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Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Matt2 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:37 pm

Welcome to the Glenfarclas Live Forum Tasting.

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  • Friday 20th March 7:00pm GMT - Sunday 22nd March

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby matthew2512 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:10 am

I think i am a bit early but im here now so i may as well kick things off with a Glenfarclas 25 year old.
n. sweet, woody, fresh herbs and sherry
p. Big and creamy with fruity notes and quite a lot of oak
f. spicey and smokey
I like this whisky but i was expecting more from it after the 21 year old.
I will try get on later tonight and do some (more detailed) tasting notes on the 1994 Family Cask.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:24 pm

Won't be on till tomorrow night but have half a dozen lined up.....
1987 Quarter Casks (O.B.)
15yo (O.B.)
21yo (O.B.)
1.101 SMWS 25yo
1.129 SMWS 40yo
1.131 SMWS 40yo
Till then !

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby rthomson » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:05 am

I have the SMWS 1.139, a 14yo single cask Glenfarclas. It pours at 55.4% ABV. The nose truly does have indications of kid's treats like HoHo's or Ring Dings; that is, chocolate, bready treats with a cheap cream filling. But still, those memories are very pleasant. It's not as distinctive on the palate as on the nose with some sweetness and oakiness coming through. Overall, a low-key, pleasant dram. Not a life-changing one but it's solid and fully enjoyable.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:49 pm

I'll just have one to taste tonight since I'm still trying to cut my open bottle count, but the one is a dandy! Glenfarclas 31yo 1974, 57.4% alc/vol.


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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:13 pm

Good Evening everyone , starting Early as i've got a Film to watch later ( The last James Bond....) . Got off to a bad start as the Cork snapped on the first bottle but managed to get it out !

Expression - Glenfarclas 15yo
Age - 15yo
ABV - 46%
Colour - Pale Amber
Nose - Touch Oak , Vanilla and Orange Essence .
Palate - Sweet , nice sherry balance , Spices , Really Dark Marmalade .
Finish - Long , Orange Marmalade and spices .
Comments - A really nice , balanced Glenfarclas . Not overly Sherried , a perfect Speysider !

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:29 pm

Expression - Glenfarclas 21yo
Age - 21yo
ABV - 43%
Colour - Burnished Copper
Nose - More Heavily Sherried than the 15yo , Vanilla , Butterscotch and Bananas . there also seems to be a very small hint of peat . A much better nose than the 15yo .
Palate - Dry on the palate , again lots of spices , a touch of smokiness (Cigar Smoke) . After a while it becomes more Christmas Cakey .
Finish - Seems not as long as the 15yo , orange essence and dried fruits .
Comments - Another Well balanced and rounded Glenfarclas , definitely prefer my farclas at an older age . Very close between this and the 15yo but i think the nose on this one makes it the winner !
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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:11 pm

Expression - Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks"
Year - 1987
Age - 19yo ?
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - Quarter Casks 3704 - 3707 and Quarter Casks 3859-3860 / 520 of 1299
Colour - Deep Amber / Light Mahogany
Nose - Really intense Sherry on the nose (The QC's ?) , A touch of smoke , bags of the traditional Christmas Cake .
Palate - Again Intense Sherry , orange Marmalade , spices and dried Fruits/ cake mix .
Finish - Long , dry sherry .
Comments - Quarter Casks 3704 - 3707 Distilled 3rd July 1987 , Quarter Casks 3859-3860 Distilled 11th Sept 1987 . Bottled April 2006 . For the German Market . The Nose is better than the palate but this one isn't as balanced as the standard releases .

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:33 pm

Expression - SMWS 1.101
Year - 1977
Age - 25yo
ABV - 52.1%
Cask / Bottle No. - Refill Hogshead /
Colour - Light Amber
Nose - Very Fruity , Peaches , spices ,
Palate - Very Complex , very dry , Dried Fruits , Glace Cherries , Orange .
Finish - Long , dry and Spicy .
Comments - Distilled May 1977 . A very good Farclas , not as good as the older stuff though......

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:58 pm

Expression - SMWS 1.129
Year - 1965
Age - 40yo
ABV - 55.1%
Colour - Pale Amber
Nose - Very Bourbonish , Vanilla , fudge .
Palate - Hot and peppery , touch wood and Vanilla .
Finish - Long , Spicy , condensed Vanilla .
Comments - Distilled March 1965 , Bottled Sept 2005 . Another Cracking old Farclas from the Society .

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:11 pm

Expression - SMWS 1.131
Year - 1965
Age - 40yo
ABV - 53.9%
Cask / Bottle No. - Refill Hogshead / 1 of 152
Colour - Autumn Gold
Nose - Loads of Vanilla , Oak , Butterscotch ,
Palate - Really Smooth , hot , white pepper , incredibly Bourbonish and oily .
Finish - Long , Warming and smooth .
Comments - Distilled March 1965 , Bottled Dec 2005 . Another Incredible old Farclas Better imo than the 1.129 , the Society certainly came up trumps with these casks .

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:29 pm

they are Rich , Outstanding Casks , i've had a few from 1965 spread over various ages , none have disappointed ! BTW i've only ever had one really bad (Society but also includes O.B. ) Farclas .

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:18 pm

Hi folks

I had problems logging on tonight - here are all my notes together. I've tried the 10 yo, the Quarter Cask 1987 (thanks Treacle Sponge) and the 105.

Glenfarclas 10 yo 40% abv

Glass - Glencairn

Nose - Off! Thin, chemicals, nail polish, varnish, partly redeemed (eventually) by a touch of sweetness (honey). Not at all promising!

Taste - As for the nose, very disappointing (though not a surprise)

Finish - Short to medium

Comment - Life goes on, time for some oatcakes and a fresh start.

Glenfarclas Quarter Cask 1987 bottled 2006 46% - many thanks to TS

Glass - Highland Park distillery nosing glass

Nose - That's more like it! This one smells like bourbon. Gorgeous. Touch of orange marmalade and wood shavings. I could smell this all evening.

Taste - Superb, firm arrival, expected flavours (of orange and vanilla) are there, hangs together extremely well, integrated, complete

Finish = Medium, gentle, reassuring

Comment - Cheers TS, very grateful! Another bottle for the wish list. I could smell and drink this one all night.

Glenfarclas 105 60%abv

Nose - Gorgeous (again), real bourbon characteristics (orange marmalade, vanilla and spice), younger than the Quarter Cask above and hence more sprightly, remarkably gentle for its strength.

Taste - All you would expect, from the nose, is there in abundance. The mouthfeel is exquisite.

Finish - Pure indulgence! Close your eyes and go with the flow.

Comment - Until the bourbon tasting night, I didn't get this dram, now I really dig it. Both the Quarter Cask and the 105 are excellent (in my opinion)

Cheers
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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:27 pm

I agree. I'm all for expanding horizons.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Giovinetti » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:01 am

Rather sick yesterday but feeling a little better today. Afraid I won't be able to join in this weekend but will post the notes on the 2 'farlcas I have on deck later this week. I'm anxious to open the 15yo. After reading the notes it sounds like it could be right up my alley.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby TheTross » Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:01 pm

I have just the one Glenfarclas at home at the moment unfortunately, but I'll taste it in a bit and stick my notes in here.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:04 pm

Glenfarclas 1980 Christmas single highland malt 46% bottled 2006 port pipes cask no. 11062
n: starting with tobacco, cane sugar, it takes quiet some time to open up. finally after 10 minutes something starts to happen. oak, red fruits, creme brulee and finally christmas cake.
t: tobacco, oak(rather heavy), red wine, raisins
f: liquorice, anis, spicy like cinnamon, dry
c: gets better every sip. the dry tobaccco notes could be a little less.


This whisky makes me realise that the taste of anis and tobacco are similar.

Thanks to Bachess from http://www.whiskybase.com for this sample

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:18 pm

Glenfarclas 105 60%

N: Deep fruit cake, toffee notes, hint of oranges and ?apricots

T: Warms the mouth quickly because of the strength, layers of different fruits, hint of christmas cake, orange and spices.

F: medium length heart warming finish that leaves the fruit on the tongue for a good while.

I really like this as an entry level to the glenfarclas range a very worthwhile dram, especially is you like cask strength

8/10

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:32 pm

I still have the 15 and 10 to try and post notes on - gonna do that tomorrow. See you here Willie, what time will you be on? About 8 suits me.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby jimidrammer » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:37 pm

Anyone put the 15yo @46% abv side by side with the 17yo @43%abv? We only get the 17 in the U.S. and I believe the 15 is exclusive to the European market. Always wondered why that is and the differences.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:24 am

jimidrammer wrote:Anyone put the 15yo @46% abv side by side with the 17yo @43%abv? We only get the 17 in the U.S. and I believe the 15 is exclusive to the European market. Always wondered why that is and the differences.

I haven't tasted the 15yo and the 17yo side-by-side but I've tasted the 15yo along with the 21, 25, 30 and 105 at a master class at Glenfarclas last year. The 15yo was quite good but the 30yo (another one we don't get here) was magnificent and surprisingly not as woody as the 25yo!

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:36 am

My one and only (open) Glenfarclas.

Glenfarclas 31yo 1974 OB 57.4% ABV

No water
Color: Deep Mahogany
Nose: Spicy Christmas cake, Baking chocolate, slight whiffs of smoke
Palate: Creamy spicy and sweet, sherry-soaked cherry-filled chocolates
Finish: Long and drying, late pangs of smoke
Can you say cracker?!! :P


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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:51 am

Now with a little added spring water

Nose; Water adds a flower bouquet and loads of smoke
Palate: Still quite creamy but not as sweet, spicy and even some slight peatiness
Finish: Creamy swallow and a long spicy sweet finish smoky till the end.
:P :P


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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:48 pm

mikeymad wrote:
Wave wrote:My one and only (open) Glenfarclas.

Glenfarclas 31yo 1974 OB 57.4% ABV

Can you say cracker?!!
Cheers!


Mikey want.... :?

Cheers,

Here ya go m8! Glenfarclas 31yo 1974

Cheers and bon appetite! 8)

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:34 pm

Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask 17 YO Cask 11721 60%

N: Enormous sherry, toffee, creamy, deep fruit, wine grape

T: First sherry, deep fruit cake, toffee, light almonds, vanilla

F: Enormous finish, rich dark chocolate, high cocoa content, creamy sherry keeps on coming and coming and coming.

If you like sherried whiskies from Glenfarclas then this is an excellent cask to try.

8.7/10
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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask 28 YO Cask 146 52.8%

N: Light, zesty, pomegranate, estery

T: light fruit, banana, pear drops, strawberry pudding

F: Very long finish, releases a whole floral boquet of fruits, more pear, banana. Fabulous.

This is one of the few family casks that has not been matured in a sherry butt. Such a difference from most of the others in the series and different from a usual Glenfarclas. I really enjoyed this one.

9/10

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:58 pm

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask (II) 56.5% Cask 3185 38 YO

N: Immense sherry, absolutely huge, fruit cake, marzipan, more fruit cake, glace cherries.

T: Light sherry to start, fruit, more deep sherry fullness now, warming the whole mouth, sweet demarera sugar, almonds?

F: Long, sherry, lightly burnt chocolate, then huge sherry, lasts forever.

Rich mahogany in colour and the sherry in this is huge, all the different parts of a christmas cake in here, amazing.

9.1/10

Hi Willie, Good to see you, am looking forward to your notes.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:18 pm

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask 52.5% Cask 816 48 YO

N: Deep sherry, rich christmas pudding, fruit cake marzipan, richer and fuller than the 69.

T: Christmas sherry, chocolate, sherry comes again, marzipan, more glaced cherries, fruit then subtley comes to the front

F: Probably the longest I have ever experienced, rich sherry, intensely long, fruti cake, christmas pudding, just goes on and on.

The Oldest whisky I have tried and it is worth every year in the cask. Bloody superb! The flavours and there intensity just hit you like a train. Then more sublte notes come through, and the finsh - well I think I'll still be able to taste this at Christmas :thumbsup:

9.6/10

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:24 pm

I really think that you do get the sense of the aging - apart from the 1979 which is non sherry but still a cracker

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:36 pm

Glenfarclas 105 40YO 60%

N: Deep sherry, toffee, caramel

T: Sherry, fruit cake, christmas pudding, light fruits, chocolate

F: Huge, long, mouth hugging, sherry goes on and on, Everything that represents Glenfarclas is in this bottle.

An amazing achievement to bottle a 40YO at 60%. This was a marriage of two casks resulting in 893 bottles. This is a fantastic representation of Glenfarclas, however, if given the choice between this and the 1959 family cask I would chose the latter - only just though.

9.5/10

Great notes Willie :thumbsup:

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:18 pm

I still need to add my notes here. :oops:
This past weekend was very busy for me, but I'll work on doing them this week.

I only have 2 expressions of Glenfarclas at home, the 12yo OB and SMWS 1.139 14yo, 55.4%.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:57 pm

I'm finally finding myself with a few minutes to post my notes on the two Glenfarclas expressions I tried last week.

Glenfarclas 12yo OB

Glass: SMWS

Nose: Light and fruity with some honey

Palate: Light oranges, more honey, and a nice mix of sweet spices.

Finish: Long and tasty, fruity sugars with a hint of oak.

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby TheTross » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:13 pm

TheTross wrote:I have just the one Glenfarclas at home at the moment unfortunately, but I'll taste it in a bit and stick my notes in here.


Still not got round to doing this :oops:

Will definitely do it sometime this week!

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Re: Glenfarclas - 20 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ryguy » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:47 pm

Glenfarclas 14yo ( SMWS #1.139, 55.4% )

Glass: SMWS

Nose: Honey, sweet fruits and some spices

Palate: Starts sweet with dark chocolate, then becomes dry with wood notes and light fruits.

Finish: Very long and satisfying, mixed with bitter oragne peels and brown sugars.

Another great Society cask! :D :D


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