Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Calculated age
49 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 May 2009 8:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2998.45

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Whisky Reviews for The Whisky that Cannot be Named 1953 AD

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.94 points

  1. RichardMayston scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior

    Wow. Herbal nose, but not just any herbal, its strongly THC Cannabis, marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol nose. Never smelt anything like it. With sherry of course.
    • Nose
      Herbal nose, but not just any herbal, its strongly THC Cannabis, marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol nose. Never smelt anything like it. With sherry of course.
    • Taste
      Almost indescribable, so beautifully integrated and unique. A herbal sherry like no other.
    • Finish
      Others have done a good job on their descriptions, I'll just add a Ginger nut note on the finish.

      Absolutely perfect, unique.
      The whisky that cannot be forgotten.
      One of the best I've ever had, thanks to Matt Mueller.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  I adore old Glenfarclas and still I find the 1954 vintage Glenfarclas (bottled in the year 2000) one of the best drams I ever had.  So I am very curious about this slightly older one...

    The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the texture shows some late slow legs and fat sticky tears.  The nose is quite strong on an old style herbal sherry profile (without any paxarette used) that is quite complex and multi-faceted.  Really nice but the strong herbal spike drives it a little out of balance.  It arrives coating and hot (peppery) on the palate but with surprisingly low bitter wooden notes.  The taste again owns a herbal spike together with an interesting strong dill flavour (that is not really delicious to me, but I never had this before in a whisky).  After a while all the other nice sherry-induced aromas show up as well and turn the taste into something really good.  The finish is long and slightly dries out at the end (cardboardy, tobacco ash) which is no wonder after 50 years in the cask.  Water smoothes both the nose and taste - I like it better when reduced to about drinking strength.

    An interesting dram with its strong herbal and dill flavours but it slept maybe 10 years too long in its cask to be really great.  Nevertheless a must try experience if you ever come across a dram...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Just tried this head to head with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/143/1954The Adelphi just shades a close contest because the higher abv gives it more staying power and the oak is more noticeable on the 1954.
    There is an added sweet note on the Adelphi but they are both similar profile wise and neither is heavy sherry, both are excellent.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The whisky that can be named: it's a Glenfarclas from 1953, cask 1668.
    The spiciness is incredibly rich and very pleasant. Not a sherrry monster.
    But there are some beautiful antique flavors, as you might expect from an 50 years old whisky.
    • Nose
      Solid sherry. Orange, plum and black currant.
      Earth, leather, varnish and tobacco. Vibrant acidic red wine.
    • Taste
      Very interesting, rich, piquant spiciness: ginger, nutmeg, curry, pepper, chili and cinnamon.
      Beside beautifully matured oak with fruits: black currant, blueberry and gooseberry. Sherry.
      Tobacco, touch of camphor and ash, smoked meats. It's amazing.
    • Finish
      Long, soft, spicy.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    After careful consideration and much deliberation (more so than for many a year and re trying this).
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    I have only put a little water in and I cannot detect much change but I dare not put any more in because I do not want to swamp it.

    After leaving it a while there is some caramel shortbread mixed in with everything else.The plump juicy raisin notes mixed in with old leather still remain.

    On the palate it is even more spicy and more bitter than before, the oak is very present now.

    The only other thing to add now are hints of balsamic vinegar.

    You have to remember that this was distilled in 1953 and something like this cannot be rushed.

    There is no doubting the quality and its a treat to try something this old with such a glowing reputation.

    Difficult for me to score, like I said it is very good but in my humble opinion (not being a sherry head) it is not as good as I was expecting but I think I am being picky.
    • Nose
      It smells quite fruity initially, like raspberry and blackcurrant jam, a little almond, ripe plums, raisins, There are  notes of red wine (the very rich full bodied variety).

      There is some beeswax and old leather arm chairs/books, it is almost rustic and I love it.

      Leaving it a while there is some stewed figs, and maybe a some dates.

      It is refined but bordering on a little closed and it will be interesting to see what water does to it.

      Finally there are some faint notes of tobacco.
    • Taste
      Crikey that`s spicy on nutmeg/cinnamon/ginger/pepper and there is obviously some oak.

      Again there is some blackcurrant but the sherry is keeping the fruit notes at bay and now there is some Serrano ham, dried dark ham
    • Finish
      Long, smooth and delicate but also drying which is understandable at this age and ever so slightly bitter with it.

       The spiciness on the tongue is lovely.

  7. Holle525 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Outstanding good and old style whisky.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Quite intense and powerful, lot of vanilla and spices - very good
    • Nose
      92 92
      Vanilla, banana, creme brulee, little coconut, spices, fine oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, creamy, subtle sweetness, more vanilla, more banana, cake dough, cookies, some cooked fruits - still good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, zesty, spicy

  9. WhiskyNH scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

    Wow, this is/ was an increadable whisky. What a fantastic nose and the taste is even better. One to remember for a long, long time.

  10. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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


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