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Glenfarclas 1988

Overall rating
89.53/100
votes
116
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Christmas Edition
Vintage
23.12.1988
Bottled
11.2016
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Casknumber
7145 , 7146 , 7306
Number of bottles
1200
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 11 11 16 3 12:46 BB
Barcode
5018066160205
Added on
25 May 2017 6:49 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 148,36

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116 × member ratings

295 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1988

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.53 points

  1. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Another great Christmas expression by Glenfarclas but a strange one. Don't get me wrong. The nose is great but far away from a classic Glenfaclas (like some 30y old versions). But there is a great taste. In fact this one is taste wise older than 27y. If you go for the sherry Glenfarclas monsters this is the wrong one. If you go for a great Glenfarclas beyond the sherry this is the one to go for.Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10 
    • Nose
      Herbs, wild honey, gin flavour (some agave), really reserved sherry, some mint, fruits way in the back. The nose really takes a lot of time to reveal the Glenfarclas behind this malt.
    • Taste
      There you go. Now we are talking Glenfarclas. Overripe fruits (oranges, berries, plums), old sherry, overripe apples, some tropical notes, caramel and toffee. Great texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Milk chocolate, fruity leather, oak.

  2. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: very interesting! Sour cherry and mint come to my mind first what reminds me of some old piglets, Pulmoll candies. After some time, orange peel and apricot pits emerge. In addition, the drop can hide in any way its tart acidic vegetable oak flavors. He does not need it either. Fit perfectly into the overall picture. The mint note is getting stronger and reminds me more and more of a bubble gum. But the sour cherry flashes again and again and does not allow one-sided flavor development. After a longer life, the flavors change: Orange prevails, especially in the form of an orange blossom (green tea / jasmine tea fits in the association), but also strawberry and a subtle vanilla are felt. The oak also shows a tart but pleasant side, otherwise I can not describe it. I also associate red currant fruits. Bitter almonds as already mentioned by the apricot kernels are also present in the aroma spectrum. A very complex nose that never gets boring.
    Taste: Sweetish, subtle vanilla, soft and pleasantly tingling / sour in the mouth. A wide range of subtle bitter substances spreads on the tongue and is constantly accompanied by a strong mint note. The woody aromas go in a more vegetable direction and are accompanied by orange peel and a pleasant fruit acid. The mouth feels cooled by the alcohol and strengthens the mint association again. In the finish, the sweet mint, a hint of vanilla, cocoa and a hint of orange remain. Barely really getting bitter, but still long on the finish with a slightly occupied tongue and a long-lasting cooling effect.
    Conclusion: The contrast between nose and palate is already relatively large, overlaps are still found. I like it very much and it is so different than I imagined this Christmas Malt.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. fradin11 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The extremely fruity nose makes me hope for a fruit bomb flavor, but rather dominate the tart wood and nut aromas paired with this dominant minty freshness. The taste of Glenfarclas is not bad, just different than expected. An interesting and delicious malt.
    • Nose
      Sweet apricot and peach aromas stand out right after pouring into the glass. Sour cherries and fruity oranges mix with sweet vanilla, a stalk of fresh mint falls into the fruit juice. Slowly, however, the nose appears more acidic, which is very interesting in this case. Sweet fruit aromas and tart sour notes play together, while a hint of fresh mint is a fine contrast. A little caramel and milk chocolate, then again the sweet and tart fruit mix, almost pure fruit salad.
    • Taste
      Acidic and almost sour, the first sip flows through the palate. Spicy notes of oak and orange peel are now dominating the taste, slowly creating an incredibly minty freshness while a subtle pinch of pepper and salt is distributed on the tongue. The pleasant sharpness burns and tingles on the tongue, the mint and a hint of eucalyptus produce a fresh and clear mouthfeel. The spicy oak tones harmonize very well with the sour fruits and the fresh note. A touch of fresh and unripe walnuts sticks to the palate while the taste passes with an incredible freshness in the finish.
    • Finish
      Tart walnut flavors and dry oak tones start the finish. The sour fruit flavors are still in the mouth. Foliage, walnuts and a hint of milk chocolate leave an earthy mouthfeel. The fresh mint lies discreetly in the background all the time and flares up again at the end of the departure. For a long time, the tart and sour aromas resound.

  6. Whisky-Tester scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. wbarchive_465063 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    It's getting more and more interesting with Glenfarclas. Nice to see that it does not always have to be overloaded sherry soup but sometimes it works differently. These slightly lighter piglets as well as Edition No. 20 and 21 and also this one can score with their age, the oak and the fine fruits. I like it very much
    PS The 1991 Christmas, however, can not really convince me unlike this one.

    At the second tasting much more time to breathe and played a bit with water. Wonderful!!! This is just great what Glenfarclas has filled here. I ordered two bottles right after that. That's enough for the next years
    • Nose
      Wood, some fruits, old and quiet .... Fruits are coming after some time more and more. Peach, apricots, strawberries and mango
    • Taste
      Full on, strong, spicy. Now the oak and fruits again. Complex and complex. Age is definitely noticeable. Very well balanced and the 46% are perfectly chosen.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Nice that he pulls out. Not bitter but noticeable oak. Nice fruity.

  8. dRambo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Blind I would not have typed here on a Glenfarclas - so much wood, chocolate, little fruit - I do not know - but tells me - if the price for me, I know only after a few drams
    • Nose
      Freshly poured into the glass - (from a sample which was freshly sampled and hardly got any air after uncorking) first raises herbal tart oak with herbs and a resin note, unusually dry and woody, almost a bit biting for a Glenfarclas - fruitiness is hardly too Find Covered for one hour, the Snifter fills with subtle fruit and noticeable sherry sweetness, vanilla, fragrant harmonious slightly resinous oak, rather restrained but beautiful aromas, elegant age, strawberries, cherries, and mint, dark berries rather than backdrop in the background, tobacco and light chocolate hints, hidden but important for the harmony - Oranges - the longer it stands - the more oranges the red fruits replace - I like it very much Orange-mint-oak, old yummy sweet oak
    • Taste
      Sweet and mild oak slowly unfold in the mouth, I feel how the fine complex bitterness of the tongue work up, it feels rather cool from the mint than warmed by the barely noticeable 46% alcohol, in addition comes a vegetable sharpness as ginger It tastes more reminiscent of tree juice, grapefruit peel, harsh plant extract, the sweetness gives way to the increasingly intense woody aromas, a light fruity acidity resonates, the nose before the next sip looks sweeter in contrast to the oak-laden mouth, the vanilla even more inviting, such a I rarely had a contrast between nose and palate, my mouth is completely dry from the oak, my tongue sticks to the palate, if you want to get rid of it you just have to take a nose - because it gets more and more seductive
    • Finish
      sweet, oak, pepper, chocolate, hazelnuts, mint, baking cocoa at the very end - saliva flow that does not reverse this astringent power - not in an unpleasant way like immature kakis, but impressive - my mouth is almost a little deaf.

  9. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice, complex nose. Sweet and nutty. Strong, spicy taste, slightly artificial sweetness. Ordinary barrel, no bitterness.
    Long, flowery sweet finish
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Sidney87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

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