- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1977 GM
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.72 points
- A very nice Strathisla... oh how I wish those older G&M Strathislas were bottled at cask strength rather than 40%.
Korean pear, red apple, mochi, mint, a bit of zest -- actually not as fruity as I thought this would be
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.
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.
- Very complex, not just fruity and sweet but also many other notes. Anyhow what matters most is that is extremely drinkable and enjoyable.
Honey, wax, pollen, citrus fruits, limes, tropical fruits, pineapples, passion fruits, but also local fruits, apricots, apples, dray hay - fantastic!
Oily, creamy, fruit tea, more apples, citrus fruits, also hints of eucalyptus, good sweetness, just a touch of oak wood - excellent!
Medium long, warm, rather soft, going more into black tea notes, still very fruity though
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.
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[+]