Overall rating
Blended Malt
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
TWE Exclusive
Stated Age
43 years old
Number of bottles
47.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
28 Sep 2018 12:58 pm by PitchBlack

Average value

€ 601.42

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157 × member ratings

224 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1973 TWA

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.87 points

  1. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior


    Nose: a very warm, waxy start. Old polished floors, beeswax, a little paraffin and then these luscious jammy fruits, always with a tropical edge. Tangerine, mango, guava, apricot. Whiffs of muscat grapes and honeysuckle. Some meadow flowers and vanilla cake with icing. Citrus peel too. Exemplary. Mouth: starts on creamy fruits and vanilla (pears, pineapples, banana cake), mixed with lemony oak polish and drops of old herbal liqueurs. Leathery notes, butter biscuits, some oak spices (ginger). Orange peel. Hints of grapefruits and mint towards the end. Finish: long, still complex, with fruits, spices and the typical waxiness.

    Again a wonderfully elegant combination of fruity tartness, spicy oak, floral and waxy notes. Highly recommended.

  2. AlexPt scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Sukhinder Singh confirmed today this is SINGLE Malt aged in fino cask from a well known family distillery, this was labeled as blended for legal reasons.
    For me this is obviously Glenfarclas

  3. bibjim877 scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    TWE changed their description on this, originally it was described as a single malt from Glenfarclas without using the name and now it is a blended malt. Interesting approach on their part as almost none of these undisclosed Speysides are labeled as single malts, it is incredibly excellent stuff, but poor business practice by TWE to make those who've already purchased think they're getting something different. Makes me wonder though are all these old Speysides actually blended/teaspooned malts and not single malts and that's why they can't be labeled as farclas or whatever distillery and have sat around so long just now selling very cheap for their age and quality. Makes you wonder.
    Harzhof has the original description listed from TWE:
    ""While we can't explicitly tell you which family-owned distillery this is from, it's one of our favourites, and they're well known for producing great whisky from sherry butts. We'll leave the guessing up to you...""

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Moderator

    Can absolutely compete with the best of the undisclosed Speysiders, very round and yes, smooth - really, really yet another great unknown Speysider from 1973!
    • Nose
      Intense, tropical and exotic fruits galore, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, peaches, apples, hoey, fine oak wood - excellent!
    • Taste
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, mellow, fruity explosion, sticky honey, finest oak wood, absolutely no flaw - superb!
    • Finish
      Long, warm, very round, little more woody but really still very fruity and enough sweet - great!

  5. mothers_finest scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Of course, this Speysider seamlessly joins the series. Whether it's a Fino Sherrycask or not, I can not judge, fact is, all those Speysiders from whatever barrel, do not take each other off so much. They are all high quality malts somewhere between 91-93 points. I prefer this here in the oak-heavier division. Not as "spicy" as the "Whisky Fässle", not as sweet (tropical fruits) as the "Liquid Treasures", but more woody. I like it a lot. On another day he may get a point more; at another one less. Price performance ratio is another discussion, but that's not the point here ...

    Personally, I found the Liquid Treasures to be the best so far, so I have to rate this one under 93. However, I find this better than the "Art Nouveau Ladies WID 94857" for example, which I again both rated with 92 points.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I've tasted fruitier examples of this style, yet this one has a lovely balance and a good complexity. I know it's not cheap, but at this price you'd be hard pressed to find something better from this era.
    • Nose
      Very waxy with hints of furniture polish, a touch of resin and whiffs of honey. There's plenty of orange marmalade too, as well as mango and apricot, and just a whiff of fresh apple parts. There's a bit of lime here too, as well as a very thin veneer of star anise and brown sugar.
    • Taste
      Starts of on hints of lemon peel, and polished oak as well. Rather creamy. A whiff of mushed banana, vanilla, tinned pineapple and candy floss. Fruity, but not super fruity, and it has a somewhat spicy side as well.
    • Finish
      Slightly tannic, waxy and hints of tropical fruits. Very long and pleasant.

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    These 1973 Speysides are some of the best malts ever, in my opinion. They are so flawless and elegant from start to finish, with all the notes being right in my wheelhouse. Beautiful stuff.

    Edit: Had this again against a 73 Longrow mini, amongst other things and I have to say this is one of my favourite styles of whisky. Elegance personified. Incredible stuff.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Beeswax, honeysuckle and perfect vanilla. Thick creamed honey and fresh mint. Breezy spring air. Custard and tropical fruits - mango, honeydew, passion fruit, guava, yellow plum, apricots.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Honey and mint in the lead, with the purest vanilla bean, white chocolate, waxy (beeswax), and polished furniture. Fat and oily, gets fresher and zippier in the mouth. Orange sherbet comes to mind.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long and mouthcoating finish. Pure vanilla bean and the best honey you’ve ever tasted. Bright, fruity (mango lassie, honeydew and orange sherbet), with notes of pine sap. A masterclass in oak balance, in my opinion.

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Overripe melon, orange marmalade. Chips of dry wood initially that is getting waxed. Generous crème brûlée.
    • Taste
      The sweetness of honey dominates the range of sweet spices that unfold, cinnamon in the head. Touch velvety, ripe fruit ... it's beautiful!
    • Finish
      Ripe fruit again that compliment herbal and floral notes. Long, oily and sticky, there is no trace of woody as often found in this kind of old malt. The fino gave everything he could.

      Nose 4/5
      Mouth and finish 5/5

      Whiskey n ° 2095

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    These are so good, it's getting boring! Despite the switcheroo description from TWE, this is very typical of a 1973 Fino cask Speyside, presumably from Glenfarclas. I do wonder what prompted TWE to say it's a blended malt, when the original description implied single malt. Did they receive knowledge that it was teaspooned?

    Tried this side by side with the 1973 Speyside from TWA bottled for their 10th year anniversary at 48.6%. That one seems to be just incrementally better -- slightly thicker, creamier, and perhaps a bit more balanced with less oak (not that this is oaky by any means), but with less tanginess and less bite.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very typical of the 1973 undisclosed Speysides. Sweet, tangy, sourish components are at the forefront. Raspberry frosting. Passionfruit. Also sweet hard candy.
    • Taste
      92 92
      A good 1973, rather viscous, with an oily component, intermixed with the fruits, of course. The tangy sourish notes are still here. Again, this is very typical of the 1973's, but the notes are somewhat brighter.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Not too oaky. Quite balance, and good length. 91.5 points.

  10. Dirk did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    @holborndrinker: what is your source? As this is not even a single malt but a blended malt. According to TWE this is a blended malt with stock from speyside. So rather Macallan and Glenrothes. If it actually comes from Edrington alone.


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