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Overall rating
90.16/100
votes
67
Whiskybase ID
110355
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Ten Years TWA
Vintage
1977
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Butt
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Apr 2018 10:06 pm by RoyalScotsman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 545.00

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67 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1977 TWA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.16 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  A Speyside Region Malt that cannot be named is a Glenfarclas these days, usually.  So I am keen to check if the typical Glenfarclas sherry profile is recognisable in this TWA Anniversary edition.  

    This is a very fine pick for the tenth anniversary of The Whisky Agency so congrats to Carsten and all the other staff for this selection.  Old school sherry maturation at its best, and I bet my second best part that this is a Glenfarclas, actually.  Highly recommended to everyone who loves the old-style sherry of Macallan, Glendronach and the like (with lots of Paxarette applied, for good)...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is tawny and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that very late builds some fat tears with very slow legs (a great oiliness as usual with Glenfarclas). The nose offers an adorable old-style sherry profile with rich toffee-sweet malt aromas that can stand the strong sherry (another impression that is typical Glenfarclas). No flaws or off-notes whatsoever. All is very balanced and elegant despite its boldness.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is very bold and impressive on all the old-style sherry flavours that can be expected in such a dram. It is massive and it is sweet, like a very old Armagnac. Besides this first impression the taste offers many layers of different flavour profiles that are all delicious in there own way. Again no flaw or distracting feeling at all, this is simply very very quaffable (provided you own a sweet tooth for whisky).
    • Finish
      93 93
      The dram arrives warming and slightly peppery on the palate and immediately coats all of the mouth. No bitter-astringent or drying moments despite 40 years in a sherry cask, not many malts can stand this test of time (but Glenfarclas can, same as Macallan or Glendronach). The finish is long and more spicy with firm (but never too heavy) wooden notes. No drying or bitter moments here either, this is an absolutely flawless dram. Water is not needed.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Speyside Region 1977 - 40 years old (The Whisky Agency) 43% - from a 2 oz sample

    N: Immediately and straight to my heart - Wax - beeswax. Love that! Surprisingly before any sherry notes there is Manuka honey. Chocolate orange, polish, lead, someone is staining a table in a old workshop. Not a sherry bomb at all, pure class, sherry plays the supporting role with an underlying sweetness - but not too sweet. Very luxurious nose.

    P: Medium and slightly waxy mouthfeel. Old antique cherry wood, dry tannin, dark chocolate, Maduro tobacco, clove. The old sherry asserts itself on the palate. It’s not over oaked, but it’s all of its 40 years.

    F: Creamy, pipe tobacco, dry, long, dark chocolate, wispy smoke, not bitter or very little.

    Empty glass: Wax, sponge toffee, raisin, lacquered wood

    93/100

    Really excellent. A malt that will turn even the most inarticulate into Ernest Hemingway (in their own mind). A total luxurious experience and really full for the low abv. It is never weak or thin. It’s never too sweet, or too dry. Lots of old bottle flavors that you look for in an old dram. Love it - and I agree that it’s in the same vein as the old xo blends. A little bit waxier, which scores extra points for me.

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Spectacular nose on this one. Sample courtesy of hs305.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Very rich sherry fruit with lots of body, malty, old chocolate, light coco powder.
    • Taste
      93 93
      This is the first sweet balsamic winey note if every noticed, old fruit cake.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium sweet old sherry, old honey.

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great fat malt, with honey, wax, pepper, tropical fruits. Long finish, reaches throat) good. Even more! 23-23-23-23

  5. WillWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared this with the 79 and 76 releases, this one has more sherry influence.
    • Nose
      Compared to the 79, not a big difference, dryer, more vanilla, quite a lot of leather.
    • Taste
      More sherry components, sweeter
    • Finish
      Long, sweet sherry, dried dates.

  7. u485tfu scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Fat, oily, sweet substance, very tasty. Scores of Grafschafter gold juice, eucalyptus, dark chocolate, dark fruits (cherries). Cake dough, all very heavy and intense. Great mouthfeel, heavy and oily, absolute recommendation! 93P
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

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