Overall rating
Single Malt
Moon-Import (MI)
Bottling serie
The Animals
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
08 Oct 2008 3:57 pm
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 441.96

9 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Edradour 1971 MI

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 51.92 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 20 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  DO NOT OPEN THIS BOTTLE - this is a collector's item only!!!  I bought bottle no. 484 for 171 Euro in September, 2005. I have opened all bottles of the Moon - Animals series a while ago (see reviews of the Bunnahabhain 1964, Glen Grant 1964 or Tobermory 1972) and since than every guest to my whisky cellar MUST try a little sip (at his/her first visit only, it won't work a second time...).  So far none (!) was able to swallow this stuff, every single person used the spittoon  (see comment of Ardberg below).

    Yes, this smells and tastes like liquid soap and what the hell did the Moon people think when they bottled this back in 1990?  Most probably they were ROFLing when they imagined the face of someone who takes the first sip.  Totally weird...

    But what happened during production back in 1971?  How came these extremely soapy flavours in a whisky?  I remember other Edradours from that period (60ies/70ies) have a comparable soapiness (Glenturret 1966 OB (WB id 14469) and Glen Garioch 1970 OB (WB id 90580) plus Tobermory from the same Moon-Animals series (WB id 8790) are also known for their soapy notes, but not as extreme as this one).

    I had a long chat about this issue with Charlie Smith during the Speyside Whisky Festival this year.  He is the most experienced and longest serving stillman in the industry today and was active in the late sixties already.  Actually, he said "I have no clue where such extreme soapiness comes from.  Yes, it was a common practice throughout the whole whisky industry to use soap to reduce the foam in both the washbacks and the wash stills.  We cut little chunks from a big soap cube and simply threw these in the washbacks or through a special opening of the wash still.  It worked very well.  But this soap was a neutral one and had no influence on any taste at all."

    So, was the mashman or stillman at Edradour too drunken back in 1971 so they mistook the soap with that from the gent's room?  Did they clean the washbacks with the wrong soap?  Nobody will know for sure anymore, maybe it was all different...
    • Nose
      30 30
    • Taste
      10 10
    • Finish
      6 6

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 21 points Moderator

    Sample supplied by hs305.

    After reading the notes on this nightmare in a glass, I was about to pour this down the drain (without trying it), but I was convinced to give it a go. Amazing what friends will talk you into.

    Nose; Not as bad as I thought, petrol with some rancid-honey, beeswax and sour citrus. It smells combustable, like if you're not careful it might blowup in your face.

    Palate; Again not as bad as I thought it would be, sharp petrol soapy-sweetness. Not in a good way, (I could not bring myself to swallow it). I did hold it for 30 seconds or so to see if I was going to experience spontaneous-combustion. But no, I will drink again.

    Finish; I give it a 10 (9 for length and 1 for pleasantness), sour soapiness that reminds me of a time when I was four when I had my mouth washout with soap. Lovely memories that this gives.

    I gave Price a 50 because it came with a bounty of other samples. So I feel like I was paid to do the deed.

    I gave Presentation a 10 because it came in a sample mini excluding the frogs. So I feel robbed. 

    Edit: I had my wife read my review on this. Not only did she help me correct some of my spelling, she did the deed, and swallowed it. What a woman!

    Edit II; Siting here an hour later after some cheese & crackers and salted chocolate caramels I'm still tasting that soapiness in my gums and on my teeth. I will need to go brush my teeth, gums and tongue. Thank goodness it's not in me coating my intestines.
    • Nose
      15 15
    • Taste
      20 20
    • Finish
      10 10

  3. Schmausel scored this whisky 35 points Administrator

    unbelievable, they did not overact in their review. The nose was tolerable for me , but the taste was something like soap, no way, I managed to swallow the one and only sip i did but this is and will be nothing for me.

    Way worst Whisky i had so far....

    Thank you ( if you can say so in this case) to hs305 to give me the opportunity to taste this one


  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 24 points Connoisseur

    This one gets a very high 24 points for originality. I had a taste out of an original bottle that was opened by a friend, so chance of contamination/or it being something else is zero, unless something happened when it was bottled. If you like to drink your shampoo in the morning and lick your soap, this one is for you. It is by far the soapiest whisky I have ever tasted and it takes mouthwash to take the soap away. It is abslutely undrinkable and might serve best as an additive for your bathwater.

    Did anyone - who has tasted this one - have the same experience?

  5. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 25 points Expert Junior

    Thanks to hs305 for the sample!

    Lavender soap, rose soap, a little hay, dish soap, bath cleaner with mountain fresh scent.
    Do not really want to put it in your mouth ...

    For science!
    So I imagine to suck on a piece of soap. Incredible artificial and chemical floral aromas. Light cereal notes, a hint of alcohol.

    Finish: there is an aftertaste on the tongue, I did not get it swallowed.

    Scary stuff! Not drinkable, even more terrible than the Longrow 14.

  6. gooos scored this whisky 30 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      50 50
    • Taste
      20 20
    • Finish
      20 20

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 50 points Connoisseur

  8. yannick scored this whisky 18 points Member Senior

    The guys were not joking, this is by far the worst whisky i‘ve ever tasted , the nose wasn‘t so bad , but that soapy flavor really killed it :D.

    Thanks for the opportunity to make this unusual experience hs305
    • Nose
      52 52
    • Taste
      1 1
    • Finish
      1 1

  9. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 28 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      30 30
    • Taste
      20 20
    • Finish
      20 20

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 28 points Connoisseur

    Always thought Loch Dhu was the winner but this is a good second one.
    • Nose
      Can't smell a lot in this. Very flat.
    • Taste
      Bwaah, I was prepared for the soap but this is over the top and the very last thing you expect in your whisky. Had a very little sip and there it stops for me. Don't even want to try again to find something positive in this.
    • Finish
      A bad taste for the rest of the day.


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