[Glenfarclas Forever]


Tasting Events

Following are descriptions (tasting notes, ratings, pictures) from various tasting events. Note: OB means "Own Bottling" - in other words, a bottling produced by the distiller or its owning company, as opposed to bottling by an independent vendor of spirits (such as Glenhaven, Whyte & Whyte, Gordon & MacPhail, Cadenhead, Signatory, etc.)

Note the difference between Rank and Medal columns; Rank is assessed purely on numerical score averaged across all the tasters; Medal takes into account the order in which individual tasters placed each malt. Thus, Rank and Medal may disagree as to which was the best whisky, however, medal ratings more accurately reflect (remove) biases to higher / lower scores by individual tasters.



Smokin' Seventies - 23-April-2004

[Smokin' Seventies]

A blind tasting of eight moderately to heavily peated whiskies, distilled in the 1970s. All eight whiskies were presented simultaneously, and nosed / tasted for approximately 1 1/2 hours prior to scoring by seven tasters (only six of whom contributed scores/rankings). The whiskies were scored on a ten point scale. The group was very consistent in rating the top whisky, which turned out to be the top scoring whisky from a previous blind tasting (Night of Laphroaig - yet to be posted on this website.). However, the next three places were quite close; the third place whisky in points actually scored the silver medal. The Caol Ila was also the top-ranking whisky from a previous blind tasting (Ides of Caol Ila - yet to be posted on this website.)

Rank Medal Expression Score    Deviation
7th 7th Ardbeg 1977 distillery bottling 8.1 0.7
Equal 5th 5th Ardbeg 1975 25 yr old Milroy bottling 8.3 0.6
4th Bronze    Ardbeg 1975 25 yr old Old Malt Cask bottling 8.5 0.5
Equal 5th    6th Brora 1972 25 yr old G&M bottling 8.3 0.3
3rd Silver Caol Ila 1975 21 yr old Rare Malts bottling 8.5 0.4
1st Gold Laphroaig 1976 (approx 20-21 yr old) distillery bottling    9.2 0.2
2nd 4th Laphroaig 30 yr old distillery bottling 8.6 0.4
8th 8th Longrow 1974 21 yr old distillery bottling 7.8 0.7



Glenfarclas Forever - 16-March-2002

[Glenfarclas Forever]

A blind tasting of nine different expressions of Glenfarclas by six tasters. All nine whiskies were presented simultaneously, and nosed / tasted for approximately 1 1/2 hours prior to scoring. The whiskies were scored on a ten point scale. The group was pretty consistent in rating the top two whiskies, and only slightly less so regarding the next two. Opinions were more varied regarding the remaining whiskies.

Rank Medal Expression Score    Deviation
6 7 15 year old 40% (OB - older bottling from 1976-1980 timeframe)    7.8 0.6
7 6 15 year old 46% (OB - current bottling) 7.7 0.6
5 5 17 year old 53.2% (Glenhaven bottling) 7.8 0.5
8 8 21 year old 43% (OB - current bottling) 7.6 0.4
2 Silver 21 year old 46% (Whyte & Whyte - distilled 1973) 8.8 0.3
9 9 22 year old 43% Spirit of the Millenium (OB) 7.4 0.4
4 4 25 year old 43% (OB - current bottling) 8.3 0.4
3 Bronze    30 year old 43% (OB - current bottling) 8.4 0.6
1 Gold 1961 Vintage 43% (approx 30 yrs old - OB) 8.9 0.3


Campbeltown and Beyond - 10-August-2002

[Campbeltown and Beyond]

An open tasting of seven different malts from Campbeltown, plus two others, by seven tasters. There was one blind (known only to one of the seven tasters while tasting) - this was the Glen Goyne 21. It's identity was revealed after all tasters had recorded their impressions and scores. All nine whiskies were presented simultaneously, and nosed / tasted for approximately 1 1/2 hours prior to scoring. Scoring system was the same as for Glenfarclas Forever (above).

Rank Medal Expression Score    Deviation
6 6 Glen Goyne 21 yr old OB 8.0 0.5
2 Bronze    Tomintoul 30 yr old, Signatory, '66-'96, 52.7%, 60 of 249 8.8 0.3
9 9 Glen Scotia 14 yr old, OB, 43% 7.3 0.5
8 8 Springbank 10 yr old, OB, 46%, Current bottling 7.7 0.4
1 Silver Springbank 25 yr old, OB, 46%, Mid-90s bottling 8.8 0.3
4 4 Springbank 26 yr old, Signatory, 1969-1995, 52% 8.6 0.4
3 Gold Springbank 31 yr old, Murray-McDavid, 1967- 1998, 46%    8.6 0.4
7 7 Longrow 10 yr old, OB, 46% 7.8 0.4
5 5 Longrow 21 yr old, OB, 1974-1996, 46% 8.2 0.4


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