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Overall rating
91.68/100
votes
33
Whiskybase ID
WB25575
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Finest Highland Malt Whisky
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
100° Proof - 26 2/3 fl.ozs
Added on
29 Sep 2011 9:07 pm

Average value

€ 461.17

13 × in wishlist

33 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 15-year-old GM

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.68 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    100 Proof is much better as 57%...
    94P to 91P
    57 % is sweater and more sticky and has a herbal woody finish...
    100 Proof is perfect ;)

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Today, I taste Strathisla for only the second time. The last bottling I had was also a Gordon & MacPhail from 1999 vintage which I enjoyed, even though it was not to the level of taste this bottle is.

    The nose starts with old leather bound books, motor oil, and then some faint smoke followed by warm cinnamon, freshly rolled unlit cigarettes. Some damp earthy notes appear followed by perhaps some candied ginger.

    The palate continues on from the nose with cinnamon, candied ginger, peppermint. Some sweet but salty smoke arrives on the backend of the palate, and then a nice oily feel prior to the finish.

    The finish carries on from the palate with the oily feel and candied ginger, touch of orange zest. Some spices arrive but not too hot - despite the strength, fades with a nice smoking campfire ember.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    with water: even better, even more intense, even more expressive - an outstanding malt
    • Nose
      First phenol, motor oil, linseed oil, then sherry and a lot of old leather, light smoke, herbs and raisins - what a nose, you can smell it for a long time!
    • Taste
      a Mentholkeule with many spicy herbs hits the taste buds, lemon balm, licorice, mint, sweetness of raisins and apricots, sherry, very oily, creamy, the alcohol is tickling on the tongue, the variety of aromas is overwhelming, downright clinking fresh, oranges (violent) and also lemons are pushing forward, and now comes the oak, freshly milled mocha
    • Finish
      incredibly diverse here too - herbs without end, a lot, really lots of orange, the oak knocks again, with wonderful persistent spicy pepper heat and fine acidity, the malt fades away ...

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Rating from Whiskyfun by Serge:

    Strathisla 15 yo (100° proof, Gordon & MacPhail, 75cl, +/- 1980)  Colour: gold. Nose: much less sherry in this one, and rather more phenolic, earthy notes. In truth I find it even more amazing. Linseed oil, graphite, hay, old leather, tobacco, a little smoked ham, drops of diesel oil... Juts superb. With water: pah-pah-pah... You'd think you're in the northern Highlands. That's right, just north of the charming little town of Brora. Wet chalk, plasticine, wet wool, engine oil... Typical old Strathisla, much more 'old Highlands' than 'modern Speyside'. Impressed. Mouth (neat): stunning mentholated, liqueury arrival, ridden with caraway, peppermint, verbena, liquorice, camphor... The freshness is flabbergasting. With water: totally superlative. Amazing mentholy profile, with an avalanche of herbs and tiny dried fruits. Finish: long, minty, liquoricy, herbal, perfect, just perfect. Comments: totally 'grand cru' quality. It's true that the 'darker' old bottlings of Strathislas are more famous, but please watch the lightly coloured ones. Stunning distillate and stunning work by G&M. SGP:462 - 93 points.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Why wait 30, 40 or even 50 years if it can be that great already after 15 years? At this age it can even be full proof and have a reasonable pricing which gives another plus. Really excellent!
    • Nose
      Wow, what a sherry nose! Clean, straight, you could also sniff on a sherry bottle. Some sweet honey notes, little woody notes, dried fruits - going now into the typical Strathisla profile. Great!
    • Taste
      Punchy, powerful but also oily, creamy, smooth, citrus fruits, oranges, dried fruits, some raisins, very good sherry wood notes balanced with a nice sweetness - really no need for water. Superb!
    • Finish
      Endless burning, fruity, zesty - very good!

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    94P

    for the one with 100 Proof / 57% and 26.4 floz / 75cl on the Label!

    There is another one with only 57% and 75cl on the Label still available

  9. Furtia scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

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