Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Finest Highland Malt Whisky
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 Oct 2009 12:12 am

Average value

€ 152.46

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10 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1980 GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] I found this dram at the bar of the Fiddler's in Drumnadrochit and could not resist to try this old bottling - simply to check if my taste buds confirm the rather (below) average ratings at WB...

    ...and it is a simple but nonetheless enjoyable dram that is easy to sip - when done without a prior detailed analysis. And this was exactly the way people enjoyed malt whisky back in 1994...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a simple but nice old style profile with some fine OBFs. Not much is going on there - nevertheless I like it much better than most of the wood-driven modern profiles.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is sweet on honeys, sugars and some fruits with appropriate wooden notes to structure the dram. Again very simple and easy to sip, but forget any detailed analysis (that will lead to nowhere).
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives warming but not really coating in the mouth without distracting moments. The finish is short and unimpressive, unfortunately. I had a lot better old Strathisla before - but I had a lot much worse modern drams, too...

  2. wncvirus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A lot of fruit, combined with a slight debin.

    Taste: And here the problem begins. Kind of fruity but in fact very blurred notes sometimes not pleasant. In addition, nothing more in principle

    Rating: 84|100 Long finish with light fruits aroma. Unfortunately, the whisky slightly disappointed me. It seems that here simply ran out of percentages that would definitely get used to a deeper and stronger aroma

  3. BXpress scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior


    I liked the nose but the rest is kinda ok.
    • Nose
      Big apple juice note. A little bit of hay. Then some lemon/vanilla mix and some unripe banana. A little bit of honey but very much in the background. Burnt grass. Butter cream (very nice), combined with a smell of fresh cake dough.
    • Taste
      Cake dough and raisins. A spoon full of sugar. Dried plums and some vanilla. It's a little thin but still expressive. Now some honey notes and camomile tea.
    • Finish
      Long enough. Buttery, vanilla, citrus. Minty after taste.

  4. Hemdl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    No high flyer, but also no break pilot. Could be a bit stronger, but unfortunately the mass of this malts was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail with "only" 40.0% Vol. Overall, very influenced by the influence of tannins, no comparison to the great sherry bombs, which probably in the retrospective shape the image of Strathisla from that time. In the present time, however, this would be a great alternative to the otherwise very light and in my eyes often to "soft" Speyside bottlings at this age.
    • Nose
      Buttercups, honey and malty sweetness. In the background, the oak taps between the floral notes, this is surprisingly strong for 14 years and ensures a pleasant bouquet. Could be something stronger.
    • Taste
      He could have tolerated some volume percent more, that's for sure. At first very restrained and mild, the malt in the mouth needs something to unfold. Light honey at the beginning, but it evaporates quickly. Then it gets bitter, light pepper and spicy oak take the lead. Fruity notes are sought in vain.
    • Finish
      On the finish slightly nutty and again characterized by dry seasoning. He got a surprisingly high amount of wood for his 14 years. Medium long and quite dry.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Its pretty decent but nothing spectacular. Middle of the road.
    • Nose
      Fruity with cream sherry and strawberry jam.
    • Taste
      Not much happening to be honest. I get some caramel, fudge and honey after a while.
    • Finish
      Longer than expected, on faint toffee notes.

  7. Malt Hans scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and malty aroma, red apples, orange juice, banana, dry hay and vanilla. Vanilla sweet taste, anise, malt, pepper, nutmeg, cold tea, orange marmalade and banana. Medium long, fruity and herbal end.


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