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16 Nov 2011

Glen Garioch 1971 (Whisky Exchange)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glen Garioch

This Glen Garioch 1971 is an official single cask bottled for The Whisky Exchange and released at The Whisky Show in 2011. I’ve been impressed by this vintage before, so I’m really looking forward to it.


Glen Garioch 1971 TWE Whisky ShowGlen Garioch 1971 (43,9%, OB for The Whisky Exchange 2011, cask #2038, 194 btl.)

Nose: gentle but also very complex. First there’s a discreet and slightly tropical fruitiness (passion fruit, grapefruit) mixed with fresh eucalyptus, hay and a velvety, sooty smokiness and soft peat. Quite some leather, wax and mineral notes. Wet leaves. A smooth and worthy 1971. Mouth: not extremely punchy but quite boldly peated for a Glen Garioch (closer to Port Ellen than Brora for instance). Hints of mustard cress and bitter oranges, as well as some sourish oak juices that are a little too prominent maybe. Heather. Lapsang tea. Liquorice. A little austere although there are traces of sweeter citrus fruits. Finish: very long with plenty of sooty peat, liquorice and bitter oranges.

With its relatively heavy peat, waxy nose and a slightly austere and mustardy palate, this comes really close to the late 1970’s – early 1980’s Brora profile in my opinion. You have to like this style and spend a lot of money though. Available from TWE for around € 470.

Score: 91/100

Glen Garioch 1971 (Whisky Exchange) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-11-16
  • Mark Dermul

    Wow, that sounds very nice indeed. But 470 EUR? Ouch! Have you ever tried the 1971 for Samaroli ( and if so, are they much alike?

  • Ruben

    I don’t think a comparison makes sense. The Samaroli bottling was heavily sherried, only 8 years old (vs. 39 or 40yo) and 60% alcohol. Or maybe you mean the Samaroli cask 1239 (25yo)? I guess the differences are more important than having the same distillation year. This one certainly isn’t sherried.

  • Rannoch Moor

    Tried both, very different whiskies indeed. Tried the TWE at the whiskyshow wasn’t too overwelmed, only 86 in my book, but a very different beast than most, you like it or not. The Samaroli indeed was a very sherried one, better in my opinion but also only 89 in my book. There were far better whiskies at the show than the TWE…

  • Jens

    shouldn`it be cask 2038?
    That is the cask standing on my bottle.

  • Ruben

    Totally right. It has been fixed now.



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