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

€ 2000.00

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234 × member ratings

269 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenury Royal 1971

26 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.61 points.

  1. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very nice old-school malt not easy to decipher but very pleasant to drink.
    • Nose
      Prickly and alcoholic at first, it will require good ventilation, and probably a little water. After a little time spent in the glass, it is both tart and greedy, on the bitter orange liqueur, the blood orange juice, but also the almond paste, the (good) caramel, a little sherry too, and a lot of spices. Very pleasant and nicely melted. A little water gives rise to surprising floral notes.
    • Taste
      Powerful, alcohol is not badly integrated, but more than 61%, it will require a little water. Dry, we perceive a lot of orange, fresh or in the form of liquor, a beautiful wood that plays on spices (white pepper, nutmeg) without ever crush other flavors. It's very rich, concentrated. With water, we lose a little concentration but it also becomes easier to drink. The wood is a little more present.
    • Finish
      Long, woody, spicy and fruity.

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  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Honeycombs in hay, dust and wax, wet board, leaves, a little varnish note, tobacco, dark chocolate with pepper, eventually felt a little peat; the taste is fatty, sweet-fruity, smoked prunes, a lot of pepper and salt, leather, honey and eucalyptus; the finish is long warming, spices with bitterness. 23.5-23.5-23-23
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. minialkoff scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    23 24 23 23 93

  5. scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    23+ 23 23 23+ 93

    Lovely sweet-lacquer nose, chic taste and aftertaste, incomparable meditative theme!

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Saline, silky malt, herbaceous sweetness with a hint of lingering smoke.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. 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.

  9. Suevia scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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!

  14. 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

  15. 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 :)

  16. Calmar scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    It's beautiful, deep and complex, perfectly balanced, bright, dense with pronounced bourbon derivatives, but there's enough sherry here, it's all organically interwoven with each other and the basis is pleasing to us in all its manifestations, very friendly to the tasting, the drink, respectively.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, noble wood, old wooden furniture, cigar box, pipe tobacco, furniture varnish, stain, sandalwood, shoe polish, new leather goods, nuts, light grape and raisin notes, foliage, dried apricots, overripe fruit, herbarium.
    • Taste
      Powerful, viscous, spicy oak, furniture varnish, peppery wave, creamy sweetness, dry herbs, buckwheat honey, leavard, salted grape leaves, mint, eucalyptus, butteriness, lemon-orange candies, dried apricots.
    • Finish
      Dense, warming, spices - cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cloves; vanilla, Koch-and-Nor pencil, lacquer, burnt biscuits, orange confiture, lemon candied fruit.

  17. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2004]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 0109 that I bought for 91 Euro in November, 2003.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  Unfortunately my notes are lost.

  18. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is one of the finest bottling.
    • Nose
      Ahhh: strength is rich,but the whisky is so rich it doesn't show.A dense stewing fruitiness with a tropical edge. Iris like note: Parma Violet, roasting corn and sweet leather. Added water: more animals/amber notes come.
    • Taste
      A dry and smoky start with some tannins on show.In the middle: a concentrated fruit basket,like fruit-compote. Lovely.
    • Finish
      Long and set,with a hint of smoke. Beautiful. 

  19. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur Color: Old gold with amber
    Nose: Sparkling and spicy with a stunning amount of black pepper and a strong salt content. Yellow fruits with leading Mirabelle. Overall, very smoky underlaid. Leather, humidor, vanilla sugar, honey, cream and lime juice.
    Taste: bang! Full power with powerful spiciness, lots of fruit and smoky wood parts. Leather, wax and a pepper note that stirs up the palate. Dried garden herbs and the wood run in unison.
    Finish: Long and somewhat one-dimensional. The fruit components retreat, so that the still salty spice with delicate herbal notes and the dry wood touch largely alone dominates the finish.
    92 points (nose: 91 / taste: 93 / finish: 91)

  20. 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!)

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Dave Broom from 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

  22. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Sample available on
    Tasted with Aby and j j
    • Nose
      Fruity - apple and peach, salt and wax. Grass, tea and leather.
    • Taste
      Rose hip, leather, some peat, fruity and wax. Strawberries, orange and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with wax and rose hip.

  23. autowatch092 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Bright copper
    Nose: Cassis, dried apricots, butterscotch, cigar box, hints of old leather, minimally floral.
    Palate: Prunes, dried apricots, butterscotch, milk chocolate, cinnamon.
    Finish: Long, fruity and slightly spicy.
    Overall: A perfectly balanced and complex dram with a strong but not too dominant sherry influence. The wood manifests itself more on the nose than on the palate.

  24. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Tasted blind. The nose evokes a meadow in bloom in spring with at the same time flowers and herbs ; dust. Powerful and ample mouth, caramel and orange. Long final with always orange. Good but outclassed by the TWA for a less attractive price.

  25. jpofnorway scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  26. jpofnorway scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    An amazing Glenury Royal. 95 points
    • Nose
      Fruits, sweet nectar, apples, vanilla, pears and citrus followed by spices (cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg). Quite sweet and fruity. After a few minutes in the glass, hints of peat in the background. Quite oaky but not overpowering. Complex and quite unique.
    • Taste
      Lots of spices (ginger, nutmeg and pepper), a big sherry and oak influence, round and fruity. Very warming. Still hints of peat but less compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      An extremely long finish, powerful but beautifully balanced

  27. Ivynor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant mouth, easy to drink and greedy.
    Nose further back.
    Alcohol is very well integrated, a success (even if you feel the power in the mouth)
    • Nose
      A little varnish, wood, chocolate, coconut. delicate and well melted.
      Maybe too much, because the whole remains discreet
    • Taste
      More vivid, in contrast with the nose. We find a little sherry, sweet notes, vanilla, a little chocolate, cherries, a little citrus. Pretty creamy texture
    • Finish
      Quite ample, on citrus fruits, cocoa, wood and vanilla

  28. zby0001 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This was the first of the legendary Rare Malt bottlings of Glenury Royal that were released by Diageo in the mid-1990s. This bottling scooped a Gold Medal and two Trophys (including Best Single Malt of the Competition) at the IWSC in 1996. TWE


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