Glenfarclas 2001

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp17)
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
57.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 25 01 17 1 17:09 BB
Added on
09 May 2017 9:51 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 211.08

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 2001

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.08 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2019] The temperatures cooled down after a thunderstorm so I am in the mood for a dram (instead of cold beer) and I selected a somewhat older Family Cask...

    ...that is a modern "sherry monster" with both heavy sherry and wooden notes. The malt is completely buried under these extreme flavours and the dram owns a significant bitter-astringent wooden mouthfeel (heavy tannins at work). Too me this is too much but lovers of that genre will adore it, most probably...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is dark at auburn and the nose offers a bold modern sherry profile with significant bitter-herbal notes. Both the sherry and wood aromas are quite dominant and do not leave a lot of space for the malt characteristics, even after some minutes of breathing. This smells rather like fortified sherry than sherried whisky but to be honest, it is pretty nice. But I miss the malt aromas hence this nose is rather simple...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is wood-driven with lots of bitter notes from the heavy tannins and the sherry is not really capable to soothe these punchy impressions. Again, there are hardly malt-driven flavours to identify within this clash of two titans (heavy sherry versus heavy woods). Whoever is into such "sherry monsters" will like this taste very much (probably), but you really have to appreciate bitter-wooden profiles. To me this is too much wood (according to my taste buds).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a significant bitter-astringent mouthfeel (like so often with heavily sherried drams). The finish is medium to long and stays on the bitter-wooden side with some more chocolatey notes. Water releases more bitter aromas in the nose and taste, so I like this dram best when neat.

  2. Vince' scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I'm looking forward to the day for a while. I already found the predecessor in barrel 2132 a force. Let's see what the sister barrel can do.
    Nose: Totally intense sherry, a sherry monster as it is written in the book. This drop does not spill, it beats with its flavors. Dark boiled sweet and sour berries and cherries, espresso, cocoa / dark chocolate, some mint, lots of wood and spice. I also associate bitter almond, marzipan, heavily roasted nuts and an interplay of harsh sherry-dominated wood tones and sparkling vanilla. With more oxygen, the drop becomes spicier and the fruit more wine-like in the nose. The mint will continue to exist, but lovage and leather couch / tobacco associations are spreading. And again there is a lot of pleasant wood, soaked in fruity / spicy sherry. The drop looks in any case older than the label wants to tell me. Complex and in no case monotonous, here the counterpart in the form of the oak is very present and makes the very intense drop in some form round.
    Taste: Short sweet with a hint of raisins, a combination of tingling sugared espresso and spicy sherry with dark berries / fruits quickly explodes. Furthermore come to me old wet wood, my likeable tastes associations cigar box and leather couch, as well as bitter almond in mind. The roasted aromas also come through and are characterized by strongly roasted but sweetened almonds and hazelnuts. Lots of chocolate / cocoa and espresso and old wood in combination with the residual taste of a previously chewed cherry / plum mark the departure of the whisky. The finish is medium long to long with a strong tender bittersweet note on the back of the tongue, which does not disappear so quickly.
    Conclusion: This drop has met my expectations in any case. I like it fabulous! It is not a really round whisky but comes up with a lot of intensity. The barrel also dominates this drop, but it is still extremely complex and offers me flavors that I normally expect in older sherry bombs. My highlight of the evening.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Oh my lord, is this one great! Tastes much older. The colour is so thick, it leaves a brown dried substance the next morning in your glass.

    If you have the money, go grab one of this 25, oh, 15 year old buddy. You won't regret it.

  4. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It gets better year by year. The sisters barrel of 2016 was already overwhelming for this age, but this one is better again. Blind you would estimate him to be 25 years. It has a lot to offer and is more complex than the age makes it seem. Unfortunately, the price is quite high, because it will only stay with a sample.
    • Nose
      Intense dark sherry. Strawberries, coffee, oak. Alcohol is noticeable
    • Taste
      Neat power and strong start. Leather, Espresso, Dark fruits, Wood
    • Finish
      Very long and delicious. Not too bitter. Rather chocolaty. Coffee and fruits

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    What a board! Old sherry and dark oak without end. Just dreamlike this piglet ... I miss at the moment just the words. A Glenfarclas Family Cask is always a pleasure and definitely worth it and this has just given me a lot of pleasure! I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Deep dark and intense rust brown the piglet rests in the glass. On the glass wall adheres a variety of small oily drops and does not really want to run back into the glass. Dark berries and intense oak tones rise majestically from the Premium Snifter and make my sherry's heart beat faster. Dark, dried berries and grapes compete with dark and tart wood elements to compete, freshly brewed espresso mixed with creamy milk chocolate. Cherries and blackberries fall into the dark chocolate chocolate. Old leather and sweet tobacco leaves exude their bewitching aroma, a hint of sulfur is expressed by the spicy wood elements. Peppermint and a touch of eucalyptus make the rather dark and cloudy nose appear a little fresher and thus provide a wonderful contrast. Initially, the alcohol is integrated harmoniously, with time, however, it shows several times its intense power and power. Slowly, the nose is a bit musty, but dominate the dark sherry and oak flavors. What a grenade ...
    • Taste
      Powerful, the first sip distributes its fruity and wooden bouquet. Dark berries and dried grapes mix with tart and spicy woody elements, dark orange aroma and a hint of spiciness follow. The sharpness, however, is very pleasant and not disturbing at all, dark and old wood flavors increase a pinch of licorice and a touch of sulfur. Creamy and velvety, the piglet flows over the tongue at the second sip. The sharpness is stronger this time and the wood or oak looks older and darker. Again comes tobacco and leather to the fore, cold espresso runs in slow motion through the palate, dark chocolate melts in the mouth. Tart and worn by dark fruit flavors, the taste slowly transpires into the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      How should it be different? The aftertaste starts with tart and dark wood and sherry aromas. In the meantime, the sharpness has returned, intensifying and making pearls dance on the tongue. Black pepper heats neatly in the wake of the tongues and the palate. A touch of furniture polish rests creamy on the tongue, dark and dried berries finally exude their intense aroma, voluminous oak tones start creamy and end in harsh and subtle bitter leafy aroma. With a touch of espresso and creamy dark chocolate, the aftertaste gradually fades away.

  6. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A wonderful Glenfarclas which shows a lot more than almost 16 years.                        
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      97 97

  7. mothers_finest scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is probably representative of all those who believe that age does not matter. And indeed I have here a Glenfarclas in the glass in its intensity, in his potpourri of dark-roasted sweet-sour fruits, dark chocolate, old initially musty oak, licorice, cumin, leather and cinnamon in the background is unparalleled.
    Greasy and oily in the glass, dark as infused coffee, fogging the whole mouth ....
    Wow - well done Glenfarclas! Since the last bottlings of the personalities series can not keep up with the approach. Well the comparison is limping in terms of cask strength, but in terms of PLV, a comparison really comes up! This malt probably has not even 16 years ....
    Age does not matter - but caskmanagement definitely does!

  8. The_Independent scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, this bottling is not just one of many sherry bombs, but rather an outstanding example of the class that can reach Glenfarcla's Family Casks. Outstanding!
    • Nose
      97 97
      An impressively soft, dark and heavy sherry nose!
      Sweet pastries, caramelized sugar and nut crackers. Pickled sour cherries, sweet plum compote, jam and rum-raisins, supported by spicy oak. With some baking cocoa.
      The tightly woven, intense aromas seem like the extract of the best family casks. Just wonderful!
    • Taste
      92 92
      At first dry, almost dusty, then voluminous, the alcohol is strong, for the relatively young age, the high alcohol content but very well involved - plenty of volume and force, this slight tingling. First something sweet and then bitter. Intense aromas - nuts, brittle, marzipan pastries, dark forest honey, pickled sour cherries and rum-raisins and plenty of mocha. Everything is very creamy and intense at the same time.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, spicy, slightly bitter, dusty oak, then creamier - some sherry, sour cherries and plenty of mocha and cocoa. Wonderful how long this whisky still echoes, and I can not be long enough!

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What can one say, just a dream for a sherry board fan! Perfect and delicious from start to finish. You do not have to talk about the price-performance ratio here, you are looking for the same.
    • Nose
      A wonderful nose, totally fruity, raisins, really concentrated, light acidity, also sweet and creamy, behind it neat oak, which makes the whisky older than 16 years look, slightly nutty, marzipan, shoe polish, just fat, what a sherry board , with some air and when you smell the sherry wall, it gets a bit lighter with raspberry, slightly bubbly, some spice, after some time I notice that I did not even have any chocolate and after I deliberately searched for it I mean bittersweet but that's really not intrusive, after the first sip even creamier and now actually milk chocolate, if you deep clean
    • Taste
      full-bodied, sweet, creamy, definitely chocolate, bittersweet, nutty, also here raisin concentrate, fat, to chew, also good oak, some furniture polish, also in the mouth much riper, great drinking strength, an absolute taste explosion and a great change of creamy chocolaty in the beginning to tart fruity towards echoes
    • Finish
      the oak is more persistent, but not unpleasant, still omnipresent in the mouth, raisins, now also more nut, long lasting, my mouth watering

  10. DistiLesha scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Excellent version of the family Glenfarklasa, very much out of the middle of the entire line! For such a price tag you can take to your shelf to leisurely sip in a quiet atmosphere in the evening, enjoy all the new shades.
    • Nose
    • Taste
      Very bright, full. Tart! The sherry is oak! Incredibly sweet and warm! Very strongly knits, comparable to a quince. A very complicated, requiring multiple tasting, classic sherry rubber.
    • Finish
      Astringent, tart, sherry, sweet, hot, rubber.


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