- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Family Casks (Release Sp17)
- Stated Age
- 28 years old
- Refill Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 48.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L 24 01 17
- Added on
- 19 May 2017 10:25 pm by Astrid
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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.59 points
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Very interesting bonus piece. It takes a lot of time. Not recommended for beginners... 89/90.
Strong, creamy. Sherry and oak. Bitter chocolate and mint. Lot of acidic fruits, especially sour cherry.
Creamy sweet fruits, especially apple. Oak, bitter almond, tobacco, coffee, tea, leather and mint.
Long, sour, spicy.
- from a Family Cask I would have expected more - still sprightly sparse despite the age
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
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
warming, pricklend, bitter, woody, spicy, fruity