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Overall rating
87.72/100
votes
92
Category
Blend
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Vintage
1972
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
45 years old
Number of bottles
1200
Strength
42.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L17/8944
Added on
21 Oct 2017 9:17 am by GlenPiWi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 283.81

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Whisky Reviews for Excalibur 1972 MBl

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.72 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    From the nose unmistakably a grain! The taste is dominated by more fruity aromas, the typical sweetness of the grape fades a bit in the taste. A great grain again, it does not always have to be single malt ;-)

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber rests in the glass, thick "legs" pull their tough webs on the glass wall of my premium sniffer. Deliciously sweet and dark-fruity, it raises its wonderful fruit aroma, old vanilla combines with dried mandarins and overripe apricots. A trophic fruit mix is added, mango, pineapple, papaya and bananas mingle with sour kiwi and a few splashes of lemon. A subtle minty note is in the background, with minimal menthol and hints of citrus fruits. Gradually, the saliva is stimulated, malting cereal flavors come into their own. For me, the grape-typical "wet" cereal note is harmoniously in harmony with the typical Grainsweet for me, the nose is the Excalibur unmistakably a grain!
    • Taste
      Mild and carried by dark fruit flavors, the Excalibur flows through the mouth, slightly dry and spicy wood tones join. Slowly, pleasant sharpness comes up and tickles lightly on the tip of the tongue. Appearances of grapefruit and lemons end creamy and spicy, butter flakes and biscuits come on. The second sip shows apricots, apples, grapefruit, mandarins and baked bananas. From spicy wood elements dissolve mentholic freshness and a hint of peppermint, a voluminous spice mixture announces the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Thyme and rosemary stick to the palate, oily and creamy butter flakes and spicy pieces of wood float in the saliva under the tongue. Menthol refreshes the palate, citrus fruits play with yellow dried fruits. A pinch of pepper falls on the tongue, oily and creamy, the spicy and dry wood tones climb up the tongue, hints of cedar, leather and tobacco flash on. Slowly the sound fades away, a greasy and oily film remains for a felt eternity on the tongue.

  2. malt70 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    More info: https://fosm.de/tasting-excalibur-1972-45-year old-blended-whisky/
    • Nose
      Freshly poured I get fruity gummi bears directly from the glass. Over time, the cherries become clearly perceptible. Beautifully round and balanced dance the sweet flavors around the nose. Malty sweetness. If you swirl it in the glass a little menthol and alcohol comes to the fore, it has only 42.2%. Now also a little old leather chair joins to the aroma composition.
    • Taste
      Even on the tongue has the strength. The cherry is strong but tropical fruits underpin the fruity character. Passion fruit and papaya I can understand. The ripe mango is also there.
    • Finish
      In the finish I get rather a little dark Sherry fruits. Then menthol again. Light nut at the end. It lasts a long time and leaves a pleasant sweetness.

  3. clynelishfan scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Perfect! Together drink with another nice whisky, blended TBWC 50yo. this one is more fruity, and TBWC is more sherry taste. Personally like this one better.

  4. linaricci scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Fruity, honey, complex and long finish! One of the best blend whiskies which I tasted.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Starts great on the nose but the 45 years left a clear trace in the finish - still very good though
    • Nose
      93 93
      Lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, sugar fried bananas, floral honey, crystallized oranges, stewed apricots, some spices, hints of cinnamon, whiffs of vanilla - great!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, sirupy, subtle sweetness, fruity but not as fruity as the nose promised, more spicy, herbal, even little leafy, little oaky - very good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, grapefruits, zesty, spicy, menthol, herbs, tannins, resin, a tad bitter, little drying

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in blind, very good blend.
    • Nose
      Very nice can of orange. Lemon. Pineapple, papaya. Coffee, roasted cocoa, wood, sweet black. Beautiful camphorated fruit.
    • Taste
      In the mouth on the fruit wrapped in camphor. Peach, papaya, licorice, pineapple. A bit of dust, well integrated wood.
    • Finish
      Final on wood, cocoa powder, pineapple bark.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting:
    This is one of the 3s that I have tasted so far, by far the best - the nose for me is 93 or more points - on the palate it is delicious, but not quite as good as in the nose. This could be an Irishman (Maltbarn vllt) or blasphemous from our conversations the last time - if possible I would discretely disperse the dissolution of this pearl - if it is still available. Something comparable I have recently bought for 280 ¬ the bottle - so I estimate the price times in this region - noticeably less would be an insider tip. With age I'm struggling hard - is it an SM scotch I type30, is it an Irishman 24yo ++, should you have fancied me a blingee - which I still can not quite exclude - since I only know the Timorous 18 and he roughly into this Direction is - the 40s but unknown to me .. would be synonymous in question. So be it - dream fabric - big movie - WOW - Thank you
    • Nose
      Wow - what is that: smile: intense lemon balm, fresh spearmint, fresh lime, ripe low-acid mango, some yellow kiwi, pineapple, peach, physalis, Wick cough sweet "pineapple" - ultra-dense - extremely fresh and fruity - it joins (less in the foreground) candied ripened lemon zest, green tea, floral scent, sweet malt, flour mill, very delicate touch of bright freshly sawn wood not yet deposited, increasingly honey, absolute WOW fruit cocktail Mojito from the fresh oak table
    • Taste
      oily, viscous, sweet, pineapple sweet, cooling mint immediately fills the mouth. Slowly spreads a film of oak, some resin is - slightly warming - much more intense cooling - the oak is getting creamier, aniseed, fennel honey, pepper, fresh and full-bodied spicy, cut flowers, resin, rosemary, thyme
    • Finish
      Delicately fruity, oak - creamy - spicy - very light, birch sap, lemon zest, a touch of chocolate - very balsam-like mouth filling - very long on the palate

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    According to the importer to Germany, a blend that was done when the whiskies were around 3 or 4 yo put back into the casks and was then forgotten. It resurfaced when Hart Bros were sold in 2009. Now Donald Hart chose to bottle his share. Whether it is all, or if Alistair Hart still owns some remains unknown.

    It is a very nice old school dram with exotic fruits that reminds me of old dumpy Signatory bottlings of late 60s or 70s vintages. If the body would be just a tad stronger, this would be perfect.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Highly idiosyncratic and very vegetal, with the grain taking prominence over the malt. Glue, furniture polish, coconut, artichokes, aloe vera, mint leaves, lime juice, lots of freshly cut herbs (thyme, basil, parsley etc.). Weird but fun, and definitely not over-oaked despite the high age.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft initially, keeps on building up almost imperceptibly until the mid-palate, and only then gets going, with lovely fruity acidity (lime), measured wood spices, and a late onrush of exotic fruits (starfruit and melon most prominently). Leaves me torn though, since the first half of the flavor development is almost non-existent.
    • Finish
      90 90
      As was to be expected, this is the best part. Looooooong and exuberantly fruity, with plenty of majestically old (but never musty or bitter) oak. Still pretty grain-dominant, though.

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