Overall rating
90.36/100
votes
110
Whiskybase ID
WB22100
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
146
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Joint bottling with The Nectar
Added on
22 may 2011 2:41 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 764.48

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110 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenury Royal 1973 TWA

19 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.36 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December 2022] I found this dram in this year's advent calendar...

    ...and TWA released a phenomenal Glenury 1973 in 2010 (WB18653) and this seems to be a sibling's cask bottled in 2011. Unfortunately, this is not as good as the 2010 release because of too dominating bitter wooden notes both in the later parts of the taste and the finish. Nonetheless, a fine dram from the past.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is deep copper, and the nose offers these interesting old rancio aromas one can find in very old cognac too - namely earthy notes (dunnage warehouse), mushrooms on a wet forest floor, over-ripe tropical fruits and the leather books of an ancient library. This is both very interesting to explore and entertaining to smell, after some oxidation the wooden notes grow stronger and dominate a little, unfortunately. So, hurry with your first sniff not to miss the best part of this nose's profile.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is multi-layered on tropical fruits, nuts, waxes, leather, manuka honey and more - but unfortunately, in the later layers the wooden tannins overpower all the other impressions. This dram should have been bottled some years earlier, to be honest. But you can fix this problem quite easily: Simply swallow the dram before it starts to turn too bitter.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and dries out towards the end, now the tannins take their toll with dominating bitter impressions. Still this acceptable for a 37-year-old dram, but it would have been much better without these wooden notes. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram without releasing new impressions.

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  3. ailean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Quite complex and balanced on the nose, cannot catchup on the palate and with the finish - overall pretty good
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense, fruity, dried apricots, plums, bananas, acacia honey, spices, pepper, oak wood - I like this profile - great!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Little punchy, fruity, strawberries and pepper, good sweetness, hints of old books and old wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, still fruity, not drying

  6. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Vince scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    interesting classic flavours, including overripe oranges, old wood. A bit shy on the nose (hay?) and short finish. Maybe should have been bottled earlier.

  8. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    A whisky that has been on my list for a long time. Missing out on purchasing this bottle a few times I finally could taste this. Not sure if I would be paying current prices for this bottle. But then again: when will you be able to try Glenury Royal again?
    • Nose
      Honey, brown sugar and pears. Apples, cinnamon, some other spices but all back to sweetness. Still restrained but after some time in the glass it does integrate nicely. This is nice! I get some additional fruits later on like oranges, green banana. Take your time with this, it is very nice and yes as always if you are impatient: add some water. A few drops are doing some magic.
    • Taste
      Honey, pear, papaya, pineapple. Tropical fruits! I love this! Then turning towards spices, cloves, wood some and very dark chocolate. Takes some time to get used to this. The nose is fresher but with time (hey you shouldn't rush this anyway!) it does deliver.
    • Finish
      Strawberries, dark chocolate, a distant part of fruitiness. A bit short but pleasant. Honey and spices but drying.

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An effective dram, which gives in the register of the old grimmoir, a very good experience !!
    • Nose
      spices, mint, coriander, sweetened macerated fruits, a little wax
    • Taste
      orange, lemon a little confit, old wood a little soggy, honey, gingerbread, this grassy side again with dried mint, a little old leather and separation of these aromas make it a plus!
    • Finish
      medium to long on grass, wood, leather and citrus, it's almost simple, but intense!

  12. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, sweet spices, mint, caramelized fruit, compote, wax, a return of sweet candy and old wood amalgamated with old leather.
    • Nose
      elixir!
      wood, wax, sweet spices, almost sweet, a little aftereight, marzipan, a little old leather and dust!
    • Finish
      long and intense!

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

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

  14. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Glenury Royal 37 yo 1973 (43%,
    The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2011, bourbon hogshead, 146 btl.)

    Nose: honeyed nose with apple pie and caramelized sugar. Baked pear, raisins, apricots. Maybe a little papaya. Some nutty notes. Hay. Soft spices (cinnamon, mint). Nicely mellow and “antique” at the same time. Mouth: a bit too soft, but smooth and juicy, showing mainly oranges, both fresh and candied. Pears as well. Developing a spicy side (mint, clove, aniseed) and tobacco which makes it quite oriental. Honey. Some resinous oak and herbal tea. Faint paraffin notes. Finish: not too long, but nicely minty with a bit of drying oak.

    Very good whisky, but quite expensive: around € 240 while last year’s Glenury Royal 1973 from the same bottler was only € 180.

    Score: 91/100 

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  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

     would have liked to have this one at 50%+ but it is still a nice enough Glenury.
    Not complicated and easy to drink but the wood is starting to overpower it and at 37 years it was in the cask too long for me.
    • Nose
      Resinous, honey, sherbert, varnished wood, turkish delight, a bag of jelly bean sweets.
    • Taste
      Full bodied on satsuma, fufge, crunchie bars, wafer and at the finish I get the sherbert again with a noticeable bitter woodiness.
    • Finish
      Quite short.

  20. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Fruity bomb with mango, grapefruit and vanilla on top. Attack on the fruits of the nose then some tannins come to structure the whole. Longish finish on the fruits and lingering tannins. Very good, very fine and evolutive.

  21. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind. Thank you Tomy for the discovery of this bottle visibly very rare.
    The nose is for me at the top. The rest is well done, elegant, but not my favorite whisky profile. I may have missed something ...
    • Nose
      Powerful, expressive, very fruity, on the apple, then the plum, the mirabelle plum. A sweet feeling a bit like a "refill sherry". Then develop notes of wax, straw, varnish. The empty glass highlights the old cask, a little vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      Very easy, sweet, fruity (mirabelle, plums), texture neither dry nor too thick. Slightly woody. Rather simple, but fine and well done.
    • Finish
      A little more varnish, wood, vanilla.

  22. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex but very pleasant.
    • Nose
      Even though it starts very sweet, there's a sharp edge on it that I
      personally liked, probably due to certain spiciness from herbs, mostly
      mint, and also cinnamon I guess. Overall fruity (apricot and candied
      peach) and honeyed. Yeast and peat.
    • Taste
      Very drinkable. Oranges, peach, apricot, and now I can clearly get
      the cinnamon and mint notes. Honey, smoke and wood.
    • Finish
      Dry and a bit sharp with a herbal remainder. Medium length.

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