Overall rating
89.14/100
votes
16
Whiskybase ID
WB216519
Category
Blend
Distilleries
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
48 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
40997
Number of bottles
531
Strength
40.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 aug 2022 10:47 pm by RaggaeShark
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 336.73

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16 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Excalibur 1973 MBl

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.14 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2022] Why the hell creates someone a blend out of 48-years Clynelish, Dailuaine or Teaninich malts when such an old single malt bottling of these distilleries easily fetches a four-digit price each these days? The answer can be found in the very low abv of 40.3% abv of this blend: Obviously all single malt casks fell significantly below the 40% abv threshold which is needed to call a malt a whisky (any spirit with a lower abv is not allowed to be named as whisky according to Scottish law and is sold as spirit or liqueur, usually). Hence, they re-racked these under-proof casks into a refill sherry but and added a higher-proof Invergordon grain of the same vintage and age to push the result above the magic 40% abv limit. Not sure how long they married the stuff in the refill butt but it had to be three years at minimum because otherwise they could not state a "refill sherry butt" maturation but had to declare it a "sherry butt finish" instead (again according to Scottish whisky regulations: If a whisky matures in different casks for more than three years each the bottler can decide which of the cask(s) is stated on the label, usually they select the most valuable in terms of pricing which is a sherry maturation these days). I am very, very curious on both the profile and the drinking quality of such an unusual creation...

    ...and it is pretty nice! Right after serving this dram smells and tastes like an excellent old sherried Invergordon. Even after a long breathing and intense chewing the malt flavours are hard to catch so I simply take this as an old grain, and it is very interesting and enjoyable in this respect. Obviously, the quantities of the malts were rather small (forgotten casks in the warehouse?) but I could not care less given that the pricing is equivalent to an old grain whisky of a comparable age. I like this, and if you never drank such an old dram go for it as there will not be many more opportunities to buy a vintage 1973 at such a reasonable price (319 Euro bucks), most probably.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is very dark at tawny and of course I use a big spherical blender's glass to nose such an old beauty. Oh, the first sniff is adorable already with old sherry flavours mixing up with the trademark grain aromas of very old Invergordon. Right after serving I do not catch any significant malt aromas at all, so I let this dram breath for about 30 minutes. After that excellent high-ester notes develop which remind me of top-quality old single cask rum maturations (I like these too). Still the malt aromas hide cowardly in the background, but actually I do not miss them given this very fine old sherried grain profile without any off note.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Like so often with very old drams the taste cannot keep up with the high expectations of the nose but still this is very good. Again, the Invergordon is clearly in the driver's seat with the sherry and wooden flavours as powerful sidecar-passengers. It takes quite some chewing efforts to motivate the malt flavours to leave their hideaway, nonetheless an experienced malt connoisseur will manage this challenge for sure. But to be honest, I could not identify any malt distillery's profile or trademark flavours in this mix as the grain, sherry and wood are clearly dominating (these three are in balance which is great).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and with an average coating effect on my palate, the tannins are firm and provide some minor bitter moments, but they do not overpower and given the 48-years in oak this is more than okay. The finish is of medium length and adds more spices, some astringent moments (tannins again) which are not distracting and more dry sherry flavours. Some water strengthens the spicy side of the dram but be careful not to add too much as the dram flattens quickly. I prefer it neat.

  2. Jesus-Whisky scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Great Blended Whisky, nice complex Tast and very good Value for Money!!!

  3. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Dome306 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    He was allowed to breathe in the glass for around 30-40 minutes, which opens it up.

    A sweetish smell of wood (no oak) on the nose, which I would describe as precious woods such as cedar or sandalwood. He also knows some parallels to very old cognacs, an old dusty leather chair is in the glass. In addition, dark, partially dried fruits, especially plums, which were seasoned with a little cinnamon and brown sugar.

    The first sip: Yes, you can tell that it only has just over 40%, it is relatively light in the mouth. The alcohol is no longer felt, you can leave it in your mouth forever. With the second sip come notes of dark honey, autumn leaves and again old wood, along with rum raisins, green tea and rock candy.

    The finish is then quite long and gentle, it needs a little time to develop properly. But then you have a nice, pleasant aftertaste that is reminiscent of dark chocolate with almonds.

    A drop that should be given a lot of time and attention and that especially likes to impress with a wonderful nose and sheer age. On the other hand, the alcohol content should actually be a few percent higher, then it would develop even more power on the palate.

  5. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    At the beginning, the grain and the sherry from the cask dominate the drop. The longer it stands in the glass, the more complex it becomes and can ultimately convince with an interplay of aromas. The palate is still exciting, but the grain and tannins are becoming more and more dominant. The finish then surprises again with the sudden appearance of berries. But one would have wished for a longer finish. The main point of criticism is the lack of power, so the 40.3% was a bit tight.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Start with spiciness, notes of sherry and solvent from the grain. Vanilla, cherry, oak, dust, hay, sweetness and a hint of wood smoke follow.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and soft, tobacco, becoming a bit bitter, cherry, liquorice, shoe polish, wood smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-length, salivating finish with berries, bitterness, oak and spices. A little powerless.

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