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Glenfarclas 1989

Overall rating
90.57/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB97690
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Casks (Release Sp17)
Vintage
1989
Bottled
24.01.2017
Calculated age
27 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
4080
Number of bottles
308
Strength
43.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Jun 2017 5:47 pm by Schmausel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 254.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glenfarclas 1989

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.57 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very elegant, yet an intense and spicy sherry aroma that rises immediately in the nose. Strongly cooked sweet marmalade, towards strawberry and cherry and an intense fruit acid in the form of an orange. Plums with bitter almond and marzipan also come to my mind. In general, I also find in this Glenfarclas the association of Pulmoll - intense cherry meets pleasant mint / menthol. Alcohol is very well integrated in the nose and not noticeable. The oak makes itself felt in parallel in the form of fruit tea, lots of orange blossom, jasmine tea, lovage, orange peel and vanilla. After some time, some unburned tobacco, walnut and toasty aromas are more intense. The drop always keeps the balance between spice, acidity and sweetness. Nevertheless, the intense interplay of vinous acidity and intense spice is an absolute highlight for me. The drop is incredibly complex and the flavors are very interwoven. He drives me always a grin in the face.

    Taste: Fruity and slightly sweet at the first moment and reminds me a little of sour cherry, plums, oranges with Christmas spices and nutmeg. Really soft, oily and slightly tingling on the palate. However, this impression changes relatively quickly and the drop shows its second face: Great old sherry aroma and I associate old leather couch, roasted flavors, walnuts and tobacco and rather less the fruit that was found in the nose. The finish is more herbal tart but also with some dark chocolate, a lot of mint, green tea, a lot of orange peel and something just chewed cherries, which has already been transported to the stomach. The finish is relatively long and is accompanied by a residual fruit and a relatively large amount of woody flavors that make me wonder if perhaps rotten sherry wood could taste. This finish is felt eternal but not bitter. Elegant yet well present.

    Conclusion: a really wonderful piglet. Incredibly complex, which despite its only 43.6% vol. delivers an incredible flare of aromas, but with a little less bang than other bottlings with more alcohol. Interesting is also the fact that only 308 bottles came out of a refill Sherry Butt. The Malt has certainly had plenty of room to breathe, the Angels Share seems to have been surprisingly strong. It did not detract from the aroma, an extraordinarily good drop!
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  2. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose: At first rotten peaches, plumes, baked apples and fresh apples. 30 minutes later it gets fresher, the green apples take over, more peaches. Some spices, some pepper. Mashed potatoes. The age is now recognizeable.
    Mouth: Quite disappointing. The loss of alc % is noticeable, it feels thin, watery. I can't figure much out of it. Some red fruits, plum-marmalade.
    Finish: Burns a little now, hint of bitterness. Medium long. Leaves a foul aftertaste, ashes, dry mouth. Anesthetic, numbing feeling in the throat and mouth, which feels actually nice. The cold cigarette-smoke stays in the mouth very long.

    Conclusion: I really dislike this one, and at it's price even more. The nose is interesting, but already here the volume was missing. The mouth is really weak, probably also because of the weak alc%. I can't really follow the high ratings. I will give it a second chance, but so far I can only rate it with 83 points.

    Addition: Tried it two more times and can't really add much.

  3. JürgenWhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  4. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    that's something else - not such a 0815 berry smoothie Langeweile FC - has something - delicious, exciting, especially, more than 150-180 ¬ I would not spend anyway.
    • Nose
      Old, sweet, subtle red fruit with a beautiful dry and creamy oak over spices (thyme, bay leaf, olive leaves, mugwort, mint), tobacco and leather, a hint of cough drops, rotten wood, licorice
    • Taste
      Cherry jam, leather, tobacco, spicy creamy dry oak - very own profile - which reminds me rather of good old Bunnas, than a Glenfarclas - rather spicy and chocolaty than fruity - but the fruits come through again and again - be through mint and cinnamon-sweet Aryuveda Tea replaced. With the second sip somehow musty - like chocolate Santa Claus you forgot a year in the cupboard - to sweetish wood dust from rotten bars,
    • Finish
      mild - somewhat weak - slightly dry but still oily - fine mild notes - medium long

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Muted fruit aromas dominate the nose, the taste is dominated by tart fruit and wood notes. Every Family Cask has its own personal character, this FC maintains the balance between fruit and wood.

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Dark amber rests in the Premium Snifter, an oily and syrupy streak sticks to the glass wall. Dark fruits emerge when steamed, hazelnuts and raisins play with apricots and oranges, caramelized sugar and a hint of toffee emerge. There are minimal hints of grapefruit and sour cherries, a subtle leather aroma mixes with the crumbs of dried tobacco leaves, nuances of chocolate and cinnamon follow, a touch of fresh mint is discreetly in the background. Slightly dry wood tones mix with a bouquet of meadow herbs, cocoa and milk chocolate are sweet on the nose.
    • Taste
      The Glenfarclas flows mildly and slightly tart through the mouth, sour cherries and currants mix with strawberries and creamy caramel. The spiciness tickles the tongue minimally before spicy wooden elements spread warming over the palate. The second sip flows flat over the tongue, briefly spicy wood and abrasion from orange and grapefruit peels, caramel and hazelnuts merge with mentholic freshness and old herbs to a bitter and spicy melange on the palate. Hints of sour cherries and red berries end in drier wood tones.
    • Finish
      The minimal sharpness still tickles the tip of the tongue, spicy and tart wood tones warm the palate, mint and citrus fruits refresh the palate. Caramel and hazelnuts end in dark wood tones with subtle hints of resin and fir branches. The aftertaste is long-lasting and voluminous, with a touch of furniture polish and roasted hazelnuts the aftertaste fades away.

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Immediately after pouring, a strong, slightly bitter barrel taste dominates, which changes into a wonderful full and creamy sherry whisky after about 10 minutes. Top fabric!
    • Nose
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    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  8. mothers_finest scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose a bit sprightly, a bit like a grappa matured in the wood. Tangerines, oranges, a little brown sugar, a bit of wood or polish .. but in a rather monotonous direction. I'm having a hard time with fruits; a little mandarin yes, but then only slightly musty oak and a little bit of leather. It even pokes a bit in the nose, although the ABV is actually quite soft ...
    No; does not blow my nose ...
    Reminds me a bit of the 25 he. Then the first sip: Slightly bitter on the palate, quite spicy, tangerine skin, blood orange ... Now when I shred again I have minimal vanilla. The sweetness goes towards brown sugar. To really go out and do nothing for me; that confirms my 25er comparison accordingly; only spicy and more bitterness, probably oak flavor.
    So despite the dark color - it's not a sherry bomb.
    Ok on the label, refill Sherry Butt .. - Yes, it fits! I assume that the keg was not "just" used for finishing. The principle is synonymous nothing to complain about, but at the price, I prefer then to 25OA.

    Conclusion: emergency mine.
    For me (unfortunately) a boring. A little tangerine, bitterness on the palate, spicy but no dark spice / acidity but rather towards caraway going ... All in all too orange-rich and 'bitter'.

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I don't think that's bad. For me, however, not necessarily a family cask, which I definitely have to try again.
    • Nose
      Red fruit jelly with kirsch. Baked apple. Bergamot and orange oil. Herbs and spices. Tobacco and leather. It also has a certain freshness like eucalyptus. Forest floor.
    • Taste
      Red grape juice. Red currants. Leather and tobacco again. Musty wine cellar. Also old bookshelf. A very brief hint of incense. Then comes the wood.
    • Finish
      Grape peel. Dark chocolate. Roasted nuts.

  10. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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