Overall rating
Single Malt
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
Full Proof
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
19 Dec 2009 3:50 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 13310,00

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134 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1971 Sa

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.02 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    a nice old whisky with a lot of character without being a big masterpiece, I had promised much more, the slight alcoholic strength should not have occurred, the menthol note was too dominant, it's just nuances, but for 95 points, that's it not, the nose is fantastic Ranking: 1.Nase, 2.Mund, 2.Abgang
    • Nose
      without movement, a few minutes after pouring Cowshed ... the pure cowshed: o with / after movement liquid raisins, dark, noble, hot coffee over smoking Kuhschiete, sweet meringue to espresso in front of the cowshed sweet, glowing, light smoke, old leather in sherry, dried herbs, earth, camphor in smoke, licorice he smells old, noble, sweet, and prickly I love it
    • Taste
      cool on arrival, glowing on the tongue, chocolate espresso with raisin sweetness, slightly smoking cowl rifle, on the palate barrel, chocolate powder, Slightly pungent barrel note in the second sip and a hint of alcohol, menthol, chocolate, cowshed, it is glowing and slightly smoky alternating with cool and menthol, herbs
    • Finish
      very long, initially menthol on the palate with chocolate powder, then Sherrynoten sweetening, a little roast apple juice, barrel flavors, long beautiful cask notes

  2. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    [First]: Defeated Noble Deep reddish persimmon that penetrates the top Grape Apricot Leather (animal fatty acid) Hot cake Castella Rose Orange Charcoal Acacia Honey Honey Mitarashi Dango White chocolate Chestnut Montblanc Hot chocolate Grape Skin (Kyoho-Pione) Apple skin Like an angry [middle]: The body is thick and milky-Silky Burnt wheat feeling White chocolate-Bitter chocolate Roasted coffee Apricot Grapes Mushroom Shellfish Red pepper Wood Sour taste

    [Finish]: Return Rage with nasal passage Firmness of alcohol Pistachio Macadamia brownie (sweets) Sticky rice cracker Soy sauce Peanut Spicy but not spicy Pepper still smokey seaweed salt


  3. troyk890 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful whisky, especially on the nose.

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is a legendary bottle, a classic sherry bomb, however, I don't think the sherry and peat here integrated very well, the sherry is probably too dominant.
    • Nose
      Pungent and strong sherry bomb, peat smoke, fresh almond, engine oil
    • Taste
      Intense and powerful, sherry and peat dominates
    • Finish
      Long, dates, cherries, dark chocolates

  5. SFWC scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Had this dram during the Glasgow Old&Rare show Feb 2018. This was part of a Samaroli tasting with Emmanuel Dron from the Auld Alliance.

    Lots of dark sherry notes. This isn't as phenolic as the 1968 single casks. In particular cask 9 which I preferred to this dram. This one was a little less robust but thick with sherry jams and sweetness. Sweeter than 1968 perhaps not quite as balanced but still a mighty fine whisky. just massively overpriced in todays market.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. el Gato scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Glen Garioch 1971 (59.6%, Samaroli, 2280 bottles, sherry, 75cl) Colour: almost mahogany. Nose: again a sherry monster, but this time with a big, bold peat, somehow a la Ardbeg. Haha! Incredibly rich and complex. But what a nose! Lots of meaty aromas (grandma’s meatloaf). Top notch Italian coffee, garden bonfire, Worcester sauce, tabasco, humus, burnt tyre a la Port Ellen, brand new tyre… The list could be endless… And this beautiful sherry! Triple wow, but will the mouth stand up to this extraordinary nose? Mouth: oh yeah! A cathedral, even better than the nose. I don’t know where to start… Ok, first you have all these coffeeish notes: coffee itself, burnt cake, coffee liquor, dark toffee… Then you have the peat – but one of the most subtle and magnificent peat I ever came accross. Different woods’ smokes, seaweed smoke… And finally lots of cooked fruits. No need to tell you which, they’re all in there. As for the finish, it’s long of course, but also very complex and subtle, on ‘smoked’ fruitcake. Bloody hell, that’s whisky. Okay, okay, I’ll calm down, sorry, but this one really turns me on. Ratings? Yes… Serge: 96, Olivier: 97. Yes, no less. The Brora 22 yo 1972 Rare Malts still reigns supreme on my list, with 97 points, but it could well have been given the bum’s rush this time…

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Out of a H2H tonight this was the result.

    Longrow 1974 56% bottled 1987 Samaroli 

    Glen Garioch 1971 Full proof 59.6% Samaroli  

    Ledaig 1973 14 year 56.3% Sestante Castle Label 

    Brora 4th Annual Release 1975 30 year 56.3% OB 

    Lagavulin 1976 37 year 51% OB 

    Port Ellen 10th Annual Release 1978 31 year 54.6% OB 

    Laphroaig 1967 27 year cask 2957 50.1% Signatory dumpy 

    Caol Ila 15 year Manager`s Dram sherry 63% OB 

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2390 LMDW 53.1% OB  

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    It will be interesting to compare this to the 15 year Caol Ila Manager's Dram for how the sherry and peat mix.

    One thing is  clear to me this is the smoothest dram I have had when you consider it is almost 60% now that is a sign of great sherry integration. 
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    This is about as smooth as peat and sherry can get.
    • Nose
      Quite floral with hints of red wine and forest fruits at first nosing. Black current, raspberry, dark plum, freshly sawn mahogany, not unlike aged port, smells full bodied and only a hint of peat.
    • Taste
      It is very creamy on the palate, very rich on  dark caramels, plum, cider, the apple note creeps in, raspberry , dark fruit jams, very faint hints of dark honey, chocolate orange, a little dark sweet coffee but its minimal and the peat is there but far from powerful mixing beautifully with the sherry
    • Finish
      Long and very smooth, remaining sweet

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    This is a 1971 vintage yet as far as I am aware Glen Garioch was closed in 1968 and did not start producing again until 1973 under Stanley P Morrison, did they have intermittent production during the in between years?

    There are no  1969 vintages but some from 70 & 71 and very little in 1972 if anything, just curious?

    Anyway as far as I am aware this was bottled around 1988 so that would make it 16 or 17 years old depending on exactly the month distilled and  bottled?

    Is this correct as it says in a previous post this is an 8 year old so was it actually bottled after 8 years but not officially released until some time later and kept in storage?

    Is it an 8 year or approximately 17 year?

    Thanks in advance


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