Dalwhinnie 1973

Overall rating
89.85/100
votes
141
Whiskybase ID
WB698
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2003
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
5220
Strength
57.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281017624
Added on
04 nov 2007 5:24 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 738.45

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231 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Dalwhinnie 1973

28 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.85 points.

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tried it again... it's definitely peppery, perhaps too peppery from the wood oak, but still quite delicious, especially when water is added. 89 points.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Re taste
    The nose is on the light side, light & floral but not much else.
    Spicy and creamy, very spicy in fact with a very sweet red berry note which i did not get last time?
    Not bad, on the sweet .
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Lrandell scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    There were some accidents when I got the wine, its stopper has been damaged due to age. The wine leaked a lot, and the wine barrel was irreversibly deformed. But what surprised me even more was that after drinking it, I thought that the overall structure of the wine had not suffered much damage. In fact, it was very much like the oxidation of the bottle, and it was on the verge of drinking it as soon as possible. Fortunately, I still feel its charm.
    Smell: It's slightly closed at first, but it will slowly reveal its aroma after a little wait. A slightly sour fruity note, similar to yellow lemon, accompanied by a burst of sauteed spice before slowly turning sweet.
    Taste: The entrance is fruity and sweet, with a creamy texture. Alcohol sense is well controlled. Then it slowly showed a burst of elegant wood tone, slightly old. Then there is a faint smoky feeling. At the moment of swallowing, it suddenly burst into sweetness, and the feeling was extremely strong.
    Rhythm: Balanced and long. Mainly sweet and fruity, with a certain woody tone, it is not stinging. A little vanilla at the end.
    88.5
    It should have been better if it weren't for these surprises. It really should be drunk as soon as possible.

  4. lucero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    23/22/22/22 pear compote

  6. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22/22/22/22

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Dalwhinnie OB Tasting
    Winters Gold 2021 bottle 43% - 80/81/82
    15 year 2021 43% - 83/82/84
    Winters Frost GOT House Stark 2018 43% - 77/75/76
    Distiller’s Edition 2002/2017 43% - 83/84/85
    Bodega cask 10 year 63% , drawn from cask at distillery - 86/86/84
    1973 29 year 2003 Special Release 57.8% - 87/85/86

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Neat the nose is really spicy on the nose with rich orange, dark honey, mango & green gooseberry.
    Nice mouthfeel but really hot, needs water , really juicy, with all the fruit on the nose translating to the palate.
    The finish is long, fruity and hot.
    With water:-
    More fruit & spice are released and the finish is still long.
    This is pretty good but not even close in quality to the 1966 36 year OB
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Dude, excellency.
    Exceptional painting from exceptionally good years.
    • Nose
      Heather honey, sea lavender, the intense flavor of a sunlit raised bog, dense, floral, and with the finest nuances of ripe apricot and homemade orange jam (not the bitter stuff). Resin scent of mountain pines in the Alps - the nose is already a short vacation! ;)
    • Taste
      Oh, liquid gold, on the palate I "see" a warm sunny day, there are the floral notes again, paired with the inimitable sweet-tart spiciness of warm tree resin and dry grasses, through which the wind sweeps. The alcohol is extremely well integrated, I only have pleasure and great taste, superb.
    • Finish
      In the background, tropical fruit (pineapple, mango) creeps in in a concentrated form, which feeds in the rich, sweet aromas for a long time without getting lost in acidity, although the age is now noticeably knocking on with light oak and grapefruit tones. Speaking of sounds: a symphony sounds in your mouth!

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An absolutely great malt. Incredibly complex, the alcohol is absolutely perfectly integrated and imperceptible at all. The variety of flavors is really overwhelming.
    • Nose
      beautiful, spicy wood notes, old furniture, wow what a great nose, lots of herbs, oranges, grasses, the alcohol is perfectly integrated, then vanilla and honey, apple, beeswax
    • Taste
      Furniture polish, old furniture, spicy and yet very fruity, banana, again the beeswax from the nose, creamy, nutty, some chocolate, very soft despite the rather high alcohol content, really great
    • Finish
      nice, soft and spicy finish, the furniture polish again, slightly sweet, honey, chocolate, nutty, oak. Much later, it becomes slightly bitter, which is by no means unpleasant

  12. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasting:
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/73365/dalwhinnie-1989
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35084/dalwhinnie-1987
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/698/dalwhinnie-1973

    Color: Deep Gold

    Three dogs from the same kennel, I'm afraid the differences are not sufficiently reflected in my notes. The 89er reminds me of a 30-year-old "more ordinary" Highlander (let's say Blair Athol) with extra smoke (yes, please!), It already has good volume, fruits from the distillate still come through well. The 87 puts oomph, volume, depth and smoke on top. The 73er with its notes of wilderness in the far north (I love) and after almost 30 years of ripening, still bright, fresh fruits belongs to a different generation. What they all have in common is the light, sooty smoke (most pronounced in the 87er) and the thick spirit (reminds me of fleshy plums, with the 89er you have to make certain tapping). 89: 90 points, 87: 92 points, 73: 93 points.

    Many Thanks!
    • Nose
      Porridge, lime juice, lemon peel, propolis, lots of beeswax. Bergamot, bitter almond oil, cinnamon and a hint of lavender. Hot tar, railway sleepers in the sun, linden honey. With water: wilder and cooler, wet undergrowth on barren ground, cold mountain water. Polished oak, more oatmeal, rice pudding with cinnamon. Thick, unripe plums, tree sap and thyme.
    • Taste
      Beeswax, lime juice, resin, linden blossom and porridge, straw, malt beer, then darker, musk, lilac blossom, elderflower syrup. Bergamot. With water: malty and voluminous sooty, candle soot with propolis and lime blossom honey, fine vanilla notes, bitter almond aroma. Earthy smoke, rotten wood, tree sap and river water. Water mint. Bergamot, some lilac blossom.
    • Finish
      Shortly long, malt and straw, amazingly fresh, porridge, later block malt and a hot campfire.

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  15. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      grassy, a little rotten
      a little overcooked bacon, a little toasted!
      malty, spicy,
      waxy, a little woody, soaked and dried,
      vegetables like artichokes, turnips
      vanilla and honeyed
    • Taste
      wax, then cooked vanilla, a little pastry, then multiple fruits cooked and annealed in a saucepan
      almond also a bit bitter, quite unpleasant in fact alternates with the basic scents, more on the creamy (caramel, butter, honey), the nut, the milk chocolate,
      back vanilla, grassy and woody, it's fine and sweet!
    • Finish
      long enough, nut or thin hazelnut with cooked fruits (undifferentiated for me), wax again, herbs and aromas when shaking the bouquet.
      the rotten, moldy, toasty side stands out!

  16. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Ed Radour scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Balance (23) The farm does not give rest in the aftertaste ... and in the fragrance these notes were ... 93
    • Nose
      Exotic fruits ... Magyar cream in aerosol ... linden honey ... quince jam ... sponge cake ... monstrance ... farm? 23
    • Taste
      Madly sweet .... but not cloying ... spicy and bright .... 23
    • Finish
      Dry finish-excellent! Grass ... rotten fruit ... peat? I do not understand where the animal gives ... pertusin ... a weathered black pepper ... melon .... banana .... cinnamon ... 24

  19. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great experience outside of my price range, and bottlings of this age of the classic malts distilleries are not exactly like sand on the sea - delicious crazy part, thanks dRambo!
    • Nose
      first dry, dust, sawdust, white pepper, which gives almost a coughing stimulus with deep inhalation ... then something heavy-sweet, syrup-like, molasses and meaty, Jus, Maggi, which I like very much, but I dilute because of curiosity anyway: first briefly resin / floor polish / furniture polish (so on the go, in pre-dripping ;-)), then it's slightly fruity, more green, apple, watermelon peel, somehow Tropifrutti in immature, a little hay - until the furniture polish I found it's best but the fruit notes are too cozy to clear away properly, so dilute only a little!
    • Taste
      Blender: 1 tsp resin, 1 tsp floor wax, 1 tbsp maggi, 1/2 cup chocolate syrup, 1 cup dark forest honey, 1 licorice snail, 20 drops of camillan, 1 pinch of black pepper, 1 bunch of cut flower blends (mixed) -> Power !!!
    • Finish
      long, warm, pepper, camillan, liquorice, resin

  20. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is supposedly one of the better Dalwhinnies. Oh well, I am not disappointed I tasted it, but I am disappointed that I find this just about average in taste. Not something I would reach for regularly.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sour, tangy. Ginger. Chinese turnip. Bamboo shoots. White pepper. Looking at these ingredients, is it time to fire up the wok? There are also some fruits, but they are more in the background, and has a sourish side to it. 
    • Taste
      Grassy, and some nondescript white unripened fruits ... pear, guava, again Chinese turnip. So daikon. Wait, is Chinese turnip and daikon the same thing?!? Someone please tell me! This is almost like a Lowland whisky. Littlemill, for example. 
    • Finish
      Some spice at the end, maybe it's the oak?

  21. fop scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    It's gone, ah what joy i had with this bottle! Finished it last night with my brother in law. I bought five bottles in a little shop in Italy. Made many friends happy and shared mij own bottle with many. So clean, fruity and spicy. The ultimate Dalwhinnie for me, may many more of this quality come to all of you. Share it!

  22. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, that's fine. The nose is tempting, in the mouth a palette of aromas, the finish is just as fine. Very nice malt!
    • Nose
      fresh meadow air, honey, beeswax, vanilla, sweet flower meadow, daisies, herbs, hay, banana, galia melon, lemon meringue, jasmine, licorice, mint, malt, mirabelle plums, apricots, dates, very sweet apples, pears, fresh grass cuttings, lemon grass, rose petals , Basil, thyme, parsley, fresh waffles, milk coffee, nutmeg - very fine nose with a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, spicy, lemon cake, oranges, tangerines, dark chocolate, cardamom, anise, nutmeg, pepper, vanilla, honey, sugar, fresh waffles with powdered sugar and cream, apple pie, green tea, jasmine and rose petal tea, latte, pears, Bananas, very complex; Licorice, malt, some smoke
    • Finish
      long, sweet and spicy, warming, with licorice, milk coffee, honey and banana, peppery, slightly astringent - the next sip lures ...

  25. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  27. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Impressed me - it must be an old malt for me - strong, spicy, fragrant - the smell here after 70s - I like the floral oak citrus notes very well, but also the liveliness in the nose and on the palate - much to discover - there so much power that one serving does not have to go beyond 15ml for me (tasted undiluted)

    The cork I had to replace immediately after opening - spongy, mushy, wet - embarrassing something - that explains why loose 4cl in the bottle was missing.
    • Nose
      Honey meets very old, round, creamy-buttery sweet-smelling sugared lemon, vanilla, aged mild spicy bourbon casein, multi-faceted barrel spice, geranium leaves, light peat, grass, herb meadow, a hint of resin, roasted aromas, green tea, flower nectar, orange, green Banana, pineapple, carambola, yellow watermelon - very lively, complex, vibrant, - it lures the nose into the glass - almost 58% residual alcohol and nothing stands out - very fine fabric
    • Taste
      The start is very intense even with tiny sips - but I do not perceive it alcoholic - just overwhelming, overwhelming vigorously at first - I can not break down everything immediately what comes out of the glass - oak fresh strong spicy sparkling - at the same time sparkling fruity - Citrus oil, mint, delicate notes of cannabis (herbal resin), banana, beeswax, milk chocolate, iced coffee with whipped cream - sweet lemon, nuts,
    • Finish
      full-bodied, waxy tingling spicy, chocolate-nutty with a strong long echoing oak

  28. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A smooth and textured body.
    • Nose
      Appetizingly fruity. Lemon grass. Orange juice on breakfast pancakes. 
    • Taste
      Bursts with fruitiness. Apples, bananas. Cereal-grain background.
    • Finish
      Refreshing. Lively. Scenty.  Middle long aftertaste.

  29. cuhp scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Not my style. The alcohol seems a bit clumsy in my opinion and the taste/finish is dull. Tasted blindly.
    • Nose
      Raw, grainy and he alochol is not well integrated. Liqurice, malty, apples, peaches.
    • Taste
      Malty with liquorice and salt. 
    • Finish
      Sweet with liquorice and some peat.

  30. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August 2016]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 1188 that I bought for 126 Euro in November, 2006.

    I fully agree with Serge's notes at http://www.whiskyfun.com:  Colour: deep gold. Nose: bold and
    rich, with tons of beehive aromas.
    Wax, hay jam, quince jam, mirabelle
    jam. Just beautiful. Hints of oak
    and vanilla, and whiffs of peat.
    Mouth: lots of crystallised fruits,
    apple compote, candy sugar and honey.
    Really beautiful. Long and nicely
    balanced finish, on dried fruits
    and vanilla ice cream. I liked it
    very much. 90 points.

    PS: If you own a bottle check the filling level regularly.  I had to open my bottle due to constantly evaporation. But I did not regret...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Liquid_Gold scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  32. whiskas scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very nice Dalwhinnie
    • Nose
      Heather honey, beeswax, lime, citrus/orange, minerals, grassy, hay, plum jam and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Oily and waxy. Orange, lemon zest, beeswax, candied fruit, oven baked apples, candy sugar and cloves.
    • Finish
      Long finish with honey dried fruits, vanilla and ginger.

  33. Furtia scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. Drochaid scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Producer`s Tasting NotesNose:

    Appetisingly fruity. Chocolate and milky coffee, with juicy fruit

    behind. Orange juice on breakfast pancakes? Later, pleasant scents of

    wax and varnish. Adding water introduces a trace of baked apple.

    Body: Smooth.Textured.

    Palate:

    Quite hot, some wood notes, after a medium-sweet start that bursts with

    fruitiness. Apples, bananas? Needs water to bring out the voluptuous,

    oily mouthfeel, top-palate sweetness then pleasant acidity. Develops

    into spiced apples, then faded oil of cloves.

    Finish: Lively, fresh and clean. Warming, medium-length. Spicy aftertaste.

  35. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fresh fruits with dark chocolate. 58v% but smooth to drink, the fruity notes (apple) stays on the palate. Sweet honey like notes changing into a dried fruits sweetness and finished long with spicy notes. pour some water in and it reminds me on a Rum.

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