Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 sep 2008 4:38 pm

Average value

€ 2597.19

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Whisky reviews for Strathisla 1963 GM

One user has left a review for this whisky. Average rating is 91.58 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [January 2023] Together with good friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 120 Euro (really!) in February, 2006. Finally, I can do a proper tasting note now...

    ...of a truly excellent and flabbergasting dram from the past which offers everything I adore about old-style sherried malts, and it is dangerously quaffable. What else to say? Slàinte!
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is very dark at mahogany, and the nose offers an impressive and complex old-style sherry profile right from the first sniff. The casks must have been mainly from European oak as there are a lot of tasty herbs and spices, way above the usual level. The sherry is absolutely flawless and offers all the aromas one could expect from old excellent sherry wine. After some breathing the impressions of an old Scotch gentlemen's club ("The Library") join in with adorable leather notes (both leather armchairs and leather books), dusty papers and furniture polish. All is balanced, without off-notes and truly adorable. I could sniff this dram for hours, and it adds new impressions all the time (e.g., roasted coffee beans after 45 minutes)
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is multi-multi layered with dozens of interwoven flavours in perfect harmony. The sherry is in the driver's seat first, but both the malt and the wood hold their heads up high. The wood is firm and adds delicious spices and herbs beside the tannins, and the latter are absolutely okay for such an old dram. After some chewing the flavours combine to a tasty impression of spiced dark chocolate (which I adore). The malt adds bold waxes, molten sugars and some fruits too, and the combination of all three malt, sherry and wood is an irresistible recipe.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The texture of this dram is excellent with an arrival which instantly coats all parts of my mouth within seconds and without any distracting bitter or astringent moments despite 42 years maturation in an oak cask. Accordingly, the finish is long and extends the dark chocolatey impressions into eternity. The tannins get a little louder towards the end, but this is not distracting at all, simply because all other flavours stay bold and impressive too. Water is not needed, but does no harm either.

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