Dalwhinnie 1973

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2003
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:24 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 778.75

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Whisky Reviews for Dalwhinnie 1973

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.80 points

  1. 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

  2. wisekycourse 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. tangtang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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

  8. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior


    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.

  9. 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

  10. Petrenko scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    23/22/22/22 pear compote


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