Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Calculated age
44 years old
Sherry Butt
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
10 Apr 2012 8:46 pm

Average value

€ 1458.57

24 × in wishlist

60 × member ratings

63 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1967 GM

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.24 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2017]  It is christmas so it is time to taste a special dram (or two) - and I think this 45 years old Strathisla is a dignified whisky for that occasion.  I had quite several old Strathisla from the sixties before and all were truly excellent so my expectations are high...

    The colour is mahogany and the texture shows late fat sticky tears that very, very slowly move downwards.  The nose is rich and complex on an old style sherry profile with dozens of different aromas centered around herbal-spicy-leathery notes with some fruits, beeswax and some OBFs (lacquer paint).  One to both explore in detail and enjoy in general.  The initial mouthfeel is coating and charming with almost no bitter or adstringent moments despite the 45 years in cask.  Really nice and promising.  The taste is much (sherry winey) sweeter than the nose with more fruits and chocolatey flavours that nicely balance the herbs and spices from the wood.  Again no bitter or adstringent moments until the end of the finish (just at the very end a minor cardboardy feeling).  The finish is of medium length and adds liquorice flavours to the profile.  Some water releases even more aromas in the nose but it flattens the taste and finish.  I like it best when neat (actually a higher abv would have been even better, most probably).Another excellent Strathisla from the golden years of this lovely distillery with a great complexity and still of lot of power after 45 years.  There are no signs of over-aging at all, a perfect cask selection out of the huge stocks of Gordon&MacPhail, again...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Old and dignified, full of character and mild, this old Strathisla impresses with its balance and the old sherry aromas. The nose is unbelievably dignified and does not let you go that fast, a real snoop whisky! But even in taste and in the end, the "old" Strathisla has a lot to offer. Although taste and aftertaste are not as fruity and sweet as the nose, there is still much to discover here. The tart wood tones in combination with dried fruits and a lot of walnut harmonize wonderfully with the herbal and spice notes. A great bottling, I'm thrilled!

    24/23/23/23 (93P)
    • Nose
      Wonderfully velvety and creamy, the old Strathisla shimmers amber in the Premium Snifter. While endless "legs" cling to the glass wall majestically old sherry aroma rises. Dried berries and grapes, sweet fructose and creamy beeswax flatter the nose and immediately stimulate my salivation. Dried apricots and old tangerines combine with raisins and date, plums and hints of sour cherries are added. The nose lets the old age of this great Malts divine, dignified and elegant mingle the sweet fruit flavors with each other, there are no notes of any kind. Caramelized sugar and baked apple give rise to a Christmas atmosphere, while meadow herbs and subtle citrus notes are minimal. The alcohol is harmoniously integrated, rasps of milk chocolate fall on velvety peach. I could eternally sniff at this dreamy nose ...
    • Taste
      Mild with a sour fruit splash the first sip flows over the tongue. The touch of furniture polish and spicy oak tones stick between the lips, a slight tingling envelops the tongue before subtle sharpness settles on the tip of the tongue. Slowly the tart tones disappear and creamy caramel and old shriveled raisins stimulate the salivation again. The Strathisla goes voluminously through the palate, the mouthfeel becomes noticeably creamier and butterier, caramel and milk chocolate come to the fore. In the background is a minimal menthol note, which, however, is whitewashed by exquisite walnut flavor. Slightly earthy, dried foliage and tart wood tones, dark and dried grapes and berries end with a few drops of sour cherry and lemon juice.
    • Finish
      Herb goes the taste slowly in the finish, still subtly bitter and earthy leaves stick to the palate, the herbs return with dried spices. Walnuts stick to the tongue, with minimal hints of leather, tobacco and smoke coming to an end.

  3. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    classic old strathisla, nice old style sherry.

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Genteel. Beeswax, dusty loft, old library. Dried apricots and honey flowers behind. Lemon cake. Exotic grasses.
    • Taste
      Velvety, oily. Apricot cake, a little vanilla, a hint of wax. Dark chocolate and walnuts. Some honey. Removes incense.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Finally I managed to buy a whole bottle and it was worth it. I can only re-iterate my previous notes. Probably the fresh open bottle shows even more distinct flavors like whiffs of leather and smoke - overall a very balanced and classic old Strathisla. High rating is well deserved.

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A dark Strathisla, a little bit dull/tannic for me.
    • Nose
      Sweet, a lot of red fruits, raspberries, strawberries. Rosewater, maybe some peat! Fresh grapes and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Rich leather, oily, sour and some tannins, fresh herbs, espresso, orange/baked apple.
    • Finish
      Baked apple, roasted mints, very medicinal

  8. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another great Strathisla from the late 1960's with a solid sherry and oak. 91/92.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry, apple and pear, prune, raisin, antique leather and herbals.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Creamy. Sherry, sweet fruits, cocoa and malt. Solid oak and spices.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A very nice old sherry malt; round and elegant.
    • Nose
      Strathila exudes the aroma of baked apples, plums, ripe banana, herbs and sherry; from forest soil one hour after a late summer rain. A very "full" nose. The more often one smells, the more mature the fruits and the clearer the herbs (thyme, marjoram) come to the fore. A very elegant, initially somewhat reserved nose.
    • Taste
      The malt comes pleasantly tingling in the mouth. This welcome sparkle of over thirty-year-old bottlings from the sixties and seventies of the last century is great. In the mouth the Strathisla becomes increasingly sweeter, plummy and earthier. The "Initial Taste", so this first taste impression, is top class.
    • Finish
      The finale is warming, as is common with the best sherry malts. Maybe I would have expected a bit more oak, but thyme and marjoram reappear and intensify the dark-earthy aroma.


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