...and this Strathisla was a fine pick - but what should go wrong with a vintage 1968 bottling? In this case: nothing! The wood is strong but never dominates and the malt created fantastic fruity flavours as with most drams from the sixties (unless they developed this annoying perfumy-soapiness like Edradour, Glenturret and others). This dram is right up my alley!
The colour is old gold and the nose offers offers an adorable fruity profile with pineapples, mango, apples, pears and many more fruits. Fine spices and appropriate wooden impressions join in to create a complex profile together with honeys, floral notes and waxes. Perfect stuff to sniff for hours - ooh, how I love these sixties' drams.
The taste is complex and layered with more molten barley sugars and waxes than in the nose. The fruits still play a major role and the wood is powerful too (but never dominates). After some chewing herbs and spices join in as do earthy notes. No flaw or imbalance that I can find, this is a delicious dram which is very interesting to explore too.
The mouthfeel is warming and coating with some stronger wooden notes which add minor bitter-drying moments. The finish is long and turns more to the bitter-spicy wooden side of the dram, no wonder after 42 years of maturation. But the wood is not overpowering and all stays enjoyable until the very end. I did not use water because it was just a small sample size.