Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whisky-Fässle (W-F)
Bottling serie
Duck Label
Stated Age
43 years old
Sherry Butt
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Jul 2017 9:27 am by whioli
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 423.00

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242 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1973 W-F

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.01 points

  1. rottendon did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    So it really takes a lot of time, half an hour is not enough, but then there is a full, multi-layered aromas fireworks, which is also very harmonious and well balanced. I have already tasted a lot of this 70s Speysider, this is one of the really good ones. I tasted it in parallel to https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/82207/speyside-region-1973-twa, my previous favorite, this comparison then he loses, but only just. The abundance and sorting of the Good Vibes is even more impressive and also in terms of strength, this nose slightly forward. This one is a lot sweeter, but not overly sweet, a matter of taste, but here, too, the Good Vibes personally agree more with me.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring slightly alcoholized sour pear and a touch of glue. After a few moments already denser and with more acid, the glue has disappeared. Nevertheless, the whole thing seems unnatural. After about half an hour's life, there is a lot of furniture polish in the glass. A few dates and a hint of garlic are to be found. Movement brings caramelized mango and orange peel as well as an idea mint. Ripe apples and beeswax, pears and marjoram. Spices and furniture polish, whenever he has time to sit down. In between, short approaches of cotton candy and the initially quite restrained nose is now much more intense. Very complex, only with a lot of effort to sort, especially the interaction of fruity and on the other hand, the always flashy hearty and herbaceous notes is captivating and animated to search and analyze again and again. After he was allowed to breathe really long, offers a intertwined, dense and well-integrated bouquet of ripe yellow, tropical fruits, citrus aromas (blood orange and kumquat), dry herbs and nuances deeply buried old barrel flavors, damp cellar, furniture polish, dusty books and gnawed Appelgriepsch , Heated, the acid goes back a little in the short term and he looks altogether older, while now the typical bourbon cask notes of caramel and vanilla are present, but old hold.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully complex in the mouth, richly sweet with acacia and fir honey, a beautiful herbal mixture, a crazy, not really to grasp Fruchtpotpourri and a pinch of black pepper. Towards the back, the herbs are initially stronger and then convert to slightly sweetened mocha, the more the tannins come to the fore. The onset is buttery soft, the mouthfeel pleasantly oily.
    • Finish
      In the overall rather long finish, it warms up for a while, has a short tip of some menthol and then spoils with fine dark chocolate and milk with honey, and extremely long.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    A gigantic beautiful drop, to the point, with subtle barrel influence, a lot of fruit and great balance, just as I like it. Liquid blossom nectar! How could that be better? A perfect malt for me.
    • Nose
      Pineapple stands over the glass! In addition, a potpourri of apples of all kinds - red, sunlit, sweet, (over) ripe apples fresh from the tree, baked apples, applesauce with cinnamon, also pears now mix with; In addition to the wonderful fruit aromas, floral notes are also to be found - a sweet sea of ​​jasmine and fragrant lilac (the white, sweet), vanilla blossoms and pods, with some milk chocolate - and spicy notes of stomach bread, spiced condiment, cinnamon and cardamom - wow, gigantic great nose!
    • Taste
      sparkling fruit explosion, like a leap into the clear water, all fruits from the nose are back, pineapple, apples, pears, apple compote with cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom and white pepper (not too much), tangerine, getting stronger, dark chocolate, green tea with jasmine, sweet stomach bread spices, liquid flower nectar!
    • Finish
      long and long and warming, tangerine, pineapple and dark chocolate, eucalyptus, lilac and jasmine, cinnamon and cardamom

  3. Vince' scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Already pouring is a real pleasure. A torrent of scary sweet exotic fruits paired with fine vanilla and jasmine tea aromas flows to meet one. I can not identify really bitter oak flavors that might betray the proud age. It's just this creamy vanilla-floral fragrance mix that suggests an approach of age or oak flavors. After a while in the glass I associate something like sweet cherries with milk chocolate, apples, cinnamon, caramel and honey. This aroma is something special. So fruity and yet so complex with perfectly integrated alcohol. Taste: Sweet and spicy with a very pleasant but intense tingle. This intense nose nose repeats and literally explodes throughout the mouth. The vanilla is also present. Furthermore, cinnamon, light pepper, caramel and something like orange blossom / jasmine bleeding can be found. However, there are also subtle aromas of a rather old barrel: masses of spicy roasted aromas, associations with leather couch, tobacco, chocolate and nutmeg are also not enough. The intensity of the aromas is outstanding and does not stop me grinning. The finish is chilling with mint and still surprisingly sweet. The oak is delicate and tart and tends to go in the jasmine tea direction with dark chocolate. This very slightly tart aroma with roasted aromas lingers on the tongue for a long time. Conclusion: a wonderful experience. A malt delivers and is completely different than what I have given previous old whisky bottlings. This intense aroma of exotic fruits in old age is unparalleled.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    You really don't feel the 51.3% abv - so fruity and smooth, very good!
    • Nose
      Very intense fruity, sticky honey, apricots, whiffs of vanilla, pineapples, peaches - great!
    • Taste
      Very creamy, oily, smooth, fruity, sweet, new fruits adding like apples and pears - very good!
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, sweet, fruity, little peppery

  5. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    This is without any doubt one of the best of all the amazing 1973 undisclosed speysiders.

    ... if not the very best of them all.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  6. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      97 97

  7. Dottore scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What else is there to say big? A maturation near perfection. 95 points, one big bottle destroys the exorbitant price.
    • Nose
      Light acidity, almost a Grain smell. Very complex and very complex, yet incredibly harmonious. white pepper, sugar sweet barbecue banana with honey and vanilla ice cream. Orchids. Tree bark. Arugula, almost vegetable notes. After a long time freshly squeezed orange juice. Above all hovers a slightly musty-old fragrance. I have rarely experienced such a variety of flavor cargo. Great great great!!!
    • Taste
      About 51%? Ha, never! perfectly integrated alcohol. Creamy-liqueur-like mouthfeel. Very sweet with lots of vanilla and coconut. More tropical spice than Christmas spice. Mouth, nose, throat, yes, even the entire brain are infatuated with brutally beautiful spices. The age is noticeable at any time, yet not decayed but full of awe-inspiring elegance. Oranges and nectarines show maturation in the sherry barrel. Wonderful
    • Finish
      Long, old, sweet, peppery, dry and discreetly bitter.

  8. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very sophisticated, wonderfully fruity malt with powerful flavors.
    The matured oak and the spiciness are entered nicely.
    Compared to the Speyside Malt 1975 Sb, which I also brought to 92 points,
    this is a less fruity and sherried edition where more oak and spice is gained.
    Adding the flavor profile and the price I guess Tomintoul.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Highly refined and elegant. Slight sherry, probably fino.
      Wonderful fruitiness: apple, pineapple, peach, pear and mango. Touch of citruses. Raisin.
      Honey, vanilla and chocolate. Slightly matured, spicy oak breeze. Coconut and jasmine green tea.
    • Taste
      93 93
      It's surprisingly powerful, creamy and sophisticated. Really doesn't feel the alcohol, wow!
      Fruits on the nose are nicely complemented with banana and tangerine. Vibrant acids.
      The matured, slightly tannic oak and the spiciness, especially white pepper gets more space.
      Green teas, vanilla. It's still surrounded by a light fresh mint cloud.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, spicy, floral.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] I just had an excellent undisclosed Speyside region malt from a different german bottler (WB 84938) so I am curious if this one is even better (as the average rating score suggests).

    This is a fine dram but it stayed some years too long in the cask so the wood is dominant and turns the whisky a little bitter and astringent. But nevertheless an excellent dram...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a fine fruity-honey profile that is very sweet - but to be honest, I liked the Sansibar better. The wooden notes grow stronger the longer this dram breathes what is not bad but they simply dominate the other fine aromas and turn the nose unbalanced. Nevertheless, this is criticism on a very high level of quality - sorry for that...
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on all kinds of sweet aromas (barley sugars, honeys, fruits) with delicate spices (ginger, nutmeg and the like) and firm wooden notes that are a little too strong for my taste buds, again. It is delicate and very interesting to explore but due to the heavier tannins I would not drink more than one dram in a row. Water turns the dram even sweeter and takes out some of the wooden notes - I like it best when reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and coating in the mouth with a significant bitter-astringent feeling from the tannins. Not really unpleasant but too much to be enjoyable. The finish is long and now the wood has the say, unfortunately (I am not a wood-head anyhow)...

  10. Tombadil scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    Wonderful and delicous, multiple layers of lavender and lilac blossoms, mirabells, pineapple, pear and apple, gingerbread and cake spices - awsome - one of the best 73er speysiders after all. A wonderful dram.
    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98


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