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Overall rating
91.46/100
votes
86
Whiskybase ID
WB131681
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2019
Calculated age
30 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
MoS 19017
Number of bottles
188
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 May 2019 10:21 am by Malthead_80
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 684.00

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86 × member ratings

100 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1989 MoS

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.46 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    The Strahtisla, which had already been so highly praised and almost hyped, does not disappoint. On the contrary: it surpasses the already very high expectations. 30 years in Sherry Hoghshead, no cooling filtration, no artificial color and a pleasant barrel strength. All of these are big points that pay their tribute. 350 euros are already an announcement and will definitely keep one or the other buyer from buying this bottle. But once you have it in the jar, this is immediately forgotten. You will be rewarded with an incredible nose. And sheer unbelievable complexity and variety of flavors that you don't experience every day. In the mouth, the Strathisla shows itself as the adult gentleman who has something to offer from everything: sweetness, spiciness, complexity, balance and simply the feeling: "Yes, it is THERE" The finish is never-ending. After over an hour after pouring and half an hour after trying it for the first time, I still have the Strathisla in my mouth. You can't really expect more from a whisky. I'm excited! The best malt for me in 2019 was the 1990 Glenfarclas from the winter 2018 release. This one is a little bit better for me, because it is simply multi-layered, more complex and a little more "noble" and more balanced.
    • Nose
      Nosing: After a few seconds in the 1920s Blender`s glass you can already imagine what this top-class painting has to offer. The sherry sweetness is something present right from the start! Dark fruits blow to the storm in the nosing glass. Plums, blackberries, raspberries, dates, honey, a hint of orange peel and menthol, liquorice, dark chocolate ... after another 15 minutes, aromas of walnuts, leather, espresso, a hint of ground pepper, a very delicate herbal note are revealed and still this bewitching, complex sweetness. Madness! I hadn't had that in my nose for a long time. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated and you would not think that you have 52.4% in the glass here. Two three drops of water intensify this incredible variety of flavors. Time to try ... :)
    • Taste
      The Strahtisla glides wonderfully oily over the tongue. You can only feel the alcohol for a short moment. The sherry sweetness is still very noticeable. The dark fruit conspiracy is immediately followed by the spicy notes on tap. Here the Strathisla cannot deny its age. 30 (!) Years at the Sherry Hogshead can't hide (it would be bad too!) Tannins, cigar box, leather, roasted coffee beans, tender ginger, a delicate dark chocolate with at least 85% cocoa, and again the deep dark fruits ... A firework display for the palate. I am impressed!
    • Finish
      Very long! The flow of saliva hardly decreases. I do not know where to start. At the tip of the tongue, of course, the sticky sweetness of the dark fruits still predominates initially. If you stroke your cheeks with your tongue, you get the full sweet aromas again. However, after a while, these are overtaken by the increasingly dominant spicy notes. Slowly, the wonderfully delicate spice tones and the hint of pepper are noticeable in the mouth. Here I suddenly have the association of speculoos and gingerbread. Annoying bitterness? Nothing! The Strathisla has no bad marks - an absolute no-go at MoS. The mouth is slowly becoming a little drier. Now the dark chocolate appears again and the flow of saliva slowly subsides. What is left is a wonderful mouthfeel that cries out for a second sip :)

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I'll take an old GM strathisla every time. These modern sherry bombs are a little played out, I think.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A very modern sherry bomb. Common profile so far... ie not unique. Dark fruits, soy sauce, cinnamon, and pepper, in addition to some sour cherries.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peppery for sure, and laden with heavy sherry. Very sweet, with a somewhat viscous mouthfeel. Again, not unique. With a few drops of water, it becomes much softer, "smoother", but still has a peppery feel. Slightly salty now.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Relatively long, but uneventful end. It's good, but there is nothing unique about this dram from start to finish. 89-90 points. Not entirely sure why this scored so "flippingly" high by some people :)

  3. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. JeanChan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  5. Barbone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    yes, an exciting malt - completely barrel-dominated, modern - delicious - but not as noble and lively as older vintages, good in what it can do - but at the same time not quite as complex as I would like in the league, with the edition price called ( ~ 350 €) there is no buying attraction for me
    • Nose
      90 90
      deep red sherry nose - red groats, polished wood, earthy notes, a hint of juniper, burgol shoe cream, wood polish, grape seeds and stalks in the balance a touch too much acid - goes slightly towards barrel-ripened balsamic, sour men's chocolate, subtle leather note
    • Taste
      90 90
      needs water - even a tiny drop of it burns easily on the tongue - lots of spices, juniper, laurel, allspice, grapefruit peel, green walnut peel, banana peel - lots of tannins, subtle bitterness, it is more on the spicy tart side with the red berries always flash again
    • Finish
      91 91
      continue the palate - is very long with the fruit notes fading very quickly and making room for polished wood, leather, sage, coffee and chocolate - the whole thing is like a wax film on the tongue - slightly peppery

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Cantaloupe melon, date, blackcurrant, caramel, raisin, mocha, honey, grape and red apple. With water a little coconut and orange.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Blackcurrant, plum, caramel, cantaloupe melon, raisin, mocha, honey and hazelnut.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Caramel, raisin, mocha, plum, melon and roasted hazelnut.

  10. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I like the nose quite a lot, especially compare to many 25-30+ years old sherry whiskies that I tried recently. While those are too oaky and leathery, this is so fresh and sweet. Delicate yet complex, so complex that even Chinese dishes popped out in the nose.

    A big thank you to whiskyCon for the sample!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Plum, figs, milk chocolate, so much of fresh sherry sweetness!! Chinese sweet medicine herbs, lots of dark fruits, magic (coffee), bandage that soak in plum juice, black forest rum chocolate, Troika(!), cherry candy. Some oak perfume, dried herbs, and a little cooked scallions at the end, which add complexity to this sweet delicacy.

      After a sip, so much vanilla, chocolate figs, rum soaked cherry, dried herbs. Sweet and sour Chinese dish, chopped greens.

      So sweet and fresh in my tulip glass, yet so thick and strong in my blender's glass.
    • Taste
      92 92
      So many sweet sticky plums, figs, milk chocolate, Turkish delight, fresh sherry sweetness, some honey wax, oily. So many familiar sweet flavors come in one shot. And a tiny sour cherry at the end which is most welcome!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Considerably long, with lots of sherry and Turkish delight sweetness.

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