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Whisky Reviews for Pride of Strathspey 1959 & 1960 GM
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.76 points
- [May, 2017] I bought this bottle for 108 Euro in June, 2008 and this is my last saved sample. Another one of these old royal marriage bottles, usually very nice stuff. So far I liked best the Glen Grant for Prince Charles & Lady Di https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17813/glen-grant-1948-1961-gm.This one is not as big and charming as the Glen Grant but nevertheless delicious. The nose is all about refill sherry casks aromas like raisins, plums and blackcurrant. Quite complex, and given this flavour profile I would rather guess this is a Strathisla (despite most other Pride of Strathspey were undisclosed Macallan). If this was a Macallan, then it is a very unusual one... The palate has lots of different layers too but due to the low strength of 40% abv it is a little bit weakish as is the finish. Nice to sip, but the most interesting about this dram is the question: Strathisla or Macallan? I vote for the first... (but maybe it is all different and it was one cask each?)
- A very nice old-style sherry malt, could actually be a mac ...
delicious spicy, strong sherry and some smoke, raisins, prunes, some oak, sweet chestnut I can confirm, as well as liquorice and orange liqueur, I like it very well
Wonderfully full and soft, fine sherry style with dried fruit in rum, spices, getting a little drier, very nice tart notes of old leather
medium length, slightly astringent but always with the beautiful sherry flavors in the background
- http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/alter-blended-scotch-whisky-teil-2-ballantines-30yo-und-pride-of-strathspey-32741/ Color: copper - rust red
Nose: Sherry, roasted aromas of sweet chestnuts with smoke and spicy herbs. But also licorice, almonds, nuts, bread, aromas of cherry coke, a little vanilla and cinnamon and cake with orange liqueur. Very harmonious and discreetly coordinated.
Taste: Soft and round, kräutrig-spicy liqueur with fresh mint and plenty of salt - sparkling sweetish-fresh and slightly floral. Tart notes are added and now cover the rather sweet taste. But then more honey again - an interplay into the finish.
Finish: Rather short - light woody notes, wet foliage, leather and sweet honey with dull herbs. Slightly bitter oak remains on the tongue.
Comment: 50:50 - the taste starts at the level of the nose and then drops off noticeably!
86 points (nose: 89 / taste: 86 / finish: 83)