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13 Jan 2014

Glenfarclas 105 (2013)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas 105 is one of the first whiskies I ever reviewed on this blog (see here). Around 2008 it used to be one of my favourite daily drams. It never hurts to revisit this kind of stuff, batches are replaced often anyway (although Glenfarclas doesn’t advertise them so it’s impossible to recognize them).

As you know Glenfarclas 105 is their popular high strength expression, it refers to 5 over proof which is 60% alcohol, and it’s supposedly around 8 years old. Since +/- 2010 it comes in an updated (wider) bottle and packaging.


Glenfarclas 105Glenfarclas 105 (60%, OB 2013)

Nose: intense sherry, with plenty of raisins, redcurrants, milk chocolate and toffee apples. Some fudge. Sweet but not cloying, there’s a bright hint of raspberry jam and a slight citrus tingle. Hints of mulled wine – some rich spices in the back. Soft tobacco as well. Mouth: powerful but not anesthetizing at full strength (well, maybe a tiny bit). Thick sherry, hints of mocha and orange liqueur. Dried prunes and raisins. Treacle. Cinnamon, pepper and ginger. Some molasses. Still some berry jams, but overall a little on the dry side, although water helps in this respect. Finish: long, rich, sweet and spicy but also a tad nuttier (almonds and hazelnut).

Still a good dram to show how well sherry and whisky can get along. Also a good introduction to high strength whisky. Slightly more modern when compared to the older bottling, but still good value. Widely available. Around € 50 these days, but sometimes a promotion can bring it down to € 30.

Score: 85/100

Glenfarclas 105 (2013) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-01-13
  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    a really good dram and well priced… had it after some time too last month, and really liked it. not sure which vintage…
    I remember the firs time i tasted it, it blew my head off. didnt know what to make of it.. but i was quite a nube back then.

  • Rogier

    Guess I’ll finally buy that one litre bottle that’s been on sale for €30.

  • portwood

    “…and it’s supposedly around 8 years old.”

    I’m not sure if the bottles available in Europe are the same as exports but the back label on my bottles purchased in Canada state: “aged 10 years”



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