Glen Garioch 1971

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Whisky Show 2011
North American Oak Cask
Number of bottles
43.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
24 oct 2011 11:12 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1474.93

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Whisky reviews for Glen Garioch 1971

22 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.51 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The nose is absolutely fabulous, one of the most beautiful that I have come across. A good 94/95. We are on the peat / exoticism / warehouse trinity.
    Fortunately, the palate and finish are not to be outdone.
    In the final 93.5
    • Nose
      94 94
      Superb nose. We have a very pretty fine and silky peat, which surrounds a very beautiful exoticism. Passion fruit, papaya, cranberry, lemon, orange zest.
      Camphor, eucalyptus, a beautiful freshness.
      Old warehouse, motor oil.
    • Taste
      92 92
      We continue with a nice dose of fruit. The peat becomes more discreet, even if it is present and oily.
      Blood orange, pomegranate, persimmon, lemon. Papaya.
      Cold ash, black pepper, camphor.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Soft and tender finish on cold peat, ash, tobacco, dried herbs. Citrus and pepper.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great mix of peat and fruitiness, tropical fruits, cooked yellow fruits, very good

  4. aphex scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful nose reminding me of Islay, an austere palate reminding me of a few Springbank just with more peat.
    Great whisky.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Peat (mineral and earthy), tar, lemons and hints of medicinal notes (camphor, bandages). Fresh hay in the background. Kind of oily. More zesty and camphory with time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Austere. Earthy peat, pepper, bitter oranges, a little bit of oak. A few medicinal notes again. Ashes. The low ABV is tangible but not an issue.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium, smoky, lemony and salty.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    There has not been a massive amount of cask influence here, yes there is still plenty of oak and peat but very little else, a one trick pony so to speak.

    For what it costs it is a waste of money in my humble opinion.

    Very similar to older Caol Ila particularly some cadenhead bottlings.

    Notes are from a sample, I was expecting much more in truth.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Its decent but I was expecting much more from a whisky with such a high average score.
    • Nose
      The peat is obvious and its quite similar on the nose to some old Caol Ila, in fact it is very similar.

      Damp wood, moss, vegetal, brine, some faint mango.
    • Taste
      Much more peat than the nose suggested , it is strong, ashy and dry with some hints of lemon.

      Some faint fruits are coming out, sour apple, apple skins.

      Gets a little creamy and the peat is taking over, but where is everything else, far too simplistic at this price.
    • Finish
      Long, keeps going , with the peat staying strong until the end.

  7. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by TWE

    Nose: Obviously mature: a lovely, dense, mix of light leather - a cobbler's store - dried apple and sage. Bold yet somehow subtle.
    Palate: Robust and much earthier than the nose. Next
    comes a heavy floral note and a hint of smokiness. It builds towards
    the finish deepening all the time.
    Finish: Light lavender notes and some smoke.
    Comments: A fascinating, fluxing dram that hides its power under a charming exterior.

  8. BXpress scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior


    I can just feel that it has even more to offer. That price though...
    • Nose
      Pleasantly sweet. The peat is very present for its age. One by one the peaty notes come out. Begins mossy and gets increasingly medicinal. Wet Autumn leaves then it gets big on iodine. Then a litlle earthy. And all that wrapped in sweetnes. Ultra harmonic nose.
    • Taste
      Sour arrival, in a good way. Vanilla fudge follow and an incredibly green note. Intensely grassy would describe it best. More wood now. Slighlty ashy. More salt towards the end. A little fizzy.
    • Finish
      Long. Minty, green apples, herbs, salt. Woody after taste and something green.

  9. p4blo scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky that needs full attention to be enjoyed.
    • Nose
      Rich and aromatic with soft smoke, creamy pudding, butter, wet stones and a handful of tropical fruits. Perfect harmony of smoke and sweetness.
    • Taste
      Creamy, rounded and very interesting. There is a subtle fruity sweetness, candy floss, butter biscuits, salty sticks and much more going on. Very rich.
    • Finish
      Long on light smoke and delicate fruity sweetness.

  10. boborban scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Keith wood

    Glen Garioch, 1971-2011, 40y, 43.9% ABV

    Single Cask No.2038 for TWE, one of 194 bottles

    Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€


    Glass: Classic Malt

    Colour: Bright gold

    Nose: Very aromatic floral malt, candy floss and fruity herbal wood. This is followed by an impression of slightly scorched wood in a sauna with a nearby swimming pool. Lots of light butterscotch too. There's really lots happening in this nose!

    Palate: Very creamy mouth-feel and really very floral. Then comes freshly baked bread with vanilla seeds, summer berries and a hint of aniseed. Always light and fresh.

    Finish: Long and light, slightly dry.

    Overall Impression: A truly wonderful nose followed by a very good palate. I love the lightness and fruitiness. Who would have guessed this could be 40y? Excellent!

  11. torstenB scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    great whisky - very enjoyable. I a blind tasting this could be mistakened as an Islay
    • Nose
      Green aromas, olive oil, herbal, medicinal, seeweed
    • Taste
      big, medicinal, a bit oily texture
    • Finish
      peaty, long

  12. Helgo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. megabreit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    This whisky has done the 40 years in the barrel really well. A very special drop
    • Nose
      Cowshed, wet leather of old saddle, herbs
    • Taste
      again wet leather, slight smoky note, beeswax
    • Finish
      long and warming, all components still present, behind a slight bitter note and a little vanilla

  14. autowatch092 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Dark gold
    Nose: A whiff of smoke gives way to mixed tropical fruit, honey and mild spices.
    Palate: Gentle peat, pineapple, mango, honey, butterscotch, vanilla, hints of nutmeg.
    Finish: Long, fruity and slightly smoky.
    Overall: A great old-fashioned dram with a surprising amount of peat smoke. Very, smooth, gentle and perfectly balanced. They don’t make them like this anymore…

  15. franpincoffee scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    This vintage Glen Garioch has a good smoky nose with malty touches and notes of pipe tobacco and nutmeg. The taste is creamy and rich with a good balance of smoke and spiciness and a touch of caramel leading into the finish. The finish is sweet and lingering with a touch of cinnamon balancing the caramel.

  16. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nose and finish are very good
    the mouth pleases but can not maintain the intensity of the nose and finish

    I touched the sky
    • Nose
      Marko_I: Yeah, the bottle smells like old railway sleepers when poured.
      @Marko_I, that's right, you smell the bottle:
      old railway sleepers 100%

      when he stands in the glass, he smells strongly of Kuhstall
      but tasty

      then it gradually unfolds:
      Mint leaves in the musty forest pond
      something is going in the direction of eucalyptus
      Eucalyptus is actually much sharper
      that's why I chose mint
      white lilac
      walli_90: freshly welded steel beam
      yes, I smell that too
      Wow a strong nose
      Now comes the Garioch herbs
      yellow fruits ...
      sour grapefruit and ripe melon
      Bananas can also be yours but these intensive herbs are always there
      and he also has smoke in his nose
      as if a dung heap were burning
      burning dung heap
      and he gets salty

      The nose is really fancy and good
    • Taste
      In the mouth smokes a mix of fruits, liquorice and herbs
    • Finish
      The finish is really long and delicious
      on half he smokes from within me
      really strong
      hot crap
      medicinal licorice
      fermented fruit
      barrel flavors
      a nice slightly bitter barrel flavor touch mixes with fruit and spice ...

  17. boborban scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Glen Garioch 40 yo 1971/2011 (43.9%, OB for The Whisky Exchange, cask #2038, 194 bottles) Colour: light gold. Nose: yes, that’s the style. This very peculiar peatiness that we already had in many GGs from the 1960s. A kind of mineral peat, so to speak (dear botanists, don’t shoot!) There’s also a Laphroaiggy medicinal side (bandages, embrocations) and a rather Ardbeggian sooty tarriness. Behind all that Islayness, more linseed oil and lemon zest, some paraffin, whiffs of wet wool (or your tweed jacket under the rain) and hay. Quite a presence despite the relatively low strength. Great nose! Mouth: the peat is very vivid yet again, but it’s rather smoother and rounder, coated with lemon marmalade and grapefruits. Then we have that medicinal side again, cough syrup, eucalyptus, a little wormwood, salmiak, maybe touches of genever… Definitely old style and oh-so lovable. Finish: quite long, just as peaty, with a salty tang and a waxy/peppery signature. Comments: lovely, as expected – and despite the low strength. Or because of the low strength? It’s true that Glen Garioch+1971 sounds like The Beatles+1965. Just ask signor Samaroli. SGP:456 - 92 points.

  18. rottendon scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful, extremely complex whisky that has only slight weaknesses in taste compared to the fantastic nose and the very long and powerful finish. So it remains for me still under 95 points, if only just.
    • Nose
      The nose throws one over: peaty cowshed, extremely much old leather, an old doctor's case, filled with medicine. Then comes a fresh breeze: cool and humid you feel on a slightly musty forest floor. A slight touch of what is referred to as "the fragrance of the GDR" hovers over it. (The smell came from a disinfectant I'd always called Lysol, but I've known for a few days that that stuff was called Wofasept.) Who knows the smell knows what I mean, it's one of the smells you never forget .) It is reminiscent of metal welding or brake wear. In addition, however, there is a sweet and fruity citrus note as of Limoncello accompanied by cool mint. The fruitiness now increases with clear notes of dragon fruit, becomes stronger after groping. At the end, surprisingly, salty ham is suddenly found in the empty glass, as there was none of it before.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it is very liquid, compared to the nose, the taste is almost tender. Smoky, leathery with herbs and anise, very delicate fruit notes play subliminally even a role.
    • Finish
      The finish again is strong and long with smoke, liquorice and anise, becoming sweeter towards the end. Dark chocolate, anise and medical smoke remain in the mouth for the longest time.

  19. newman346 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Color: Beyond expectation, beautiful gloss without ebony is elegant! Nose: Like stone grilled vegetables and Bungo cattle, It is not greasy but a nice scent that calm mezzles do not spring. Moderate aged odor. Attack: A terrible elegant perfume. Smelling barber's nuance is less. Rather, feeling it became elegant. There is also the nuance of straw and chestnut rice, which is satisfied by this alone. Body: Although it is a year, I do my best and I am not a metabolic body. Taste: It is mainly thin lemon tea in glass. Juwatto juicy, there is not much eating hunting. Moderate woody not too old. Slightly luscious black oolong tea. Kashie rice and warm tea. Fiinish: How about for long ripe? Hairless hair. Feel Glen Garioch with rustless tap water Finish with a drinking taste! After all, Glen Garioch can enjoy it whenever you drink, there is gambling.

  20. barryfox915 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Gold.
    Nose: Peaty to very peaty, dry, on old bonfire and peat smoke, floral, slightly tarry and ashy. A lovely highly peated old Glen Garioch.
    Taste: Very peaty, on dry peat and bonfire smoke, lightly salty, with a lovely juiciness, some heather, honey and some sweet fruits. Complex and with a lingering peatiness. The finish is long, complex, with a mixture of dry peat and smoke and some round sweet juicy and fruity notes, as well as some liquorice, light subtle floral notes, a touch of heather and a faint citrus note. With a very long dry and peaty retro-olfaction. Delicious.
    Impression: The Glen Garioch distilled in the early 1970s were heavily peated and this one is no exception. With age it gained in smoothness and mellowness, while keeping a very good level of peat. The dry peaty notes characteristic of the Glen Garioch seems to stay forever, as if you have spent the night in an old croft house. Simply excellent. A rather different beast than the 1971 Samaroli but equally enjoyable.

  21. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    peaty Glen Garioch is already a surprise, and then after 40 years so much is in it - great (some Islay I found after 15-20 years already too tame and sucked), the snotty start smell is simply impressive for such a Old whisky and the chatter between the rustic-smoky aromas and the exotic fruits is quite exciting
    • Nose
      first impression when pouring: old railway sleepers!
      then a mixture of farm and auto repair shop, cowshed, wooden carts with grease, old, greasy leather, oily work clothes ... after a while, it fades away and gives way to fresh aromas, fresh fruits, peach, apple, flower meadow, some menthol ...
    • Taste
      in the main note earthy-leathery with a smoky bitterness, trying again and again to force fresh tropical fruits in the foreground - grapefruit, lime, star fruit, passion fruit ... - but hide again and again in the smoke, before you get it right can, and already the next appears
    • Finish
      long and soft bitter ... licorice, grapefruit and a hint of smoke

  22. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    and Serges gave 92 points 

  23. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky MagazineNose
    Obviously mature: a lovely, dense, mix of light leather - a cobbler`s store - dried apple and sage. Bold yet somehow subtle.

    Robust and much earthier than the nose. Next comes a

    heavy floral note and a hint of smokiness. It builds towards the finish

    deepening all the time.

    Light lavender notes and some smoke.

    A fascinating, fluxing dram that hides its power under a charming exterior.

  24. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Producer`s Tasting NotesA

    wonderful blast of peat smoke gives way to fragrant summer orchard

    fruit. Pears and green apples tingle the tongue, before the delivery of

    robust Highland maltiness.  Warm sweet cotton candy brings a creamy

    smooth and unforgettable end.

  25. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Tim FNose:

    Gentle and delicate, but very complex, with wet wool, bandages,

    liniment and faint smoke.  Develops some orangey notes, like Cointreau

    or tangerine skin, some grapefruit and delicate hints of incense, like a

    joss stick in another room.  A thread of coalsmoke or soot winds its

    way through what is an altogether captivating aroma. Becomes more oaky

    like old furniture - an old medicine cabinet, in fact.

    Palate:  Fabulous clean oak, then a mouthwatering

    sweetness of tropical fruit (grapefruit, oranges, kiwi fruit and perhaps

    lychee).  Then the bandagey aromas and wet wool.  Develops a menthol

    note.  Follows very closely to the nose, which is obviously a very good


    Finish: Oak and fruit with a wisp of smoke.   Not immensely long, but fades beautifully.

    Comment: At forty years of age, this legendary

    vintage can still come up with the goods.  An truly elegant dram,

    balancing on a knife-edge to create a study of fruit, smoke and oak in

    the classic Highland tradition.

  26. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    With its relatively heavy peat, waxy nose and a slightly austere and mustardy palate, this comes really close to the late 1970's / early 1980's Brora profile in my opinion. You have to like this style and spend a lot of money though.
    • Nose
      Gentle but also very complex. First there's a discreet and slightly tropical fruitiness (passion fruit, grapefruit) mixed with fresh eucalyptus and a velvety, sooty smokiness. Quite some leather and wax. Wet leaves. A smooth and worthy 1971.
    • Taste
      Not extremely punchy but quite boldly peated for a Glen Garioch (closer to Port Ellen than Brora for instance). Hints of mustard cress and bitter oranges, as well as some sourish oak juices that are a little too prominent maybe. Lapsang tea. A little austere although there are traces of sweeter fruits towards the end.
    • Finish
      Very long with plenty of sooty peat, liquorice and bitter oranges.

  27. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A beautiful 40-year-old vintage Glen Garioch, bottled by the folks at
    Morrison Bowmore for The Whisky Exchange and released at The Whisky Show
    in 2011. 1971 Glen Garioch is known for being more peaty than usual,
    and this delicate, restrained old school dram has a lovely thread of
    smoke, plus tropical fruit and medicine cabinet aromas. 

  28. corbuso scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I just love this Glen Garioch, rather easy drinking, but heavily peated and an extremely long peaty finish that stays on your palate almost forever...


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