Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Insider knowledge: Glenfarclas 105 whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Glenfarclas 105 whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Great depth, sherry. Creamy and nutty. Honey on toast, touch of smoky coffee.
Palate: Silken, spicy and peppery oak. Almond, praline, hazelnut, dried peels, fruity. Touch of Armagnac, hint of rancio perhaps?
Finish: Long, peppery and nutty.
This is one great blaster of a dram! What a belter! And still, it's subtle and refined too! Wow indeed. Glenfarclas is up there with the best of them and this 105 cask strenght does not dissappoint. Must have at this price point.
It's in my daily dram top 5 and leaves much more expensive whiskies (far) behind.
Now go and get some!
7th August 2014
Didn't Get my wife pissed....albeit she enjoyed the taste.
20th July 2014
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..
21st June 2014
It's a fine single malt on it's own at cask strength. But, when most cask strength whisky's are (a lot) better than it's watered down sibling, this one falls short. I compared this one with a 12 year old Glenfarclas. To my surprise it tasted harsh. Even with a lot of water added. Also, the finish wasn't as smooth as the 12 year old and I tasted a light fungus like aroma. Not nice at all. Maybe a bad sample/cask?
Not bad, but I would have the 12 year old over it any time!
30th May 2014
This is an absolutely fantastic cask strentgh dram. Personally i think that it definitely needs a drop or two of water to get the best out of it.
The sherried, nutty, dark chocolate works perfectly with the cask strength. It's like Christmas cake on steroids. I've just bought my third bottle of this, and i'm sure i'll be buying many more. Especially seeing that i am in the rather lucky position of being military based in Germany and paying 24 euros a litre for it. This is probably in my top five of all malts. I'm normally a sucker for peat and smoke, but this... this is an absolute beauty.
2nd December 2013
I'm Scottish, but live overseas and I've started running single malt tasting sessions here, usually for a multinational group of about 10 - 12 beginners. We try a few different whiskies (a mixed bag of 6 or 7 or so) and judge them on what we personally think of them (rather than what anyone else here, on MoM may have said). This one is always a guaranteed favourite and, in fact, I've had people who, once they've taken this one, say they don't want to try anything else! This is outstanding value for money and, based on my experience, one that you absolutely must have in your collection.
16th September 2013
Very Rich. Very Fruity. Big on Sherry. Hold it in the front of your mouth and roll around and the flavours will develop wonderfully. So much more depth than supermarket single malts. Wonderful neat or knocked down a bit with a drop of water. A must try for anybody who likes lighter Speysides like Balvenie Signature. I thought that was a good whisky, until trying this alongside Aberlour A'bunadh, you will struggle to go back to 40% once sampling cask strength. Aberlour A'bunadh is probably slightly better, a little more silky.
9th September 2013
I am a fan of Glenfarclas distillery, but i've got to say that 105 is best they've got. Strong, deep, rich with flavours, but it is also stunningly smooth whisky for this alcohol caliber. A experience recommended.
19th April 2013
The sherry influence is strong but the taste is in total too boozy and off-balance. Adding water mellows it out but it still never quite reach the level I expected of it. Repeated tasting hasn't changed my opinion from the initial reaction.
9th April 2013
Our club sampled this one last night and it was a unanimous 5 star rating. This is a powerful delocious quality whisky and outstanding value to boot.
24th January 2013
This is one of my favourite whiskies. I bought a bottle to take to my friends' wedding in the States. The groom and his friends were astounded by the quality of this. I like to drink it neat. Interesting that someone else had a cork break. I've bought 3 bottles and the cork broke on one. I'd still recommend this, though.
8th October 2012
This is one of my favourite whiskies. I bought a bottle to take to my friends' wedding in the States. The groom and his friends were astounded by the quality of this. I like to drink it neat.
Interesting that someone else had a cork break. I've bought 3 bottles and the cork broke on one. I'd still recommend this, though.
Very strong, even with water, but the finish is long and completely worth the "bite." I am somewhat of a newbie and have stayed with the more tame light and delicate scotches but the finish of this dram is great! The sample was a very nice choice. I wont be buying a bottle, but I'm glad to have had the experience. Also letting the glass sit, covered, for 30 minutes before enjoying made a difference.
30th June 2012
Heavily sherried cask strength beast so many layers to this whisky it's just a delight to drink I strongly recommend this
18th June 2012
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!
31st January 2012
.. and the oak, wine, and honey dance into the distance with a hint of salt besides. I still don't favour the initial nose, or even the taste greatly , but the after taste is just fantastic.
5th June 2011
MoM got it about right on the tasting notes, but you have to treat this dram with huge respect. It is way beyond Aberlour A'bunadh and Lahproig Cask Strengh in its nature. This is a raw out of the cask belter with a marvellous taste range. If you get the water right, which I have not so far, it might be special. My best attempt at taming the beast has been a wee straight nip.
29th May 2011
Deeper than the Pacific, tastier than your wildest dreams. An orchard in a bottle, a heroic malt to be treated with respect. Love it.
2nd February 2011
My favourite Glenfarclas, up there with the 15 and 25! So mcuh zing.
7th October 2009