Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC)
Bottling serie
Batch 1
Stated Age
50 years old
Number of bottles
48.6 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
09 Aug 2018 5:54 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 835.32

36 × in wishlist

92 × member ratings

90 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside #1 TBWC

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.43 points

  1. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    The nose is not explosive it is somewhat restrained. I like the smell the most and it is going downhill from there. You can expect that this whisky has a woody influence, it has seen a cask for a very long time. But this should have been bottled quite some years ago. I will not even try to guess the distillery, it doesn't matter. It is a nice enough whisky, great to be able to drink a 50 year old for a fairly ok price. But I have seen much better whiskies at a better price.

    Maybe just not my style but the old wood and bitter elements are to dominant for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Starting of with strawberry, dark cherries, marmalade, very dark chocolate. Very intense and concentrated. Old wood, old leather. Somewhat of an old library smell. Cinnamon and cloves. Then menthol and stewed strawberries, red cherries, oranges. Leaving the darkness behind and growing towards ripe forest fruits. Eventually it becomes fruity helped with some water it turns into a great whisky.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet red fruits, very old wood, honey. Grapefruits which is nice in the mixture. Giving it a somewhat fresher almost sour element. The fruits are covered by the wood and almost muddy elements. Again dark chocolates or almost pure cacao. With water the bitter edge remains.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Bitter, woody at first tasting. Second sip still bitter but much less. Midlong finish with a little bit of strawberries, almonds, walnuts. A bit drying but the bitter elements remain. The least interesting aspect.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I doubt this is Macallan, bro. Glenfarclas, Strathisla, Glen Grant are plausible, with Glenfarclas being the most likely. One can only look at the pricing to know this is very, very, VERY unlikely to be Macallan. And with something this dark, most likely it's not Glen Grant or Strathisla either. But hey, you never know.

  3. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    FAT. Leather, coffee, cocoa, a touch of refreshing menthol, dusty, slightly sour, sherry at it's best. Old Herrenzimmer, filled with spicy tobacco smell. Gorgeous! Zero alcohol, no stinging, no miss notes. For me, a typical, old Macallan from a paxarettgepimpten sherry barrel.

    Oha. Bitter-sweet, he spits on the tongue. Slightly sour. Mocha, espresso, old. Very, very soft. Spicy, becoming increasingly bitter. The 50 years in the barrel are tasty, but on the good side. Dark Toffee, Werther's Real. Men's chocolate and always coffee. Wow. Rum pot, topped with dark fruits, mainly plums. What a board.

    Soft and eternal. After 30 minutes you chew on the stuff. Always sweeter. Fermented fruits. It comes to the desire for a real coffee to get this plum jam from the mouth.

    An exceptional draft in the unmanageable whisky sea. The 50 years have let him mature to a special painting. No malt for every day and certainly not a malt for everyone. But so good for me that I had to have a bottle of it. Macallan? In the smell in any case. Tasty maybe, maybe not. Glenfarclas? Maybe that too. Anyway, in any case, a great malt.

  4. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    very nice 50 y old. but not worth 99 points.
    i think its time to clean the site of commercial reviews.
    people like jice51 and clairebackus... are only putting up shop links and fake notes.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Paxaretten-Sherrybombe slices
    • Nose
      92 92
      Shoe polish, red grape juice, black currants, crushed fully ripe elderberries, beeswax, cigar tobacco, musty wardrobe
    • Taste
      92 92
      Cranberries, leather, old dry sherry, red Trockenbeerenauslese, sweetened espresso - very astringent, half a century in oak barrels leave its mark
    • Finish
      91 91
      long and dry - the wood stays in the back pockets for a very long time

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A superb whisky, with a beautiful, deeply fruity and jammy nose. The oak dissipated over time (bottled has been opened for 3+ months). I had it only at 91 points initially due to the tannins and dryness, but it's gotten better since. Now 93 points.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    N: We are in serious tincture territory. This one deserves time.
    T: Dusty fruits and bitter herbal tinctures, hugely heathery with some bitter soot.
    F: It’s fairly woody but has done very well given its long journey in oak. It comes through a bitter wave to finish fabulously tobacco-dry.
    C: It’s hard to pin down given festival constrictions, but it’s another cracker.

    Scores an A-

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. markkuyper scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky that shows its strengths with wonderful, changing flavors, especially on the nose. The fresh note of lemon balm gives it a special highlight and extends this old man with a rather young, lively accent. The main point of criticism is the not optimally integrated alcohol, which tarnishes the overall impression especially in the mouth.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Start with oranges, cherries, cinnamon. Then roasted aromas. In between there is a surprising mix of lemon balm, which stands out entirely from the potpourri of dark notes. Soy sauce. Then filled gingerbread hearts and a clear note of old wood. The alcohol can be clearly felt in the nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, cherries, shoe polish. Black tea. Alcohol strong and somewhat pungent. Spices.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long finish and a creamy mouthfeel. Spicy oak, shoe polish


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