Overall rating
Blended Malt
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Joint Bottling with 3 Rivers, Tokyo
Added on
11 Apr 2017 12:00 pm by arnaud89
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 110.00

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21 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt XO TWA

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.84 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  This is drinker's heaven - old stuff with a great drinking profile at a very reasonable price.  I bet half of my a.. this is a roughly 50 year old Tamdhu - as many key flavours and aromas as well as the creamy mouthfeel reminds me of that.  It is a very sippable dram with a delicious and complex profile of sherry-induced aromas, a rich body and long finish with no flaws or off-notes (by the way, no bitter nor drying moments despite its age).  I bought a bottle (actually two)...

    The story behind these "Blended Malt XO" is fascinating too.  In 2003/4 one of the IB's checked his warehouses and found a number of casks that fell below 40% abv (you are not allowed to sell it as whisky anymore and have to label it just as liqueur).  As these were excellent casks from the sixties with a beautiful flavours profile that could even stand some more years of maturation he did not want to throw these into blends.  So he simply added an amount of high-proof three years old Glenfarclas to the casks to raise them to about 50% abv again.  After that he checked these casks regularly and sold it for bottling whenever he thought one reached its peak.  According to Scottish law this a blended malt (the undisclosed old content plus Glenfarclas) and the age statement is that of the youngest part (here the Glenfarclas distilled in 2000/1).  As this does no justice to what it really is the TWA markets this stuff with the XO (extra old) age marker (from the cognac industry).  In fact you drink a 40 to 50 years old single malt as the young Glenfarclas contributes almost nothing to the overall profile (except the power of the higher abv, of course).

    I cheer to the guy who had this great idea - to save these excellent casks for us drinkers instead of selling it to overpriced old blends where nobody could identify their beautiful profile anymore.  By the way, best bang for your bucks in these times (I bought it for 70 Euro in April, 2017)...

    PS:  The other half of my a.. bets on an old Glenrothes from the sixties - but to be honest: who cares?  As this is a very subtle dram I suggest to have this at the beginning of a tasting session and certainly pre-dinner.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The Whisky Agency/3 Rivers Tokyo blended malt XO 45.8%

    N: Thick, oranges and chocolate, mulled wine, box of cigars, dryness, vanilla, leather
    T: Creamy, rich chocolate, very luxurious mouthfeel, Christmas spices, more tobacco, more chocolate, a little black pepper, really excellent in the mouth.
    F: Decadant, oak - but not too much, varnish, chocolate, oranges, pretty short finish, leaving a slight dryness. Very nice

    These old blends are just dynamite. I can’t get enough of them. Allegedly very old (40+ years) whisky that has inexplicably dropped below 40% and had to be blended with younger whisky to bump up the abv. In comparison to The Whisky Agency Good Vibes XO I found this to be more elegant, less sherry for sure. The good vibes has more of an old nutty oloroso dryness to it. Quite different actually. I can’t decide which I like better, but they are both really great in their own way. You could plow through a bottle of this stuff pretty fast that’s for sure.

    Edit: allegedly 50 year old tamdhu among others. Total drinkers whisky, this stuff is. Dollar for dollar these old blends have been some of my favorites. The newer ones are not nearly as good.

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Good but the sulfur nose is not for me.
    Can be a bad bottle?
    • Nose
      Nose slightly sulfur. Rubber. Plum, bitter fruit. Walnut, almond. A little violet. Pot pourri.
      It's special, but it's bad for me.
    • Taste
      In the mouth we are on the dust and yellow fruits. Peach apricot. A little red berry.
      Black pepper.
    • Finish
      Finale on the violet, a bit of peat, black pepper.

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a blend with 1/2 of young Glenfarclas and 1/2 of old Tamdhu of 50 years old!
    the association at this moment of tasting (w !!) makes it pass for a candy, for a cream:
    it is very fruity, very creamy, oily, vanilla, chocolate, sweet spices, honey; a bit of old leather spring, no mold, malt, the woody quite intense too!
    the fruits come back on the orange and its zest, on the cinnamon (the gingerbread and its candied fruits!), it is simple because mixed association of the scents, but the nose hard and the final remains well anchored on it!

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I did write a long tasting note but clicked something and it went, anyway a lovely whisky, nice nose, full on the palate on fruit, a little ginger cake, Turkish delight, chocolate, fruit salad and some lovely creamy notes.Very well balanced, great stuff to be honest for what it costs.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very satisfying dessert dram. Very enjoyable! 
    • Nose
      91 91
      Chocolate nut fudge, camphor, leather, oranges, tobacco, vanilla
    • Taste
      93 93
      Creamy citrus, milk chocolate, mint, leathery, caramel, bacon, nougat, sugar cinnamon
    • Finish
      93 93
      Silky, hot chocolate sauce, leathery, citrus, light cinnamon spice, juicy orange candy

  9. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Feel the duality. The young Glenfarclas is spry, the old Tamdhu is matured.
    I was afraid that the Glenfarclas dominate, but it give only a strength.
    I'm guess the ratio is ~ 50 - 50 %.
    Great value for money. It's "just" a blend, but including a ~ 50 years old whisky.
    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, fruits: plum and orange, spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Strong, dry, creamy, soft. Beautiful matured oak flavors. Sweet sherry and fruits.
      Nice spices: pepper and nutmeg. Light smoke and ash. Little sulfur and phosphour.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, spicy.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  I had a tasting sip at Limburg whisky fair (to small to
    do a full review) and scored it as a preliminary impression with 89
    points.  A very sippable dram with a nice and complex profile of sherry-induced aromas, a rich body and long finish.  I bought a bottle (actually two)..


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