Overall rating
91.76/100
votes
118
Whiskybase ID
WB98877
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Art Nouveau Ladies
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
320
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Joint bottling with Three Rivers
Added on
25 jul 2017 2:11 pm by Forrest
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 549.90

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Whisky reviews for Speyside Region 1973 TWA

15 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.76 points.

  1. hyc scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 95
    taste--------------------94
    End rhyme--------------------93

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 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

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    another flowery fragrant nose like TWA 94857, here's hoping the palate is better on this one?
    White fruits and chemicals on the nose, stewed white fruits, pear, mango and some apricots I think?
    Tart white fruits that get a little sour, another 40+ speyside region where the sweet fruit is checked by a slight bitter tart fruit note.
    water does little to check the bitter off note.
    another one that promised much more than it delivered.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. EJS scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  5. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Another win. This one has an excellent reputation and now I know why. Great whisky.
    • Nose
      Fruity and waxy. Honey, precious wood, dried fruits (raisins, figs, apricots), peaches, lemons, leather, spices, hints of red berries, pencil shavings.
    • Taste
      Juicy and waxy. Beeswax, red fruits, apples, pears, passions fruits, hints of coconuts. Spices. A touch of oak. Chocolate cream.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering fruits and spices, mentholated notes.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The expected super fruitiness with a hint of sulphur, fruit compote, tropical fruits yellow fruits cooked apple

  7. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant ratio between oak, sherry and fruits.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry, exotic fruits, honey, lacquered wood, lemon sorb and pine resin.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily. Sherry, matured oak and tropical fruits. Pina Colada. Pepper and chili chocolate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, spicy, oaky.

  8. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    As expected, this is another one of those excellent undisclosed Speysiders. Yes, they cost a lot of money, but are relatively cheap if you're looking to add a quality, well-matured whisky from a bygone era to your collection.
    • Nose
      Hello fruit bowl! Orchard fruits such as apples and pears, accompanied by mango, mandarine and peach. There's also apricot marmalade and lemon yoghurt. Plenty of varnish and resin too, as well as wax and honey.
    • Taste
      Soft tannins and mild chocolate flavours, but also a whole array of fruit. Pear skin and red apples at first, before going down a more tropical road. Actually, this pretty much mirrors the nose, which, I should not have to explain, is a very good thing.
    • Finish
      Very subtle spices, before reverting to fruitier territories.

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

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

  11. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The best of the 1973/1975 undisclosed speysides I've tried so far! I haven't opened the 1975 Sansibar 40yo (I heard that's pretty remarkable as well), but I am glad I have a bottle of this unopened. Tasting from a 50ml sample.

    PS I tried the 1975 Sansibar 40yo.. that was quite delicious... However, this 1973 from 3 rivers is still the King of the undisclosed 1973/1975 Speysides. My humble opinion.
    • Nose
      Mandarin oranges, peach, white grapes, ripe pears. 
    • Taste
      Wow.. great balance right away... a truckload of tropical fruits, burst in your mouth, with all of the above fruits, plus rambutan, a bit of lychee, vanilla/coconut, sugarcane -- I can open a fruit market right about now. A fruity explosion. There's also a bit of oak and tannins but definitely nothing egregious... in fact, the oak is like a table, a wonderful backbone, to display all your fruits. It's also got a creamy pina colada mouthfeel. Yummy! A bit of grass came out when water is added.
    • Finish
      Long and wonderful.

      PS - I've since tried the 1975 Sansibar and this TWA/3R still takes the cake, even though that Sansibar was absolutely awesome as well.

  13. JL1207 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    This is a notch above many of the other nice recent 1970's undisclosed Speysides, with a better nose and longer finish.
    • Nose
      Nose is rich. A little sharp at first, with that great rich buttery resin behind it. Tropical rummy fruit salad.  
    • Taste
      On the palate, this is quality stuff. Tremendous balance. In a similar vein to that Sansibar 1975, with those hints of apples, pears, etc.  Fruity with just a hint of peat in the far background. Clearly both from the same source (farclas). You don't really notice the proof much at all. Not because it's not there (there's a little bit of a bite) but because the flavors overwhelm
      you so you aren't even thinking about it. It's really amazing how well balanced this one is - nothing is out of place. 
    • Finish
      Finish is medium with a really nice honey sweetness that fades slowly. It doesn't last forever, but that works on this one.   

  14. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  15. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    I have to admit it's in the line of all the great speysider released recently but probbaly a tick more austere and solid which mean a bit less fruity and sweet - nevertheless fantastic!
    • Nose
      Hints of sherry wood, tropical fruits, honey - actually pretty reluctant but letting you guess a great potential
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, fruity, very good balance between sherry wood and subtle sweetness - very good
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, still fruity and woody

  16. MarcoWe65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It is a dream of a whisky. 

    Almost perfect. Best stuff you can get for this money.

  17. MarcoWe65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      97 97

  18. Bravo122 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

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