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Overall rating
90.42/100
votes
230
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

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.42 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. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Expectations were high and I was not disappointed. Great malt from one of the '' golden years '' of whisky production. Compared to the partially totally overloaded modern sherry whiskys, this one is a nice change. The sherry leaves the spirit enough space to be omitted, which is an absolute quality feature for me.
    It was fun!
    • Nose
      92 92
      To begin:
      Wine gum, slightly charred European oak, sour cherries, malt, mandarins, sultanas and some grass.

      After 20 minutes, rum balls, shortbread biscuits and milk chocolate are added. It also becomes a little more sour.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very pleasant mouthfeel.
      Viscous oiliness, very harmonious.
      The oak is noticeable by a slight furry.
      Chocolate-coated raisins, figs, drupes, light rum notes.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long.
      Dusty leather, mocha and tobacco.
      Bitterness spreads.
      Nice ending!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. MarcoWe65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      98 98

  10. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Madness. A really strong sherry representative. First sweet and warm, then strong and tart. Very long finish.

    A great malt with a tiny trigger, since the oak is already quite pronounced.
    • Nose
      Wow. Full, dense sherry aroma. Dark fruit, crème brûllée, sweet cream candies. Moist soil in the undergrowth. Then coffee and oak come to the fore, some notes of herbs. Slightly cool.
    • Taste
      Silky soft on the palate. First, deep sweetness, dark fruit, brown sugar, warm sherry. Then comes with strength the oak, espresso, leather and humid tobacco. The dark-tart notes take over the helm and press long and lasting to the palate.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Oak, espresso and a memory of sherry.

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