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Glenfarclas’ stunning 40 year old whisky launched during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2010, and not only is it absolutely astonishing, it is also amazing value for money! It offers all of the sherried Glenfarclas character and exceptional maturity too.
Nose: Very complex and rich. Calves leather, cedar wood cigar boxes and cocoa kicking things off. Then we’re onto waves of sweet sherry and chocolate orange, marmalade and butterscotch. Hints of molasses develop and just a whisper of pepper.
Palate: About as rich and intense as anything we’ve ever tried from Glenfarclas. The chocolate richness develops in the glass, with notes of chocolate raisins, dates and figs, orange and maraschino cherry. Then spices and thick espresso coffee.
Finish: Sublimely concentrated waves of mochaccino and gingerbread, with deep leathery notes clinging to the end.
Overall: We’re left speechless! It’s overwhelmingly good…
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I am not a Scotch expert. I am a normal gentleman that has tried several Single Malt Whiskeys in restaurants, and wants to learn more. To do that I recently purchased 10 samples. At least one was from each region of Scotland. I had no regard for price. The goal was to try some very fine Whiskeys. I wanted to learn. This review is based on that. I am giving each sample 5 stars simply because I do not want to disparage a fine whiskey just because I do not yet understand it.Ths dram was very strong, and extremely complex. I think it is an aquired taste. As a beginner at this I think it is like the first time I tasted a very strong beer. Years later I ask for the darkest strongest beer on the menue. I think this Whiskey is like that. It is overly bold for my unacostomed pallet. This is one I will need to try again as I gain experience.
6th February 2017
Had Angels filled the bottle supervised by the good Lord himself, the result would be no less amazing. It is, quite simply put, unbridled bliss and pleasure bottled for ones enjoyment. It may seem a touch expensive, but true happiness comes seldom in this lifetime. An investment in happiness I will happily make again and again. Thank you Master of Malt and Glenfarclas for making this possible.
27th August 2016
This is an outstanding 40 year old. Everything about it is exceptional. It is still a massive bargain even after the recent price increases. Get together with mates and try this one out, you won't be disappointed.
14th April 2016
Damn shorty. This is the best scotch I ever drank.
31st January 2016
An excellent whisky! Exceptional nose, palate and finish all in line with the Glenfarclas brand. I am a fan of the Family Cast range of Glenfarclas. This one is almost as good as some Family Cast bottles that cost two or three times as much. Highly recommended. Perhaps the best value whisky around.
22nd June 2015
Most of the reviews here mention the value represented by this bottle but were written when the price was less than £300. I scored a bottle a year ago for £260 and, yes, you will never see the like again.To attempt to describe the pleasure to be had from this dram would be to waste my words. Rest assured this is a sherry matured Speyside of rare quality, if you have the means and the inclination at today's prices you won't be disappointed.
11th May 2015
I bought this bottle for a friends birthday a year ago... I finally got to taste it tonight! Words can't describe how amazing it is...
6th February 2015
I've been stocking my cabinet with single malt whisky since Fall of this year on a journey to discover all the different ways that scotch is presented. I bought this bottle last night because I have no other way to know what an old old whisky tastes like short of flying to Scotland and *maybe* lucking out on a tour. So I popped the cork and poured a neat dram and the nose is very sweet, almost sugary. The mouthfeel is slightly oily and I only can say that after my third or fourth sip, because honestly, the first few all I can remember is how SMOOTH and BALANCED this whisky is with such an immensely loaded character. I always read about whisky having chocolate and vanilla flavors, and rarely do I ever actually taste these in any appreciable amount. This bottling has these flavors up front and in spades! Age has it's benefits and this is truly different than anything I've ever experienced in the whisky journey I have embarked on. I can still taste a lingering leathery smokey taste on the palate minutes after my last sip. It's now on the shelf with the 4 other bottles I'm not touching except on special occasions - and so it doesn't become a daily nightcap. I have no real benchmark to compare this to in its age range, with the oldest other whisky I own being 25 year Glenlivet, and working my way down through the 21-8 y/o ranges. This is amazing if you want an old bottle in the cabinet for a cold night or a special occasion and worth the price if you're on the fence about your purchase.
19th December 2014
I was lucky enough to be invited to a Glenfarclas tasting hosted by the chairman of the family-owned company himself and we had the 12, 15, 25, and 40. The freshness of the 40 blew me away. Hard to believe this liquid had spent four full decades on wood. The first-fill sherry casks really delivered their entire goodness, it seems. There's a lot of candied orange, joined by sherry, caramel, and butterscotch. Less wood on the palate than the 25, in my opinion. Nice drawn-out toasty finish. This is a fresh and lovely Scotch and I'm frankly shocked at the price -- I had expected considerably higher for something of this age. Might have to consider treating myself and adding this to the "special occasion" shelf!
23rd October 2014
Very great whisky, quality/price is pretty good.At nose: complex, sherry friuty, liquor notes, a hints of chocolate, very deep, never ending...At palate: rich and elegant, spices, intense sherry wood but not out of place at all. A hint of slighty mint (maybe?).Final: smooth firewood, dark chocolate and more spices (maybe nutmeg?)Very good whisky. Thanks Angels for left a huge part for us! :D
16th June 2014
Honest to goodness, a beautiful scotch. Never mind what it says on the tin - I liked this from the very first sip. It's rich and beautiful to savour. I like it better than numerous younger (20-30 yr) bottles from other distilleries - with similar price tags!
5th June 2014
Just had the pleasure of a Glenfarclas tasting session at Hedonism Wine in London and the 40yr blew me away. Fantastic, smooth, rich and warming. I think this is the best of the range. It reminds me a little of a Highland Park 25 - leather chairs and warmth. The best thing about the 40 year old?...the price. Yes, I know it's a premium bottle and still a fair dip into the wallet but when you compare to others of the age I think it's good value. The fact that the Company has specifically bottled in a very basic way (it hardly stands out) to keep costs down should indicate that the value really is in the liquid.
15th February 2014
This is a truly supreme libation. A 40 year old at this price is amazing, mind you the 15 year old is also delicious and priced at a relative snip to this.
10th February 2014
There was the 40 year old 105 (cask strength at 60%) that came out a few years back. Or check out the Family Casks. All much more expensive mind you - this really is a true bang for your buck solid guaranteed 90+ point whisky. And 46% ain't bad (many casks this old are around that anyway...)
17th October 2013
So very rich, so very refined and an absolute delight. Twice now I've ended a whisky tasting night with a glass of this and both times I've found it easily equalling and surpassing the ones I've had before even though the competition hasn't exactly been either shy or young. 9/10 (10/10 is reserved for a cask strength version of this should one ever come out)
4th October 2013
Love the rich and amazingly smooth taste... incredible... my favourite
27th June 2013
Amazing whiskey! It's a shame I could only ever afford a sample haha! Oh well! But yes, beautiful! I'd recommend to anyone! X
12th June 2013
I was lucky enough to be given the miniature of the 40 year old and I loved every sip. It is so rich and smooth with a pleasant sweetness. I think I sat smelling the empty glass for about 10 minutes afterwards it was that good!
21st April 2013
This whisky is simply amazing. Even my non-scotch drinking friends love it and come back for more (if I let them). It's richness and smoothness are simply incredible and it readily blows away any McCallan (yes, including the 30 yr. old sherry). A fantastic bargain at twice the price.
30th March 2013
Better experience than that are under 40 year old
23rd July 2012
awesome experience...a dram of joy!! i recommend it too all! very rich and creamy
21st July 2012
As previously noted, this is a very creamy and rich dram. Definitely one of the best I've ever had. A truly stunning liquor!
14th February 2012
It's just a wonder
30th December 2011
Just Great, so thick, creamy and rich. One I'll definintly order again, and for a very nice price considering it's age. Brilliant and cheap. 5 stars.
13th May 2011