Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Stated Age
41 years old
Fino Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
46.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Apr 2017 4:52 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 380.00

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96 × member ratings

124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for A Speyside Distillery 1975 WD

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.19 points

  1. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The first time that a flavor description matches the flavors I've found.
    Since Whisky Doris has once again picked a great barrel. The interplay of sweet fruit flavors and defined spices gives this bottling character and does not make them look boring.
    • Nose
      Great Fino sweetness with exotic fruits (pineapple, papaya, honeydew melon), forest honey behind, herbs and spices. Everything very well recognizable.
    • Taste
      The fruit flavors of the nose alternate with forest honey, spices and herbs (ginger, mint, pepper). These powerful spice and herbal aromas make a very interesting contrast to the fruity sherry sweetness. The aromas are elegant and can be tasted wonderful individually.
    • Finish
      Long - fruity-spicy and minty

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] Somehow I am in a Glenfarclas phase right now because - despite having a large variety of drams at my hand - I regularly go for a 'farclas these days. It is a perfect summer dram (but it is perfectly suited for spring and autumn too, not to mention christmas time). So I try this (most probably) undisclosed Glenfarclas from last year that matured impressive 41 years in a fino sherry butt (given the colour it is rather a 3rd or even 4th refill).

    This is an excellent example of a somewhat exhausted cask that still has enough power to mature a whisky very well over a longer period. Such whiskies develop extremely delicious complex and balanced profiles because the spirit has enough time to build its esthers while the cask contributes not too much flavours that dominate these subtle aromas. A fine maturation - but finally I doubt this a Glenfarclas as the overall profile reminds me rather of a Balvenie (in that case the label would be wrong stating a "single malt" because all Balvenie casks sold to IB's are teaspooned with Glenfiddich)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a rather distillate-driven profile with fine but not too bold sherry aromas. There are tons of different ripe fruits both home-grown (peaches, quinces, melons) as well as exotic (pineapples, guavas, papayas), honeys, herbs and spices in a well-balanced and delicate mix. The typical fino sherry flavours stay rather in the background what supports the thesis of a 3rd or 4th fill cask. No off-notes at all, I really adore such a profile!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is (as expected from the nose) multi-layered and complex with the honeys showing up first followed by the fruits and herbs (e.g., mint leaves) that create a fine bitter-sweet combo before the spices (ginger, peppers and more) kick in. The final say is reserved for the woods that round up an interesting sweet-bitter-sweet roller-coaster ride on my taste buds. Water releases some more aromas both in the nose and on the palate and it smoothes the drinking experience - nevertheless I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating (creamy) with a minor bitter-astringent feeling from the 41 years in oak (that is rather welcomed as a counterpart to the sweet overall taste). The finish is long and adds some subtle white chocolatey flavours that I did not find in the taste before. It ends with stronger wooden notes (bitter-drying from the tannins) what is nevertheless very bearable given all the other impressions still there.

  3. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Whisky Doris

    On the nose this old, super tasty Speysider shows a lot of ripe, exotic fritters (pineapple, papaya, honey melon), behind them honey, herbs and spices - multilayered and extremely yummy! In the mouth , an intensive, fruity onion with forest honey takes place first, then becomes spicier and stronger with herbs (a little mint, ginger, pepper). It develops a lively interplay of dry and fruity aromas - wow - what a whisky! The finish is very long, warming and fascinating .

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Has interesting own notes, which one does not find in many Speyside regions, to strong start, what more do you want?
    • Nose
      Papaya, unripe banana, almond and marzipan, acacia honey, coconut, lavender and fennel, cumin, ginger, saffron, vanilla and fresh, young leather, incense sticks, wax and fresh parchment
    • Taste
      Papaya, light grapefruit, green apple, plum and pineapple, interesting appetite, dragon fruit, herbal honey with rosemary, fennel, ginger, a little leather, wax and the incense sticks, almonds, marzipan, oregano
    • Finish
      Very long and much drier still with the herbs, parchment, wax, almonds, some green apple and grapefruit

  5. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Price evaluation: 360 Euro in the offer
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A heather honey and tropical fruits (guava!) Glenfarclas, part of a 15 dram GF challenge that a very good friend of mine set up for me.

    This dram came in 3rd, only behind cask 7260 (1977) and cask 1414 (1980).

    A dram that you can't stop nosing, well have to, but also the palate needs to have fun.

    For further notes: HS305 has said it all.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is right on target.
    • Nose
      Supremely waxy, with a good amount of flower honey, as well as furniture polish, eucalyptus and resin. Very expressive and rich, the extreme opposite of a shy whisky. Soft tropical fruits like pineapple and galia melon, as well as a hint of lemon yoghurt.
    • Taste
      Chewy and oily, baby. Sweet fruits (ripe banana and mango), and lots of beeswax and honey. The tannins are light and enjoyable, instead of overpowering. There's a whisper of coriander, and some soft spices too, such as black pepper.
    • Finish
      Slightly drying, with fruit and tannins.

  8. LDB scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    Maple syrup, fragrant leather fat, apricot jam, Greek yogurt with fresh walnuts and dark honey, candies with forest fruit and sage, freshly-sawn old wood and wonderfully fragrant beeswax.Some whiffs of resin, a touch of fruit punch, but more than that the smell of sunflowers as well as the essence of sweet and aromatic wildflowers


    Round and soft, spicy honey, liquid wood, beeswax candle, warm brass, fruity drops, then changing to salty caramel - wow!

    Again, waxy notes, which are increasingly accompanied by a very pleasant cask note in the background.


    Wood sap remains, becoming dry and mouthwatering, now salt almonds appear, absolutely clear, pure mouthfeel.

    After several minutes, the last wood-salt-fruit-drops concentrate at the tip of the tongue.


    Stunning, to fall in love with, especially the nose. A really harmonious dram. A piece of art even.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Reminiscent of the excellent 1973 Acla Speysider. Great complex fruity nose, but in the mouth but against the best undisclosed Speyside but noticeable weaknesses, it lacks some volume and depth. Also the finish is not too long. Overall, a very good bottling, but not for me at the very best 1973/1975 Speyside here.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    A fruit bomb that is on eye level with some of the great undisclosed 73 Speysiders - I would bet that this is also a Glenfarclas
    • Nose
      95 95
      Very intense tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, honey, overripe fruits, whiffs of solvent, spices, pepper, hints of good oak wood - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily, creamy, very fruity, good sweetness, little punchy, mostly tropical fruits, a bit sharper than on the nose - very good!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium long, warm, still fruity with good sweetness but fading away quicker than most of the great 73 Speysiders


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