Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Arabian Nights
Stated Age
39 years old
Refill Ex-bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
40.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 sep 2011 9:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.00

3 × in wishlist

6 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glen Moray 1971 SMWS 35.59

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.00 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    [Blind tasting] The palate is especially incredible and after reveal I was just amazed at how present and generous it was at 40.9%. This goes to show that a cask strength 40% has *nothing* to do with a diluted 40%.

    It might score even higher with more time. I had wanted to try that for a long time : thanks tOMoH !
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very delicate, it has white fruits and maybe a touch of rosewater. A combination of white grapes, and a very slight leatheriness that both harkens back to some old Springbanks.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Incredible, one step above the nose, it is delightfully concentrated and soft in texture, with incredible presence (even more for that proof, after reveal). Forest strawberries, mirabelles, slightly more floral on second sip.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Relatively short and a bit drying but within limits.

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Frank brought this because it has a ‘39’ in it! A collective penny-dropping “aah” sound fills the room. I had this Moray before and liked it a lot if memory serves. Prompted, we are reminded by the Swissky Mafia that there’s lots of SMWS Glen Moray around because the former SMWS owners [Glenmorangie], own Glen Moray.

    N: Today I find this a rich floral bourbon-driven malt with dry resinous oily jams and elderflowers in the main, but there’s plenty on offer - all joyous.

    T: Whilst already sold on the floral oaky dunnage and elderflower notes, the journey continues in a floral, herbal, savoury liquorice direction. Tonight I find it [again] woody and perhaps also the Rosebank is still talking.

    F: I noted a liquorice & cinnamon heat, no doubt my palate slowly acclimatising to whisky again despite this one’s low abv.

    C: After checking, I did indeed love this last time [Blog:A-].

    Today, it scores a B[+]. That’s the way it goes.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    N: Note the abv. Probably too risky to wait one more year or maybe it was just right at 39? Technically its been caught in 'nick of time' but the nose suggests this grand oldie doesnt need saving whatsoever. Nosing this, its immediately in the 'ball park' with candid fruit sugars>acetone<fruits, a dunnage shortbread squidgyness,.... so after some discussion im going with: a dram that is 'nasally tactile'. Lots of good stuff here.
    T: Remarkably intact, vibrant & virile given 'all the things' - coming across ABV-wise as high 40's not low. The arrival then is firm whilst displaying an equally great delicacy. After initially going down a [subtle] sherry cask rabbit hole, in hindsight its obviously from bourbon wood - those fruits so very reminiscent of bourbon casks [Bunnas for example] from the same period. Going back to that firm delicacy, im talking of a firm 'hollow' fungal note, the oak delivered like thin shaved/layered waves of a chocolate Flake - so its one of those dreamy bourbon refills with plenty of cask-complex action without the blatancy.
    F: Rose-petal [SMWS], fruity acetone & bitter-ashy finish. Tannic witch hazel at the death.
    C: Fabulous. Not too many modern [SMWS] equivalents given the current fascination with virgin and first-fill casks.Scores an A-

  5. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Deep amber with smoky lights
    Flavour: Old & dignified

    A fragile nose, delicately scented with rose petals, face cream, expensive soap and after-shave balm. Soon were transported (by magic carpet) to a Persian garden at night, with musk, jasmine and sandalwood. The taste is drier than the nose suggests – traces of hemp (‘soap-on-a rope’?) after the sweetish start, with hessian in the lingering aftertaste. A couple of drops of water open up the perfume (joined by green cloves) as and re-awaken the Arabian nights fantasy – now we were in an evening oasis with canvas tents and, yes, Turkish Delight. The diluted taste is flatter, however: the whisky is too delicate for water. The distillery was bought by a French spirits company in 2008.

    Drinking tip: Midnight at the Oasis

  6. Safran scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    one of these wow malts. Complex nose. Worth giving lots of time and meditate with it. Sad I had no enough time to give more attention to it.
    • Nose
      wood and nuts. Lots of honey honey and fruits. Some cinnamon, curry and other asia spices. Very complex one. Lots of fruit and honey.
    • Taste
      light sweetneness comes into dried fruits and wood. Some cinnamon and nuts. Wood is dry.
    • Finish
      sweet with some spice.


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