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Overall rating 23 votes 93.05
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Echinoderms from Australia
Vintage
12.1973
Bottled
03.2017
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Butt
Casknumber
9
Number of bottles
120
Strength
46.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
10 Jul 2017 3:35 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 380,00

Tastingtags

5 Notes

Whiskylifestyle
Member Senior Whiskylifestyle Tasting note
13 Aug 2017 2:55 pm
Whiskylifestyle gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

It starts with some lavender which quickly fades away, then floral and tropical fruits like passionfruit, pineapple, guave, all layered in honey. It’s like an explosion of fragrances! Later on I get some green apples which fade away at some point. In the end the red fruits appear with some bubblegum in there. I love this! Tropical fruits and honey sweetness.

Taste

Tropical fruits, the taste lives up to the expectation! A thick honey sweetness, if that makes any sense, mixed with some red fruits. This is followed by white pepper, cinnamon and cloves. The wood impact is there but this is all very well layered. Really nice, something that I can enjoy for quite some time.

Finish

The finish is very long! Sweet tropical fruits and honey. It’s not overly complex which is weird as the taste gives me a very nice layered flavour. The finish comes down to plain fruity sweetness.

Comments

This is definitely the sweet one; an abundance of fruit and honey elements. It’s hard to judge which one is best, as they are both very very good. But I think this one is my favourite, it’s just a little more fruity than the other Speyside 1973.

WhiskyNotes
Expert Senior WhiskyNotes Note
20 Jul 2017 11:12 am
WhiskyNotes gave this whisky 92 points

Nose: it has the slightly sharper Fino-ish side (paraffin, mint, eucalyptus, walnut oil) but also a nicely warm side, with some jammy apricots, stewed apples and a whiff of vanilla. Nice beehive notes (wax, honey) as well. Some aromatic wood to round it off. Mouth: warm and woody, with lots of spices like ginger and aniseed. Leathery notes as well as a faint bitterness. Floral hints too. Honeyed peaches in the background. Hints of mint and resin. Finish: long, slightly warmer again, with cinnamon and a hint of cocoa.

Another great 1973, one that finds a near-perfect balance of austerity and roundness, especially on the nose. My favourite of this combo.

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thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
20 Jul 2017 11:43 am
thijs100 gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Fruit and oak and fresh ginger. Pink grapefruit, ripe apples, beeswax, honey and varnish. It explodes in the glass, doesn't need to breathe at all. Pine sap, mint and pine needles make an appearance as well.

Taste

Lemon peel, honey, grapefruit, some bitter oranges even. Also ginger, a hint of black pepper. Some soft tobacco notes and a hint of wood polish. Yes, of course there's oak, but it's light and lovely and in balance.

Finish

Long, with oranges and subtle wood spices.

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 1:41 pm

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