Overall rating
91.79/100
votes
211
Whiskybase ID
WB94857
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Art Nouveau Ladies
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Strength
46.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 apr 2017 1:34 pm by ElmoHC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 429.00

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Whisky reviews for Speyside Region 1973 TWA

30 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.79 points.

  1. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    One of the undiclosed Speysider playing on the more spicy side. The typical fruitiness is there, but the spices are more present than the competitors. Some water brings the fruit a little more into the foreground.

    A tad behind the Maltbarn 1973, which is more fruity.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Finest woods, eucalyptus and mint, polished oak, quince jelly, papaya, coconut, slightly overripe orange, malty. Beautifully deep and expressive, honed.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Rich, voluptuous, voluminous, powerful. Ginger, white pepper, many spices (cardamom, cinnamon), some dull-fruity notes (quince chutney) rather in the background. Honey.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, dull fruit and many spices. Beautiful long, complex finish, gets a bit dry behind.

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  3. Gris did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from Ruben:

    Nose: almost entirely on precious woods, a little turpentine, paraffin and big, big beehive notes, beeswax, pollen. Quite spectacular. Hints of icing sugar. Hay. All this leaves less place for fruity notes, although there are orange peels, bananas and apricots. A little mango perhaps.

    Mouth: sweet and spicy oak, with more fruity notes now. Stewed orchard fruits, apricots, bananas, kumquats, covered in honey and soft spices. Always lots of beehive notes. Fresh spearmint. Some resinous notes but always quite sweet. Rather perfect.

    Finish: long, fresh, fruity, with citrus, honey and mint.

    93/100

  4. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------92

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    1973-1975, 41-44 years old undisclosed Speyside single malts x 10

    I had very high expectations for this tasting and that was hardly surprising as the average scores were between 91-93 points.
    Most people think they are all Glenfarclas and they must be at least 3rd fill possibly 4th fill judging by the quality on show here.
    Alas I was disappointed and the high scores on these malts were not justified, some people score them 97/98 points or even higher?
    I only scored 3 over 90 points and if i was honest with myself the rest could easily have been a few points lower than the average scores i gave them.
    The Maltbarn was the best, the Daily Dram and the Whisky Fassle gave a good account of themselves and the TWA whisky exchange gets a mention but it was hardly exciting.
    The other 6 were disappointing with weakish noses and a palate that was the wrong side of woody which at times the wood stopped the fruit in its tracks which was a shame.
    They were also a bit thin and in final summary insipid, uninteresting and boring to me.

    The top 3 i would not pay more than £200 for, the rest I would not buy, the prices people want for these is stupid, just becuse something is old they are not better and if they are indeed Glenfarclas then in most cases they were not up to the quality that the distillery needed to keep them as an official bottling, the Maltbarn and Daily Dram were good enough, so a shout out to those two IB bottlers.
    My comments will be disagreed with I am sure but this is where H2H tastings come into their own, and let you score accordingly matched to quality, you always have a reference point to place your scores around. In isolation i can sort of understand some of the high scores and my sensitivity to bitterness will always be a factor but apart from the top 3 there was nothing to get excited about here, that said the scores are respectable so decent aged single malts without in most cases approaching real quality.

    1-Speyside 43 year 1973 47.7% sherry cask 149 bottles Maltbarn wb id 95118
    92/92/93
    2-Speyside Region 1973 43 year 49.7% celebrating 10th anniversary of Daily Dram wb id 86910
    87/91/91
    3-Speyside Region 41 year fino sherry 1975 47.4% Whisky Fassle wb id 80035
    91/90/91
    4-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 47.4% TWE Exclusive wb id 118346
    87/90/90
    5-A Speyside distillery Cask 12 43 year 1973 52.2% 221 bottles Whisky Doris- wb id 117953
    88/88/89
    6-Speyside Region 44 year sherry cask 1973 51.6% sherry cask 372 bottles Antique Lions wb id 99244
    87/86/88
    7-A Speyside Distillery 41 year fino sherry 1975 46.9% 220 bottles Whisky Doris wb id 95372 -
    88/87/86
    8-Speyside Region, The Whisky Agency 1973 44 year 48.6% 10 years of TWA wb id 110350
    86/86/87
    9-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 52.4% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry wood wb id 98877
    88/84/85
    10-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 46.9% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry butt wb id 94857
    89/82/85

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    1973-1975, 41-44 years old undisclosed Speyside single malts x 10

    I had very high expectations for this tasting and that was hardly surprising as the average scores were between 91-93 points.
    Most people think they are all Glenfarclas and they must be at least 3rd fill possibly 4th fill judging by the quality on show here.
    Alas I was disappointed and the high scores on these malts were not justified, some people score them 97/98 points or even higher?
    I only scored 3 over 90 points and if i was honest with myself the rest could easily have been a few points lower than the average scores i gave them.
    The Maltbarn was the best, the Daily Dram and the Whisky Fassle gave a good account of themselves and the TWA whisky exchange gets a mention but it was hardly exciting.
    The other 6 were disappointing with weakish noses and a palate that was the wrong side of woody which at times the wood stopped the fruit in its tracks which was a shame.
    They were also a bit thin and in final summary insipid, uninteresting and boring to me.

    The top 3 i would not pay more than £200 for, the rest I would not buy, the prices people want for these is stupid, just becuse something is old they are not better and if they are indeed Glenfarclas then in most cases they were not up to the quality that the distillery needed to keep them as an official bottling, the Maltbarn and Daily Dram were good enough, so a shout out to those two IB bottlers.
    My comments will be disagreed with I am sure but this is where H2H tastings come into their own, and let you score accordingly matched to quality, you always have a reference point to place your scores around. In isolation i can sort of understand some of the high scores and my sensitivity to bitterness will always be a factor but apart from the top 3 there was nothing to get excited about here, that said the scores are respectable so decent aged single malts without in most cases approaching real quality.

    1-Speyside 43 year 1973 47.7% sherry cask 149 bottles Maltbarn wb id 95118
    92/92/93
    2-Speyside Region 1973 43 year 49.7% celebrating 10th anniversary of Daily Dram wb id 86910
    87/91/91
    3-Speyside Region 41 year fino sherry 1975 47.4% Whisky Fassle wb id 80035
    91/90/91
    4-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 47.4% TWE Exclusive wb id 118346
    87/90/90
    5-A Speyside distillery Cask 12 43 year 1973 52.2% 221 bottles Whisky Doris- wb id 117953
    88/88/89
    6-Speyside Region 44 year sherry cask 1973 51.6% sherry cask 372 bottles Antique Lions wb id 99244
    87/86/88
    7-A Speyside Distillery 41 year fino sherry 1975 46.9% 220 bottles Whisky Doris wb id 95372 -
    88/87/86
    8-Speyside Region, The Whisky Agency 1973 44 year 48.6% 10 years of TWA wb id 110350
    86/86/87
    9-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 52.4% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry wood wb id 98877
    88/84/85
    10-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 46.9% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry butt wb id 94857
    89/82/85

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This one is a bit different on the nose, very aromatic and flowery mixed with white fruits, I like it.
    The initial fruit taste is nice but it is blunted rather quickly by a slightly bitter fruit note which then increases and invades the palate with sourness, shame because the initial mouth feel was nice.
    yeah as you go on the bitterness increases and basically ruins the promising start
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. DocF scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Color: Amontillado Sherry

    The combination of fruit + dry hit the head, the unpleasant dry wood note of sucked out barrels has broken down into a pleasant flavor - I haven't had it before. Tastes exactly "like whisky". 94 points - was by far one of my best tasted whiskys.
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, resin, some mango, more passion fruit and especially pineapple juice. Lemon peel, linden honey, some earth, menthol, fresh oak shavings and especially a lot of formerly angular dry wood that has been sanded round in the barrel over the years. I can't describe any other way. With time in the glass: anise, more menthol, grass, water mint and mud on the edge of the stream, jasmine blossom, green tea. Baked apple, straw. Stick bread. Lilac blossom and crab apples. Some vanilla. Bitter orange jam, sea buckthorn. Darkened after several sips, shoe polish, tree sap, ... With water: passion fruit juice, wheat beer, fresh oranges.
    • Taste
      Resin-fragrant, anise, cinnamon, passion fruit and the wood that was not quite so dry, dry earth, rotten wood, coffee beans, coniferous forest. Soot, plum jam, dry orange peel. Straw, furniture polish, and some hot bitumen. Muddy and dirty river water. After a while, jasmine flowers, lilac, green tea here too. Fruit tea, chamomile blossom. With water: more floral and sooty, exotic only for a second taste, delicious old bottle flavor.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long, only slightly dry, a lot of hot coffee, earth, straw and malt, passion fruit, mango and pineapple juice stay. Chamomile tea, quince jelly.

  9. MaltBrother78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Sold @ SWA for 1050 pounds 11\2020

  10. Mapl scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  11. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    One of the most complex I have tasted. The mouth is simply fantastic with an explosive and defined fruit.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Superb very complex nose.
      Lots of yellow fruit wrapped in camphor. We have a real feeling of fruity roundness.
      Goji berry, light prunes.
      Butter Madeleine. Vanilla
      Wood very present, with its varnish. Light milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      94 94
      In the mouth it is very round and creamy.
      The fruit is more exotic. Papaya, guava, light passion fruit. Peach, plum, white grapes. Orange.
      Vanilla sugar.
      Wood and milk chocolate. Slight flowing caramel.
      Licorice, cinnamon. Black pepper, light ginger.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish on fruit salad, vanilla, waxed wood, and lemon tart.

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very fruity not as tropical as the maltbarns but still very good

  14. RoKa scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Fruity - great - fantastic :-))

  15. DannyDram scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. Simon Stood scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Duchess pears, lollipops, figs, varnish, perfume
    • Taste
      Passion fruit, mango, baked milk, lime
    • Finish
      Tropical fruits, melon, dry herbs

  17. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Multilevel & complex
    • Nose
      92 92
      Apricot, beeswax, jam, honey, nectar, flower meadow, oiled planks, sawdust, vanilla, mirabelle
    • Taste
      90 90
      Less complex, the barrel influence becomes more dominant.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Oak is clear and rather simple, compared to the Nosing.

  18. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Exciting scores for a SR partly, but not the whole 100% together and as overwhelming as a few other SR, but that is complain at a very high level.
    • Nose
      Very light, white tea, green tea, a lot of marzipan, light honey, vanilla, ginger, cumin, turmeric, banana milkshake, cream, fennel, tobacco, wet grass, licorice, yellow fruits
    • Taste
      Very full, ginger, cardamom, white pepper and nettle, kiwi, banana, papaya, marzipan, pistachios, eucalyptus, light malt, rose water, white grapefruit, light grapes, some tobacco and fine tannins, jasmine tea
    • Finish
      Ginger, pineapple with peel, jasmine tea, malt and some anise, rose petals, long

  19. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another great SR, but a bit behind the 1975 Sb and 1973 W-F. Maybe the bitterness ...
    • Nose
      92 92
      Complex. Exotic fruits, honey, vanilla, malt, rum cherry and jasmine green tea.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Mixed fruit jam, matured oak, honey, candied orange peel, tobacco, nutmeg and ginger.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, oaky, spicy.

  20. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasty and intense 73er, I like better on the palate than in the nose, I find it not particularly complex in comparison to other 73er and of the ones for me even better, distinguishes him especially on the sweet side tipping Süßsauerbalance and slightly restrained nose (compared to other 73ers)
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very dense - almost thick on the nose, sweet and fruity note (sweet yellow fruit - honeydew melon, cooked pineapple, passion fruit, finest lemon) yoghurt with honey, a hint of sourdough, slightly salty, wax, black tea, furniture polish - very nice balance of fruit and Oak - 43yo and almost no bitter substances perceptible - very pleasant
    • Taste
      93 93
      the fruit from the nose in yogurt with honey, oiled oak, candied lemon peel, geranium leaves, delicate licorice, mint, ginger, pepper, birch water, green bark
    • Finish
      91 91
      green bark, fading remnants of fruitiness, beautiful creamy oak notes - the accumulate from sip to sip to an impressive finish, peppery, fresh with mint, ginger and a lot of beeswax

  21. mer1973 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  23. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic nose and palate. Just too dangerously drinkable.

    Tasting notes from september 2017.
    • Nose
      Fruits, beeswax and precious woods. Peaches, apricots, passion fruits. Subtle and elegant. With aeration, light citrusy notes.
    • Taste
      Fruits and spices from the oak. Perfectly balanced. Lots of passion fruits and apricots again, bananas. Nice spicy touch on the tongue and wax coating the palate. Mint.
    • Finish
      Long, fresh, fruity, waxy, spicy, minty and citrusy.

  24. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      My first thought is ripe, fruity and creamy. In addition to the sweet vanilla is a set note of mirabelle plums and apple. Some leather comes along and slightly sour grapes. Smells something like white wine and marzipan. Missing refreshments. Gentle musty, older bouquet. The alcohol discreetly cools the nose. There is much more to discover here!
    • Taste
      The colleague pushes you in just a load of forest honey. Now comes the oak. But very pleasant. Slightly slightly sour it continues. Ne track menthol is pushing. The alcohol is very back. Chocolate and almonds develop. Now the pickled fruit is spreading. Plum and kiwi.
    • Finish
      Long. Oily and fruity. A little bitterness and nutty.

  25. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. Vince' scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: incredibly complex. I have a little déjà-vu to the whisky-Fässle 1973. Again, here is a package of undefinable exotic fruits with wonderful pleasant fragrant vanilla and jasmine tea to find. That's really beguilingly good! With a bit deeper breaths, the proud age but clearer: old, slightly musty oak, tart and sour tart. This layer of aromas, however, is wonderfully carried by the still amazingly sweet fruit / blossom / vanilla note of the drop. The complexity is fascinating and after a while in the glass I associate something like cherry jam, sweet mint with candied apples, cinnamon, caramel and honey. I also hear some roasted aromas. All flavors are wonderfully intertwined and pick each other up. Another flavor that I find similar to the Fässle. Sweet-fruity with yet wonderfully fragrant oak flavors with perfectly integrated alcohol. Taste: Sweet, supple and slightly tingling. The aromas of the nose are to be found in full on the palate and so rich in fats and intense, that I can hardly formulate it in words and rather smile to myself. At first wonderfully creamy, flowery, sweet with vanilla and jasmine / orange blossom aromas and tropical fruits without being overly sweet. Everything fits. After a short time in the mouth, another facet of age comes to light: oak flavors of 43 years of storage! Herbere oak flavors as the barrel are heard. Distinct roasted, almost burnt nuts / almonds, leather couch, tobacco and something that makes me imagine that it might taste like biting into an oak cabinet wall. Furthermore, this spectrum of flavors is accompanied by a cooling association with mint. The alcohol is also perfectly integrated in the taste and pleasantly warms the throat and throat region. The sweet sweetness stretches to the finish and fades away gradually. The finish is a certain jasmine and mint note and also the oak cabinet wall with a hint of vanilla remain discreetly preserved. Conclusion: short break in the glass. Clear and without ifs and buts. Wonderful complex and complex in aroma. A flavor concert that delivers completely in both the nose and the palate. This combination of creamy vanilla combined with the basket of tropical fruits as well as the complex oak flavors are an absolute highlight for me.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  27. helmutgw scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The best is the nose! 92 - 26.08.2017
    • Nose
      fresh, fruity, OBF - wow!
      Getting better, wine gum
    • Taste
      creamy, fruity, bitter, some alcohol
    • Finish
      long, a bit too bitter and alcoholic

  28. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    And another great speysider bottling these days from 1973 or 1975 and around 40yo. Great value for the price!
    • Nose
      Intense, fruity, mostly tropical and citric, passion fruit, mango, pineapples, hints of apples and pears too, honey - very good as expected!
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, citrus fruits, good sweetnees, hints of oak wood and walnuts or rather like green hazelnuts, more on pepper and spices - really interesting and good
    • Finish
      Medium long, more zesty and this special nuts flavour - not strong but clearly specific to this bottling

  30. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Of all the sampled 7x-er-Speysidern my personal tail light because of the bitterness at the end, with the "tail light" at the highest level plays.
    • Nose
      very fruity, with apples, pears, mirabelles, bananas, vanilla, milk chocolate, mint, leather, licorice, malt
    • Taste
      oily-sweet-spicy, brilliant sparkling start with lots of tangerine, grapefruit, espresso and bitter tangerine peel, apples, apricots, bitter almonds, leather, dark chocolate, malt, nutmeg, ginger, Grand Marnier, Campari touch, very well balanced
    • Finish
      long, sweet-bitter like Campari, menthol, licorice, banana, with lots of nutmeg and ginger

  32. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  I had a tasting sip at the Limburg Whisky Fair and scored it with preliminary 92 points.  It is an extremely fruity and complex dram with no signs of over-aging.  Very quaffable for sure, and another great old Glenfarclas (what else?)...

  33. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Segens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    It is an outstanding Speyside dram! Not much else to say!
    • Nose
      the fruity nose is simply outstanding 

      banana, passion fruit, plums! Very exotic, very yummy
    • Taste
      very balanced and very loughly too drink. 
    • Finish
      Great finish nevertheless I have a decent bitterness on the tongue which is no catastrophe but at least I now have a winner if I compare it to the former Speyside 1973/2016 TWA Good Vibes as this was better in the end.

  35. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Price: around 390 euros
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    High quality - maturing in fino casks gives a special refinement that is rarely found.
    Recently, some fino-cask bottlings (whose distillery is hidden) have appeared on the market with excellent quality.
    This bottling is a little spicier and unspectacular and is not quite as fruity, such as the '75s Asia label from Zanzibar.
    What distillery may it be? : There are few distilleries that are able to access a large warehouse. Tomintoul and Linkwood have launched numerous good quality bottlings over the past 15 years. Most of them, however, came from the Bourbon barrel. If at all, only a few Fino barrels were used. At distilleries like Longmorn and Glenfarclas it looks different. They have a large stock and there are also Fino-Casks use.

    My top three of this series:

    1: 1975 40Y Zanzibar 50.6%
    2: 1975 41Y Whisky Doris
    3: 1973 Chinese Theater Mask, Zanzibar
    • Nose
      Beautiful fruity - exotic fruits (bananas / mirabelles / figs) but also garden fruits (apple / plum) with a very small (optimal) shot acid. This fruity sweetness is combined with cereal notes (malt). It adds white chocolate and a little vanilla - rounded off with a subtle spiciness.
    • Taste
      Medium body. Fruity, grainy and spicy alike. Super balanced and pleasant drinkable. No dominating wood, no burning, no bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long and soft; mild-fruity, sweet and malty with some menthol (mint)

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