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Glenfarclas 105

(70cl, 60%)

Glenfarclas 105

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Glenfarclas 105 Bottling Note

Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, with a history that can be traced to 1968. When the original incarnation was released that year, Glenfarclas became the first distillery to release a barrel proof single malt whisky.

The bottling was eventually re-named to 105, referring to its alcohol content in British Proof, which equates now to 60% ABV.

The 105 doesn't carry an age statement presently, making it rare among Glenfarclas bottlings. Although, there are suggestions that it is matured for 8-10 years in a combination of both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon barrels.

Drying, assertive and richly spiced, the 105 makes for a superb dram, one the Malt Maniacs rated as the best “Bang for your buck” whisky in 2004. Add a drop of water if you please to explore its depth - and don't be put off by that ABV, there's plenty of flavour here to enjoy.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Glenfarclas 105 Reviews

Great value for money.

I like it with 15ml of water. Makes it very approachable. Fruity, spicy and creme brulee. Delicious.

18th November 2020

for the money its a star

A powerful yet youngish whisky from the great Glenfarclas Distillery.. 60% abv is similar to a'bunadh and the 2 are similar in profile too.. This has some great bubblegum in with the fruit and sherried peels. plenty pepper on the mouth and a long satisfying finish.. takes water well too; as much as you like.
for the money its a star.

13th August 2020

Value-packed Sherry Bomber

I picked up a 1 litre bottle of this in the duty free at Nairobi Airport for just $41... that's just over £30, and I've had 105 before so yes it was the real deal! Absolute Sherry Bomb that you have to try neat first up just to see if you can stop yourself uttering 'Wow!' With a little water the whole thing develops into an excellent dram to sip and consider at ease. Amazing!

11th May 2020

Sherry baby.

Went on a cask strength binge with my collection and found this gem that was to the level many bourbons state “cask strength”. Understatement to add water, and labeled as such. Let it set for a bit, and enjoy. Sherry really comes out once you tame the 60%.

10th May 2020

Great value cask strength whisky, better with a drop of water.

This is a very intense young whisky. I would highly recommend adding a few drops of water to this one. Once you do, the sherry and fresh fruit notes will open up on the nose, as well as toning down the sharp tang on the 60% liquid. Tasting the sherry oak is only really possible with a splash of water, and with a long finish it is a very tasty whisky given it's NAS (and presumably young) profile. A solid cask strength whisky at a very reasonable price.

3rd April 2020

Going to buy another!

Loved it. Given to me as a birthday present last September. Just finished it in March...

26th March 2020

Bang for the buck

Love from Denmark

26th March 2020

No. 1 daily dram during cold days

3 liters in 2 months.... Alone!

14th February 2020


Wow wow wow. Lovely sherry bomb

16th November 2019

I thoroughly enjoy it. Powerful but creamy with water.

Sherry casks didn't disappoint, worked a charm calming down the powerful distillate. I love it.

9th September 2019

My fav Farclas to date

The only Glenfarclas expressions I'd had experience with previously were the 17 and 25- both were great, if a bit too oak-forward (esp. the 25, naturally). Solid whiskies, to be certain, however neither really wowed me as the 105 did at a tasting a few days ago. Tried it alongside a port cask Kilchoman, which was also great. I enjoyed the 105 so much that I purchased a bottle tonight and shared it with some friends, all of whom it was too strong for- no surprise-, but they all remarked on what a tremendous nose it had. The nose was what originally stole the show for me at the tasting- flourishing with sweet aromas, perhaps some baked goods? Delightful. I actually didn't get much alcohol burn on the nose- I found the sweetness (sherry?) overpowered that (which seems to the opposite of most reviews here). Going down, the heat is the first thing you pick up on obviously, but all things considered I found it to actually be quite smooth. Sherry, dried fruit, I get baked goods again. Long finish with some bitterness. Overall really into this one- would love to try the 105 22 someday. 4.5 because maybe a touch too hot?

23rd August 2019

Ok nose, Good palate, Weird finish

Tried this quite recently and got these notes:
Sharp alcohol, oakiness, some sherry
Opens with sherry(not as intense as the 12yo), oakiness, dried fruits, apples and hints of vanilla
Long finish with lingering bitter metallic woodsiness (am i only getting this?)

22nd August 2019

It's all about personal taste.

Being a huge fan of Glenfarclas, I am constantly disappoint when I go back to my bottle if 105 and try with it again. Even with lots of water it lacks the distinctive taste of the famous Spayside malt.
Predominately petroleum, greasy and overpowering. I can get brief sherry notes and some sweet taste at the end.
Sorry if you like this malt, but I think its horrible.

3rd August 2019

how to keep it cask strength at a stable 60

not a review, but an answer to the question below. It's always 60% because it is a mix of barrels that evens out to 60%. source:

21st June 2019

Cask strength

Love it, but have a question. If it really is "Cask Strength", how can they manage to make it exactly 60% year after year. And become exactly 60% after being kept on different barrels up to 8-10 years? Other brands and ranges that come out in "Cask Strength" often vary from year to year, and can be 58.3%, 61%, 60.5% etc. Is this a vatted malt, a single cask, a mix of different barrels from different years? And how can it be exactly 60% every time? :)

18th June 2019

very young but it is reasonable nonetheless

I guess we all have very different ideas about what a sherry bomb is. This certainly has some sherry However I would hardly call it a sherry bomb. The whiskey is very young but it is reasonable nonetheless

2nd May 2019


If you want to taste a powerful, Sherry bomb whisky, this is the one! Bottled at cask strength (60%) it is just how a whisky should taste. Try a sip neat, then add water to enhance the subtle flavours. You will not be disappointed.

6th April 2019

Still one of the best

I first tried the 105 a few years ago at the distillery and immediately bought a bottle. I've had a few bottles over the years and decided that it was time to revisit this whisky - and I'm glad I did. It's a BIG whisky, young, yes, but with good body and powerful, with butterscotch and raisins and a sherry kick which is hard to find these days. It can take a fair amount of water, too, so don't be put off by the high strength.

29th March 2019

Thank you glenfarclas

Purchased this alongside a bottle of abunadh. Both amazing and present an old style whisky experience you can enjoy over a long time. But this is much better value.
Big on sherry and oak, better once opened a few months to smooth out, also got a bit sweeter as time went by.
Will definitely buy again, will always have a bottle of this in my collection. What an amazing product.
Well done glenfarclas, thank you

17th February 2019

New best sherrybomb !

Great stuff, well capable of taking up the baton that Aberlour A’bunadh has dropped so spectacularly with PR’s greed .Litre bottle will keep you going for a good while .I bought a bottle of this as a birthday treat to myself .I then walked to a nearby whiskey bar and ordered an Aberlour A’bunadh for comparative purposes .Im not disappointed with my 105 purchase .Theres no way the A’bunadh is worth double and in fact a Teeling Brabazon volume 1 May even top it for breadth of flavour (but that’s the same price for 700ml as 105 is for 1000ml) Intjink this could be my new ‘best bottle’ whiskey .I definitely prefer it to Yellow Spot (which is dearer) If I lived in Netherlands (where this is €35 not €75 like in Ireland) or U.K. I’d buy this by the case!!!!

4th February 2019


A really powerful flavour of fruit and a touch of oak. And at 60% it is definitely a big bang.
Purchase it and you won't be disappointed.

20th December 2018

Yes, yes, yes!

Very good and has a rich taste of whiskey as well as a little water. Undoubtedly, great value for money ...

18th December 2018

Real kick but also lovely balance of flavour

This is one of my favourite cask-strength whiskies, along with Fettercairn. It has real kick but also lovely balance of flavour.

13th December 2018


Good alternative to the A'Bunadh since its price has rocketed. Sherry ka-pow.

26th November 2018

Glad I Got a liter!

Uncorked it and got maple syrup and wood casks on the nose. First sip neat and WOW, does it have BODY! Not harsh but strong! Malt, vanilla cream frosting, sherry. Sweet, nut not in a cloying way at all.
Looooong finish, nutty.
After a few drops of water, HONEY on the nose, sweetness on the palate with pronounced butterscotch and sherry flavors! I’m liking this one a lot!

14th October 2018


This is matured only in sherry casks not bourbon. Is mix 1st 2sd 3rd 4rd fill casks.only sherry.

1st August 2018

Full Flavoured

A strong,smooth,full flavoured dram and great bang for yer buck indeed!

23rd July 2018

Bold and Beautiful

At last, a whisky that achieves the ideals of the non age statement philosophy. Glenfarclas 105 is a dram that runneth over with youthful vitality without the rough edges, bitter aftertaste and general juvenile delinquency you normally get with NAS whiskies. At cask strength (60% ABV), you need to add water to this to unlock the aromas and flavours. I usually dilute it down to about 50% ABV and then adjust according to taste.

On nosing, you are clobbered over the head with an oak log. There's a noisy symphony of vanilla, cardamon and raisins. On the tongue, it's no less intense, with the heady sweetness of Christmas cake, gingerbread and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate. The finish is dry and spicy with cinnamon, mace and cloves. The body is incredibly rich and at times you almost feel like you're chewing on the whisky.

Glenfarclas 105 has changed my view on NAS whiskies. Call me crazy, but I actually prefer this bottling to the 15 year old, which tasted a little stuffy and geriatric in comparison. By using properly aged spirit (at least 8 years old according to rumours) and good quality casks, Glenfarclas has knocked it out of the park with the 105.

1st June 2018


I wanted to like this. I really did. I love Glenfarclas 12. And I'm not put off by cask strength whisky either. In fact, I very much like strong whiskies. Sure, I think you need to add some water to this one. But when I added enough water to make it pleasant, it lost most of the flavors I love about the 12 year old. There's no malty subtlety. There's not the same sherry notes. There is a family resemblance. That is clear. But, ultimately, it's just a strong young whisky that isn't what it first appears to be.

20th December 2017



2nd November 2017


First tried this in 1987 in The Blossoms, Chester. They had a menu of whiskeys and this was 60% thought I would give it a try. Left on the table before I had a sip, my wife said what a lovely aroma, that's the whiskey. Upon tasting the whiskey it tasted so smooth, then hit further down and a warmth came up and left me a glow. My favorite since that day

22nd October 2017

Great traditional malt, but bring back the 12 ayo

Good, but a bit young and hot, even with water.

I too remember the 12 year old from 40 odd years ago, the first drink ai bought a new girlfriend back then. We both had a double Scottish 1/4 gill measure, then another. We are still married, and I would like to buy another 12 YO 105

11th September 2017

Nice neat.

Bold yet smooth.

28th July 2017

Definately needs water to enjoy fully

Massive mouth burn and strong cellulose nose when drunk neat, not very enjoyable. Adding water makes all the difference, so much smoother, no more cellulose and so creamy smooth, long finish, distinct nuttiness

3rd July 2017

Absolutely beautiful

Straight with ice and I'm a happy chappy..cant go wrong if you're buying as a gift and don't want to spend a fortune.

25th June 2017


Well made, full of flavour, and packs a hell of a punch.

25th April 2017

Good Cask Malt : MWS has pricier but better ones though.

First tried this about 45 years ago, when I thought it was sold as a 12 YO.

Now it is bashful about it's age, was it not for a time sold as 8 YO, now silent on the topic. Some suggest still 8YO, others 10, please bring back the 12 YO, or perhaps even a 15, if it doesn't drive the price crazy.

17th April 2017

Just good whisky

great value, one of my go-tos

16th April 2017

Well crafted, excellent Value

My first sip of this took me straight to Aberlour A'Bunadh. I have several batches of it and while it's not the same flavour profile, there's certain some aspects, in particular something of the sherry oaky bitterness in the finish that I find very reminiscent. A'Bunadh certainly is a lot more fruity, also sweeter, but they are both relatively young whiskeys and consequently deliver a very lively type of flavour. And of course that beautiful sherry influence is very evident in both.
The is an extremely well crafted cask strength whisky. There is clearly a great deal of thought and experience behind it. I always add a little water to allow myself to experience the true character of it's flavour profile and I encourage leaving it for at least 10 minutes to allow it to settle and stabilise. Neat while having it's own unique flavour burns heavily of alcohol and tends to spoil the whole affair.
I also must agree with previous reviewers, this is excellent value for money. My fist pick is A'Bunadh, I love the sweeter more fruity aspects and breadth of flavour in some of the batches, but certainly this wee beauty is a very close second on the cask strength list and I highly recommend trying both.

24th March 2017

Best you can buy at this price.

The 105 is my absolute best buy whisky. Considering that it is 1 liter at 60 percent ABV for around 32 euro´s in Holland, it´s just unbelievable.

The 105 is not the most subtle nor complex, but it´s great depth and intense flavour profile makes it a great whisky. I like the combination of the big, sweet, but gentle arrival, followed by intense spicyness and some oak bitterness. Because you always need to add water, you always get a version that is slightly lighter or stronger than the one you had before. Th,is whisky does not get boring.

15th March 2017

Fantastic value for your money

cask strength,needs water to open up. Nose : hazelnut,coffee,chocolat and a nice touch of pepper.On the pallet
a very silky sweetness and a touch of oak.Seems to be a little bit of French cognac in the background.Drank this in 2014 for the first time.Bought another bottle last week,and this malt is still going strong.Must have aged in really good sherry butts or casks.Fantastic malt for a nice price.

3rd March 2017

a very good Glenfarclas

tried a bottle before in 2014 and was able to obtain a new bottle for a fair price.Still very good,silky and smooth.Warming when it goes down without water.Absolutely needs water to open up.Hazelnut and coffee,
In my opinion very good sherry butts were used here.I thought tasting a little cognac in the background.
Very spicy.

3rd March 2017

Not for the faint hearted.

A really nice whisky. You get a very strong alcohol burn very powerful. Lots of spice and oak not a sipping whisky. Really rich I couldn't drink a lot of this in one sitting it really coats your mouth.

4th February 2017

Buy this mfcker!!

I start to like this more and more. I don't know why but I always end the night with it. Its getting better and better and I've already finished 3 bottle's of it. You can go anyway with this whisky, Neat, Water, add a drop of red wine and you will be amazed. Great whisky and def a bang for your buck!. Buy this motherf*cker! :)

16th January 2017

Garry Hutchinson

over twenty years of malt whisky and the I tried 105 with a small dash of water
and tasted- now 105 is my first choice

30th December 2016

4 because it's a bargain

Cheap and a good tasting dram. Interesting flavours. Don't think more, buy it, 9/10 this will be something you enjoy.

29th November 2016

Glenfarclas 105

Speyside med samma bas dvs denna tydliga sherry men utöver det så skiljer den sig en del från Aberlour Abunadh/Tamdhu Batch Strength, Syrligare än dessa samt kryddig och ger en oljig känsla i munnen. Denna är nog bra som den är utan vatten men om man ska på med lite så ska det vara få droppar.

15th November 2016

Not as good as expected

I was recently at a whisky trade exhibition. Tried the Glenfarclas 105 (which on sale for only £31 per bottle). The colour was rather light, subtle nose and the high alcohol % did not bother me (well I am a Viking so I am probably used to stronger drams). The the aftertaste was short and sudden. Like dropping off a cliff. Gone. Easy to drink but left absolutely no impression on me. Very bland so I did not buy it

31st October 2016

Mr Big Fish

I'm lovin it. Friken awesome dram yummy moreish

27th October 2016

Cambridge Whisky Nut Says:

All in all a decent sherried malt. It does pale in comparison, however, to the Aberlour A'Bunadh... The 105 is punchy, grapey, well-spiced, and a bit nutty, which makes it a class act for a non-aged statement single malt. But all of these notes are a bit less full and present in smaller doses than in the Aberlour A'bunadh.

24th October 2016


god smag og duft, skarp og rund kant. smagsoplevelse med velvære.

13th October 2016


The only thing I smell : alcohol
The only thing I taste : alcohol
with or without water : disgusting
Why I give it 1 point instead of nothing ? : this fluid can be useful for cleaning wounds!

10th October 2016

Boss stuff!

Meaty is not the word.. BUT! This is a biggie. A bit sulphurous on the nose, but then you have a swig.. Sorry, SIP and.. smooth, a bit oakey.. Chew on it and the flavour develops. Rather exceptional for the price...

29th September 2016

Nose = Ew? Taste = Decadent & surprisingly easy drinking

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.

28th September 2016


A wonderful whisky. Glenfarclas do some of the very best malts and this cask strength is a tour de force.

10th September 2016

Good but I prefer...

Glenfarlcas 12 is better BFYB imo. Nutty and dried fruits. Its got a highland character in a speysider if you ask me. Definitely, add a little water to bring this dram out of its shell.

26th May 2016



18th May 2016


This is the last of my birthday whisky's to review and I think I saved the best for last.This is like the 12 year on steroids all the same cherry/apple /caramel/honey/vanilla pudding goodness at a cask strength.Glenfarclas does the sherry thing better than any other distillery in my opinion I am a huge fan of this wonderful independant distillery.Drink this it is epic. The sugarbear

11th May 2016

Great Scot!

Words fail! Utterly delightful. Overwhelming flavors. Needs a bit of water to open it completely, but what amazingly intense and concentrated flavors. Wow.

24th April 2016

Seriously good

This is exactly as the website suggests. Brilliant value and worth every 4475 pennies. Needs a bit of water to counter the alcohol but it's still super smooth.

23rd February 2016

Christmas Present

I received a 3cl bottle of this in a "Drinks by the Dram" 5 pack from my sister-in-law for Christmas. I shared it with a friend who is also a Scotch lover. I won't bore you nosing notes, etc., but I will tell you that after enjoying the aroma for a good 30 seconds, we took our first sip. We both said "Wow. That's pretty good Scotch." After letting it breathe for maybe 2 minutes, we added a little water, stirred it a bit, and had another sip. We both said "WOW!! That's REALLY good Scotch." The flavors just exploded out of it. It is incredibly subtle and well-nuanced. I will definitely buy a bottle of this in the near future.

11th February 2016


Realy a fruity one this! Nice kick of alcohol, some find it to hard, i like it! On the nose it is a mix of fruit, sherry, a bit grain. Once you take a nip of it, you will find a suprising sweet flavour of sherry and overwelming fruityness. followed by a bit of grain and wood , oak, and then it follows quick in a dry after taste. Also followed with a warm glow of the high alcohol percentage!

A keeper for sure!

5th December 2015


The taste was great and I like it a lot.

29th September 2015

Couldn't drink it neat, tolerable with 50:50 water

I usually drink whisky neat with no ice, but I couldn't handle this one without a load of water in there, and still it wasn't great. Pickled cabbage notes with a finish of expensive disappointment. To be fair, the expense was largely the bar not the bottle. Still cheesed off though.

18th September 2015

Excellent Sherry bomb

I always have wondered about the glenfarclas 105, I always had a bottle of aberlour abunadh laying around and quite enjoyed that. Now compared to the abunadh the 105 is quite similar yet different. They are both sherry bombs and are good in their own way. To put it simply, the 105 is more creamy, sweeter, and more dried fruit (dried date, prunes, apricot) flavor when compared to the abunadh. Where the abunadh has more dark chocolate, oak, less sweet wood flavor than the 105.

Both are good, just depends what you like!

11th August 2015

Two words

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.

2nd July 2015

Alcohol bonb

in the nose we get alcohol, pallet is alcohol en finish more alcohol.

too rich on alcohol for my taste

21st June 2015

for the money this is excellent

We sampled this right after the Glenfarclass 40 year
Pretty good whiskey
well worth the money - going to buy a bottle

30th April 2015

A Cream Dream?

Must admit this is my first taste - my son was kind to an old man on his birthday. The tasting notes here are spot on! But that beautiful creamy taste should be emphasised! Normally go for Aberlour A'Bunadh - but this seems more 'pleasant' to drink - am converted! Well worth a try.

24th April 2015

Great traveller

Glenfarclas goes with us to the French Alps and is well enjoyed (holds its own against the best of French Cognacs)and amid the snow and mountains says Christmas with every dram.

15th April 2015

Wonderful stuff

A sherry bomb that has massive flavour and real appeal to fans of this style of whisky. I believe it has greater complexity than Aberlour A'Bundh and more consistent quality. It's a very fine dram but needs water to tame the alcohol nip. I can highly recommended it at a great MOM price. I would love to try the 20 year old version one day!

30th March 2015

Very Good

The 12 YO Glenfarclas is one of my top favorites,even #1 most of the time. This cask strength version for me needs more water to calm the burn down. I drink the 12 yo with just a few drops of water per dram. This I have to add about 25% water to make it enjoyable. It is a very good whiskey,though I enjoy the 12 yo a lot better. I'm still trying to find the 15 yo. I'll give this a 4 star rating because I love Glenfarclas and the price of this bottle was only a few dollars more than the 12. Cheers!

14th March 2015


Beast of a malt. A regal, graceful beast like a tiger in the wild, but a beast nonetheless.

Nose is sherry all through. A bit dry. Chocolates and rich dundee cake with spices and dark fruits I used to have at Christmas as a child.

Palate continues on similar notes. Sherry, giving way to chocolates, spicy cake and woody oak.

Finish is looong, dry, with pepperbombs and a trace of bitterness.

What I find unbelievable is the combination of strength, balance and smoothness of flavors in a 120 proof whisky. Zero alcohol burn. It's quite incredible really.

Got to try more in this style.

10th March 2015

wow, a really nice whisky, even at 60%

superb with a touch of water and some time (10-15 mins) to open up.

28th December 2014

Great stuff

Every whisky enthusiast should have this in their cabinet! Must have at this price
PS add some water!

22nd December 2014

glengoyne version of sherry cs vs

bang or buck dont know, must say glengoyne cs is very similar, is it really better? have to see these too hand in hand allmost..i remember goyne was with more depth somehow.. but yea my memory is an elephant.

10th November 2014

Cracker of a Whisky

Amazing stuff the glenfarclas 105. I make sure to always have this whisky with me. Great flavors, sherry bomb on the nose, nutty, creamy, even tarragon.. the nose has great depth and many layers. Dried fruits, resins.. one could go on and on. Rich and full bodied in the mouth, very very silken mouth feel and extremely full. On the palate you get all the flavors the nose promises, the development is just awesome. Extremely long finish, again nutty, pepper, slight peat and seaweed as well. This whisky is totally worth the money at 60% ABV it sure is a bang for your buck. Enjoy, buy one bottle and you will want to buy more, I purchased 2 more after the first.

10th November 2014

best whiskey ever

I was fortunate to sample this beauty on a ferry to France, I thought I was a bit of a whiskey buff having tasted many a single malt, having walked the Spey side walk many years I went into many a whiskey distillery including Glenfarclas, but missed this, superb single malt well I've died and gone to heaven mb

3rd November 2014

flavor country

This is one of the few drams that I actually really like with the addition of water. It just makes the flavors come to fruition. Nose-sherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, almonds.
Palate-big sherry dominance, nutella, peat with a hint of smoke.
Finish-long, dry and nutty with still lots of sherry to be had.
This is a nice warmer upper. Enjoy

24th October 2014

Great price/quality/quantity

If you water it down to 46% yourself you get almost 1,5 liters for the price of one:)
Its like the 12yo but on steroids, great stuff

5th October 2014

Good lord...

What can I say about cask strength whisky's? Most of the time they're strong and unrefined, and this Glenfarclas is no exception. The nose warms you up, your nostrils go limp instantly. If you can still smell anything yet, you may track some vanilla and toffy on the way. The palata is truly insane. A burning inferno, peppery explosions. It warms the inside of your mouth until it goes numb, being the alcohol doing its work. I still was able to sense a bit of woodfire in it. The finish is torturously long with hints of dried fruit and more pepper, making it a sultry experience. An absolute animal amongst the whisky's, and you've got to appreciate that (although it offends you all the way through, so be prepared for that. A few drops of water will simmer it down a bit). (RB)

1st October 2014

Simply great whisky

If you like your sherried whiskies, this one is a must have. And I mean, must -always- have! Get a few bottles in your drawer rather sooner than later!

30th September 2014

Two words:

Big flavours.

28th September 2014

Wow.... I mean....... WOW!

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

colonel Robbie Caris-jones

Didn't Get my wife pissed....albeit she enjoyed the taste.

20th July 2014

Sherry.. Sherry & more Sherry...

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

Good, but...

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

My favourite mainland dram

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

One of the very best value-for-money whiskies out there

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

A Sherry Monster. Wonderful.

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

Glenfarclas Fan

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

A Disappointment

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

Thumping good Whisky

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

'The good stuff'

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

'The good stuff'

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

Exquisite finish

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

Cask strength sherry beast

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

Great strong whisky..........just shame about the cork

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

I might have got the water right ..

.. 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

Glenfarclas 105 Tasting Note

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

This is stunning stuff

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

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