Glen Garioch 1971 Sa

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Samaroli (Sa)
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 dec 2009 3:46 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 8294.62

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1971 Sa

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.60 points.

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    smoky-herbal, tart-fruity, with hints of tobacco and espresso, wet pebbles, dusty, with spices. Long enough ash finish. Thank you, Stas, for customizing the masterpiece of my year of birth) 23-24-24-23
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    • Taste
      94 94
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      94 94

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  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
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  4. ReKnird scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Really EXCEPTIONAL whisky.
    My Best Glen Garioch.
    The cask strength is good, but my favorite is water added bottle.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Old style peaty Highland, with bonfire and ash notes, a little dry grass, slightly farmy with I swear I am getting some rhubarb in the mix which is only something I have encountered a few times?

    A few plasticine notes arrive or maybe putty and wet stone after a minute or so .

    Ah now I love this type of slightly burnt peat & sherry combo that has pushed the fruit element in the background, it is a little drying and then some spice and pepper pop up,
    Finish is of reasonably length remaining a little peppery and the peat never invades the palate it just caresses your tongue.

    Lovely profile but after having the 1971 SA full proof version you know Samaroli made a major mistake taking this down to 43%, why bother just to get more bottles, a crime in my view.
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  6. barryfox915 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold.
    Nose: Peaty, mineral, sharp, on charcoal, cold ashes, some
    seaweed, and on end of spring flowers with some citric notes.
    Taste: Smoky,
    citric and bitter, peaty, meaty, on honey drops, grapefruit and strong coffee
    notes (coffee chocolate and espresso). Diluted, it becomes more citric and
    bitter. The finish is quite long, round, citric, peaty, with strong coffee
    General Impression: Another very good and heavily peated Glen Garioch,
    with rather strong coffee notes.



  7. boborban scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch 1971/1997 (43%, Samaroli, cask #1239, 300 bottles) Not to be mistaken for the extraordinary Glen Garioch 1971 (59.6%, Samaroli, 2280 bottles, sherry, 75cl), nor for the fantastic 1971 for Oddbins. Colour: gold. Nose: this is very different, much more organic. Less peat but maelstroms of wet leaves, all kinds of teas, resins, mint, oils (notably olive)… Then something magnificently beefy (angus? ;-)), animal (hare belly – I insist, not Halle Berry!)… Also fresh putty, old books, almonds, pistachios… And loads of tobacco (newly opened Camel pack). Fantastic, as expected. Mouth: slightly less nervous than both 1963’s at the attack, maybe just a tad shier, but then develops on rather superb notes of resin (all kinds), chlorophyll chewing-gum, peat, bitter oranges, cinchona/Campari… Picks up steam constantly. Finish: quite shorter than the very long 1963’s and maybe a tad more mono-dimensional (resin/grass/peat/pepper) but still beautiful. Comments: let’s not split hair, this one is another fantastic Glen Garioch. SGP:254 – 91 points.


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