Advent Day 25 – Christmas Day – Samaroli 1980 “The Samaroli Blend” 33 Year Old Blended Malt | Blog #57

Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to the closing chapter of this years calendar!

When you open up your little whisky alcove you will notice that there is a little Christmas card. If you can find the time to go back through your notes, head on over to Secret Spirits we would love for you to vote on your personal favorite top 3 whiskies. As a thank you for taking the time, we will enter you into our calender giveaway for a chance to WIN the 2nd edition in 2015.

So now with a delicious Christmas dinner done and all the presents opened it’s time to enjoy this Christmas Day dram.

Samaroli have been nothing short of amazing in this calendar and it is fitting that when choosing the special whisky for No. 25 that they got the nod with their 33 year old blended malt. They took the time to send me a cask strength version in a wee bottle so I kind of have an idea of what I might find. True to Samaroli convictions they have bottled the finished whisky at 43%. What were you doing in 1980? It was my first year of High School at Concordia College in Unley, Adelaide, South Australia. I can remember how nervous I was my first day. Some of my best childhood memories are of attending Concordia and the friends I made there. So without further ado I present:

Whisky: “The Samaroli” 1980 33 Year old blended malt

*Cask No. 34 – Bourbon Cask – 43% alcohol non-chill filtered*

The good guys at Samaroli told me that they had spent a long time thinking about the components of this whisky and worked to create something unique and special.

“The Samaroli” 33yo

Colour: Ancient Gold

Nose: A layered and cascading medley of ripe fruits. Passionfruit, pineapple, apricot, banana… the list goes on, opening into the depths of a chocolatier’s spice cupboard.

Palate: Fresh chocolate chip banana bread and a teaspoon of espresso crema. Fruits continue with the addition of citrus to the mix.

Finish: A penetrating slow warmth developing with some floral notes sneaking into the picture. Some perfume that lingers on the palate dancing around and then slowly fading away like the final lights and curtain fall on a Broadway show.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

I have no idea which Single Malts Samaroli chose for this amazing expression. Greater than the sum of their parts? Each of you can decide for yourselves. For me this was the perfect finish to what has been a defining 25 days for myself and my wife.

We can’t thank you all enough for supporting us and coming along on this journey. We feel that you are all part of our extended whisky family and hope that we will see you again next year for the 2nd Edition.

Please continue to jump in on the blog site and talk about this years selection. Good luck to all of you that take the time to enter your top 3 into the calendar competition.

For those of you that can’t live life without a bottle of this amazing Samaroli 33 Year Old get out and grab one of the only 30 bottles available from the following retailers:


Willow Park Wine and Spirits

Highlander Wine and Spirits


Andrew Hilton Wine and Spirits


Ingredients Artisan Market

As my wife and I begin work on next years calendar, we hope that you will get out and support our favorite retailers and take home a bottle of your best picks for this year. We worked hard to make sure that there are whiskies available to all budgets.

Cindy & Jonathan Cindy & Jonathan

I look forward to seeing you at the launch party December 2015!

Slainte and Merry Christmas Calendar community!

Your taster of secrets,

Samaroli Website


  1. Les SCHEELAR says:

    Thank you Jonathan,

    What a trip. Excellent choices and a wonderful experience.
    I enjoyed every step of the journey
    Looking forward to next year.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the both of you

  2. Cindy Bray says:

    Thanks everyone and a big thanks for all the encouraging emails over the past few weeks. This is a great group of guys and gals and we look forward to sharing the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 2nd Edition later this year.

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