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Overall rating 7 votes 90.80
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Echinoderms from Australia
Vintage
12.1973
Bottled
04.2017
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Butt
Casknumber
8
Number of bottles
107
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 Jul 2017 12:23 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 380,00

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

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Tastingtags

4 Notes

Whiskylifestyle
Member Senior Whiskylifestyle Tasting note
13 Aug 2017 2:54 pm
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Tropical fruits like passion fruit, pineapple, guave. It’s floral but less floral then the other release (46.5%). A very nice fragrance on this one, floral and fruity notes and then leaning towards some herbs. There is some heather and ricola (the candy) in there too. Later on some light tobacco and a touch of oak. Then throw some applesauce in the mix to complete it all.

Taste

A nice abundance of fruity flavours: apricots, passion fruit, guave and some red fruits all coated in honey and a touch of herbs. After a little while there is some menthol too, a little bit of cinnamon and again some very nice sweetness. A bit of oak and leather, and maybe even some cacao. Definitely the more spicy and herbal version.

Finish

The finish is very long, quite some spices in here. Oak and pepper are noticable, I expected a little bit more dominant fruits and honey but this is leaning more towards the background. The spices are overpowering and the fruits are here as well but just a little bit. But it’s still a very good finish.

Comments

I think if I would have tasted this on its own, it would have been a different tasting note. I realized that I was really comparing and trying to describe what the differences between the two were, instead of just tasting the whisky as it is. Let’s not forget this is a very good 1973 whisky, not old or tired and still very vibrant in the taste. This is complex enough to classify this as a very, very good dram. I prefer the other one just a little bit more, but this is negligible.

WhiskyNotes
Expert Senior WhiskyNotes Note
20 Jul 2017 11:40 am
WhiskyNotes gave this whisky 91 points

Nose: slightly more prickly, slightly more woody I would say. More leafy notes, aniseed, a hint of apple cider. More Fino, if you like. Green apples. More grassy notes too. Now when I read it again they may seem totally different, of course that’s not the case. Mouth: very minty and green, including the bitter edge of flor. Turmeric. Bay leaves. There’s a sweet undertone but it stays on the greener side of fruits. Mint, nutmeg and just hints of plain oak. Finish: long, mainly on sweet spices.

Hard to resist again, a lovely old-style profile. For me this had more of the Fino austerity to it. It feels slightly more veteran, making me prefer the other cask at 46.5%. Just my 2 cents.

https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/undisclosed/speyside-region-1973-archives/

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thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
20 Jul 2017 11:12 am
thijs100 gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Peach and nectarine. Kumquats too, as well as a hint of grapefruit and honey. Also oak, furniture polish and resin. A touch of hay, but then back to fruitier notes of apple cider. Maybe even slightly hoppy.

Taste

Bitter grapefruit, herbs, stewed apples and beeswax. Soft, subdued lemon notes, accompanied by cinnamon, cloves. A touch of menthol.

Finish

Ends on sweet notes, with a touch of pink grapefruit and honey. Quite long.

Comments

These two new Speyside 1973s from Archives are in a league of their own. An abundance of fruit, a healthy oak influence and lovely sweet honey and beeswax notes.

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PierreFunck
Member Senior PierreFunck Note
01 Aug 2017 1:53 pm

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