Overall rating
91.79/100
votes
186
Whiskybase ID
WB118356
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
TWE Exclusive
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Butt
Number of bottles
568
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
28 sep 2018 12:58 pm by PitchBlack
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 747.43

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186 × member ratings

242 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Speyside Region 1973 TWA

50 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.79 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    taste--------------------93
    End rhyme--------------------91

  3. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nice nose on melon, yellow fruits, honey, herbaceous
    In the mouth it is round, we find the fruits with a slight exoticism. The grassy side is also there and brings a perfect balance, a bit of wood

  4. Lakerfield scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    After running a 1/4th marathon today, I felt the urge to pour something special. And this was beyond special. As I expected there's just an avalanche of fruits, oils and subtleties that make up for a brilliant whisky. Full bottles are expensive indeed but if you can get yourself a sample, please do it! It'll be worth it. Almost perfect in my books and for sure a privilege to taste.

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      Intensely fruity, as is custom with these old Speysiders. Almost like condensed multi vitamin juice. There's orange oil, peach, papaya, mango, maraschino cherry, overripe banana and probably a bunch of other exotic fruits I can't name. Just a lot of fruit! Also strawberry yoghurt, praliné, rice pudding, almond, manuka honey, licorice root, beeswax, balsamic vinegar and a touch of aniseed. Just incredible, so dense and concentrated.. Everything is turned up to 11, yet very nuanced and in balance. One you could nose for hours.
    • Taste
      Silky, elegant and still quite punchy. Like Cinderella with boxing gloves. We have a wave of fruits attacking our senses again. There's apricot, cranberry, orange, tangerine, overripe banana, pineapple juice and passion fruit (and probably more). Then rice pudding, toffee, cherry bonbon, jaffa cake, iced coffee, almond, honey, mint and something also found in old Caol Ila, I don't know exactly. Probably an age thing! Pure magic.
    • Finish
      Dried fruit, honey, almond and various oils. Just not long enough.. ;)

  5. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 55 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Wood, elegant Chinese black tea, obscure fruits, slight floral fragrance and cakes, and a pile of broken peanuts. In the end, it was somewhat smoky, although a guy next to me was smoking.

    Drink: Wine weight, tannins, tropical juices, licorice, oak, spices, a little bitter, and finally the smell of soaked wood came up, reminding me of soap smell, of course, I have never seen wood smell Soap.

    Overall: Emmm.. is also a 50ml Sample, which does not fully represent the quality of a 700ml bottle.

  6. DannyDram scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The bottle has been open for almost 3 years and is running out. Initially a bit closed, it has opened continuously and developed into a tropical fruit bomb with a lot of depth and pronounced intensity.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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  8. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 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
    92/92/93
    2-Speyside Region 1973 43 year 49.7% celebrating 10th anniversary of Daily Dram wb id 86910
    87/91/91
    3-Speyside Region 41 year fino sherry 1975 47.4% Whisky Fassle wb id 80035
    91/90/91
    4-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 47.4% TWE Exclusive wb id 118346
    87/90/90
    5-A Speyside distillery Cask 12 43 year 1973 52.2% 221 bottles Whisky Doris- wb id 117953
    88/88/89
    6-Speyside Region 44 year sherry cask 1973 51.6% sherry cask 372 bottles Antique Lions wb id 99244
    87/86/88
    7-A Speyside Distillery 41 year fino sherry 1975 46.9% 220 bottles Whisky Doris wb id 95372 -
    88/87/86
    8-Speyside Region, The Whisky Agency 1973 44 year 48.6% 10 years of TWA wb id 110350
    86/86/87
    9-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 52.4% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry wood wb id 98877
    88/84/85
    10-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 46.9% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry butt wb id 94857
    89/82/85

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The last of the 10 unnamed Speysiders and the nose is a good one.
    Another flowery fragrant nose but again you get this sour fruit note, not massively sour but you notice it.
    As you go on the fruit fights back, and there is a decent balance on show but not particularly interesting?
    The finish is quite long with a nice warming burn in your throat.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is a very nice dram with many layers, subtile flavours from start to finish. Glad one of my friends shared his bottle.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Wow, what a nose. With a drop of water in my blenders glass it is an orgy of flavours, many allready wrote about it so extra is not needed.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A good mouth full of taste with lots of subtile layers, nice.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, waxy, fruity, very nice.

  12. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Luscious tropical fruits alongside citrus syrup on the nose, with a tiny hint of wax, wet hay and coal. Oily delivery on the palate, with coconut and guava, some sweet orange and crushed almonds. Some fresh mint comes into the mix on the finish, with honey and wood polish, as well wax and banana. A simple fruit bomb at first sight but with some time it reveals a subtle complexity that elevates it to another level.

  13. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity. Ripe apples, orange peel, mango, a little vanilla. Flowerhoney. Fresh sawdust. Water mint. Sultanas, sweet pale grapes, wax.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Apricot, peach, mango, white pepper, honey. Almonds. Mandarins. Vanilla cream with candied orange pieces and walnut.

  14. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  15. KSC711 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. MaltNerd scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    One of the best things I have ever tried. A real creamy, fruity fireworks. It keeps its character with a great balance from start to finish.
    • Nose
      Incredibly warm, juicy and rich aroma. The first thing that greets us is the smell of sweet, sticky exotic fruits juice (resinous mango, passion fruit, ripe pears ...) and wax. Right behind it is intense vanilla (cream brulee) and traces of acetone. Over time, wonderful Christmas details appear: sponge cake, candied fruit, peach liqueur and fruitcake. Its nature reminds me of cognac. Great thing !!
    • Taste
      wonderful and full-bodied. Creamy sweetness with dried ginger, wax, banana cake, citrus-vanilla ice cream, peaches, bitter orange peel, a pinch of spices and dried pineapple.
    • Finish
      warm, slowly warming up, fruity, vanilla with citrus, pleasantly sour at the end with a mint leaf. Definitely long.

  17. Teomarg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  18. EJS scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. robse211 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  20. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  21. wncvirus scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose: hard candy, fresh fruit, pear apricots, some grass

    Taste: A lot of fruit evenly arranged a lot of sweets. Strong and deep notes. Creamy taste.

    Rating: 94/100 A long finish with a powerful dose of fruit. Whiskey really very good but very good. Very intense flavor along the entire length. In fact, the fruit taste is strong all the time. Definitely worth trying.

  22. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another good 70s Speysider with a nice balance between the sweet tropical fruits and the sour fruit notes. I also like the tiny spicy kick.

  23. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    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.

  25. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another excellent Speyside Region. A fruity, full whisky, with only a slightly weaker finish giving it 92 points instead of Sansibar 1975 40yo's 93.

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      Slightly bitter, bright, white wine gums of the most expensive kind (if they don't make luxury wine gums, they should - I'd buy) . Lemon seeds, Wilhelmina cookie taste in its sugariness (https://www.fazer.fi/tuotteet-ja-asiakaspalvelu/1940/oululainen-wilhelmina-pikkuleipa-185-g/), and with water it gets sweeter. The oak is impeccable, well matured and soft, waxy, undominated by strong wine notes.
    • Taste
      Sweeter than on the nose. You should find it easy to fall for this waxy, soft oak, which is even better than the nose promised. Otherwise as on the nose, but some prickly pear notes come up every now and then. Faint soft, good yeastiness below it all, tying it together.
    • Finish
      Becomes resinous, but still all on bright notes instead of the usual darker sherry molasses and tree saps. A pervasive waxiness, but sadly the finish is fainter than what the nose and taste felt like.

  26. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Nose: liquid honey with extra sugar, vanilla and a light fresh note (mint?)

    Taste: very oily, taste similar with the nosing, but with additional spices, pineapple and old oak.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  27. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Balance (23)
    Interesting experience (93)
    • Nose
      Wax, polished wood, greasy tropics, honey notes, medicinal herbs marmalades ... chocolate with a note of citrus vitamins ... baked goods and sticky vanilla ... light mineral theme. Cool aroma (24)
    • Taste
      Dry, fruit, chocolate and citruses, wax and honey on a polished countertop (23)
    • Finish
      Juicy finish, chocolate, vanilla, spices, cream and wood ... varnish, then tropics and cocoa, herbs (23)

  28. Tony-Port Lady did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    another wonderful undisclosed Speysider from the Agency, well done again

  29. JürgenWhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    excellent quality, had two samples of this wonderful dram

  30. DannyDram scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Complex, consistent aromas from start to finish
    • Nose
      94 94
      A huge range of tropical fruit, some red berries.
      Aromatic very complex, medium to strong.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Rhubarb, tropical fruit, red berries. Nice balance. Pronounced intensity.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, fruity finish. Pronounced fruit pressure, power rather medium.

  31. riekio scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      bananas on the green side, eucalpthyus maybe mint, some mango --> pineapple tropical notes, not much oaky spice, more on distillate and barley, little bit of coconut and vanilla cream. fantastic. After a few days it got even more tropical on the nose
    • Taste
      92 92
      oily, nice back-spice (is that a thing? now it is!), lots of licorice, mostly black and intermingling with red, yellow banana hard candy from when i was a kid (shaped like a banana), mint notes lead me into the finish. some marshmallow now. lots more coconut now, very creamy. If you let it breath for awhile in the glass its so much more tropical, less on the licorice and coconut side to the pineapple side
    • Finish
      93 93
      oily coconut follows, almost no oak spice how is that possilbe? mango with condensed milk on the back palate, beach vibes. super long, super smooth and soft. very complex on the finish, moves to tinned pineapple. Same thing, much more yellow fruits than coconut if you let it breathe

  32. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As written below, there seems to be some things not 100% fit together, but that is complain about a fairly high level ...
    • Nose
      Ginger, fresh wood chips, camphor, green tea, some papaya, behind it old leather, white chocolate, slightly dusty honey, lemon drops
    • Taste
      Papaya, dragon fruit, green apple, ginger, anise, lavender, green tea, lime zest, somehow bite but a few notes, does not fit together, tropical honey
    • Finish
      Long, teen, dry papaya chips, ginger, a bit sticky

  33. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow, it's delicious !!!
    I do not know what to say except that it is really a very good Whiskey with very little imperfection.
    To regain to find him negative points.
    • Nose
      It's fresh on a fruit basket (peach, melon and apricot). There is also fresh cream, honey and sweet spices.
    • Taste
      Alcohol perfectly integrated. There is this pretty fruity, mainly on the green melon of Spain. It is unctuous, fat with some woody notes but weak and distant.
    • Finish
      Very nice length on spices, vanilla and some fruits.

  34. Lady Dram did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  35. 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.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose 4/5
      Mouth and finish 5/5

      Whiskey n ° 2095

  36. Simon Stood scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Orange, black currant, cookies
    • Taste
      93 93
      Cotton candy, dried apricots, tropical yellow fruits
    • Finish
      92 92
      Green pepper, prunes, mint

  37. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  39. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  41. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo 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!

  42. asmazda scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Love the nose... similar to a number of these undisclosed 1973's I have tried as well as some Glenfarclas from same era aged in plain oak. Tastes more herbal than I prefer, but this is preference and can't fault it. Just the slight tartness and slight bitterness loses some points.
    • Nose
      94 94
      An entourage of juicy ripe tropical fruits... especially guava, cherimoya, pineapple, beeswax, and old furniture. Over time there are notes of menthol and spring flowers.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very different from the nose. Very herbal, and the primary fruits are ripe pears and apples. Sweet yet dry at the same time if that makes sense, followed by a little bitter tingle from the oak.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, various citrus (both sweet and sour), bitter walnut skin, and some menthol herbal concoction.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/undisclosed/speyside-region-1973-whisky-agency-whisky-exchange/

    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.

  46. Jimenez 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

  47. 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.

  48. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/undercover-malts

    N: The whisky fairies have been around with their magic sparkle dust. Wowee!
    T: The palate makes a galant attempt at keeping up with the nose.
    F: A fresh & ashy ‘old & rare’ finish.
    C: It’s still early on day one, but this is very possibly the whisky of the show, certainly one of them. I’ll revisit it later. Some are saying [bourbon-matured] Glenfarclas, but further investigations say not.

    Provisionally scores an A[-]

    TAKE 2:

    Since I was last gone [2 days ago], the label & contents have been scrutinised a bit more. TWA’s label is frankly, rather lazy - the antithesis of crystal decanters sealed with unicorn tears. There are some question too regarding the legality of what’s on the label. It states 'distilled at Speyside region’ [wha?], and 'Speyside Region Malt Scotch Whisky’, whilst it’s officially now a blended malt. “Macallan, Tamdhu?”, ponders Billy. Finally, I was told this was in fact bottled in 2018 not 2017.

    C: Either way, it’s delicious juice.

    Scores an A- points today, so an A[-] overall.

  49. 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.

  50. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    twe wrote: "An elegant old Speyside bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange by German independent The Whisky Agency. This was bottled from a butt of blended malt from across the Speyside region, and has the old and elegant character you'd expect from a whisky that brings together the best of the area."

    twe blog: "The last year has been a very busy one for The Whisky Exchange when it comes to exclusive bottlings. We’ve put out more than 30 exclusive whiskies and a rum, with many more to come over the next 12 months. However, one of my favourites is a whisky that I poured at The Whisky Show back in September – a mysterious Speyside 1973 bottled by The Whisky Agency.

    MYSTERIOUS 1973 WHISKY
    There have been a few 1973 releases from Speyside recently. They are listed as blended malt whiskies and with little information about them, other than that they are excellent and packed with tropical-fruit notes – a style of whisky that we are especially fond of in the Whisky Exchange office. We were very pleased when The Whisky Agency had a cask that we could bottle with them.

    All we know for sure is that it was distilled in 1973, matured in an ex-sherry butt and bottled at 43 years old. Other than that, we can only guess…

    We think it was a fino sherry butt rather than the more regular oloroso – the colour and character of the whisky back that up, but we can’t be sure. It’s also almost certainly a refill cask, as the whisky is surprisingly un-woody for a 43-year-old.

    While it’s a blended malt, it’s also quite reminiscent of a certain style of 1970s’ Speyside whisky – the fruity style that a well-known family-owned distillery is known for, when you can find a bottling that isn’t heavily sherried.

    Nose: Spiced brioche, brown sugar and rich lardy cake. Cinnamon buns and iced Danish pastries with a cherry on the top. Fruit jelly notes develop – lemon, lime, pineapple, dried mango and papaya – with a background of old, wax-polished oak tables. Meatier notes slowly emerge, balanced by sugar flowers, candied lemon and sweet whipped cream.

    Palate: Creamily textured, with lightly-spiced egg-custard tarts leading into old Chartreuse, spiced sponge cake and butter cream – the herbal notes float around on top, while underneath sit piles of cakes and oaty biscuits. In between are fruity boiled sweets, barley sugar and herbal throat sweets. Apple, pear, pineapple, and candied papaya and banana develop: softly-spiced tarte-tatin, drenched with butter, and dressed with tropical and orchard fruit.

    Finish: Apple sauce and buttered toast. Toasted, spiced, fruit loaf develops. Apple sweets and cream remain.

    Comment: Old and dignified. Floral and fruity notes dance around on top, with weightier notes of spice and cake supporting from below. Complex and elegant, rewarding long exploration. It is almost impossible to get whisky of this age and quality for anything approaching this price – a rare chance to taste an increasingly hard-to-find style of malt."

    https://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2019/01/speyside-1973-old-fashioned-fruity-whisky/

  51. Hirschhof did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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...

  52. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Glenfarclas.

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