Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Morrison Howat Distillers Ltd. (MHDL)
Bottling serie
Slim Cowell's Personal Selection II
Stated Age
15 years old
60.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
18 Oct 2013 2:12 pm

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Whisky Reviews for Glen Garioch 1972 MHDL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.46 points

  1. Baanaanaabob did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    This was not divine as expected, but the journey to find the best whisky is never easy, this legendary whisky has an amazing balance that showed us how great a 15 year old whisky could be (seems a lot of legendary whiskies are only 15 YO).
    • Nose
      96 96
      Peat and smoke, as expected, a lot of barley, more distillate here, top tier sherry, clean and leathery, fresh grapes, lemon, some peat. Simply magic, you can sniff this for years.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Peaty and sweet, dates, lemon and tobacco, then sweet grapefruits, mango and camphor, not woody at all, very sweet and never ending, extremmmmmly balanced.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Green tea, fresh and clean sherry, never ending

  3. SFWC scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not sure if Serge ‘s bottle varied so differently to the one I tasted. I tasted Emmanuel Dron’s bottle at the Old & Rare show Feb2019. Its a good Glen Garioch but not very good and certainly not great. Lacked the complexity for me that serge found in his. Rather more linear on sherry fruits, resins and the cask dominated the finished whisky. Many of the 1970’s Samaroli bottlings in ex-fino and ex bourbon cask managed to retain a real balance of distillate, peat and cask sweetness. Some of the greatest whiskies ever bottled. This simply did not reach those heights. All sherry and was quite astringent and sappy in the finish. I think theres a lot of emotional ‘placebo’ scoring with such rare bottles as these which is why our club tastings are always blind.

  4. boborban scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    SergeGlen Garioch Highland 15 yo 1972 (60%, Slim Cowell’s Personal Selection II, +/-1987) Bottled by owners Morrison-Howat for the excellent and much missed whisky enthusiast Slim Cowell. Please note that the label does not mention Glen Garioch, but it does mention the owners so we cannot be mistaken, can we? Colour: dark gold. Nose: waaah! Burning peat and cigars at first nosing, this is superb! It's well still from Glen Garioch's peaty times, it's almost Ardbeggy. No wonder, Slim Cowell was a fan of both Ardbeg and Glen Garioch. Goes on with big medicinal tones, antiseptic, camphor, then old pu-erh tea and dried kelp (always great news in my book) and this je-ne-sais-quoi that screams 'legend!' Immense whisky. With water: no no no, this is impossible. It couldn't have gotten even more entrancing. Mouth (neat): a blast! Huge, concentrated, camphory, orangy and peaty, this is one of the most medicinal peat monsters I could ever try. Litres of pinesap and pitch. With water: rounder, creamier, earthier... Please call the anti-maltoporn brigade, thanks. Insane whisky. Finish: absolutely endless. Smoked marmalade, touches of lime, tar... And hundreds of tinier flavours. Comments: one of the ugliest labels ever (made on a Commodore or a Sinclair?) on one of the most brilliant bottles of malt ever. Doesn't that say something? Anyway, my respects, Mr. Cowell. SGP:467 - 95 points.


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