Glenfarclas 1989 Distillery Exclusive.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Glenfarclas and their sherried whisky, so when I visited the distillery in late May I had to buy something, as it turned out I walked away with several bottles ( like you do ) and this Distillery exclusive from 1989 was one of them.  This 26yo is bottle 399 / 585 and is bottled at 56.3%… The colour is amazing and I’m not one for mentioning colour as there are still too many companies putting out bottles  that contain E150, but thankfully the people behind Glenfarclas are not in that club ! Bravo..  Everything you get from these guys is natural and  another plus for this bottle is the abv.. 56.3%  – cask strength, the way it should be..

So what’s it like ?


Nose.. Full on darkness.. This has big bursts of the finest dates, sultanas and figs, candied orange, toffee apples, bonfire toffee and dark treacle.. Some fruity notes in the form of poached pear with manuka honey and cinder toffee.  A little spice nips the nose with delicate oak aromas giving the age away.


Palate.. This lays a thick carpet of sweet eastern delights across the tongue, wave after wave of dark fruits are followed by a slight drying feel, with bonfire toffee and burnt caramel, molasses and bitter chocolate mingle with aniseed and coffee notes, candied orange and a little oak come through just to enhance the pleasure..


Finish.. Not overly long but very very pleasent, just entices you in for another sip.


Thoughts.. This is a little piece of history that needs to be repeated, these casks that Glenfarclas keep bottling are little gems.  The drying mouth feel combined with the rich dark fruit flavours are just delightful. The balance is about perfect and the complexity is there in abundance.. Another top notch release from Glenfarclas, the only shame is there is none left to buy.. More please George !


13 Comments Add yours

  1. sorrenkrebs says:

    This was only available to buy from the distillery and is long sold out.. Keep your eyes on the auction sites..


  2. G Maile says:

    Where can I buy this ? I have looked but don’t see it anywhere.


  3. Jim says:

    Mouthwatering review mate, like most I will never get the chance to taste whisky like this so reading your thoughts helps to give us an insight.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Whiskymad says:

    Great whisky, good review, thanks for the sample Sorren.

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  5. Stu says:

    I certainly would have loved to have bought a full bottle like you, I will just have to be quicker next time they release a bottle like this.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. sorrenkrebs says:

    Hi stu…
    Yes it is 👍


  7. sorrenkrebs says:

    I will be reviewing some younger expressions soon but the 15yo will take some beating.

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  8. Stu says:

    I managed to get a sample from this, it is an extremely good example from Glenfarclas

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  9. Luvwhisky says:

    Nice review mate, I do like a Glenfarclas, they always deliver in my opinion. What are your thoughts on the younger versions ?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. sorrenkrebs says:

    This was actually very well priced for what it is.. I wish I had bought more


  11. Craig says:

    Sounds fantastic, I never seem to get the chance to buy these although it might have been a little above my budget.. Still want some though

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  12. sorrenkrebs says:

    Glad you enjoyed it.. This one was delicious


  13. sarah thorley says:

    Your reviews leave me wanting to taste these whiskies so much . Sounds fantastic!

    Liked by 1 person

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