Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Stated Age
43 years old
Calculated age
43 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Sep 2018 8:06 am by glasskeeper
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 410.00

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Whisky Reviews for A Speyside Distillery 1973 WD

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.63 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] After completion of this year's The Family Casks tasting sessions I try this older (most probably) Glenfarclas because the 1973 official vintage is completely over-priced at several thousand bucks right now (I wonder who buys at such weird prices)...

    ...and this is another excellent example of how great the Traditional Scotch maturation style (once) was. It offers an unbelievably complex, superbly balanced and dangerously quaffable profile that is simply ... great! No flaw, no off-note, no imbalance - just pure pleasure both for my olfactory cells and taste buds. The price is somewhat adequate given today's weird levels - I am afraid you will not get such a drinking quality for lesser bucks in the foreseeable future...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers an adorable fruity-nutty-OBF sherry profile that represents the Traditional Scotch maturation style at its best. It enfolds greatly after some breathing and releases dozens of additional fine aromas, among them honeys, raisins, figs, cinnamon, walnut oil, nail varnish remover to mention just a few. No flaw or off-note and all nicely balanced, and the woods are perfect to provide a sound backbone without entering the spotlight.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste it nicely layered on all the fine sherry and malty flavours one can think of - this is a perfect example to chew it for minutes and detect new impressions all the time. Again no flaw or imbalance and the woods stay calm in their (best) role to provide structure without dominating. Some water turns both nose and taste punchier what I do not like but a further reduction releases additional waxy and oily notes that are great. I like this dram best when neat but it is worth a try with a fair share of water at around 38% abv too (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a minor peppery-drying moment that is absolutely okay for such an old gem. The finish is long and adds more honey and chocolatey flavours that are delicious. The slightly drying-astringent feeling pops up again towards the end what just drives you to serve you another dram (which is dangerous to your bank account given the price of a dram)...

  2. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The nose is world class, and the tightly woven aroma elegance in the interplay of nose, taste and finish is almost scary perfect.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Williams Christ-Pear from the tin, fully ripe pineapple, honey, pollen, flower nectar, the whole floral program. Dandelion flowers, from afar a touch waxed old plank floor, then again more fruity, grape jelly from light grapes, mashed tropical fruit, passion fruit juice, so that's very big cinema, so delicate and nuanced is the.
      Carefully warmed up and with a lot of life new flavors develop, which remind of past summer ... Even raspberry notes I have now, while everything is ripe and balanced. Everything is fine in the nose, no VERY good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The alcohol is only slightly felt, the same breathtaking fruit mixture from the nose is now elegantly drawn over my tongue, refined with a splash of old lemon and a dash of elderflower syrup rounded. Silky soft and oily yet showing the age. You can just revel!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Gentle and yet with a certain spice, after a while, the sound of harmony gradually swings, I want to hold on even longer, I'm just satisfied :)

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Yet another great undisclosed Speysider 73 - of course I would guess Glenfarclas again - on the nose and palate on the same level as most of the very good ones - a bit more woody notes in the end and probably just a tad bitter - but really this is negligible - still great stuff!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Very intense, overripe tropical fruits galore, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, apricots, you name it, sticky sweet honey, whiffs of solvent, spices, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more - fantastic!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, sirupy, extremely fruity, sweet, spices of all kinds, a bit more woody notes, also nutty notes - excellent!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, warm, more fruity, still good sweetness but also more woody and zesty notes, a bit more of grapefruits - still great!

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Have tried it now 2 * - he benefits from a lot of patience - it is a great Malt - especially on the palate. The price tag is like all these bottles in 2018 already very violent - the last TWA / Maltbarn 1973 (110350 and 110364) meet a little more my personal taste - now these are long way - his price is worth this one here for sure.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Typical 73er, very nice sweet-sour exotic fruits with yoghurt (pineapple, passion fruit, citrus ..) a little green cucumber / carambola - but rather discreet - you have to breathe rather gently or cover it - this fruity note mixes in equal parts with especially salty yeast / bread dough, some waxy, spicy notes and light oak wood is more pronounced than other 73ers
      (I deduct in the points for the Teignoten - I do not like personally - I accept in Malts for 100 €, here rather not)
      Up to 89 points for the nose.

      with much more time (30 minutes upwards) it becomes more sour - develops beautiful mango and orange flavors the nose becomes altogether more fruity, if one does not put the nose so deep into the glass - because there waits the Teignote
      (from here rather 92 points)
    • Taste
      91 91
      nice round, full-bodied complex - lively - pulsating, sweet and sour fruit notes from the nose can be found on the palate again - especially the citrus / orange notes mix with pineapple drops, the Teignoten me luckily spared - he is spicier chewing with mint and ginger, very fine powerful woody aromas without disturbing bitterness - in addition - spicy herbs, roasted nuts, some malt.
    • Finish
      92 92
      beautiful wood / fruit / yoghurt mixture - tingles and dances - stays medium intensive on the palate - but very long on the tongue and in the mouth with less intensity

      with each sip the finish becomes longer

  5. Yomimita scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose is all tropical fruit, mango ripe banana pineapple , live it
    Hove this dram time! needed to open complete .... just ordered second bottle
    Also in the mouth , you taste the fruit also nuity , finish is very long ....not the best 73 i tasted but a great one .... great job Doris!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. jamesling scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nice Oldschool oak and yet with beautiful own notes, great part, great barrel.
    • Nose
      Very oak laden, walnut, pine honey, pine nuts, light raisins, fig, macadamia nuts, honeydew melon, sweet pear, cardamom, candied ginger, cinnamon
    • Taste
      White raisins, orange with peel, grapefruit, honeydew melon, grapes, licorice, candied ginger, quince, camphor, fennel, pines
    • Finish
      Drying, oak, orange peel, camphor, dark malt, long

  9. paulmalt scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The nose is very fruity and spicy, but what really intreages me, is this nutty vanilla milk chocolate mustiness that flies over the top. I get this in old clynelish as well.
    The taste is tropical creamy fruits with spices, but what makes it just beautiful is again this musty waxiness side on it. It is oily and the aftertaste is long. Delicious stuff

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    1973-1975, 41-44 years old undisclosed Speyside single malts x 10

    I had very high expectations for this tasting and that was hardly surprising as the average scores were between 91-93 points.
    Most people think they are all Glenfarclas and they must be at least 3rd fill possibly 4th fill judging by the quality on show here.
    Alas I was disappointed and the high scores on these malts were not justified, some people score them 97/98 points or even higher?
    I only scored 3 over 90 points and if i was honest with myself the rest could easily have been a few points lower than the average scores i gave them.
    The Maltbarn was the best, the Daily Dram and the Whisky Fassle gave a good account of themselves and the TWA whisky exchange gets a mention but it was hardly exciting.
    The other 6 were disappointing with weakish noses and a palate that was the wrong side of woody which at times the wood stopped the fruit in its tracks which was a shame.
    They were also a bit thin and in final summary insipid, uninteresting and boring to me.

    The top 3 i would not pay more than £200 for, the rest I would not buy, the prices people want for these is stupid, just becuse something is old they are not better and if they are indeed Glenfarclas then in most cases they were not up to the quality that the distillery needed to keep them as an official bottling, the Maltbarn and Daily Dram were good enough, so a shout out to those two IB bottlers.
    My comments will be disagreed with I am sure but this is where H2H tastings come into their own, and let you score accordingly matched to quality, you always have a reference point to place your scores around. In isolation i can sort of understand some of the high scores and my sensitivity to bitterness will always be a factor but apart from the top 3 there was nothing to get excited about here, that said the scores are respectable so decent aged single malts without in most cases approaching real quality.

    1-Speyside 43 year 1973 47.7% sherry cask 149 bottles Maltbarn wb id 95118
    2-Speyside Region 1973 43 year 49.7% celebrating 10th anniversary of Daily Dram wb id 86910
    3-Speyside Region 41 year fino sherry 1975 47.4% Whisky Fassle wb id 80035
    4-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 47.4% TWE Exclusive wb id 118346
    5-A Speyside distillery Cask 12 43 year 1973 52.2% 221 bottles Whisky Doris- wb id 117953
    6-Speyside Region 44 year sherry cask 1973 51.6% sherry cask 372 bottles Antique Lions wb id 99244
    7-A Speyside Distillery 41 year fino sherry 1975 46.9% 220 bottles Whisky Doris wb id 95372 -
    8-Speyside Region, The Whisky Agency 1973 44 year 48.6% 10 years of TWA wb id 110350
    9-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 52.4% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry wood wb id 98877
    10-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 46.9% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry butt wb id 94857


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