Glenfarclas 105 (10-year-old)

Bought – Whisky Galore, 1st August 2013

95.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
84.78 – Whiskybase (average from 11 member votes – 35cl bottle)
93/100 – Whisky Bitch (her video review below)

95.5/100 in the Whisky Bible classifies the 105 as a “superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to live”. The author Jim Murray says about the taste “as the magnificent barley-grape mix is propelled with the force of dynamite into the taste buds; survivors of this experience still able to speak may mention something about cocoa notes forming.” He summaries with “a classic malt that has upped a gear or two and has become exactly what it is: a whisky of pure brilliance.”

On Whiskybase my 35cl bottle of the 105 scores 84.78/100 but the standard 70cl scores 84.06/100 from 881 member votes. It’s a very good score but a couple of points below a typical mark for the Aberlour A’bunadh, arguably the 105’s biggest rival. Indeed several reviewers on Whiskybase say the 105 falls short of its cask strength counterpart from Aberlour. Nevertheless the Glenfarclas 105 has many fans. Comments on Whiskybase include “the high ABV really gives a huge flavour delivery with a lot of really intense sherry notes. Fantastic stuff”, “a full flavoured and powerful whisky that is not overly complex but still offers you pleasant and challenging flavours” and “beginners to whisky should all try this whisky, hard to beat on value or quality.”

Here’s the Whisky Bitch on YouTube with her review of the 105 (January 2013):

Glenfarclas 105 35cl

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