Glen Garioch 1971 Samaroli Collection Sherry Wood Full Proof
This is one of Silvano Samaroli's earliest forays into the realm of independent bottling, following his successful collaboration with Cadenhead's in 1979. This was bottled in the same year. Having previously been the official Italian distributor for Glen Garioch, Samaroli had great access to top quality casks and it shows here. This is technically a distillery bottling, titled the Samaroli Collection. It was imported in 1979 and 1980 by the distillery's new Italian agent, Lemar.
Glen Garioch is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. For most of the 20th century it was self-sufficient, malting its own barley using peat from Pitsligo, giving it a unique smoky character. In fact, in 1968 it was short-listed by then-owners DCL, to convert to heavily peated production in order to make up for a shortfall on Islay caused by a drought. In an odd twist of fate, the decision was instead made to re-open Brora for the job, and close Glen Garioch down. Morrison Bowmore then sprang to its rescue, restarting production in 1973. The maltings and distillery were shut down again by Beam Suntory in 1995, and only the latter resumed operations two years later, with contemporary Glen Garioch becoming an un-peated single malt. These pre-1995 vintages are worth investigating while you can.
This is the first of two 1971 vintage Glen Garioch released by Silvano, this one bottled at full proof. The second was single cask homage to this, bottled much later in 1997 at a lighter 43%.
Bottle number 116 of 2280 produced.
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