Speyside Region 1973-2016, 43yo, 49.2% – The Whisky Agency

The series this whisky is in is called ‘Good Vibes’. Generally that quite correct as to what I’m getting when having a dram of 1970s whisky.

The whisky was distilled at an undisclosed Speyside distillery, which generally means Glenfarclas, but we can’t be 100% sure. Add to that the rather stellar reputation The Whisky Agency has and you’re good to go!

When this one came out I was undecided between the 1975 and this one at just two years older. In the end I picked the Fino Sherry Butt from 1975, but Teun was kind enough to give me a sample of this one.

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Image from WhiskyBase

Sniff:
The first thing I notice is that there’s a pretty, ever so slightly salty sherry hint on the nose. Some white fruits too, dragonfruit and white grapes, I think. After that the ‘older’ hints start coming through. Leather, oak, bread and barley. Quite complex with more sweet fruit too, I’m guessing guava and grapes.

Sip:
The palate is very intense, without being all encompassing. Lots of fruit, with leather and bread. Grapes, dragonfruit, cactus, lemon and/or lime. Some creamy and salty notes as well.

Swallow:
The finish is a bit drying with lots of fruit again. White fruits and sponge cake. It’s lasts for quite a while too.

Such an awesome dram that ticks a lot of boxes in just the right way. The complexity, although it’s mostly fruit and oak. The intensity without being a punch in the face.

It’s simply awesome. Literally everything works for me and the only way it could have scored higher, I think, is when it would have had some of that old Brora waxiness, but that’s just wishing for the moon…

93/100

Speyside 1973-2016, 43yo, “Good Vibes”, 49.2% – The Whisky Agency.

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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One Response to Speyside Region 1973-2016, 43yo, 49.2% – The Whisky Agency

  1. When I saw the label, I first thought it was a wine bottle… looks very uncommon for a whisky, but also pretty cool! The tasting notes sound fantastic, too!

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