Glenury Royal 1971

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
23 years old
61.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Aug 2008 4:17 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1176.84

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Whisky Reviews for Glenury Royal 1971

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.59 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Dram from a freshly opened bottle. Just my impressions, since I didn’t take notes.

    Wow, you know it’s high quality right away. Great sherry. Powerful, as seems to be the Rare Malt trait. Salty and coastal almost towards Pulteney. I don’t have much else to draw from since it’s only my second Glenury. I get the impression oxygen is only going to make this even better! Preliminary 92. Thanks to my friend for the dram!

  2. Man of Skye did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Glenury Royal 23 yo 1971/1995 (61.3%, Rare Malts) A wonderfully sherried one, with a perfect balance between some superb notes of bitter oranges and a more than perfect woodiness. An absolute winner! 92 points. (note to self: try this one again soon and write some more detailed tasting notes!)

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Dave Broom from scotchwhisky.com says:NOSE
    Unusually for a Rare Malts bottling, this has a deep colour: polished copper/amber. The strength is high, but the whisky is so rich it doesn’t show. Rather, you notice a dense, stewing fruitiness with a delicate tropical edge. Then comes an iris-like note, Parma Violet, roasting corn and sweet leather. As it opens (and with a little water), there’s more animalic/amber notes.  
    Given the lushness of the nose, this has a surprisingly dry and smoky start with some dusty tannins on show. All has settled by the mid-palate, where the concentrated fruits lurk. Water softens things down – maybe too much – bringing out mixed fruit compote.
    Long and set, with a hint of smoke. 
    Glenury Royal remains a rare sighting. This is one of the finest bottlings you’ll come across. 
    A Parisian flâneur passes you by. You sniff his cologne.

    Scores an 8.7/10

  4. daverdaz did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I actually love Glenury. Unfortunately, there is an adhesive / solvent note in here that I can't get over. Otherwise a yummy Sherry Glenury.

  5. Suevia scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Angus from whiskyfun,

    Glenury Royal 23 yo 1971/1995 (61.3%, OB ‘Rare Malts’, sherry)
    Another of the more famous Rare Malts expressions, and pretty much the only one from active sherry. It’s been a long time since I tried this so I’m very happy to revisit it. Colour: amber. Nose: It’s funny how even with the obviously rich cloak of sherry, this is still extremely ‘Rare Malts’ in style. Which is to say: power, austerity, directness and concentration. Leathery, leafy, mulchy, earthy and showing lots of bitter marmalade, pin resin, tobacco and sweet herbal liqueurs. Orange oils, dark chocolate and an impression of pot pourri. With water: softer, leafier and more towards cocoa, sultanas, fruit loaf and dried mint leaves. Mouth: hot and prickling with paprika, natural tar, hot leather, kirsch and lots of wee mentholated and eucalyptus notes. Slightly gamey and rather peppery. With water: works terrifically with water. Much easier and more open and generous. Minty, blood orange cordial, dark fruits soaked in brandy and more of these nice leathery and gamey touches. Things like Bovril, camphor and prune eau de vie. Finish: long, orangey - more marmalade - mentholated, some nicely tannic black tea, sooty and getting rather more towards herbal infusions and vegetal broths. Comments: Totally excellent, although I think this may be an example of a bottling which we can look upon with a degree of revisionism and say that, while terrific, isn’t perhaps the total masterpiece some proclaimed it to be ‘back in the day’. Whenever that was. I love it, but I think it’s a tad brutal and domineering at times.
    SGP: 662 - 91 points.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    N: Aromatically, this may [or may] not beat the Silent Stills single cask, but its big-boy strength alongside Diageo’s magic wand initially provides huge impact. This is incredibly oily, thick > lactic < oily, which is not surprising given the presentation. Again, I get that waxy dusty sooty thing with,…. I’ve been calling turpentine, but I think [Whiskyfun’s] paraffin note is right. Furthermore, there’s orange butterscotch, sweet citrus buttery honey, demerara sugar,..leather, prune syrup, sweaty peanuts…. There’s little point listing more stuff, it’s all here.

    T: It’s formidable juice, but it doesn’t necessarily benefit from additional water which makes for an enlivening experience. Initially it’s an oily dry > grassy > phenolic < malty < fragrant-fruity chew, with no oak troubles, though again, this also become bitter [as seems to be the Glenury way],…. the berry fruits also present once again.

    F: I glean a subtly concentrated compote-sweet fruity finish with a salty-pea-dryness, but the fats, oils, and alcohol boils keep this one chugging on for a long while yet. Clean phenolic-bitter finish with more dusty waxy cream over those berries this time around.

    C: This further reiterates just what an amazing and important series Rare Malts was, and has become. Old & Rare shows harbour Time Lords who offer the last remaining opportunities to try these bygone whiskies. Make sure you spend at least some of your whisky budget and time on these experiences before it’s all too late, and check in with yourself that you haven’t become an anti-snob.

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very classic sherried malt, huge chocolate spices, cocoa fat, dried leather, plums, hawthorn, scents of smoke, touches of dried mangos and coconuts.
    • Taste
      Very fruity and powerful sherry, dried mango, very hot, Chinese dates paste, oily, leather, not too oaky or bitter.
    • Finish
      Long, bitter spices, dark chocolates.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at a show so no notes but this is a lovely old Glenury, with good balance and plenty of flavour to keep you interested.
    A style that you seldom find these days, if ever?
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    23 + 24 + 23 + 22 = 92
    Canine wet booth, shoe shop, and all this under a layer of wild honey and autumn leaves. Do not even think of drinking along and cleanse, let stand for "half a day" and it will make you happy :)


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