Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Book of Kells
Stated Age
40 years old
Refill American Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Added on
13 Sep 2017 12:27 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1020.00

25 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1977 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.72 points

  1. Teresa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Strathisla... oh how I wish those older G&M Strathislas were bottled at cask strength rather than 40%. 
    • Nose
      Korean pear, red apple, mochi, mint, a bit of zest -- actually not as fruity as I thought this would be
    • Taste
      Quite fat initially. Very, very creamy, great viscosity, almost like a puree. Nice fruitiness. Vanilla. I find older Strathislas to be very fragile, and this is no exception. Do not add water.
    • Finish
      Minus a few points here. Doesn't taste like 40 years. A bit younger. There is a bit of mezcal and tequila aftertaste. And towards the very end, there's some oak. Not very long finish.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Very complex, not just fruity and sweet but also many other notes. Anyhow what matters most is that is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Honey, wax, pollen, citrus fruits, limes, tropical fruits, pineapples, passion fruits, but also local fruits, apricots, apples, dray hay - fantastic!
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, fruit tea, more apples, citrus fruits, also hints of eucalyptus, good sweetness, just a touch of oak wood - excellent!
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, rather soft, going more into black tea notes, still very fruity though

  5. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


    Nose: those beautiful 1970s Speyside fruits, think apricots, pineapple, tangerines, Almond oil. Plenty of beehive notes (honey, beeswax) and some rather aromatic frangipane. Whiffs of spearmint. Just a light mineral touch in the background.
    Mouth: very oily and beautifully fresh, on the same lightly tropical fruits (peach, pineapple), apple pastry and fresh mint. Light pepper and hints of mocha. Subtle camphor and hints of old books and damp leafs. Some resinous notes but very little plain oak. Beautiful.
    Finish: medium long, malty, oily,This is a profile that you don’t see much these days. It needs some time but folds open very elegantly. 

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Sukhinder had to fight hard to be able to use the ‘Book of Kells’ label. G&M are protective of its use.

    N: Oily soft yet youthful with hessian, nut shells and bourbon fruits - lush fruits at that.
    T: Lots of putty and congealed oily/fats. It’s just sweet enough. On day two it came across as bottled dunnage in liquid oil form - malty, rounded
    F: Short. On day two: Malty chocolate with linseeds, light mineral and a touch of soot.
    C: This didn’t wow me on either day but then it’s not ideal judging these great malts with such time restrictions. Retails for £499 [Nov ’17].Scores a B[+]


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