Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Old but still bright
Stated Age
33 years old
Sherry Hogshead
51.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 sep 2011 5:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2359.52

5 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

7 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Strathisla 1973 SMWS 58.11

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.88 points.

  1. Zinni scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful, squeaky clean oldschool sherry board. He does not need water. Did I in the first attempt (embedded in a Tastingabend with some highlights) actually seen weaker than the 58.10 ... so you can be wrong, today he beats him by far.
    • Nose
      92 92
      clean, sweet and sour sherry, Amarena cherries, lovage, soy sauce, freshly baked buttery croissants, fully ripe apricots ... with water the aromas remain almost unchanged, only slightly thinner overall, honey is added
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet and full, of course wood but without any bitterness, sugar candy, cherry, ginger ... hardly any change with water
    • Finish
      91 91
      Barely perceptible tannins, clean and rich sherry finish, icing sugar ... with water significantly shorter

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  3. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: The sample, from the oldest distillery in Speyside, is mahogany in colour from a sherry hogshead. The oak has left its mark - polished furniture, tea, spice - yet it remains sugary. The neat nose has sweetness (honey, toffee, caramel, tarty ???, brown sugar) balanced by fruit (orange, pears, prunes, raisins, dates and sultana loaf) with a sniff of smoke and some rum notes. The palate is dry, sweet and spicy with pepper, burnt sugar, marmalade and cola. With water, the nose finds a tingle of tar which eventually turns to buttery toffee while the palate remains sweet and fruity. An outstanding dram.

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Into the wing chair - sniff and suck for hours, happiness guaranteed - an old-style sherry dream
    • Nose
      Furniture polish, floor wax, old leather, grape must, sherry, shoe polish, warming Christmas spices such as star anise, cardamom and cinnamon, coffee marc
    • Taste
      old wardrobe, newly treated with polish, cranberries, sherry and sweet pipe tobacco, black currants, sweetened elderberry juice, woody notes reserved for advanced age
    • Finish
      long and sherry sweet

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  6. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Powerful Strathisla, not the usual flowery notes, but juicy and sappy oak. Very very good.
    • Nose
      Lots of polished oak. Old furniture. Ripe apples. Oranges as well. Hints of burnt wood. Whiff of smoke. Sulphur at the background and some rubber. Quite complex, develops through time.
    • Taste
      Silky mouth texture. Apple and pear. Dried fruits of figs and dates.  Some raisins  Sappy oak. Hints of sherry. Lots of depth
    • Finish
      Long and warming. Cinnamon. Totally in balance.


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