Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 70
Stated Age
43 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
47.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Apr 2017 6:42 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 427.50

66 × in wishlist

99 × member ratings

110 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside 1973 MBa

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.79 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely stunning whisky in my view. Together with the Speyside Region 1973 from East Village Whisky Company, arguably one the best whiskies bottled in the last 5 years. These will become the legendary whiskies of the future.
    • Nose
      The nose starts with lots of tropical fruitiness; papaya, mango, and lychee. Followed by beehive, beeswax, and pollen. Bananas. Caramelized apples. Paraffin as well. Walnut cake and orange zests. Some tobacco and aromatic herbs. Superb, you could nose this whisky for hours.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity again with tinned Del Monte apricots and pineapple intermingled with some gentle mineral and waxy notes. Dried coconut. Hints of vanilla and cake mix. Clover honey. Whiff of cinnamon and a little aniseed. Slightly minty later on. Nectarine made by Gods with multi-layered complexity.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, and lingering. A little white pepper. Ginger. Hints of cocoa at the end. Perfectly balanced. Excellent stuff!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2021] A quick review of a small sample...

    ...which is another great '73 'farclas (most probably). The seventies Glenfarclas profile was much, much fruitier than today's - actually this changed almost over night from the 1979 to the 1980 vintage. Obviously they switched to a different fermentation regime using other strains of yeast but it is impossible to get a confirmation on this subject.

    Do not get me wrong, I like them both the old fruity and the more traditional modern (yes, this is what I mean) Glenfarclas profile.
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is quite light for a 43 years maturation at pale gold and the nose offers the trademark fruity '70ies Glenfarclas profile (before this changed in 1980 to a less fruity but still great traditional profile). What else to say? Nothing, this is simply exceptionally good! I could sniff this for hours...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is complex and nicely layered on all the fruits one could think of enriched by honeys, floral notes and spicy wooden impressions. All is greatly balanced and without any flaw or off-note, very quaffable stuff no doubt. Water is not needed.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel and no drying moments at all. The finish is long and extends the beautiful taste without adding major new impressions, but given the already very complex profile this is almost impossible anyway. No drying or astringent moments until the very end, this was a perfect cask to support such a long maturation.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Moderator

    Another great Speysider - definitely one of the better ones in the recent series of old Speysider releases.
    • Nose
      Wow, what a mix of tropical and yellow fruits starting from pineapples through apricots, limes and ending with honey sweet melons, spices, white wine - Just great!
    • Taste
      Very oily, creamy, fruity, smooth, good sweetness, hints of vanilla and oak wood, lots of fruits and spices again - superb!
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth, still fruity amd sweet

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Again a really beautiful 1973 Speysider, first class!
    • Nose
      very elegant and clear, orange, melon, mango, honey, banana, warm apricots, slightly spicy / malty, slightly herbaceous, mint, chamomile, lemon verbena
    • Taste
      again very clear and fine, orange, melon, mango, passion fruit, honey, banana, ginger, cinnamon, some tobacco sweetness, sweet and fruity, (slightly less citrusy and full of flavor than for example the same-aged Speyside region of, Zanzibar, WID: 94080), White pepper, mint, everything in harmony, sometimes the honey is ahead, sometimes the fruits, sometimes the spices, slightly kräutrig, wonderful
    • Finish
      very fine, honey, orange zest, cinnamon and mint remain the longest

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose, has slot going on, fruit, sherry, hint of peat, and pepper.
    There is a nice icing sugar sweetness to the palate, and an abundance of fruit gums flavours followed by a long finish
    Re taste 2/6/2021
    yup 90-91 is about right
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 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
    2-Speyside Region 1973 43 year 49.7% celebrating 10th anniversary of Daily Dram wb id 86910
    3-Speyside Region 41 year fino sherry 1975 47.4% Whisky Fassle wb id 80035
    4-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 47.4% TWE Exclusive wb id 118346
    5-A Speyside distillery Cask 12 43 year 1973 52.2% 221 bottles Whisky Doris- wb id 117953
    6-Speyside Region 44 year sherry cask 1973 51.6% sherry cask 372 bottles Antique Lions wb id 99244
    7-A Speyside Distillery 41 year fino sherry 1975 46.9% 220 bottles Whisky Doris wb id 95372 -
    8-Speyside Region, The Whisky Agency 1973 44 year 48.6% 10 years of TWA wb id 110350
    9-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 52.4% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry wood wb id 98877
    10-Speyside Region The Whisky Agency 1973 43 year 46.9% Art Nouveau Ladies sherry butt wb id 94857

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: Deep Copper

    Tropentuttifrutti all well and good, behind it more angular, younger + pungent looking wood, a few 08/15 ex-bourbon flavors. Great whisky, but rather "disappointing" after the bombshell.

    Tasting: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/94857
    • Nose
      Fresher, more lime juice, toothpaste and light wood, pineapple here too, but more fresh and woody, green banana. Dried apricots, acacia honey. Over time, more resin, more menthol, more river water plus associated mint, a little mint tea. Passion fruit juice in smaller quantities. With water: more citrus, behind it very simple - old whisky, tree sap, fir honey. With a long time lag from the TWA, my nose picks up more.
    • Taste
      Sweet, unfortunately quite "plain" bourbon barrel at the beginning, with real vanilla, ripe oranges and dry wood. Then cinnamon and some nutmeg. Later fruity, with orange juice, quince jelly and orange peel, crab apples and mango. Less dry dry wood, some soot and shoe polish. Incense, only in hint. With water: similar.
    • Finish
      Medium-length, rather plain ex-bourbon, with a little extra lime juice and desiccated coconut. Never really dry, ends with coconut and oranges.

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another fruit bomb tropical and stone fruits, excellent


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