Inverleven 1973 Deoch an Doras

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Chivas Brothers - Cask Strength Edition
Stated Age
37 years old
49.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Sep 2011 9:07 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 524.43

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Whisky Reviews for Inverleven 1973 Deoch an Doras

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2017]  I had not that many Inverleven so far and I cannot really remember the few I tasted, so obviously they were not that impressive.  This is often with malts that are produced within large grain distillery plants because all the processes are streamlined to the grain production and this certainly is not in favour of any single malt that is Cinderella produced there.  Nevertheless, many are quite interesting to try as they often taste a little different to the "mainstream malts".  Enough of the foreplay, let us come to the point...

    The colour is burnished and the texture shows many small tears that slowly consolidate to fat sticky ones.  The nose offers a spring floral profile with lots of fruits and some nice honey-beeswax aromas.  After some time of breathing spicy and wooden aromas join in, and all is nicely balanced.  The initial mouthfeel is warming but not much coating with a slight peppery-adstringent feeling (what is absolutely okay after 37 years in the cask).  The taste itself is barley sugary and fruity sweet and much woodier than the nose with significant spicy flavours (peppers, ginger and the like).  It is nicely chewable but not overly complex as is the finish.  This is of medium length, spicy and dries out at the end (old papers).  Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram without adding new impressions.

    This dram is exactly what I expected:  Different to most other single malts and easy to sip but nothing spectacular or interesting to remember.  Most probably this was the reason too why all malt distilleries within large grain plants were shut down after just a few years of production.  It is worth a sample try but I would not buy a bottle (even at the price it was released in 2011).
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    N: Emotional, even after two Littlemill, an ‘87 Macallan, a memorable ’79 Inchmurrin and the previous & fabulous Rosebank.
    T: An immediate tasty palate pleaser, slick and unassuming. Distillate faithful.
    F: Very long & steady Balblair-esque, bourbon refill oak finish.
    C: Emotional, beautiful, long, balanced, gentle,... A treat.Scores a B[+]

  3. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp, and another great sipping whisky . 
    • Nose
      It's like walking into a flower shop, vanilla, custard , love heart sweets , not quite ripe banana , a pinch of white pepper and some citrus . 
    • Taste
      The taste is as sweet as honey and an array of confectionery , there is some nougat and a bit of lemon zest . 
    • Finish
      A medium to long sugar and spice finish . 

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The  bottle has been open a reasonable amount of time now and it has certainly improved and settled down a bit.

    My score has gone up from 90 to 93 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. Imp scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sold for EUR 585 at auction 2016-08 / LM011.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    With Water.

    The nose is not as expressive but it does become more floral along with orange and fudge.

    Palate is very creamy now so easy to drink on orange, chocolate and a very slight nuttiness.

    Finish is medium and very smooth.

    An excellent Inverleven, certainly the best I have had.
    • Nose
      Smells quite rich and buttery mixed in with dark honey and some orange liqueur.

      Sherry mixed with dark fruits and some cream.
    • Taste
      Very fizzy on chocolate orange, syrup sponge and date slices. There is some wood influence in the background.

      Gets chewy after a while on praline, dark rich sponge and a few spicy meat notes mixed in with a little ginger and peppercorn.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy

  8. Aetius scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Currently on offer at Aberlour Distillery for £150. (April 30th 2016)

  9. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A 1973 vintage whisky from Inverleven, a malt distillery that operated from within the Dumbarton grain distillery complex until 1991. This is part of Chivas Brothers`s Deoch an Doras series, roughly translated as `One for the road`, and was bottled in 2011 at 37 years old.



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