Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
42 years old
1st Fill Sherry Hogsheads
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
03 Sep 2007 10:11 pm

Average value

€ 1408.94

18 × in wishlist

37 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1964 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.29 points

  1. theo22 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    A really nice, stylish and still living malt.
    The barrel influence is still pleasant, not too bitter and the balance with the fruit is still correct.
    I have been opening this bottle for several years now and the malt does not lose its power.

  2. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    One for friends of wood. I don't mean to say it was in the cask too long. It's all right. You “just” have to be ableto cope with that. The bitter substances at the back do the rest. But: This is an incredibly complex malt that by no means calls for cask strength. The right dram to sip it over and over again over a whole evening and then leave it for an hour. In between, the receptors are busy and the flow of saliva is guaranteed. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/02/24/old-rare-flight-005/
    • Nose
      91 91
      It starts off slightly sour with a nice strawberry note. Later there are also apples. And dried fruits. Plums, raisins and figs. Maybe dates, too. There is also chocolate and old wood. Vanilla, honey and wax are also available. Overall, no aroma really screams at you, but everything is present and with vitality. And that with over 40 years in the casks!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Apple cider, just before tipping. Then apple wedges tossed in butter. Then the wood kicks in. Paired with bitter aromas and old sherry notes. This comes with full force to dominate. Raisins, books, leather, tobacco - all these things try to balance things out. But the wood cannot be stopped. In the second round there is still a good sweetness present and also some fresher notes of sherry. That holds a little better against it. That means: once the taste buds are “drunk”, they can handle it better.
    • Finish
      88 88
      It continues like this even after swallowing. The bitter substances and wood notes dominate. The rash is now towards darkest chocolate, espresso and seeds of dark fruits. What remains in the cloth when you pass it. The acidity is still there, which gives a certain balance to the bitter and very dry finale.

  3. wncvirus scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: a good dose of ripe fruit, oak, some honey.
    Taste: From the first sip you can feel ripe fruit with a hint of cinnamon. Some chocolate in the background. Of course, noticeable elements of the oak barrel. Strong aroma, very complex in taste and brilliant in reception! Really wow bottle!
    Rating: 95 | 100 quite long, sweet finish with the addition of an oak barrel. Probably one of the best whisky I have tried. Everything was complete and very very good !

  4. Igitor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Very pleasant and enjoyable. Definitely one of the better old Strathislas
    • Nose
      Rich, complex, sweet fruity notes, some menthol and eucalyptus, oak wood
    • Taste
      Sweet bread, punchy and nicely woody, dried fruits, cinnamon, espresso, dark chocolate, little toffee
    • Finish
      Long and balanced between wood and sweetness

  7. franpincoffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior


    This malt spent 42 years in a first-fill sherry cask, and has the color of a copper penny. The nose is fresh and floral, with heather and grassy notes as well as figs, raisins, and apricots. The fruits come out in the taste, and water just explodes the sweetness and vibrancy of this malt. The finish reminds me of peach pie with a graham cracker crust.

  8. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes (G&M):

    Nose: Hints of dried fruits with a defined Sherry nose. Sweet dessert wine influences and a lingering marzipan edge. With water: apples and vanilla with a hint of Sherry wood emerging. Some fresh mint develops with a subtle almond edge.

    Taste: Smooth and warming with a burst of Sherry sweetness. Hints of Christmas cake and a dark chocolate influences. Well balanced. With water: hints of Sherry wood with a touch of aged leather and a very delicate spicy edge.

  9. art-bett scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    COLOR: mahogany / maple syrup

    Nose: Gorgeous brandy beans, sherry / port, light smoke,
    Cherry ?, herbs.

    TASTE: Sherry / Port stands out instantly, Mon Cheri, slightly woody, sweetie
    Is there actually cinnamon?

    Departure: medium in length, but the sherry does not want to be long from the tongue

    CONCLUSION: I think a very good drop, which also takes his time
    should be in the glass to unfold its aromas.


  10. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    All old Strathislas that I had so far were very good and this one is absolutely no exception. Very complex and tasty - great whisky and a clear recommendation. These old G&M bottlings are marvelous.
    • Nose
      My first and immediate impression is plum butter in Madeira with marzipan and milk chocolate. There are some sweeties available here in Germany made of these ingredients and they smell similar. Moderately sherried. Some eukalyptus and sandal wood as well. Surprisingly fresh and fruity considering the 42 years. Very tasty - wonderful nose.
    • Taste
      First it seems to be rather oaky, dry, sherried and spicy. Later on it changes and becomes beautifully light with additional caramel, oranges, complex spices and hints of eukalytus. Lovely and complex dram.
    • Finish
      Long, pleasant and warming. The spices linger on and on.


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