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Overall rating
91.66/100
votes
79
Whiskybase ID
WB98344
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 3:11 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 655.20

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77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1973 Arc

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.66 points

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Exceptionally sweet, dried dates, cooked honey, override pineapple, ripe hami melon, and some mango. Slightly burnt vanilla, old sweet wood, beeswax and floral nectar. Light Mandarin orange zest and longan to end. Banana and tea leaves after a sip.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Nectar, so sweet, fruity, honey. Ripe yellow fruits. Mango, melon, so rich and thick. I was like wow when tasting it.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Rambutan, lychee. Cinnamon, pear peel, very mild pepper. Apple peel. Some Green fruits lingering.

  2. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  3. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

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

  4. Bretorianer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Shared Cask with Liquid Treasures:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/100304/speyside-region-1973-lt

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  6. wncvirus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Tropical fruit, pineapple, peaches, bananas all drenched in honey.
    Taste: With the first sip, you can feel tropical fruit with honey and caramel elements. Everything is very well organized. In the next attempts, noticeable green apple, dried apricots. A very well folded pose.
    Rating: 91 | 100 Long finish with a taste of peaches covered with caramel. Very well complex such a nice dessert. I definitely recommend everyone to try it!

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Had an Archives Sea Star Speyside Region 1973 head-to-head tasting at WTF 2019. (WB98344 vs WB104609)

    both really stunning whiskies, but if I had to choose, its brother (WB104609) is just a a bit more even more brilliant!
    • Nose
      delightful tropical fruit, hay, ripe yellow fruits and kiwi
    • Taste
      really a taste explosion of fruitiness! intense but delicate, with wood tones and leaves, menthol, hay.
    • Finish
      long, sweet, vanilla, honey, liquorice root.

  8. MaltNerd scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful fruity aroma that can be tricky. 43 years in an oak affected the taste and finish: I perceived them as dry. Overall great whisky.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Full of tropical fruits: mango, passion fruit, banana puree, tangerine peel and grape juice. Honey and fresh grass. Delicious syrup. Additionally, creamy aromas: coconut flakes and vanilla. In the background, oatmeal, acetone and spices.I can smell it endlessly
    • Taste
      92 92
      oily and warming. Definitely drier than the aroma. Sunflower seeds, roasted nuts and honey. Dried ginger, herbs (bay leaf) and oak. Milk chocolate and bananas with apples. At 43% ABV, a lot is happening. Full-bodied character.
    • Finish
      91 91
      tobacco leaves, cocoa, chocolate, orange peel, a lot of spices and a bit of tannins. Very long.

  9. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. DavidH. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is one of the best whisky i tried so far. No its not the aggresive and strong flavor type that i normally love. The balance here is almost perfect and so easy to drink with a finish to die for. A 91 pointer for me!
    • Nose
      Honey, honey, honey! The nose is such a honey fest, as if all kinds of honey put right in front of you! Come after are the floral notes, together with citrus fruits, stew apple with vanilla extract and some fresh mints inside. How great is that!
    • Taste
      Yums! Full of oranges, honey, menthol, nice balance floral notes, some tea (oak). Its sweet, balance and tongue coating.
    • Finish
      Medium long, with citrus and some dark chocolate!

  13. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose: 5/5 initially, 4/5 after opening. Palate: 4/5
    Final: 5/5
    Whisky n ° 1574
    • Nose
      Ultra fragrant! Crushed plums, melon. A hint of sulfur. Everything is very melted, soft and caressing already. A small woody note. A shy malt is pointing the tip of his nose. Chocolate. Honey comes on the scene. The fruits tend to settle a little with the opening.
    • Taste
      A spice dance (nutmeg and clove) with a honey / plum duo. Thick texture like syrup. Clear oak note but not intrusive.
    • Finish
      Intense, long and spicy, without bitterness too marked given the age. Persistence of the oak.

  14. Mingus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Its good. It's very, very good, but the omnipresence of a bitterness in the mouth and on the finish prevents us from reaching highs.
    • Nose
      Gourmand on gingerbread: honey and cinnamon in mind. Some lemony scents on precious wood background balance everything and avoid the overdose of sugar. Mint on candied fruit. Eucalyptus very clean with aeration. It is very beautiful and consistent with what I expected.
    • Taste
      Bitterness dominates marked spices, including pepper. The wood is there but discreet and balanced. The end of the mouth sees greedy notes of honey fruits win over the bitterness that is still too present for my taste. Some menthol suspicions, less clear than nose, manage to pierce. A strange mouth of greedy austerity (oxymoron).
    • Finish
      Long on honey, pepper and a return of bitterness. Then it is the cinnamon which concludes by dominating light floral flavors.

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