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Glenfarclas 1977

Overall rating
90.98/100
votes
45
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp17)
Vintage
1977
Bottled
23.01.2017
Calculated age
39 years old
Casktype
4th-fill Hogshead
Casknumber
8204
Number of bottles
176
Strength
43.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5018066017776
Added on
09 Jun 2017 10:02 am by Schmausel
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 890.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1977

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.98 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] After I had an excellent 4th fill sherry butt from the Glenfarclas vintage 1987 yesterday (WB id 106037) that I scored 93 points I am curious if other Glenfarclas 4th fill casks are as good as well. So I try a sample of this even older 4th fill 'farclas from 1977 in a head-to-head comparison to yesterday's 1987. I am very curious…

    ...and my curiosity paid off! As I stated in my review of the 1987 it all depends on how long the previous three fillings matured and it seems as if they were significantly longer with the 1977 than with the 1987 - so the 1977's cask was more exhausted when they filled it the fourth time. Alternatively, the 1987 could be more powerful when they exported it from Spain (e.g., contained sherry in Spain for much longer than the 1977 cask). We will never know what is the reason for the differences between the two 4th fillings but what I know (for sure) is: The 1987 is worth its bucks while (as a drinker) I am not willing to pay more than 250 Euro for a bottle of the 1977 - unfortunately, no one will sell a bottle to me at this price so I stay with my sample that is fortunately large enough to have a second and third dram...

    PS: I re-tasted this dram about four weeks later and fully confirm my review and score. Maybe somewhat exhausted casks are the reason why they did not state "4th Fill Sherry Hogshead" on the label and it is surely not a bourbon hogshead (what they would have stated otherwise). I had the same observation with a leached "4th Fill Butt" from The Family Casks winter release (WB id 106039). At least this is a fair statement and obviously indicates rather shy whisky profiles of inactive casks so you can identify these….
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour of the 77 is one shade paler than that of the 87 despite it matured 10 years longer in the cask - so obviously the 77 cask was more leached. The nose of the 77 is all about a subtle old sherry profile with stronger malt aromas while the 87 offers a close-to-perfection balance of sherry-induced and malt-driven flavours. Do not get me wrong, the 77's nose is great and without any flaw but I like 87's nose better (by two points). It seems as if the cask of the 77 had less power to contribute over 40 years as the 87's cask did over 30 years.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The 77's taste is delicate and subtle on many delicious sherry and spirit-driven flavours in a fine setting. Again the malty flavours are stronger than the sherry-induced ones what support my thesis of a weaker cask. Nonetheless this taste is great and very tasty without any obvious fault. But again I like the more powerful and better balanced taste of the 87 better (two points again). To my taste buds the 87 is even more complex than the 77, e.g. it offers more delicate different chocolatey flavours (despite 10 years less of maturation time). Water is not needed on both drams.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The 77 arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a slight peppery feeling and a minor astringent moment (that is not distracting). The mouthfeel of 87 is again much better with an even stronger creaminess and no peppery or astringent moments whatsoever. The finish of the 77 is long and it adds more spicy flavours to the party that somewhat dominate the mix now. It ends with a minor drying and astringent feeling again (tannins). The finish of the 87 is better on all dimensions: It is longer, more balanced and complex and without any distracting moment - simply close to perfection. Here I rate the 87 even four points higher than the 77.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    An old and respectable family cask which impresses with its complex and elegant style. The nose is sweet and fruity, I could only "sell" this whisky. In terms of taste and aftertaste, dark and old wood tones in combination with old and dark fruit aromas, caramel and chocolate make this Glenfarclas creamy. Amazingly, today I have again noticed smokes and aromas of burned wood in a 40 year old Glenfarclas. Recently I had a Glenfarclas from 1966 in the glass and also perceived smoke and charred wood note. Another Family Cask that pulls me in his train and inspires! A great and venerable bottling, I am thrilled!
    • Nose
      Caramel and radiant amber shines in the glass, from the streaks sticking to the glass wall, sticky and syrupy drops slowly dissolve their tracks into the glass. Creamy toasty aromas and a hint of hazelnuts rise, initially a faint orange aroma becomes more intense and exudes an intense aroma seconds later. A mixture of freshly fruity oranges and old orange peel rubbed off with a hint of cinnamon and milk chocolate. Appearances of velvety peaches and creamy apricots are added, mirabelle plums and kiwi show up, a hint of tropical fruits and slightly caramelized sugar end in sweet forest honey and creamy toffee. Slowly the otherwise harmoniously integrated alcohol makes itself noticeable and tickles slightly in the nose. Miracelles, peaches and oranges dominate the intense fruit note, sweet caramel, forest honey and toffee are in the background, a hint of cinnamon and cocoa powder leave the nose creamy. Gorgeous, I could smell for hours on this fruity sweet and complex nose!
    • Taste
      After the massively stimulated saliva gave me his "Go", the first sip follows eagerly. Mild and creamy, the first sip flows over the tongue, subtle sweetness and gentle fruit aromas end in a hint of milk chocolate. Tart oak tones appear, the spicy wood note is intensified before a light tingling pleasant wooden sharpness over the tongue and the palate with a pinch of white pepper lining. The initial fruit flavors have almost completely receded, at the moment dominate only spicy and slightly tart wood tones in combination with dark caramel and lightly burnt sugar. Old and dark walnut aroma is powerful, creamy old and dark wooden elements rest on the tongue. Dark chocolate and freshly brewed espresso rise from the wooden aromas, dark orange aroma is added, a subtle aroma of smoke and charred pieces of wood comes to light.
    • Finish
      Tart and dark, the creamy wood tones on the palate rest, again the very subtle smoky notes and aromas of burned wood. The aftertaste is dominated by dry wood and walnuts at the beginning, hazelnuts mix with the old walnuts, the dark caramel blends with the scents of orange peel and old dried oranges. A touch of cinnamon and chocolate are still creamy in the background, the smoky wood aroma is also becoming more dominant. Chubby warmth dresses the palate, old walnuts turn into immature or green walnuts.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    ingenious nose, unfortunately he can not quite keep up with the palate
    • Nose
      94 94
      Plums, yellow cherries, lychees, yellow kiwi, toasted oak, wax and tree sap, almonds, vanilla and a whole bouquet of flowers, sweet and extremely tasty nose
    • Taste
      90 90
      direct mint, very fresh and slightly spicy, chili, pepper - not alcoholic, hidden orange aromas and fresh orange oil, dried fruit, moderately sweet with pleasant acidity - very waxy, creamy, pasty astringent
    • Finish
      90 90
      a bit bitter, slightly bitter, floral - the flower aromas and a touch of wax are quite delicious - but also quite fast away

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Do not expect this to set your world on fire but for a 4th fill  this really surprised me in a good way.
    • Nose
      A pleasant nose, sweet fudge, Turkish delight, a little raspberry, Bakewell tart, chopped almonds, a little blackberry, its nice just a little distant.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly creamy with some ginger and sweet chilli spice (just a hint), char sui pork, Turkish delight, candied sweets raspberry jelly the spice is quite pleasing
    • Finish
      Reasonable length, spicy to the finish

  5. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    And again, I have to bring the whisky so popular in Whisky Notes Bullshit Bingo into play. Such a good and easily drinkable Ü30-Malt is not yet come to me. In contrast to the 40-year Mini, this is not an "oak board", but an elegant fruit bomb.
    • Nose
      Very fruity-elegant, for me the apricot is in the foreground, but I also hear something more exotic like mango and kiwi. The whole is primed by fine, intense oak.
    • Taste
      The first impression is surprisingly light-fruity, the alcohol is barely noticeable. Ripe apricot, mango, then a little waxiness. Again, the oak comes into play and creates the venerable frame for the fruitiness, including elegant sherry notes.
    • Finish
      In the end, the oak becomes more intense as a strong staple for the sherry and the many, again and again showing fruits. A malt that can be dangled for a long time.

  6. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    2020.03.06
    • Nose
      Rather oaky than sherried. The oak complexity immediately reminds me of the Balblair 1991 (Bottled 2015), but a bit more fruity, a bit more complex. Very elegant, bitter complexity with an occasional sour tinge. With time a toasted type of maltiness comes forward. Very faint fruitiness with caramellised brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Beautiful oak with only a hint of fruitiness, especially on the finish. The sherry is pretty much nonexistent here, but I mean in a good way. It is mainly about that toasted oaky complexity.
    • Finish
      Fruity

  8. Dris scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. kimmosuo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

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