Speyside 1973 TWA

"Another good 70s Speysider with a good balance of sweetness, sourness and a spicy kick"

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The Whisky Agency is a german independent bottler that tends to make beautiful labels int he Art Nouveau style. Today’s review will concern another of those famous earlier-to-mid 70s bottlings from the Speyside region, many of which were put on the market by German’s independent bottlers. I believe they were very smart in catching these gems, since they have meanwhile established an almost legendary status. This one is a blended malt, which apparently was first designated a a single malt, which seems rather strange but will likely have to do with agreement issues. There are many rumours that Glenfarclas is an important component of these undisclosed Speyside releases and they are generally very protective of their brand name. Anyway, what matters is the taste.

Nose

Fresh nose with the expected tropical fruits and a surprising touch of strawberry sweets. Very creamy, a touch of sweet lemon, orange sweets, fresh pineapple and mango juice. It also contains a more caramelly side compared to its two compadres. I also find lemon cake, milk chocolate cinnamon cake, and dried citrus fruits. It develops quite well with each sniff. Good balance of not too much tropical intensity and citrus freshness. I also get a hint of raisins after a while.

Taste

Sweetish, fresh fruity and tiny spicy kick. A bit ligher compared to the nose with also more wood influence. Lemon drops, mango, orange parts, and more fruits. Water slightly improves the strength and brings out more spices like white pepper and a clear note of curcuma. Dry cinnamon powder, ginger, and then again more juicy sour fruits. It is definitely going more towards the sour side of fruitiness. Reminds me of those yellow thingies from South Africa. Right Inca berries. So I guess they do not originally come from there.  Anyway, back to the whisky, because it is good. Pretty long aftertaste of spices and sour fruits. 

Overall

Again a good secret Speysider from the 70s.You would almost think we have become That 70s show. Anyway, I found this one slightly less convincing than the one from Sansibar, however, still very enjoyable. In particular, the nose develops nicely. The sour notes form a perfect balance for the sweet fruits and I really like the little spicy kick. 

  • Review 2020-005
  • Blended
  • Undisclosed Speyside distillery
  • The Whisky Agency
  • Distilled in 1973
  • Bottled in 2017
  • Undisclosed butt
  • Natural colour
  • Non chill-filtered
  • 47.4
  • 568
  • ±525 (currently)
  • Not available anymore
  • Whiskybase #118356

What others say

Whiskybase: 92.11 (140 votes) * @Malt-Review: 7/10 * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 93/100 * @The-Dramble: 92/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
50%
Sweet <-> Spicy
50%
  • Tropical fruits
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Inca berries
Nose 87%
Taste 87%
Balance 87.5%
Depth 87%
Finish 87%
Score