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Overall rating
92.02/100
votes
186
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Echinoderms from Australia
Vintage
03.1973
Bottled
11.2017
Stated Age
44 years old
Casktype
Butt
Casknumber
160000001
Number of bottles
348
Strength
49.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Dec 2017 1:00 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 589.00

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Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1973 Arc

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.02 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Another great Speysider from 1973 - looks like the warehouses have endless reserves...
    • Nose
      Intense, exotic fruit salad, sweetest honeydew, pineapple, thai mango, passion fruit, apricots, peaches, hints of vanilla too - fantastic!
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, truck loads of fruits again, very fine wood notes, subtle sweetness - excellent!
    • Finish
      Medium long, more spices, pepper, nutmeg

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Thank God I have a bottle.
    • Nose
      Oaky. Hints of ginger. Fruit all about fruit. Fresh orange peel,lemon ,apricots, hint of grapefruit. Parts of honey, sweet and complex.
    • Taste
      Littlebit oily. Fish fruit again: grapefruit, lemon peel,pineapple. But spicy and herbal too. Cardamom, some white pepper in the end?
    • Finish
      Soft medium to long, with a lot of fruit and some spices. Lovely aftertaste. Very complex.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    93 points. Excellent job by Archives again. 
    • Nose
      Apricot, pear, peach, pineapples, toasted coconuts, fresh coconuts, very sharp, very crystalline
    • Taste
      Wow! Very, very nice. In contrast to the sharp, crystalline nose, the taste is soft and creamy. Vanilla ice cream, coconut pudding, marshmallow. Lots of fruits, of course, but flavors are not as sharp like ones in 1973 TWA/3 Rivers Art Nouveau Ladies 52.4%. 
    • Finish
      Good oak at the end. Lots of coconuts in this one. 

  4. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    I stick a solid 94 without remorse. It's VT lot 65 squared this thing!
    • Nose
      Oh that's good, and it rocks hard! a mixture of fruits and malt. Blindly I would have said pastry chef, but the comments already written make me look for the melon. I also feel some packets of candy Haribo (a mix between strawberry and banana). Is not it all that much for a 44 year old malt?
    • Taste
      The mouth is perfect, it's lively, everything on the fruit; It has to be chewed for a long time because it can be discovered in phases, and not a fart of woody bitterness primer to report. I also smell coconut, coconut milk to be exact.
      It seems very fresh for his age, the was given what was needed without ever taking over.
    • Finish
      The final is not bad at all, between medium and long. It persists in the mouth something vanilla. I may be the distorted palace because I made a duo Roquefort / Sauternes at the table, I can tell you that my taste buds make the trip better.

  5. tuntime scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Oh boy, this is very good, fruity, complex, and balanced. The oak is perfect and gives it a little bite like a fresh crisp apple. A mouthwatering whisky. Of the 1973s and 1975s I've had so far this one takes the prize.

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    a true 73 and yet different - Mancarella and acla 43/44, which I had last, had significantly more fruity acidity in the nose - the fruit cocktail was fresher and more versatile. In return, I find this especially on the palate very fruity and every sip is a small roller coaster ride on the different levels of acidity and aromas -that makes it very exciting. I like the nose very much - it's just different - very sweet with beautiful spices and fruit in balance - closer to the 2017 WF Duck.
    • Nose
      Sweet old supple oak with a very intense vanilla content, yoghurt with dried pineapple and sinfully a lot of chestnut honey, delicate very well interwoven very finely matured citrus notes that flow smoothly into teenagers, low acidity, dried dates, mango, banana chips with coconut fat as release agent subtle, subtle minty notes combine with sweetish spices such as cinnamon, licorice, nutmeg and a touch of star anise. The longer the glass and the more hand-warm it becomes, the more fruity acidity it releases, sweetish, resinous and spicy. The nose is full, dense, incredibly enticingly sweet and has a viscosity - that it never breaks, no matter how deep you breathe out of the Snifter - you can inhale deeply and you do not have to worry about overstraining other fillyiders' delicate nose that breaks the aroma flow. The nose overall is very oily enough for a sherry barrel, buttery (without the butter flavors)
    • Taste
      sweet and very fruity, it comes to the tip of the tongue, surprisingly sour fruity it runs over the tongue, gives vanilla, coconut cream, anise, some wax and very light elegant oak, pineapple, mango apple, lemon, banana chips - he is getting sweeter, the acid fades completely - mint, rosemary sharpness, and very creamy, delicate woody aromas, with the second sip of fresh pineapple with lemon zest - the citrus oil tingles on the tongue tip, the mouth warms
    • Finish
      Balsam oaks, sweet fennel, some anise, wax, gentle pineapple, sweet aryuvedic tea, cinnamon, cardamom, a hint of chocolate with red pepper and mint

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Sooo good. 92/93.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Shortly a smooth maltiness that reminds me of a Belgian tripel. Then lots of pureed banana. Apricot, cantaloupe melon, coconut and tangerine. Very very fruity. Honey and vanilla pudding as well.
    • Taste
      93 93
      More herbal and spicy than expected, but still a lot of that (over)ripe banana. Fresh fig, tangerine, coconut and chocolate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Banana, tangerine, vanilla, coconut and wood.

  8. wheatfield scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Medium gold. Nose is fruit-forward with tinned pineapples and peaches, green apple, then menthol, other herbal notes. Front palate is sharp and biting with more herbs and fresh butter. Fruits come on with more stone fruit, some other odd tropical fruits. Nice green apple and cloves emerge. Sharp. Medium to thick palate. Doesn't lack in power as the finish shines with more fruits and a strong spirity kick. Nice stuff, gets better after a couple pours.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. joep scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

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