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Overall rating
89.96/100
votes
65
Whiskybase ID
WB110356
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Ten Years TWA
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
38 years old
Casktype
Barrel
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Apr 2018 10:08 pm by RoyalScotsman
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Average value

€ 394.15

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87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1979 TWA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.96 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  After two very delicious Speyside Region Malts for the tenth anniversary of The Whisky Agency that I scored both 92 points (WB ids 110350 and 110355) I am now curious about this "youngster" compared to the other two.

    Actually, all three Speyside Region Malts I tried so far are superb drams that I rate around 92 points each despite they own very different profiles.  A great cask selection by Carsten and the TWA team - congrats for that!  These are old-style crafted drams at their best and a nice contrast to all the "designed" modern whiskies.  Worth their money (given the release price of around 270 to 300 Euro) - and it is very rare that I state such a comment these days…

    PS:  Given the flavours profile and the spirit characteristics I bet my … that all three were distilled at Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is burnished and the texture shows a very fine oiliness again with a sticky ring that refuses to build tears for a long time. The nose offers a rich and complex profile of ripe fruits, honeys, herbs and spices in a subtle wooden setting. Very delicate and balanced with no off-note that I can find. Yes, this is a close-to-perfection maturation in a refill cask and I really like it.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is multi-layered with more herbs and spices beside the fruits and sugars. The wood is just about right to provide a good framework for all the flavours that pop up one after the other. It is very recommended to do a longer chewing than usual just to experience all the different layers.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The spirit arrives warming and charming on the palate and nicely coats the mouth without distracting moments. An excellent mouthfeel, for sure. The finish is long and adds some more wood that is highly welcomed to counter the sweet attack from the fruits and sugars. Again no distracting bitter or drying moment despite 38 years in the cask, this dram was bottled exactly at the right time! Water is not needed.

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Hs305 is completely right. This undisclosed (Glenfarclas?) Speyside is very enjoyable. Fragile but complex old-skool whisky. Nice alternative fishlabel for the Archives bottlings by the way.
    • Nose
      Starts gently with soft fruitiness of dried apricots, lychees and yellow apples. Followed with some leafiness of hay and heather. Hints of acacia honey and chamomile. Waxed furniture and beehive. Touch of mineral notes of wet stones and chalk at the background
    • Taste
      Now more on oranges and tangerines. Apple compote intermingled with gorgeous bitter-sweetness of grapefruits. Some zest of lemon. Apple-mint as well as well. Fresh juicy sandal wood and some gingerbread. Give this whisky time to discover its multi-layered palate.
    • Finish
      Medium long. A little white pepper. Ginger. Mint at the end. Needless to say this whisky is very well balanced.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a fine dark bourbon barrel paint with a great fruitiness and complexity - for its price range it could be a touch more intense
    • Nose
      91 91
      At first it behaved sweetly with dusty oak wood and delicate wax in the nose, you can tell directly from its old age.
      From a slightly sour note gradually more and more beautiful fruit aromas of ripe oranges, grapefruits and a little apricot jam develop. a little closer - but I could smell it forever
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet fruitiness with a little understatement - mango, apricot, yellow plums, some orange, mint and ginger, citrus oil, Christmas spices,
      if you chew it longer, mint cools the warmed palate, slight dryness and teen notes spread on the tongue, citrus oil brings even more freshness, a little jasmine and geranium leaves give it a pleasant floral depth, bitter substances and tannins remain reserved, it becomes chocolatier, sweeter, fruity - Gingerbread hearts with apricot filling and dark chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sanded oak dust, dark chocolate shavings, wax, some leather, earl gray tea, candied lemon - medium length and warming

  4. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Nice enough dram but way over priced. I guess when it's 38yo you are paying for it whether it's spectacular or not. Sample courtesy of hs305.
    • Nose
      A very soft nose with light fruit, little maltiness, some fruit cake aroma.
    • Taste
      Sweet malt, fruit cake, some pineapple, sweet and viscous and a little briny.
    • Finish
      Medium, warm with some dry fruits.

  5. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Ninofdram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. malt templar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very fruity dram with a nice long finish. Quite my thing. Contrary to what is suggested here a few times, I don't believe this is Glenfarclas, no I personally like this one a lot better ..

  8. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. asmazda scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not spectacular. I recommend saving your money for other Speyside Region bottlings. Usually 1970’s are great vintages. I can’t figure out why this cask became a 10th anniversary bottling.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pineapple, guava, honey, flowers, wax, pepper. Nice but just too shy/soft to be 90+.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite weak for a single malt of this age. Same flavors as the nose but some oak tannins and sea salt. Loses points for its weakness, and the bitterness and saltiness doesn’t jive really well with the delicate flavors.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium, fruity, chocolatey, oaky.

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