Glen Garioch 1971 Sa

Overall rating
95.00/100
votes
139
Whiskybase ID
WB12513
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
Full Proof
Vintage
1971
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
2280
Strength
59.6 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
19 dec 2009 3:50 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 12000.01

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1971 Sa

32 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 95.00 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    Bloody expensive nowadays, but arguably one of the best whisky's ever bottled. Tasted at Christmas 2019. Geerie rules!
    • Nose
      What a beautiful nose is this! Surprisingly starting with some gentle floral notes (had expected heavy sherry) followed with dark fruit of black current, raspberry and prunes. Leather arm chairs from a Chesterfield couch. Cigar boxes. Gentle woody notes of cedar. Whiff of smoke. Roasted almonds at the background. One of the most complex noses I've ever had
    • Taste
      Now lots of sherry and plum notes intermingled with the best dark chocolate there is. Dried fruits of figs and dates. Raisins. Mocha coffee and balsamico as well. Pipe tobacco which my grandfather used to smoke. The peat in the palate is more detectable than in the nose. Actually this is multi-layered whisky with every time new flavours coming through including cured ham, truffle, cloves and caraway.
    • Finish
      Endless with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. A little pepper. Unbelievable complex for a 8 years old whisky. That shows that age doesn't always matter.

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  3. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    first class malt, fabulous peated sherry. Like other old Samarolis, this one has amazingly strong body and flavour
    • Nose
      98 98
      smoke, coffee, berries, gum, mint, wooden rattan, strawberry peach & cherry jam, cake, meat soup, a little sulphur, waxy. It's long and endless.
    • Taste
      95 95
      countless fruit, like berries, canned peach, cherry, brown sugar, iced lemon tea.
    • Finish
      93 93
      woody & herbal bitterness, oily, waxy, very strong peat & smoke, cigarettes. The peat and smoke here is morden, seawater and dust style

  4. vijaychan scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    amazing sherry bomb~extremly strong, complex,thanks to SKY

  5. Corrado scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Amazing explosion of sherry, umani and peat

  6. kanpai79 scored this whisky 95 points Specialist

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95
      A Monster….nothing else! Thx for the dram Max! Stunning experience

  7. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    A Glen Garioch in a class that cannot be compared to any malt today.
    Glen Garioch's distillery character is also completely different these days.
    I spent !hours! only with the nosing. Incredible malt.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. Sendilkelm scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Whisky tasted on 02/18/2022. One of the better positions I've ever had. You don't smell alcohol at all. Very complex. Beautiful elements of cellars, leather, wood.

  9. Bartoszwhisky scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on Feb 18 2022, one of the best whisky ever bottled.

  10. jimmy_dongtan did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Quite simply, a masterpiece! This whisky was matured in an ex-Sherry cask, and comes from the days when Glen Garioch was known for its peatiness. The nose is amazingly rich and complex, with a combination of burning wood and tire smoke, meat on a hot grill, and espresso beans in a grinder. The taste: intense! Espressio/Machiatto coffee notes, toffee, a mild peatiness, and heather to start, with baked apples, peaches, and berries that come alive as the coffee and peat notes fade. The finish is extremely long with subtle peat and notes of mango and pineapple on the grill.

  11. jimmy_dongtan did not rate this whisky Newbie

    After a fantastic nose, elegant and complex, the palate is more austere but reveals a great complexity. The finish is very high level too. Superb whisky.

    Birthday tasting note from july 2021.
    Nose
    Elegant sherry nose. Dried fruits (prunes, raisins), a few black and red fruits in the background. Slightly dusty. With time, coastal notes appear.
    Taste
    Punchy, dry and dark chocolate,and wood. Keep it on the tongue, swallow it slowly and it brings back some fruity and sweet notes. Still quite drying.
    Finish
    Long, red fruits are lingering.

  12. n11 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    13.03.2021
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Peat toffee pencil shavings espresso orange furniture polish, beautiful

  14. ReKnird scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Really EXCEPTIONAL whisky.
    I may have been ill myself the day I drank. I cry and apologize.

  15. prz22 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Another legendary Samaroli bottling which shows how irrelevant could be age of whisky in terms of its quality.
    • Nose
      97 97
      Intense, meary-peaty Ardbeg-like sheryy profile with great density, very original Meaty flavours which are not common at all. Coffee, mineral chocolates, some fruits, great!!
      Might be it's not a 100p jackpot of my own preferences but still it's a really unique, one of a kind experience, truly amazing!!
    • Taste
      98 98
      So well done alcohol integration. Given the age and the ABV it's just unbelievable! But for the slight lack of balance in favour of sherry profile here it could really compete with the best bottlings I have ever tasted. Still, Its one of the best malts out there, real must have for whisky fans.
    • Finish
      100 100
      Absolutely exceptional, endless, powerful, so complex. Great sweetness, warm coffee, smoke, spices, wood, dessert chocolate. Never ending, beauty, just perfect!!!

  16. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Simply a really big sherry whisky with a great peat note in the style of Islay ...
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  17. Mimoo21 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Best whisky which I drank! Just perfect!
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      99 99

  18. 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

    http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=1638

  19. troyk890 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful whisky, especially on the nose.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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…

  23. 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  

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    auctioned on October 3, 2017 at: https://whisky.auction/auctions/lot/21854 for £ 6,500.00 at over 2000 bottles and my average rating 3000 € are very ambitious

  28. megabreit did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nice intense malt, which takes the 90s hurdle for me loose. Unfortunately, I only had a small sample. In this case, probably too little to fathom him.
    • Nose
      Heavy and leathery, then basil, mint and do I still feel carnations there? espresso
    • Taste
      Surprisingly cool minature onset, then put glowing raisin notes on the tongue. It develops a Kuhstallnote that I could not perceive in the nose yet. Sherry-moist wood
    • Finish
      The finish is joined by a nice touch of caramelised cherries. That would be almost perfect if not for a slightly pungent alcohol component

  29. 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

  30. mika417 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    GLENGARIOCH 1971 / 59.6% OB for Samaroli Bottle No.1510 / 2280 A wonderful grape, Old Sherry, a sense of wheat firmly, a wonderful fragrance to enchant Great thickness and complex fruits and sherries, wheat and nuts, high dimensional balance, perfect taste Powerful, complex, very comfortable thick and long finish. And also again Gurrengiri, this gily is also a legendary bottle, its persuasive power is without complaint. Shibure ... · scent, taste, alcoholic feel, finish. In harmony at a high level, despite the complex taste, there is no protruding part ... Is not it a complete system? A really wonderful one. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/distilled1973/40471558.html

  31. tomy63 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    dark amber color, slightly peaty nose, with tobacco, leather, lots of sherry, chocolate, coffee, balsamic, dried fruit, dates, plums, a little bit of OBE in the background. Powerful mouth, superb thick texture, more peat than nose, at the same time complex and greedy with a lot of coffee, chocolate, cooked fruit, ash, tobacco ... endless end. Majestic.

  32. barryfox915 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber
    Nose: An explosion of peat and sherry, meaty, mineral, on
    ashes, burnt wood, chocolate, coffee beans and fruit jam. Excellent.
    Taste: Rich, thick, very peaty and complex, floral, on
    chocolate, berries, tangerines, coffee and fruit jam, with the mineral ashes and
    burnt wood flavours developing over time. The finish is long, on the same
    flavours as on the palate, with a hint of rubber at the end.
    General Impression: This legendary bottling is well worth its
    reputation, with an explosion of flavours in every direction. From that I have
    read, the whisky is only 8 years old. The complexity is impressive. A superb
    whisky.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting14.html#19May10

     

     

  33. newman346 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch 1971 OB for Samaroli import, 75 cl, 59.6%, sherry wood, Bottle No.1510 / 2280 LEMAR Sas - Bologna Full proof Gold scerw cap This is a nice reunion Glen Garioch 1971! Well, whenever I encounter my favorite work, I'm comfortable.Color: The gaming nature of gumble nude Munmun and the feeling of endlessness intertwine with each other.Of course, I do not have any signs of perfume.When sherry wood is good, Absent? Nose: After all, although Glen Garioch has an aging odor, it is a serious but this work is exquisite for aged gloss.Overy smells good delicious stuffed buckwheat.Well, rarely, It seems that it can be near some stations with Glen Garioch Attach: Easy perfume odor per hit This gruesome gumble does not accumulate.It is not a gentle system, but a convincing ephemeral mellow.The old sweet shop tree It smells good! Body: Vanilla and shaving bubbles are filled with sun and shade.Soft sherry cancer body is not needed Taste: Feeling strange hair feel on a crowded train, but it is not pomado gangan series, but this work is glossy There is no eating fingers, smoky dressing.Aroma and dead leaf doubles are truly amazing system.Darjeeling tea and oolong tea in a beautiful barber shop.Harmony and beauty like that! Finish: It is a nice accents of tangerine, lemon and citrus fruits, and it is just good accent.It is nuance of straw, smoked fish and chestnut type, not Big Bang, but Glen Garioch that seems to accept all these like is also good. https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyhars4wo42iu

  34. tebond968 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch 8y 1971, 59.6%, Samaroli, 2280 bottles - Highland - 96/100
    A nose with a very high 'wow' factor. The most delicious sherry mixed with the most delicious peat. Coffee, tobacco, rubber bands ... for a highlander quite medicinally too. After a while also some farmy notes. Goat stable, someone notices. Goat stable? Mmm, to be able to make that distinction, I still have to move my children to a farm visit. After all, if only arriving at a farm with the question of being allowed to smell the stables, something strange might come across. We deviate. Have I already mentioned fruit? Peach that is. Bon, taste now. Oh boy, this is the same caliber as the nose. Massive! Superb, subtle peat ... smoke, salt, wood, coffee, caramel, sweet fruit ... Perfect balance between the sherry and the young peat. How in heaven can an 8 year old whisky show this? To the end bit (pleasant) bitter and spicy. Has the word complex already been here? Well, this is an incredibly complex whisky. Sublime finish on smoke and vanilla. By far the best -10 year old that I have ever drunk. 96 points. Point.
    Number two was an Ardbeg from the magical Ardbeg year 1974. Although also a very young one, but given the accolades about this whisky, I do not think that is a problem here. This Ardbeg has built up the same reputation as the Glen Garioch. A firm. http://onversneden.com/2008/10/29/samaroli-tasting-het-verslag/

  35. wbarchive_350097 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Sherry monster, very complex, peaty, exotic, orange, sweet bitter coffee, pastry chef, full of cooked fruit, chocolate, tobacco.

  36. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    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. whiskyfun.com

  37. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/samaroli-weihnachtstasting-vier-edel-whiskys-und-eine-ueberraschung-31345/

    Color: Amontillado sherry
    Nose: Funged malt, coffee powder and fragrant cereal field with a caramelized honey sauce. Fast becoming intense. Moist hay and more and more aromas of burning peat fire.
    Taste: Straw and wet hay with lots of peat and a massive salt impact that makes the mouth explode. Very peaty cereal notes with underlaid vanilla. Now, notes of freshly roasted coffee beans, oak and medicinal aromas of iodine and ether are added.
    Finish: Ultralong! Dusty, dry-fruity-tart with medicinal notes, which pass into dried herbal aromas (oregano and basil). The heavy dry peat sticks unchanged on the palate.
    Comment: As unusual as it is ingenious; with a lot of medical peat character!
    94 points (nose: 93 / taste: 96 / finish: 94)

  38. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes are available here http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/samaroli-weihnachtstasting-vier-edel-whiskys-und-eine-ueberraschung-31345/ 94 points (nose: 93 / taste: 96 / finish: 94)

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