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

€ 12655.00

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138 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1971 Sa

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.06 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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…

  4. prz22 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    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!!!

  5. 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

  6. Mimoo21 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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


  8. troyk890 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful whisky, especially on the nose.

  9. 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

  10. 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


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