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Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” 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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
in the nose we get alcohol, pallet is alcohol en finish more alcohol.too rich on alcohol for my taste
21st June 2015
We sampled this right after the Glenfarclass 40 yearPretty good whiskey well worth the money - going to buy a bottle
30th April 2015
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
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
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
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
superb with a touch of water and some time (10-15 mins) to open up.
28th December 2014
Every whisky enthusiast should have this in their cabinet! Must have at this price point.PS add some water!
22nd December 2014
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
28th September 2014
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 mixFinish: 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 backgroundTo 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