Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength

105 proof was the old measure of alcohol content. The whiskey was mixed with gunpowder. Based on the explosive strength of the mixture, it was possible to calculate the alcohol content. The then named Glenfarclas 105 matured exclusively in sherry casks and was bottled with a strong 60% vol.

105 proof was the old measure of alcohol content. The whiskey was mixed with gunpowder. Based on the explosive strength of the mixture, it was possible to calculate the alcohol content. The then named Glenfarclas 105 matured exclusively in sherry casks and was bottled with a strong 60% vol.

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1004
Glenfarclas
Scotland, Speyside
Single Malt Whisky
60%
1 l
Original bottling
Sherry, Sherry, Sherry
Chill filtration - WithoutArtifical colouring - Without
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 9 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sherry:
Sweet:
Oak:
Pear:
Apple:
Caramel:
Spices:
Herb:
Alcohol:
Peat Smoke:
Chocolate:
Raisin:
Vanilla:
Malt:
Zitrus:
Dried Fruit:
Herbs:
Dark Chocolate:
Nuts:
Orange:
Berries:
Plum:
Wheat:
Heather:
Barley:
Chili:
Cinnamon:
Floral:
Green Apple:
Honey:
Mint:
Tobacco:
Maritime Notes:
Anise:
Banana:
Cherry:
Coffee:
Date:
Fig:
Grape:
Leather:
Lemon:
Melon:
Nutmeg:
Peach:
Salt:
Tasting
Sherry:
Oak:
Fruit:
Sweet:
Spices:
Nuts:
Herb:
Malt:
Oil:
Pepper:
Peat Smoke:
Alcohol:
Chocolate:
Dark Chocolate:
Leather:
Apple:
Caramel:
Dried Fruit:
Pear:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Cherry:
Cinnamon:
Honey:
Raisin:
Tobacco:
Zitrus:
Berries:
Chili:
Heather:
Orange:
Plum:
Almonds:
Anise:
Banana:
Floral:
Grape:
Grapefruit:
Hazelnut:
Lemon:
Mint:
Nutmeg:
Peach:
Seaweed:
Maritime Notes:
Finish
Oak:
Spices:
Sweet:
Sherry:
Herb:
Nuts:
Oil:
Peat Smoke:
Fruit:
Alcohol:
Dark Chocolate:
Chocolate:
Malt:
Pepper:
Chili:
Leather:
Apple:
Dried Fruit:
Honey:
Pear:
Raisin:
Tobacco:
Vanilla:
Anise:
Caramel:
Cinnamon:
Coffee:
Orange:
Seaweed:
Zitrus:
Maritime Notes:

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Tasting Notes 9

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27. Jun 2016
Nosing:
OakAppleSweetVanillaCaramelSherryPear
Taste:
OakDark Chocolate
Finish:
Medium
Comment:
Nosing:
Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness
Taste:
Dry and assertive, develops quickly to reveal a rich spiciness, combined with a hint of oak and sherried fruit
Finish:
Amazingly smooth for the strength; wonderfully warming and with a lingering smokiness, yet very rounded
Nosing:
Oak, apples and pears with a pleasant sweetness.
Taste:
Dry, malty, slightly oily and oak. Strong sherry influence.
Finish:
Long, dry and with many different flavors.
Comment:
24. Jan 2020
Batch variation seems to be an issue in Glenfarclas 105, so let's give this 'bang for the buck malt' a proper re-review. Slightly aggressive, the nose starts off with fruity sweetness, strawberry yogurt, candy apple and alcohol. With water, the fruitiness intensifies, featuring peach, roasted nuts and hints of vinegar. After a bold and peppery arrival, this young beast becomes quite tasty. Chocolate, juicy berries and a touch of mint flow into a lingering finish, full of spices, bitter oranges and tiramisu. Calling this malt 'the poor man's A'bunadh' wouldn't do it justice!
RATING: 3.5/5.0 ≙ 84 pts
19. Jun 2016
Nosing: SherrySweetCaramelGreen ApplePearCinnamonRaisin
Very intense. Big time sherry nose. Initially Apples with cinnamon and raisin, reminds me of a Dutch apple tart. As it sits the fruit recedes and a dark toffee note becomes more prevalent.

Taste: SherryDried FruitSweetOakSpices
Intense sweet sherry arrival, lots of dried fruits, oak and light spice. Like being punched in the head with a fruitcake.

Finish: SherryOakSweetPepper
Long and smooth, remaining sweet. Still lots of sherry and oak with a bit of black pepper.

Comment:
Well, this is an absolute beast. I'll say from the outset that this definitely needs a good extra 30%-40% water added to it to be at its best or you'll get pummeled by the alcohol level. Its intense all round, especially in the nose and palate and maybe loses a little complexity for it, but not much. Very enjoyable if you like the sherried style.
DRV12
18. Jul 2016
02. Sep 2017
Nosing: FruitSherryApplePearSweetCaramelVanillaSpicesCinnamonSaltMaltDark ChocolateBerries cardamom cereals Mint light pepperness

Taste: strong OakSpicesPepperSweetFruitAppleRaisinMalt

Finish: warm long OakSpices dry oilyDark Chocolate

Comment: Fantastic whisky. Strong and intense, but sweet and fruity. Worth trying. Don't forget to dilute, though;)
dennislhopkins
01. Jan 2019
Nosing: SherryDark ChocolateOakOrange

Taste: SherryDried FruitDark ChocolateSpicesCinnamonOil

Finish: SherryAppleOilDark Chocolate

Comment:
SherrySherrySherry Not to be believed! I am a real fan of Aberlour A'bunadh, but this is a SERIOUS wow!!! It is a true sherry bomb, through and through! I nosed at full strength, but diluted down to 50% for tasting. Subsequent nosing at 50% really opened up the different aromas, for me at least! The taste is intense, rich, creamy, and not for the feint of heart! Finish is long lasting, creamy, smooth, and full-bodied. I have to do a blind tasting with an similar strength A'bunadh and see which rules. Will be a hard decision!!
dennislhopkins
10. Jan 2019
Nosing: ZitrusOrangeSherryChocolate

Taste: SweetSherrySpices

Finish: Dark ChocolateOilSherryApple

Comment: I compared my Glenfarclas 105 side-by-side with a A'Bunadh Batch 62. Both cask strength, both nearly same ABV (60 vs 59.9). Both are to die for! The GF 105 is like driving a Porsche, whereas the A'Bunadh is like driving a Rolls-Royce. The A'Bunadh is elegant, softer on the nose, oaky, a little musty. On the tongue it is luscious, creamy, smooth, butter/toffee, refined. Nice long legs, again, oaky and hints of chocolate. Delightful. The GF 105 on the nose is intense, exciting, orange zest, sherry! On the tongue the GF 105 literally dances on the tongue! Exciting! Lively! Spicy! Driving in the fast lane! Legs not quite as long as the A'Bunadh, but definitely irresistable! Both are definite sherry bombs! I diluted both down to about 48% ABV so as to enjoy all of their different aromas. If I want fast and exciting, I go for the GF 105. If I want slow and smooth, I reach for the A'Bunadh. Both are exquisite, and I will make sure to have several bottles of each in my inventory!
HerrThorsen
21. Jul 2019