Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Mancarella (Ma)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
43 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
51.6 % Vol.
700 ml
de Germany
Added on
26 Jul 2017 9:50 am by MacErwin
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 649.00

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Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1973 Ma

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.39 points

  1. Hobbit scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What a malt, what a story. Great! The nose is outstanding. But the rest is unparalleled (probably long in vain Anno 2017). Maybe it is today and my constitution but I have probably a new No. 1 on the eternal list.
    • Nose
      The aroma of this old drop is intense, it stands in the room long before the glass is led to the nose. The first nose is a revelation of flavors, seldom does a whisky show so obviously yet elegantly its complexity with the first smell. A creamy, oily, full combination of sweet honey, light tropical fruits, aged barrel and subtle herbal notes. That would mean everything? Maybe, but this whisky can do more, it creates what less and less whisky make today: it invites you to dream ...
      A colorful tropical potpourri of apricot, yellow plum, pineapple, mountain peach, honey banana, star fear and a splash of lemon with white chocolate, almond cream, grated coconut, vanilla pudding, subtle maraquja. Now, the flavors of the barrel gradually dare with old dried freshly sawn wood (no softwood) to a fresh note of river mint, which is grated between the fingers. Nutmeg and suddenly a clear, dry and slightly tart cinnamon note that I love, a touch of ginger tea .... This nose is a true Whisky dream, hardly believes you would have detected a flavor already, it interweaves with others again and shows up completely new , a kind of the finest, most elegant complexity. Only the smell occupies me for a felt eternity.
    • Taste
      The taste is in no way inferior to the nose, just the right fullness and power to bring the flavors, all the aromas from the nose to the tongue, great spiciness of the wood and herbs, but at no time become too one-sided or dominant, rather to create a balance to the sweetness and the fruit. In the second sip, the taste initially tended somewhat in the kräutrige direction before he surprised me again and again increased in fruit and sweet creaminess. A malt like a good book with lots of twists and turns, side sequences and subplots and yet everything comes together to form a big picture.
    • Finish
      Is it getting boring? No matter! Also in the finish shows the class of this malts. There are no new flavors added, but it is amazing how consistently they are implemented on the tongue, What really appeals to me on the finish are not the flavors but the texture, the appearance on the tongue, the length of the finish, the suppleness in Combination with well-dosed seasoning, balanced aromas. Even while the second nose builds even sweeter and you are back to sniffing, accompany the flavors of the departure and accompany the complete work.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful Speysider, so very different from the duck in August, more on the kräutrig-spicy side, not so sweet and seductive (but delicious!), But very intense, very much in it, great balance, great thing, great catch!
    • Nose
      clear, honey sweet with coconut cream, tart fruity, resinous, herbaceous, lime, kiwi, kumquat, wild strawberry, almost ripe plum peel, mint, hyssop, licorice, thyme, eucalyptus, spruce honey, orange blossom, fresh grass cut, flowering, daisies, daisies, slightly sharper, watercress, flower buds, furniture polish ... now he opens up more, more orange blossom, rose petals, mandarin, anise, cinnamon, vineyard peach ... yum! intense (and so different from the "golden duck")
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, spicy, full, nice onion, lemon peel, kumquat, dark chocolate, ginger, cloves, clove pepper, walnuts, peel skin, mango, peach, wild strawberries, rose flower tea, mint tea, strong green tea, resinous, kräutrig, lots of hyssop, anise , Spruce needle honey, coconut cream, cress, eucalyptus
    • Finish
      long, intense, sweet-bitter, herbaceous, wild strawberries, peach, eucalyptus, becoming dry

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. mothers_finest scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Split cask with this one??


  5. Othorion scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    What a malt! A poem!
    • Nose
      Spicy, sweet, light fruit compote, then herbs, lots of honey, pina colada, ginger, pineapple, mirabelles, gooseberries, apricots, limes, a hint of a sour note, vanilla sauce, passion fruit juice, grated coconut, wax Ingenious, because you would like to take the nose out of the glass! A wonderful mix with which you can easily spend an entire evening!
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, gentle, spicy, to feel zero alcohol, again the bright fruit cocktail with mirabelles, pineapple, oranges, apricots, ginger sweets, coconut pudding, roasted almonds, some lime, dark honey, now walnuts and a hint of tobacco. As changeable and exciting as the nose, a dream!
    • Finish
      Laaaaang, creamy, warming, spicy-nutty, dark chocolate, slightly dry

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The delicious flavors still rest on the palate, and I rarely had such a long and powerful finish. This old Speysider embroidered by its complexity and complexity. Again and again I discover new flavors, the viscosity and creaminess is impressive. A really fabulous bottling which despite its great age has an extremely powerful nature and still captivates me. The two Speyside Region 1973 Ma bottlings go in the same direction and have similar flavors and characteristics, but I feel the filling with 51.6% a bit more powerful and "darker". The successor in the glass yesterday with 49.6%, I found a tick better as it seemed fruitier and more complex. Both bottlings are each extremely delicious in their own way and a drop for special moments.
    • Nose
      Tough and oily drops dissolve out of the streaks adhering to the glass wall and flow back into the glass in slow motion. The old Speyside shines in bright amber from the Premium Snifter, the first fruity aromas waft from the glass. Dark yellow fruit flavors rise, sweet apricots and old mirabelle plaques mingle and a hint of citrus fruits come into their own. Tough forest honey drips on sun-dried slices of orange, from the subtle in the background lying spicy wood elements rises a fine peppermint note and gives the fruity nose a wonderful freshness. Pirsich, pineapple and other tropical fruits dissolve from the intense and multi-layered nose, the alcohol begins to tickle slightly in the nose. A herbal mixture exudes its aromatic note as more and more dried fruit notes ascend. The yellow fruits such as Mirabelle, apricot and quince become more dominant, sweet vanilla shows up shortly before the spicy and old wood tones again gain the upper hand. In the meantime, my saliva is already up to my lips ;-) I want to finally try the Speyside!
    • Taste
      Powerful oak dominates the first impression, the dried fruit flatter briefly the tongue before voluminous and warming sharpness fills the entire mouth. Woody sharpness blends with a pinch of white pepper, the lips and the back palate area glow. Old and partly dry wood elements rest powerfully in the mouth, slowly the sharpness fades away and creamy, slightly buttery wood tones dominate the taste. The fine, spicy and creamy wood spreads its wonderful aroma, a touch of walnut dissolves from the old oak tree and the old and dark peppermint comes to light again. the freshness is intensified, as well as the herbs and spices return.
    • Finish
      Creamy and oily blurring taste and aftertaste. The old and creamy wood tones release a little discreet sharpness after some time. The intensified spiciness joins the dried and old fruits. Mirabelle, apricot and peach from the nose and are voluminous on the palate. Creamy wood elements take on the reverberation, the herbs and spices are dominant in the background. Somehow I have the feeling that the flavors never want to end ...

  7. Lady Dram did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes, the same cask like ALOS.

    And also Ruben tasted this bottle last week. 

    Ruben gave 92 points


  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Another fantastic Speysider from 1973!

    Directly compared head to head in a tasting it could indeed be the same cask as the one below despite one says 43 years old and the other one 44 years old:

    • Nose
      Fruit bomb alarm, tropical fruits, exotic fruits, yellow fruits, pineapples, mango, passion fruit, bananas, coconut, spices, white pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, honey dew, fine oak wood, citrus fruits, oranges, and so on - superb!
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, creamy, a whole fruit salad (not to repeat all things above), good sweetness, hints of vanilla - great!
    • Finish
      Long and warm, very smooth and mellow, probably a bit more zesty and grapefruits in the end

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  10. LDB scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A trip to the golden seventies gives you the feeling of a velvety summer day, or in the new speaking forest bathing with whisky yoga :)
    Fascinating drop anyway!
    • Nose
      95 95
      A fragrant, spicy flower meadow, creamy honey, orange beeswax, delicate lemon zest and, ultimately, crystallized old resin from conifers in a sunlit forest clearing.
      Filigree, yet so intensely aromatic that it's a real pleasure!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Pleasantly sour and citronish, until a sweeter wave of ripe yellow-orange fruits soon appears - this is the perfect wave ...! Fragrant beeswax and slightly resinous white wine notes complete the experience with a pinch of candied ginger.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Balsamic wax notes run into the finish, which ends gently, mouthwashing and, above all, is just as long as it is harmonious with a few spices such as nutmeg and a slightly quinine note.
      At the end there is a hint of grapefruit-like vegetal bitterness, which then concludes the whole thing.


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