Glenfarclas 1986

Overall rating
90.93/100
votes
98
Whiskybase ID
WB97097
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp17)
Vintage
1986
Bottled
24.01.2017
Calculated age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3447
Number of bottles
546
Strength
52.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 jun 2017 10:03 am by Schmausel

Average value

€ 755.30

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98 × member ratings

155 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenfarclas 1986

25 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.93 points.

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This Family Cask seems relatively restrained and closed. The filigree interwoven aromas rarely show their intense side, otherwise this bottling is extremely mild and gentle. Meekly, this old Glenfarclas invites you to sip by sip. A great bottling, I like it very much!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Creamy, medium-bright amber rests in the glass while velvety roasted aromas and hazelnuts powerfully lift from the glass. In raisins inlaid raisins play with delicate hazelnut flavors, the nose is currently relatively closed and restrained. Tart apricots and almonds come to light after a few minutes, slightly floral hints ending in a minimal hint of tobacco and meadow herbs. The alcohol is wonderfully mildly integrated, mirabelle plums and quinces show up for a moment, a touch of vanilla scurries past. Subtle sweetness and minimal fruit flavors play more mediocre, the nose is and remains restrained.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy, the first sip flows over the tongue. Vanilla and caramel melt together before discreet wooden sharpness settles on the tongue. Hazelnuts and yellow fruits reappear, with milk chocolate and creamy toffee coming through. Raisins and a few drops of Rumtopf are soon again lightly peppered with peppery spiciness, cocoa powder and beeswax come into their own. A hint of citrus and fresh menthol stimulate the salivation, hazelnuts and old walnuts blur taste and aftertaste.
    • Finish
      A nut mixture sticks to the palate, creamy fruit flavors and sweet milk chocolate swim under the tongue. Apricots and zests of orange peel give a sweet, tart contrast, spicy wood tones end in tart and slightly dry wood elements. The aftertaste sounds relatively quick and leaves tart fruit and wood flavors paired with sweet whole milk and toffee.

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  3. MLE scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Funtik scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    23 23 22 23

  5. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A refined yet intense family casks. It has the expected dark sweetness, but has a balancing fresh minty/herbal freshness to it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rather subtle but very refined after a while in the glass: candied orange, peppermint, chocolate, a bit earthy (hessian?) and even some bacon.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Intense with a sursprising freshness: milk chocolate, peppermint, citrus fruits and cherry. On the background is that typical Glenfarclas earthiness, and also a bit of mineral saltiness.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, with waves of mint chocolate, coffee, raisins, cherries, vanilla and orange oil. Has a drying herbal quality.

  6. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    In short, the W-words are: wax, spice, incense - wow!
    Awesome, the candied figs, the date biscuits and the dark-baked apricot tart.
    Great malt, but it would not have been worth it to me at the issue price called. Still great malt.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wild Pate

    The Family Casks of Glenfarclas enjoy much esteem. This bottle, for example, will set you back some 500 EUR. Not cheap by any means, but you do get a 30 years old sherry matured malt. Will you look at that color… Let’s go!

    Subtle yet wonderfully perfumed nose on earthy notes and chamomile tea, wild heathery flowers and salted caramel. Autumn leaves, bark of an old oak and pine cones. Wild pate (What? Yup!) with berry jam. Then some dark and sweet fruit like plums and fresh fig, but also apricots, mango and strawberries. Some hessian and cough candy. Pencil shavings. Very aromatic and simply marvelous.

    Soft and oily on the palate, almost creamy, with immediately some cloves and a hint of cinnamon, black pepper and some camphor. The fruit returns en masse: raisins, figs, mango, upholstered by salted caramel and origin chocolate. Syrupy, even. But the fruit bows to the spices.

    The finish is impressively long, dark, sweet and mildly drying. The tannins now really let themselves be felt, while cough syrup and some nuts announce the death.

    This is the kind of whisky that I will easily bend the knee for. Well, as 25th encounter with this wonderful Speysider, I have nothing to complain about. This is divine. And very good with… err… wild pate! Thanks for the sample, Manny!

  9. pg_deep did not rate this whisky Newbie

  10. Andreas W. scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  11. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      While I suspected a heavy sherry nose I'm getting a more mild and sophisticated nose. Some classic sherry notes like raisins, apricots and plums but also a clear hint of milk chocolate. Even some herbal notes and some toffee.
    • Taste
      The alcohol is really well integrated and not harsh at all. A lot of sherry notes, a wonderfull palate of raisins, figs, plums and milk chocolate with haselnuts. Even some vanilla and toffee coming trough. Tastes like a nutty candy bar woth chocolate (milka, ritter). A slightly spicy touch with white pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium long with a quite nutty finish. The taste of chocolate and red fruits fades away faster then the nutty flavours. Some leather on the dying finish as well

  12. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    Allow to air in the glass for about 20 - 30 minutes.
    Beautiful "old" Sherrynase. Sweet raisins, old leather, apricot jam, some beeswax, fine oak chips, and spicy notes, which I can not specify.
    Very well integrated alcohol, nothing stings in the nose.

    Mouth:
    Strong, fine, creamy on the go. Then the sherry notes come out again, dark chocolate and cocoa, with dark pepper on the tongue towards the end. Oak spice.

    Finish:
    Medium to long. Dark chocolate, getting dry, again apricot jam, strong spiciness, strong cocoa, for the age of 30 years, only a few bitterness.

    Comment:
    Class malt, intense and multi-layered Family Cask. Despite the age, not killed by the wood.
    90 p.

    Nice to have a sample of it. For a large bottle is still missing the very last "kick" to justify the price of well over 400 euros (as of Feb. 2019).

  13. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Class Malt, intense and multi-layered Family Cask. Despite the age not killed by the wood.
    Nice to have a sample of it. For a large bottle is still missing the very last "kick" to justify the price of well over 400 euros (as of Feb. 2019).
    • Nose
      91 91
      Approximately Allow to air in the glass for 20 - 30 minutes. Beautiful "old" Sherrynase. Sweet raisins, old leather, apricot jam, some beeswax, fine oak chips, and spicy notes, which I can not specify. Very well integrated alcohol, nothing stings in the nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, fine, creamy on the go. Then the sherry notes come out again, dark chocolate and cocoa, with dark pepper on the tongue towards the end. Oak spice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long. Dark chocolate, getting dry, again apricot jam, strong spiciness, strong cocoa, for the age of 30 years, only a few bitterness.

  14. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      It is good to allow the drop a little time in the glass, because it is initially restrained. After about 30 minutes airing and a few drops of water reward your nose but all the more! Old leather jacket, tobacco and rumrosines attack in a wonderful way immediately the nose, no trace of alcohol, to thyme, some balsamic, cloves, wax, almonds and marzipan. Hidden in the background also apricot jam and a little orange oil! Very pleasant!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, sweet and spicy, lots of milk chocolate, nutmeg, Werther's real, chocolate pudding with cream, raisins, roasted almonds, white pepper, gingerbread spice and orange marmalade
    • Finish
      89 89
      Drying, the wort now takes over the command, the leather jacket comes back, to bitter chocolate, orange marmalade and nutmeg, medium

  17. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat restrained in the nose, yet sherry easily recognizable, well integrated, light herbs. Soft, pleasant and sweetish herbs in the mouth, the alcohol is well integrated, for 52.8% but rather in the background. There is a lack of intensity in the mouth. Departure is medium in length and delicious, but also here the intensity is missing. Still a very good whisky. Unfortunately, something's missing - 90 KHP
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    not a bad whisky - has its nice sides - somehow I'm not enough there to justify the price between 300-400 € - neither in the nose nor on the palate - nice max 170 € whisky for me and you have to really believe wood I - I like him.
    probably my last batch of 25er OA was just too good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very shy without water, slightly waxy, very delicate sherry aromas
      with a few drops of water he opens something, heat pushes something else,
      Nutty, waxy, unsweetened marzipan, licorice, charming sweet wood dust with sherry notes, creamy and softly wrapped, is becoming increasingly intense, always Nasenschmeichelnder, grape seeds, grape stalks,
    • Taste
      90 90
      astringent to slightly dry, beautiful creamy oak occupies the tongue wraps it in liquid oak of a rather bright kind. RefillRefillRefill Style - subtle fruit, milk coffee dusted with cream and cocoa, raisins, dates, mint, very interesting cascades of wood flavors
    • Finish
      90 90
      warm, oily, chocolate with wood flakes, dense, lively, even more oak - mouth-filling - no lack of notes, very spicy

  20. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A good bottling with rather subdued, clean sherry. Overall, but not 100% convincing, it lacks a bit of complexity and the spicy spices are a bit too dominant.

    Water does not help much.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Geraniums and pine needles and earthy tones float over a bit of mango, old apricot jam, prunes and raisins. Honey. Fine spicy notes and a fine floral note (lilac). Pencil.
      The sherry is quite discreet (which also suggests the relatively bright color).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Starts shortly round and mild and also fruity. Then come quickly spicy spices (cloves, cinnamon) and some furniture polish high, behind it is also a somewhat dull fruitiness. But the primary thing is the spices that speak. Adds fullness and power.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Begins fruity and then changes more and more to the (spicy) side. Medium length, very dry and slightly bitter.

  22. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Part of 15 dram GF challenge a very good friend set up for me.

    One of only 5 drams scoring 90+ with me.

    Especially loved the mouthfeel of the dram - details described well by HS305.

    Thank you for the challenge!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] After a fine undisclosed 'farclas from 1975 (WB id 95372) that I scored 92 points I am curious if this ten years younger "official" dram is of a comparable quality. It should be, because it was released in the name of the family...

    ..and it is a very good but not extraordinary cask. It offers an adorable delicious taste but owns a significant weaker nose and finish (nevertheless still on a very high level, no doubt). I like it, but I prefer other vintages of this release over this one (not least because of the price-quality ratio)...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is mahogany and the nose offers a fine but rather shy sherry profile that is driven by herbal, spicy and nutty aromas. Later some fruits and chocolatey notes appear while the nuts vanish. A delicate mix but I had better 'farclas noses already. Nonetheless on a high level, for sure.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is layered on a delicious combo of sherry-induced and malt-driven flavours in a balanced setting. After some chewing great notes of both milk and dark chocolate enter the stage and stay there until the finish. The spices come lately but powerful and the fruits are somehow the last that dare to enter the spotlight. This is a great movie on my taste buds, I like it much better than the nose. Water is not needed as it does not add any significant new impression.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives a little hot in the mouth with a slight peppery feeling that coats the upper part of it. The finish is long and adds more wooden notes with a minor bitter-drying touch. It is not bad, actually - but it disturbs somewhat the great impression of the taste. Again, this is criticism on a very high level but it is as it is.

  26. el Gato scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  27. el Gato scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity. Earthly again. Mint, Orange jam. A bit oaky. Cinnamon, Christmas cake. A bit malty
    • Taste
      Quite thick and creamy. Nutty. Apricots. Sweet spices. Oranges jam, yes. Vanilla. 
    • Finish
      Quite long. Very pleasant. Nutty, Orange jam still here. Earthly. Lemon juice. Red berries.

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