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Overall rating
90.69/100
votes
232
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Vintage
10.1977
Bottled
12.2015
Stated Age
38 years old
Casktype
Dark Sherry Butt
Casknumber
25
Number of bottles
578
Strength
47.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 Apr 2016 1:26 pm by RoyalScotsman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 280.00

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Whisky Reviews for A Speyside Distillery 1977 WD

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.69 points

  1. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The malt is not easy to rate. For the ages I would have rated him rounder and more laid-back. The spicy-tart oak tones characterize the overall picture. You have to like that, even if it's not too dominant. An elegant soft Speysider one expects in vain. But if you like the sherry- and clearly oak-emphasized malts, then you will find something here. The powerful spicy-dry sherry bomb remains in my memory. It is a great malt!
    • Nose
      clearly sherry dominated nose, old slightly musty sherry, old books, fermented plum, earthy, now the fermented notes go away and initially soft citrus fruits and slightly sour berries, redcurrants, blackberries and raspberries, in addition to clear oak, from time to time the fruits are candied, Caramel and always the sweetness of the sherry play an important role, followed by sultanas, sweet dates and some milk chocolate, now the nose is completely blooming, the woody wort still remains strong and provides itself with the sherry fruits a power struggle. When the oak dominates, the chocolate becomes bitter, leather and tangy-spicy burley tobacco show up, cooling herbal notes. The nose looks younger, less set than expected.
      In the second nose, the cream / caramel sweet comes out stronger.
    • Taste
      woody, tart oak-like onset, with spicy salt and pepper notes before full-bodied, fruity sherry spreads creamy, old wall unit, plum, dark sweet berries, leather, brown sugar and coffee notes, raisins and creamy sweet at the beginning and end of the taste
    • Finish
      clear bitterness after oak, to menthol, brown sugar and sherry fruits flash through the espresso, a nut mixture with raisins, bitter orange, leather, cocoa, very long dry tart but really great finish, but still leaves a lot of sherry in the mouth.

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It starts with a beautiful, multi-layered nose that offers more than just sherry. The taste is unfortunately a bit too dominated by the oak. Strong oak does not bother me, but it lacks a little counterpoint. The finish is then very classic and again a bit rounder. Good, but not very good blind tasting
    • Nose
      It starts with sweet sherry, followed closely by fresh scents of limes and garden herbs, ground almonds, a hint of woodruff
    • Taste
      A light body and medium onset, much drier than in the nose, neat oak, a little sulfur, espresso and sour cherries, a little currant and slightly bitter herbal notes, a tiny hint of sage
    • Finish
      Dry, bitter beer, some malt, again espresso and dark cocoa powder, medium to long

  3. matts scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Character: An elegant, multi-layered filling that needs a lot of time in the glass. A nice combination of sherry and old oak. It is quite fresh and juicy. Not a mallet, but a rather restrained overall composition whose strength is its many different facets. From the drinking feeling very pleasant. But the body should not be really thinner either.
    Rating: A great, old Speysider that offers the full sherry flavor profile, without being "dark-stuffy" or being killed by the barrel. When I compare him to Glenfarcla's Family Casks, he tends to go in the direction of the delicious 4th-fill bottlings, rather than in the direction of the really dark sherry bottling that I personally love. From me there are good 92 points for this completely successful overall picture.
    • Nose
      Basic aromas: sherry, sweetness, dried fruits, fruits, citrus fruits, leather, tobacco, furniture polish, caramel, spices, herbs, oak
      Description: At the beginning sweetish and fresh sherry blows in the nose. First impression: intense sherry bomb of the more elegant and fresh kind. This nose wants to be opened up. Only after a long time, the impressions sort a little. First of all, there are intense, juicy raisins and ripe, red currants, which bring together with oranges and a little acid. In addition a lot of old leather, which reminds me of old book covers. Tobacco leaves and a little furniture polish (not unpleasant) make for freshness. Toasted aromas and a little sweetness are also included. However, no chocolate. I think of Crème Brulée: flamed caramel. In any case very complex. The hardest thing I can do is grab the spice and herbal notes. Somehow oregano meets cinnamon here. Oak is subtle, but the nose is far from woody.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: sherry, dried fruits, oak, spices, nut, coffee, chocolate, tobacco, leather, oak
      Description: The drop meets the tip of the tongue elegantly and sweetly. Immediately a lot of sherry. As the nose promises. Intensive dried fruits are spreading: juicy raisins and sweet prunes. The mouthfeel is elegant and flattering. A spicy oak and mild pepper accompany the dried fruit and gradually enter the stage with delicious almonds, espresso and dark chocolate. The taste is getting darker, tart and "warmer". Leather and tobacco flash through in the taste again. In the transition to the finish, the oak finally provides a distinctly woody nuance. The nose was nice, but the taste surpasses that.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: dried fruit, oak, chocolate, nut, coffee
      Description: The finish is medium to long and dry. Dark dried fruits - especially sweetish prunes - sound pleasant along with the tart, old oak flavor. In addition to dark chocolate, which looks almost like ground, there are tons of tons of almonds and delicious coffee and espresso notes. The overall picture appears almost a little "juicy" despite all the dryness. A great combination of sherry and time-honored oak.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. XorLophaX scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 93/100 points - "sherry bomb". This successful Speysider offers the full sherry flavor profile without revealing the barrel too much. He looks altogether younger than he really is. The "Old Leanach Farmhouse" on the front of the bottle is in the Highlands, so unfortunately this does not allow any conclusion to the distillery, but it is rumored that it is a Macallan! Based on the flavor profile, I'm more likely to go from a Glenfarclas, which also suggests that to my knowledge all 1977 / 2015s no-destillery statement bottlings come from a stick and are Glenfarclas. The nose is the best on the whisky, this would give me smooth 98 points. The taste unfolds after a good half hour again strong. Here I recommend to enjoy the whisky with much peace. The addition of water is not necessary. For tasting on my blog with photos: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/529
    • Nose
      Nose: Very fruity nose with dark fruits and raisins. Add to that a nice sweetness of brown sugar and caramel. In the background one discovers notes of leather and tobacco, paired with a slightly woody characteristic. Overall balanced and round. Acts younger than he is.
    • Taste
      Palate: A palette of sherry flavors unfolds in the mouth. Dark berries, raisins and a subtle fructose sweetness. In the background is cinnamon and dark chocolate. The barrel reports a slight dryness and some tannins.
    • Finish
      Finish: A fairly long, dry finish with typical sherry flavors. A light woodiness remains on tap.

  6. XorLophaX scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 95/100 points - "sherry bomb".
    This successful Speysider offers the full sherry flavor profile without revealing the barrel too much. He looks altogether younger than he really is.
    The "Old Leanach Farmhouse" on the front of the bottle is in the Highlands, so unfortunately this does not allow any conclusion to the distillery, but rumors that it is a Macallan.
    The nose is the best on the whisky, this would give me smooth 98 points. The taste unfolds after a good half hour again strong. Here I recommend to enjoy the whisky with much peace.
    The addition of water is not necessary.
    Link to the tasting on my blog with photos: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/529
    • Nose
      Strong fruity nose with dark fruits and raisins. Add to that a nice sweetness of brown sugar and caramel. In the background one discovers notes of leather and tobacco, paired with a slightly woody characteristic. Overall balanced and round. Acts younger than he is.
    • Taste
      In the mouth unfolds a palette of sherry flavors. Dark berries, raisins and a subtle fructose sweetness. In the background is cinnamon and dark chocolate. The barrel reports a slight dryness and some tannins.
    • Finish
      A fairly long, dry finish with typical sherry flavors. A light woodiness remains on tap.

  7. art-bett scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Older sherry bottlings tend to like a bitter, woody Aftertaste. This filling is pleasing and in my humble opinion, not to. The nose is outstanding, the taste only outstanding. (Grin) 93 points

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
      IT: 92
      B: 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful old Sherrymalt - but the thing in the mouth and the finish is very oak dominant. Overall, a 91-point pleasure (93-91-89) for me.
    A few drops of water take something away from the strong oak, but in the nose also a hint of fruit depth. Overall for me no significant advantage.
    • Nose
      93 93
      First come very fine oak notes; with persistence in the glass then fine ripe plums, raisins and some wax. A very nice elegant-spicy old sherry nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The oak is immediately full, followed, as in the nose, by plum and raisins, before again oak and damp cellar take over the aromas. The 47% are just really slightly tingly-invigorating, but not spicy. Even the delicate waxiness returns.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the finish, the oak will clearly take the lead. Plum and dried fruit are in the background, the matter is already very dry.

  10. j4ni scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Situation: March 2019; on vacation, sitting on the couch after a nice first day in the Netherlands. Watching Youth of Today performing live in Brooklyn via Instagram - yes, I know ironic on many levels but hell, what an energetic show!

    Information: This dram was bottled by German indi-bottler Whisky Doris and is a Sherry Cask from a well-known but not to be named Speyside Distillery. Oh and distilled in 1977! Holly Paxarette Batman! I’m quite excited since it’t the first Whisky Doris dram I’ve had and I heard lots of good things about her picks. Also, because everything I had from the 70s was pretty amazing!

    Nose: Incredible! What a boastful and voluptuous nose! Candied apples, lots of dark fruits (berries, plums, cherries etc) covered in honey, cough syrup, vanilla, Christmas spices. Old leather and tobacco notes. A bit musty with some earthy notes as well. Very nice and more complex than my words do justice.
    Taste: Drying to say the least! Creamy entry, pimped by 38 years in oak the 47% present themselves quite aggressive with strong salty and peppery notes, peppermint and similar herbs, brown sugar, darrrrrk (rum soaked) raisins, leather, dark bitter coffee, dried fruits and some nuts.
    Finish: Obviously drying as well. Quite long and woody, like chewing birch wood branches, orange, menthol, double espresso with no sugar, licorice, some brown sugar as well as vanilla notes join in on the way out. Even though it is quite long it thins out pretty quick.

    Conclusion: The nose is just lovely, the body is very oak-driven and dry but opens up with time (or as you get used to the oakiness), the finish is quite drying as was to be expected. Even though the taste couldn’t hold the promise of a luxury sherry bomb type of dram the oaky and herbal notes of the palate create a quite interesting and nice dram. It’s borderline over-oaked though, so if you’re not a fan of intense wood notes you’ll probably won’t enjoy this as much. I was a tad bit disappointed at first but kept enjoying it more and more with every sip. Not an „easy and pleasing“ dram though but I still enjoyed it very much.

    Score: ★★★★☆

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