Overall rating
91.16/100
votes
103
Whiskybase ID
WB95372
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Vintage
03.1975
Bottled
12.2016
Stated Age
41 years old
Casktype
Fino Sherry Butt
Casknumber
22
Number of bottles
220
Strength
46.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
23 apr 2017 4:52 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 380.00

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Whisky reviews for A Speyside Distillery 1975 WD

23 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.16 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo 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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  3. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  4. Kensay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    chic whisky, but 1973 falls short of the best speysides, lacks their depth
    • Nose
      92 92
      a scattering of ripe fruits, as if he had hit a fruit market somewhere in Asia. Ripe mangoes, bananas, melon, flower honey. Very juicy and fresh. Wax, some nuts
      sweet grapes, ripe tangerines
    • Taste
      90 90
      apple jam, honey, plum jam, cinnamon, old oak
    • Finish
      91 91
      pears, nuts, citruses, coriander, oriental sweets, very long, enveloping

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 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 87 points Connoisseur

    I would not say the nose is particularly expressive but it is decent enough.
    The palate is better than the nose, pretty sweet but again like the last two undisclosed Speyside, not Berry exciting
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Excellent tropical release. My favorite tones.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Apricot, yellow dried fruits, candied pineapple, fresh pineapple and other ripe yellow tropical fruits, mango and pomelo. A little bit of bitterness like from a set of herbs.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is sweet, tropical, fruity, fresh. A slight shade of grass.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The aftertaste is sweet, like after pineapple jam, but a little tart and long-lasting.

  8. Simon Stood scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    22.5/23/23.5/23

  9. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    22-23-23-23

  11. LiquidThoughts 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

  12. 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

  13. 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 esters 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 tea-spooned with Glenfiddich)...

    [December 2022] Right before Christmas I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. Great stuff to quaff.
    • 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 smooths 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.

  14. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. 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.

  16. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  17. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  18. MrRancho scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Just wow! Very complex, easy to play dram
    • Nose
      Papaya, Pineapple, Vanilla, Er, Maracuja, Orange
    • Taste
      At first it tastes the way it smells. In addition, some rose water, lychee, lime, very light oak, pepper
    • Finish
      Very long and exotic. Round, gentle, fruity, but not sweet!

  19. mr.p9 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. Dottore did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Slightly weaker on the finish with a similar flavor profile than the various 1973 Speyside bottlings from 2017. But still very good. 91 points.
    • Nose
      Exotic fruits reflect the Finofass: mango, melon, lots of papaya. fresh oak wood. Vanilla. Butter. Beeswax. Wet grass.
    • Taste
      very sweet and vanilla-spicy at the beginning. Light ginger and pepper tickle the tongue. Slightly coconut and a lot of vanilla. Grapefruit. Walnut milk chocolate. The tannins of the barrel hormone very well with the sweet fruitiness of Finosherrys.
    • Finish
      Nice, round but surprisingly shorter than expected. Subtle bitterness. Almond flour. Chaitee and milk coffee.

  21. LDB scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose:

    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

    Taste:

    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.

    Finish:

    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.

    Comment:

    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

  22. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  23. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    scores for me especially on the palate - just at the beginning of an explosion of exotic dreamlike aromas - nose flattens noticeably after about half an hour, also warming then no longer helps, palate and finish I like well - but can not compete with the complex intense nose.
    • Nose
      very sweet oily dense exotic nose, ripe banana, pineapple, honeydew melon, flight mango, passion fruit, light and juicy oak, grassy-vegetable spiciness, vanilla, waxy creamy oak - beautiful balance and a lot of wave-like movement in the fruit flavors
    • Taste
      sweet, citrus, overripe flame-spiked pineapple, beautiful oak - creamy, spicy, waxy, mint cooling and warming at the same time, milk chocolate - very round and mild (based on the alcohol) with more sips it gets a little more acidic, gets more spicy tannins with gentler pleasant bitterness and a little more power
    • Finish
      fresh, spicy, intense oak, chocolate notes, tart spicy vegetal notes, waxy

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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 .

  28. cavalier66 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    possible shared cask? 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/83264/speyside-finest-1975-bcs

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/93293/speyside-region-malt-1975-alos

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