Glenfarclas 1988 CA

Overall rating
87.76/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB95474
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
210
Strength
53.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 apr 2017 5:48 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 192.58

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Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1988 CA

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.76 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Needs 20 minutes in Blenders so that the key data is at least reflected a bit. Had it pitted against a Blair Athol 28 (Bourbon Cask) during testing to see how it compared. So the Blair Athol 28, which I would give a 90, is significantly better. I don't find it quite as bad as Hs305, but it's true that it's a bit disappointing and flat on the flavors. But there is too much wood for me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      87.5
      Even in Blenders quite reserved in the aromas, considering that it is 28 years and 53 percent. A simple sweetness that becomes perfumed over time. The flavors that are present are peach, fudge and apricot. The structure and harmony of the whisky is nice and the alcohol is well integrated, but when there is still 53 percent alcohol in the cask after 28 years, then everything could have been a little more intense and broader.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Lots of dry wood and a simple sweetness, which is again a bit plump, heavy on perfume. There is too much wood and bitter off notes and unfortunately it doesn't get better with water, rather worse.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The mouthfeel and viscosity are oily but also comparatively sharp for the key specs. The alcohol is present. The finish is medium long and remains dry bitter with a slightly burnt sweetness.

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  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      nuts, soft honey, bit of caramel, hint of tobacco box, wood shavings, bit timid
    • Taste
      87 87
      oak tones, red fruits, peaches, white chocolate
    • Finish
      86 86
      bit dry, sawdust, oaky, caramel,plums, orange zest, bit bitterish with pith in the end, not that impressed.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This whisky benefits a lot from a bigger glas. A copita yields only mediocre results. However a medium sized cognac snifter and chewing thoroughly brings out the best of the dram. Ups it by about 3 points for me, though the finish is still its weakest part.
    10c sample

  5. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Top old high-barrel Glenfarclas, without sherry from the Bourbon Cask.
    Everything is there that ideally he should have.
    Lots of fruits, light and dark, vanilla, oak spice, a little spice or allspice.
    Full, intense with a long finish.
    Highly recommended.

  6. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A slow burning Glenfarclas. Different.
    • Nose
      Sweeter than expected, With hints of cut hay, iris, hyacinth and heather blossom. Blackberries fruit. lemon hints in the back.
    • Taste
      Minty chocolate elements, dunnage warehouse notes,some apricot fruits hints appear. Complex. Powerful.
    • Finish
      Rooibos tea, complex and powerful. Rich.

  8. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A voluminous, dark-fruited Glenfarclas, whose intense aromas tend to come from the distillate, given the color. I do not want to spend 200 € for this, but it also shows how the Mortalis from the UCF collection from Signatory can be like oily and voluminous whiskys from a hogshead.
    • Nose
      I smell juicy, ripe oranges and plums, malt beer, and a noble old oak cabinet. Also milk chocolate and removes a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is thick and juicy, peach, a very ripe plum, and again oranges, and again malt. The "sprittigkeit" of the OAs I can guess, but here is reduced to a pleasant sharpness.
    • Finish
      A warm, slightly sharp finish, very pleasant with orange and malt, stays long.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [August 2017] I bought this bottle for 145 Euro in May 2017.  This is a very shy whisky so it should be served certainly pre-dinner and placed as one of the very first drams during a tasting session.

    It was obviously a very dead cask that added almost nothing to the spirit over the 28 years of maturation.  In a blind tasting I might have guessed this at 12 to 15 years max (rather less than more).  And I do not understand why the Cadenhead people did not select this for a sweet wine cask finish (this does not help the malt as such, but it turns the whole dram into something more lovely). To be honest, I do not like it!

    [October 2017] I re-tasted this whisky today and unfortunately; I have to confirm my weakish review. This is a shy and not very well matured spirit from an inactive cask. Just because the name "Glenfarclas" is on it does not make every dram great. Whoever loves it - have fun with it. I traded the bottle I bought for something else. Many thanks to the good people of Cadenhead for that!

    PS: Another try in mid-November yielded the same result - this whisky simply is not suited for my taste buds (it is drinkable, of course; but I do not enjoy it).
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is deep copper, and the texture shows slow legs and late fat tears.  The nose is very shy when neat, hard to find a lot of aromas in here beside some herbal and wooden notes. 
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is again extremely shy, so the cask was not very active (or call it leached).  Some sweet flavours and some wood, that's it... 
    • Finish
      80 80
      The dram arrives a little hot in the mouth and is not much coating with some minor drying moments (papers). The finish is rather short and dries out at the end (papers and tannins).  Water improves the dram a little bit but does not really help.  The nose gets more floral and barley sweet and the dryness in the mouth and finish is reduced (but not completely gone). The taste however does not offer any significant additional flavour, too bad!  With more water it just gets flat and dull.

  10. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Vanilla, citrus, a touch of banana
    • Taste
      Citrus, some chocolate. Sweet and bitter. Creamy.
    • Finish
      Nice creamy, medium finish.

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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