Glenfarclas 105 Sample3cl / 60%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- The Perfect Measure
This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:
- Liquorice root
- Christmas Cake
Glenfarclas 105° Reviews
Producer's Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep peaty-gold.
Nose: Complex, oaky, apples and pears, and a tempting dark toffee sweetness.
Flavour: 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.
Comment: A great whisky holding all the flavours of all the Glenfarclas in one glass. Being so warming, this is the perfect Hogmanay dram. Don’t be afraid of the strength and order a 210, if you dare!
The smoothness makes the 105 drinkable at cask strength, but I suggest adding a little water to fully explore its great depth.
18 Customer Reviews
Drinking neat: Nose is full on Fino Sherry bomb, spice, hint of sulphur, curry, tannins, rough oak, & maybe some burnt caramel. Taste is very rich and decadent (if it's to hot for you, I challenge you to take smaller sips. Like, just enough to touch your tongue small), sweet, winey, floral, syrupy. The nose is really not that enjoyable, but once it touches your tongue the whisky coats it with a warming syrupy sweet elixir and seems to evaporate and warm the entire inside of your mouth. The 60% worried me a bit and I was expecting to have to add water; so I only pored half the sampler. Once I took a sip or two I was shocked at how easy drinking this mammoth was and eventually pored the entire 50ml sampler in my glass and am happily sipping it. Would I buy it? Probably not. But it is definitely worth a try.
2004 was a very good year because this came into my world
You would think that this Whisky would be a bit harsh with the strength but it isn't. Just a few drops of water and it has a lovely smooth flavour. A good dram for a cold night with a good book and a warm fire.
If i have to describe it in two words they would be HONEST and FRANK. Though it actually deserves four stars i grant it five with clear conscience just because honesty is what lacks nowadays. In these fake and deceptive times this whisky brings me back the faith that things could be done in "old school" manner. Thank you Glenfarclas, great job, this single malt is to whiskies what AK47 is to weapons - rough, tough and unrefined, but yet uncompromising. P.S. I like it neat - to my opinion even a few drops of water or single ice cube muddle it.
What a great dram for those long winter nights, sweet nose, sherry influence is quite dramatic, when freshly poured there is a strong apple note developing into freshly made toffee. needs time to open up fully. A few drops of water help to bring the sherry more foreward. there is almost a slight sulpur tinge to it for a short spell while it opens up bit more.left for a longer time 15 -20 mins or more it really shows a creamy caramel nose.The body, as many have noted a spicy, full on mouthful definitely not for the faint-hearted. strong berry notes after a min or so. personally i find the finish similar to a good South Australian shiraz. it''s got a good strong spicy berry note. Fantastic whisky for the price.
Nose: The beginning is like your nose was run over by a Sherry Train.. wow so much of it!! Along with it comes notes of dark chocolate.. bold spices...pears...possibly some wood and vanilla in there too.. Palate: The palate's like a continuation of the sherry dominance.. although not as dry as you'd expect it to be.. there's the characteristic sweetness .. with a lot of black pepper and cinnamon spices.. there was also some nutty notes in the mix Finish: This was a Sherry story so every aspect of this expression had profound influence from the cask.. the finish too was drying .. fairly long.. and spicy too.. some where in there were also hints of mild smoke in the background To be honest.. its a decent dram but.. definitely didn't get me going wow about it. However given all the awards that this has won.. I'm very tempted to have to give it another shot.. and this time with some watering down to probably get some of that magic that I missed this time around..
Huge tasting whisky! Incredible value for money, especially since it can be diluted quite a bit. Even with half water it's still full of flavour. But can also be drunk neat! Highly recommended...
A great whisky. I've tried the 15 and the 21 but 105 is a brilliant addition. A very strong dram and the taste really opens up with water (actually found I had to put a little more in than I normally would due to the alcohol %). My only disappointment is the cork. This is the 2nd bottle I've had and both corks snapped. I am very careful when opening and haven't had it happen on any other whiskies. Googled it and seems to be a very common problem with the 105. A real shame!
no water, please ! Perfect as is.
i agree with matt.its an amazing dram but need to breath for a while around 15 minutes and with some water its open up one of my favourites cheers
just been tasting it alongside the Glen elgin 16 yr old which I love and trying to find a winner. Certainly a much more rounded and warmer dram than the A'bunadh that it's compared to above. my 1970 family casks glenfarclas is unfortunately only opened for very special evenings!
If you like a big unique flavor, this is the one. It has a large Sherry influence, but is very different from Aberlour A'bunadh. This is a malt that needs to breath for a while, to be at its best. This is one of my staple malts.
Wow this is powerfull stuff.I drink a lot of scotch, but i had to mix a little cola with it so i could drink this drop.It has smoke and toasty notes and a heavy alcohol taste.Drink this one sparingly with good friends and a good cigar.
Are you mad. While I love the deep rich textures of a glenfarclas 12 and beyond the 105 is a strong brew that only the truely aquired pallet can appreciate. Love it or hate it, it has everything and a little bit more
This was the first whiskey I ever drank and still love it. Although it's 60% it doesn't taste of alcohol- you simply get a lovely deep
105 does not have a declared age or vintage as it is a blend of casks of different ages - they use young casks to supply the power and older ones to fill in the richness and complexity. Try it, it's terrific.
Tastes like heaven!!!!!!!!!