Review #364. Glenfarclas Family Cask 1989 Astor


Review #364 – Glenfarclas Family Cask 1989 (25yr, Astor)

Whiskey Network Review #364 | /r/Scotch Review #152 – Glenfarclas Family Cask 1989 (25yr, Astor), 114.8pf | 57.4% ABV


Distiller: Glenfarclas

Bottler: Glenfarclas

Mash: Single Malt

ABV: 57.4% ABV | 114.8pf

Distilled: 1989

Bottled: 11/20/2013

Age: 25yrs

Pick: Astor

Cask: 7299

Maturation: Refill Sherry

Source: Bottle, purchased


Nose: Big pear, sweet cream, pound cake. There’s definitely sherry notes in here also, some light fig, plum, raspberry, mild mild cocoa. The integration and balance are wonderful.

Taste: Thick, rich, mouthfeel. For the proof, there is no astringency. Sweet, creamy, definitely Glenfarclas spirit. Buttery and doughy. Mild sulfurous, some clove and cocoa before the sherry fruits roll in modestly. This is nothing like the massive sherry bomb that was the 24yr KL pick I also recently finished. It’s balanced, complex, sweet but not cloying. This is a beautiful example that not every sherry dram needs to blow your head off with sherry.

Finish: Long, wonderfully sweet. Great length but the proof is very kind here. Sweet, doughy, lightly fruity as it departs. Wonderful.

Overall: I split this bottle three ways with a couple local buds, but I regret putting my greed aside. I’m not sure I’d rebuy at the price, but it was phenomenal and I think it was well worth it. I just happen to not be swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck. Overall, this dram is complex and touches on so many notes I just absolutely love to see in a scotch. I’m giving this a Rank 8.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8


Decoded:
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists

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