1999 Samaroli
Glenlivet 2018 Ed.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

$900.00

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The region of Speyside plays host to over half the distilleries in Scotland, it has the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to every other whisky-producing region and Glenlivet stand tall amongst the crowd. Situated high above the river Livet with a view out towards Cardhu and the slopes of Ben Rinnes, The Glenlivet has been operational on this site since 1859. George Smith became the first distiller in the Highlands to obtain a license for distillation and, in 1824, he established The Glenlivet on what was once a farm distillery called Upper Drummin. Many of the neighbouring distilleries were illegally run and involved in smuggling. They became indignant, for George Smith was running Glenlivet by legal means. Such was the tempest of their fury, George had to carry a pair of pistols for protection. Today Pernod Ricard looks after operations, continuing the tradition of crafting fine spirits.

Nose: A rich dense and complex aroma greets you on the nose. Floral, honeyed spice and toffee move into vanilla and coffee and caramel.

Palate: The palate has orange zest, earl grey tea, smokey, herbs and fine spices wrapped with a warm oak blanket. Vanilla, toffee, honey and nutmeg. It’s expansive on the palate, unfolding with time. nuance and complexity unfold.

Production: 168 bottles

ABV: 45%

Sebastian Crowther MS

3 in stock

Producer Profile

Samaroli is an Italian independent bottling company and the first outside the United Kingdom. Their focus is on bottling exceptional Scotch whisky and Caribbean rums. The name Samaroli has become synonymous to whisky enthusiasts due to rarity, legend and immense beauty, both organoleptic and aesthetic. The company – originally founded by Silvano S Samaroli – was one of the first dedicated bottlers to actively promote cask strength whisky, and is still one of the only ones to tout the beneficial effects of bottle ageing with the much-loved line on the rear labels: ‘Further matures in its bottle’.

Throughout its 1980s heyday Samaroli released dozens of bottlings which are now considered 'legends’ and are fought over tooth and nail whenever they appear at auction. The artistry of the labels has also proved influential over the years with numerous bottlers taking inspiration from Samaroli’s elegant and artistic style.

Founded in 1968 in Rome, Italy, Samaroli was first and foremost an importer for the first decade of its existence. The first series, a specially-labelled set of dumpy Cadenhead bottlings, was released in 1979, followed by the ‘Flowers’ series shortly after in 1981.

During the early 1980s Samaroli began to source more individual releases directly from Cadenhead. Bottlings at cask strength began to appear, early examples being the Glen Grant 1969 and the Glen Garioch 1971.

By the late 1980s the majority of bottlings were at cask strength. As the 1990s wore on Samaroli sourced its stocks from a more diverse range of sources and bottlings began to slow a little around the early 2000s as demand for aged stocks of whisky began to increase.

In 2008 the day-to-day running of the company was taken over from Silvan Samaroli by Antonio Bleve, although Samaroli maintained an active role in the business right up until his death in February 2017. The company continues to bottle artistically striking, exceptional quality whiskies and I am extremely proud to be offering these to you as the exclusive importer into Australia.

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The region of Speyside plays host to over half the distilleries in Scotland, it has the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to every other whisky-producing region and Glenlivet stand tall amongst the crowd. Situated high above the river Livet with a view out towards Cardhu and the slopes of Ben Rinnes, The Glenlivet has been operational on this site since 1859. George Smith became the first distiller in the Highlands to obtain a license for distillation and, in 1824, he established The Glenlivet on what was once a farm distillery called Upper Drummin. Many of the neighbouring distilleries were illegally run and involved in smuggling. They became indignant, for George Smith was running Glenlivet by legal means. Such was the tempest of their fury, George had to carry a pair of pistols for protection. Today Pernod Ricard looks after operations, continuing the tradition of crafting fine spirits.

Nose: A rich dense and complex aroma greets you on the nose. Floral, honeyed spice and toffee move into vanilla and coffee and caramel.

Palate: The palate has orange zest, earl grey tea, smokey, herbs and fine spices wrapped with a warm oak blanket. Vanilla, toffee, honey and nutmeg. It’s expansive on the palate, unfolding with time. nuance and complexity unfold.

Production: 168 bottles

ABV: 45%

Sebastian Crowther MS