • Taste
      sparkling sweetish, clear sherry, more than I expected from the nose, followed by clear oak, then a mixture of milk and dark chocolate, honey, creamy sweet, orange marmalade, nuts, raspberry peach, subtle forest berry jam, cranberry compote
    • Finish
      Delicate oak, chocolate, sherry fruits, raisins, herbal drops, juniper, cranberries, walnuts, long finish

  5. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Typical Glenfarclas with a nice balance in the nose between fruit and spice, a solid start with all the typical aromas in the mouth and a fruity beginning and later a very strong and spicy finish. But this one is well balanced and much less bitter than with the 23 Jakob - I like it better because of that.

  6. wako93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Comparison were 21 and 25 standard GF.

    => He puts it on it again. Similar to the 25er but in all points a little more sophisticated!
    89-90 points
    • Nose
      89 89
      again very different, but also totally mild. Nice spice of the oak. Heavier than the other two. Nutty.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Again sweet and soft, extremely well balanced. Seasoning is pictured here most beautifully. lightly baked dough, gives a minimal smoky association. Will be more complex and full in the mouth.
      very creamy mouthfeel. Speyside at its very best.
    • Finish
      89 89
      again rather medium. Reminds me more of black tea (earl gray) with candy and a dash of milk.
      Pleasant spice. Toffee stays long. Apple and pear flare up.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note made on a sip during a tasting evening.
    Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1577
    • Nose
      Fresh walnuts! Aromatic and fresh. Wood chips.
    • Taste
      What a presence for 46%! Round and spicy.

  8. Wiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A beautiful Glenfarclas. My favorite was my nose. Nevertheless, I think he can not tie in with his predecessors. The NR: 20 was definitely better by classes. A good whisky. But the invoked price of 130 euros, he would not be worth me.
    • Nose
      Typical Glefarclas. Delicate sherry aromas. The oak is immediately noticeable. Sweet oak flavors. Nevertheless, something acidic meets me. Then spicy, peppery. Toffee. Voluminous. Something in the citrus direction, orange peels. Plum cake. some leather. Almonds. Milk chocolate. Over time, the nose is getting sweeter.
    • Taste
      oily mouthfeel. Also here again the oak. Walnut. Fine Oloroso. Malty.Drying. Candied dark fruits. Orange ... somehow reminds me of gummy bears. The alcohol is well integrated. A fine spice shows up now. Some nutmeg maybe.
    • Finish
      Long. Marzipan, oak. The tongue now sticks to the palate. Now, after the third sip, also driving salivary well.

  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    round, tasty, very harmoniously matured old sherry whisky on typical Speysiderbasis - great!
    • Nose
      Sour cherry on honey and vanilla, very balanced sherry aroma, fully ripe dried apricots, rum pot - very round
    • Taste
      Sherry, chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, spices - very balanced on the nose
    • Finish
      at first very mild, goes into beautiful woodiness, without becoming unpleasant

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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