Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
The Unique Samaroli Blend
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 May 2016 12:23 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 440.00

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5 × member ratings

6 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blend Scotch Whisky 1980 Sa

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at a whisky festival

    Always been curious about this one. It’s great whisky and a great blend, certainly. But the big question beforehand was, is it a big 40%, or a weak 40%. It’s the latter unfortunately. Great nose with plenty of old charms, but you can instantly sense it’s got no power. A lot of low proof old malts normally have a great nose, and fall apart after, but this one starts off a little weak too. Regardless it’s very nice, but I feel compelled to pick it apart because the price is disproportionately high compared to what else is out there. Sorry Mr. Samaroli, but your legacy can’t sell it all.

    My score has nothing to do with value, just taste.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Nice old nose, if not a little weak. Lovely antique notes, lacquer, old books. Nice old sherry, deep rich and slightly herbal. Would be a stunner at higher abv.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Still nice flavours, but doesn’t have the structure to hold up in the mouth. It just breaks apart in seconds.
    • Finish
      86 86
      You’re left with only pieces of what was surely a nice cask. Old wood, licorice root, old herbal liqueur, mint, black tea.

  2. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good education on the characteristics of older whisky. This blend is 34 years old and aged in sherry casks and remains nicely balanced with a good synergy between fruit and oak, though I have no idea what the component malts/grains are. I feel that the palate could have been improved, and made to feel less thin, by bottling at higher strength. 
    • Nose
      Rich, old sherry nose offset by drying oak. Red fruit, grape, mint, oak. You can definitely detect the age. 
    • Taste
      Arrival is a balance between sweet sherry and drying oak. Smooth arrival with a thin mouthfeel - oak spice, stewed red fruit, watery honey, and a mild bitterness. 
    • Finish
      Watery honey initially, but then oak spice emerges with mint and grape. Finish is medium with drying oak and a fruity aftertaste. 


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