Glenfarclas 105


Aka. the whisky equivalent of Glühwein (that’s mulled wine to all you Anglophones). 

After owning a few Glenfarclas 105s over the years, I thought it was about time that I bloody well wrote a review about it. As the 105 Cask Strength is one of the more iconic drams, I believe this one needs no introduction.

105 Nose: a big bulgy sherry nose is out there loud and proud, smothering most of the other aromas. Though I can still detect a faint traces of chestnuts, warm plum jam, and some chewing tobacco.
(with water added: new notes of rice pudding with demerara sugar? I surely wasn’t expecting that!)

Mouth: a rich thick oily body, but dry on the palate. A thick layer dark bitter chocolate with a touch of orange, doused in red wine, sprinkled with cinnamon, cloves and rough grind black pepper.

Finish: a medium long and warm finish, slightly mouth drying, with a drop of orange bitterness in the tail.


The Verdict: This is one of the true whisky classics, never came across someone who genuinely dislike the Farclas 105. It is easily one of the most likeable daily sippers. That being said, it is not without its, dare I say it, “shortcomings”. The nose for example is not that impressive or well structured. It is the potency of the taste that drives this powerhouse.
Score: 86

Nose: 19

Taste: 23
Finish: 22 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house