Strathisla 35-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
35 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
bottled in 1986 to celebrate the distillery's 200th anniversary
Added on
05 Aug 2011 10:35 am

Average value

€ 1199.00

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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 35-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.89 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    ["Another brick in the wall" tasting session - n°3]
    A-ma-zing. To think Strathisla used to distill something so brutally industrial in profile is incredible. This really is bottled history, one could "taste the whole industrial revolution" (as a friend said) when taking their time with this dram. You just don't make them like that anymore.
    • Nose
      Sweet god, this is incredible. Extreme waxiness and empyreumatic smells. All the smells in a dirty garage turned to eleven. Enormous OBE feeling. There's some very slight sulfur-like impression that just fits the context perfectly. The dirty waxiness/greasiness is just amazing, and is nowhere to be found these days. It can be found in some Craigellachies on occasion, like the benchmark SMWS 44.53, which this dram reminds me of. But even better. The fatty register carries on, with peanut butter, teak oil, cashews, this is hallucinating. Rubbed coins, an avalanche of mettalic OBE-laden smells. The wood influence is very integrated and well mastered, with some high end curry paste.
    • Taste
      It is almost impossible to believe this thing is 43%. It is just so present ! Motor oil and greases all-sorts, huge dirty wax again, there's some manure as well, some slight acrid smoke (from wet newspapers), peanuts, a feeling of a very old metal biscuit box.
    • Finish
      Very fresh, full of industrial greases and waxes again. When we were in Peru, there was some sweet tamales peruanos on the street that smelled incredibly waxy and industrial with something floral as well, and this smelled exactly like SMWS 44.53. This one is close from that as well.

  2. grinface scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Hallelujah! This is a true anniversary bottling. And that's only 43%. Nevertheless extremely expressive, absolutely in balance and arbitrarily complex. In the finish it could possibly use a little "oomph". But why bother, it is extremely good the way it is. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/02/24/old-rare-flight-005/
    • Nose
      93 93
      Old books, bound in leather. The pages are dusty and dry. It crumbles if you turn the page. Then someone walks by with furniture polish. A dirty oil rag in the other hand. It was used to polish metal, for example copper pipes. In between a few dried fruits peek through. Raisins and dates especially. With a light salt crust.
    • Taste
      93 93
      There are various oils and rougher notes at the start again. Tanned leather that is being waxed. In addition, the fruits come out much better now. Peach and apricot. Also dried again. Herbs are new, maybe a honey with herbs in it.
    • Finish
      92 92
      In the finish, the dominant side for me falls towards the wax, less towards the oil. The herbs come out stronger and maybe a little buttery acid. The influence towards sherry is also much stronger now. In the case of fruits, this leads to oranges or blood oranges. Bitter substances are exactly in balance. The wood notes are well contained for the age.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Strathisla 35y - 1986 - OB, Bicentenary - to celebrate the 200th anniversary, 75cl - 43% 92
    Color: Strathisla 35y - 1986 - OB, Bicentenary - to celebrate the 200th anniversary, 75cl - 43%
    Old gold
    Spicy, salty and waxy with a fine orange, a lot of leather, some vanilla and filigree wood aromas. Complemented by elderberries and a very complex and delicious herbal sud - together this results in a great and harmonious nose!
    Soft, spicy, creamy and increasingly intense and tingling. With salt, pepper, vanilla, fruity notes of orange, apricot and a brilliant herbal / honey composition - wow, just great !!
    Medium long - the taste notes are retained here, but it watered a little towards the end (which is probably the 43% and the age is due) - but still great, just a little thinner.
    92 points
    N: 92P / G: 93P / F: 92P

  4. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Definitely better than the regular 35yo bottled by G&M at 40% abv - also because this one has 43% abv, but it's also more fruity and powerful. However, the regular 30yo bottled by G&M at 40% is still fresher and better and in general I'm missing a bit the dried fruits that are so typical for the older vintages from Strathisla.
    • Nose
      Red fruits, hints of citrus, sherry wood, old books, whiffs of smoke
    • Taste
      Punchy, very oily, creamy, fruity, red&dark fruits, woody, subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long, more citrus fruits, zesty, little oaky, a tad bitterness

  7. helmutgw scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Outstanding! 94 - 26.08.2017
    • Nose
      Sherry, fruits, lots of OBF, a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      Body unfortunately a bit too light, nevertheless good volume - some smoke.
    • Finish
      long, sherry, the slightly bitter sherry

  8. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    · Fragrance: There is euphoric feeling as throbbing from barefoot. An old cognac-like grape feeling, apricot, a little peach, a comfortable woodyness of antique furniture, a cypress mixed with hinoki pete lined. Old leather, wet like morti, tea, very complicated. The juicy and lively rich fruit and the old sense of woodiness and leather are fused. · Taste: There are nuances like grape and apricot, morty and petty soaked like damp. A little bacon, a pleasant woodiness and a light tannin's astringent taste, a sweet taste of a tattoo candy, a good saltiness and sourness, a richness that can not be regarded as hydrolysis, a powerful and complicated taste. Everything is exquisitely balanced at high level. Sexual euphoria that seems to crush the waist. I do not think that the body is also thick at 43 degrees. · Complex and wonderful reverberations such as reverberation apricot tea, comfortable woodiness, and soaked peat. Moreover, it is long enough to think that it is water adding. - Water addition: Although it is originally added water, it does not collapse even if it is added a little. · Overall rating: Awesome euphoria, complex and elegant taste. I can not complain. Palpitate. http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=16634

  9. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very old Strathisla bottled in 1986 to celebrate the distillery`s 200th anniversary. This Bicentenary bottling was only given to staff and certain VIPs attending the celebrations. Fron TWE


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