Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 sep 2011 4:47 pm

Average value

€ 851.50

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89 × member ratings

74 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Strathisla 1970 GM

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.94 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose was still gorgeous, in my mouth clearly too bitter, but some love that. ;)
    • Nose
      Dates, old, noble shoe polish, rum raisins, gingerbread, tick match, incense sticks cooled, nutmeg, black pepper, caraway, fennel, black tea, some coal, very old, but freshly oiled mahogany potion, fresh coffee beans, some camphor, saffron, to the back also baked apple
    • Taste
      Ashes, much more of the match / incense sticks, old licorice, black walnut, dusty wooden box, chestnut, saffron, capers, olives, firework leftovers, blackberries slightly rotten, grated cocoa beans, some manthol
    • Finish
      Liquorice, a lot of oak, camphor, saffron, nutmeg, long

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  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Cf. Tasting Notes by WhiskyFun.com (June 1, 2016).

    SGP:561 - 91 points.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Jeep51 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Old sherry well marked by the weather. Balance of aromas and complexity. A success.
    • Nose
      Bright hair despite (only) 43%. We are clearly on a venerable age whisky: old furniture, encaustic, old wood, dry cocoa, honey and a lot of spices that are relatively melted. It's rich, it's complex and it evolves a lot with time. Tobacco, leather and varnish sometimes showing the tip of their nose while cooked fruits (cherry, fig) are also present. Really good and despite this apparent complexity of aromas, there is a real unity.
    • Taste
      Again, we feel the years spent in cask. Noble wood, myriad spices, bitter dark chocolate, and lots of tobacco and leather. Nothing really extravagant, but very classy and devilishly good.
    • Finish
      Long enough and in continuity.

  9. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Woody nose, coffee, nuts, roasted notes and cocoa. Grilled mouth, coffee, strongly reminds a good Bas-Armagnac. The long final unfolds just enough bitterness. Very good.

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Ha well, like what I can still find sometimes old breasts really to fall backwards! This Strathisla is fine, subtle, balanced, tasty. The great class at the John Steed.
    • Nose
      Powerful on dark chocolate, raisins, candied black plums, Christmas spices, hazelnut shell, caramel. A mentholated touch too, which brings freshness. Almond at times. And no sulfur, a nose really at the top.
    • Taste
      Good surprise, the mouth is not watery! After so much time, the angels' share had to be done and the reduction did not have to be huge. This mouth is creamy, fine, subtle, very '' smart '' like an old British gentleman in three-piece suit. All I expect from an old sherry is: caramel honey, marzipan chocolate, gingerbread, dried fruit, candied fruits, some traces of dry tobacco. The woody is perfectly balanced; neither too much nor too little.
    • Finish
      Average. The minty freshness resurfaced, accompanied by a slight woody drought. Makes me think of a Ricola candy, in some ways.

  11. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    Colour: Light mahogany.


    Nose: A subtle burst of rum and raisin, with a defined malty nose. Hints of

    rich brown sugar and a Christmas cake edge linger. Sweet creme brulee

    influences develop.

    Palate: Hints of festive spices - mouth warming, some marzipan, almonds and a

    burst of stewed fruits. Smooth and very enjoyable.


    Nose: More delicate, with a more pronounced hint of stewed fruits, with

    charred oak influences and a defined vanilla nose.

    Palate: Some warmth remains, with a robust Christmas cake edge, hints of

    dried fruits and a burst of sweet sherry.

    Body: Full.

    Finish: Long and sweet.

    Cask Type(s): First fill Sherry butt

    Whisky Style: Robust and moreish after dinner dram with a nice depth and some


  12. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not specifically my type of sherry, some points lost by the beginning of the nose, herbal notes and a slight (relative) dryness. But the whole remains very fine, very singular, I can understand that we can particularly appreciate this profile. In any case, happy to have been able to test =)
    • Nose
      The beginning is marked by a bourbon side, a little varnish and wood. Then follows a very sherry nose, with notes of nuts, bitter oranges, grilled coffee. The end of glass is marked by hay and wood.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, very very fine. We feel that we are dealing with a sherry unlike any other. The rendering is powerful for 43%. The texture is very slightly dry, not too sweet, on cooked plum, "old" wood, vanilla, walnut liqueur, bitter cocoa hints.
    • Finish
      Always nut (maybe more "green"), plum, some dried grass. The wood is quite marked. Always melted and very fine aromas.

  13. tomy63 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Superb sherry, which may lack a little power but which compensates well by its side both easy to drink and complex.
    • Nose
      expressive, very marked by sherry and very fruity, on chocolate, red fruits, fig, plum, a little citrus, varnish, tobacco, leather, a little nutty. Very pleasant.
    • Taste
      quite sweet, easy and greedy, quite "clean", not really dry or even just sweet attack, full of fruit and chocolate, cherry, red fruits, orange jam, always a touch of varnish, a leather side and "old furniture" very noble.
    • Finish
      good length for 43%, slightly drier, woody and spicy, more nuts and dried fruits now, even if we always keep the chocolate / red fruits side.

  14. j j scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  15. peathead scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Man, what a nice dark color! The smell is wonderful, subtly sweet, fruity, really tasty! The palate is just the same as the smell with an enormous amount of soft sherry. Fantastic, just great. This is particularly tasteful despite the low alcohol percentage. The finish is long, soft, sweet, slightly fruity and slightly drying. This is a great dram.

  16. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted by The Malt Maniacs (4) ; average score of 91/100 (10 ratings).

  17. Kiezentriebwein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. aby scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    nose: dark sherry, black berries, wood

    taste: beautiful dry sherry, wood, bitter, black berries, dark chocolate

    aftertaste: some pine

    overall: great sherry monster

    tasted in the cellar of the 10th Pot Still Festival 

  19. cherokee0815 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    No its not, but here is not the space to aks questions. Here you should do a note about the Whisky. If you have a question i guess its better to use the community board.

  20. Master Quill did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It is rumoured this run yielded 514 bottles.


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