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Glenfarclas 1988

Overall rating
89.59/100
votes
41
Whiskybase ID
WB96481
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp17)
Vintage
1988
Bottled
24.01.2017
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1523
Number of bottles
633
Strength
48.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 01 17
Barcode
5018066017882
Added on
19 May 2017 10:25 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1164.30

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41 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.59 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: An intense aromatic acid and a compote of rather light cooked fruit. In addition, I associate sour cherry, apricot kernels, intense orange, pear, green apple, orange peel and strong herbal oak tones. Much menthol and mint and a cooling feeling of alcohol in the nose. Roasted aromas that make me burnt, carbonated but sherry-soaked wood associate. In addition, I mean a very noticeable Nussigkeit (almonds / hazelnuts) as well as dark chocolate and a trace of gunpowder to hear. Very pleasant and complex! The nose reminds me of an increase to the 1988 Christmas Malt and only for the better. No intense sherry, but wonderful flavors that appeal to me. Taste: Slightly tart tingling fruit with sweet peppermint and brown sugar, red apple, sweet cherry, tangerine, apricot kernels, chocolate, roasted nuts, orange peel, nutmeg and all accompanied by a slight tingle throughout the mouth. Walnut and dark chocolate with mint dominate the finish, while the finish is really sweet for a long time and brings less sour fruit with it. The finish has a cooling effect with mint and some bitter almond and a remnant fruit approach. Furthermore, the drop is in any way unpleasantly dry, for a short time I mean to identify some tobacco leaves. The oak notes are more of a vegetable nature than any strong dark tea and coffee flavors. Nevertheless, the drop is very intense and delicious in its own way. Conclusion: An old, very elegant and complex Glenfarclas on the sweeter side of power. The drop subtly and without the steam hammer its flavors price and convinces me with a rather lighter but very full-bodied aroma cargo, which also tends rather elegant and long-lasting but not strongly harsh on the finish. A really delicious Glenfarclas!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Caramel, coffee grounds, cherries, and cranberries. A bit of sweetness with a hint of sourness... mangosteen? It's not a very fresh or overly impressive nose, but promising.
    • Taste
      88 88
      There's a medicinal quality to this, along with your usual obvious sherry notes. Lots of cinnamon. Quite warming, very drinkable, but doesn't reach for the heights.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Not very long, and quite dry and oaky at the finish line. It's a quality bottling, but quite middling for a Glenfarclas Family Cask. If you were looking to buy, I would pass at any current price that is not the original retail price.

      Just as an aside, retail prices for Family Casks have skyrocketed in the last couple years while quality is flat, and I am a bit disappointed with Glenfarclas for that, which used to be known for their fair pricing.

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is good but the palate does not live up to what the nose promised.

    If it was a bit sweeter it would score more but it lacks balance compared to some other Farclas, almost rough.

    Still a decent dram.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting bonus piece. It takes a lot of time. Not recommended for beginners... 89/90.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Strong, creamy. Sherry and oak. Bitter chocolate and mint. Lot of acidic fruits, especially sour cherry.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy sweet fruits, especially apple. Oak, bitter almond, tobacco, coffee, tea, leather and mint.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, sour, spicy.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    from a Family Cask I would have expected more - still sprightly sparse despite the age
    • Nose
      first slightly earthy musty notes, then creamy sweet red fruit, initially a slightly soapy note - which dissolves with more time in orange oil with citrus and oak notes, including cherries, plums, apricots
    • Taste
      Tobacco leaves meet cherries - it tingles on the tongue such as effervescent powder, plum - oak, chocolate, mint, leather - on the one hand very tangy spicy - the fruit notes, however, look somewhat faded in contrast
    • Finish
      warming, pricklend, bitter, woody, spicy, fruity

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