Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
First & Refill Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Nov 2008 9:34 pm

Average value

€ 517.79

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103 × member ratings

124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 30-year-old GM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.76 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Strathisla 30yo bottled by Gordon & McPhail. This bottling is a single malt that was still distilled in the 70s. If you read through the notes from my painting brother hs305, there is often talk of an “old style” sherry profile. Exactly something like here is meant. The Strathisla has for its 30 years of maturation and an incredibly complex and balanced taste profile that is hard to find these days. The modern dark sherry bombs, which are often bottled at over 60%, are rather one-dimensional in terms of taste. With this Strathisla it's very different. He takes the lover with a long time gone, in which a whisky still had time to mature, in which it did not have to be produced and delivered quickly. This can also be seen in the taste. A great old style whisky that is great fun to explore. The complexity is remarkable, as is the balance. There are no disturbing notes such as sulfur etc. Here I can get over the fact that it was "only" bottled at 43%, but that was the case back then. A whisky for a special occasion, a whisky that you should take your time for. A whisky that gets better the more time you give it in the glass. I'm happy to have found such a bottle and give it a strong 92 points today. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      93 93
      The color is golden brown mahogany and immediately after pouring an unbelievable “old school” sherry scent spreads. If you haven't had such an old sherry whisky from the 1970s in your glass, you will immediately notice the difference to the sherry bombs of today. This is just different, just from another time, just something incredibly great. Sherry flavors up and down the repertoire. Plums, raisins, apricots, cherries, honey, sultanas, chocolate, toffee, beeswax, nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon, cigar box, leather, pepper, aniseed, almonds ... you could smell the glass for hours. You can tell that the Strathisla has been in the barrel for 30 years. An incredibly complex texture in which the oak is by no means disturbing, which one might expect at such an age. With such a load of aromas, it doesn't matter that the Strathisla was bottled with “only” 43%. Everything just fits here.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The step on the tongue is surprisingly powerful for the 43%. Now the entire load of aromas presses the taste buds with all their force. The sweet sherry aromas described at the beginning are in perfect balance with the spicy aromas of oak. Cherries, plums, dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of marzipan and then again honey, wood, leather, a touch of furniture polish. A two drop of water makes it a little more “red-fruity” and notes of ginger flash, followed again by notes of orange and cinnamon and hints of nuts. Incredibly complex, incredibly complex. The longer you “chew” the whisky, the more associations you discover. What particularly impresses me here is the good balance between sweetness and flavor. “Old School” sherry profile.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Powerful and warming, the 30 Strathisla leaves an impression in the mouth that literally longs for more sips. At the beginning, the sweet cherries stand out, paired with notes of dark chocolate with at least 75% cocoa content, more like 85%. However, the spicy aromas are not long in coming and you have a great feeling on the tongue that you have to experience once in a lifetime. Over time, the mouth becomes drier and now the wood notes come into their own. Very pleasant, very beautiful, just great.

  2. whiskyd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Max Power scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    If you are after an aged sherry matured whisky, this one will hit the spot. 
    • Nose
      Definitely age on the nose. Old wood and polish, red fruit, grape, and mild honey. 
    • Taste
      Oak and fruit in balance. Sweet and dry (but thin) arrival. Red fruit and grape offset by some spice and astringency. The spice overcomes the sweet at the tail end. Water brings out the sweet red fruit, but add it sparingly. 
    • Finish
      Long and spicy, with drying oak and a hint of red fruit. 

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Perfumed candle wax & fruit[y]-juice malt with some gunpowder and a newly-opened packet of party balloons.
    T: Fruity & herbal bubblegum with a soft concentration of flavours that have unfortunately been rather oxidised in an low-level bottle for some years.
    F: The oak is never a chore, never obtrusive.
    C: Joyous despite being flat. No doubt this was rather excellent when the bottle was first opened.

    Scores a B[-]

  7. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sherry at it's best! A rich expression of a venerable sherry maturation. Very well-balanced old style whisky, perfectly matured. This one will delight sherry cask aficionados, if you are lucky to get your hands on this rarity.

    • Nose
      The first thing which jumps out of the glass is sherry, along with lots of dried fruits, apricots, plums, sultanas, and raisins. Followed by toffee and X-mas cake, mixed with winter spice, acacia honey, cinnamon, and pepper. Hints of old damp wood and furniture polish coming through. Very pleasant on the nose!
    • Taste
      Soft and sweet, heavily sherried with dark ripe fruits - cherries and plums. Toffee, spicy honey, fine tones of marzipan and again polished furniture are coming through. Dark chocolate and winter spice at last. An enjoyable mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Warm and powerful with medium length. Sweet cherries, soaked in old sherry with lingering dark chocolate and oaky spice, mixed with a hint of nutmeg. Gets drier in the end. Very well-balanced and mouth-coating.

      WITH WATER: Mouth-warming with increased sweetness, sherry and vanilla, with subtle hints of dark honey, a whiff of gooseberry and lingering milk chocolate.

  9. markkerr02 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Testing The whisky tested: Glass 1 Strathisla 30Y 43% Gordon & MacPhail, 1550 kr 15 points Glass 2 Strathisla 40Y 43% Gordon & MacPhail, 2095 kr 36 points Glass 3 Craigellachie 1970 40Y 52.8% Gordon & MacPhail, 1699 kr 54 points Glass 4 Glen Grant 1955 50Y 40% Gordon & MacPhail, 3645 kr 37 points Glass 5 Glen Mhor 1966 44Y 45% Gordon & MacPhail, 3425 kr 131 points Glass 6 Longmorn 1964 46Y 51.9% Gordon & MacPhail, 3925 kr 73 points Testimonials Per Eriksson Strathisla 30Y 43% Gordon & MacPhail Scent: Fruity, citrus, some spices, light oak, candy, raisins Taste: I, chocolate, soft, raisins, spices Aftertaste: I, chocolate, light tanines, spices, tall Score: 90 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Strathisla 30yo, 43% Color: Light amber Scent: Dried fruit, figs, spices, anise barrels Taste: "Creamy", dried fruit, sweetie, raisins, aning barrel Aftertaste: Long with raisins, spices, very sweet Score: 88 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2056%20Glenfiddich.html

  10. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Spicy and fruity aroma, ginger, nutmeg, figs, prunes, furniture polish, heather honey, banana and lime. Vanilla sweet taste, anise, cardamom, pepper, orange zest, cinnamon, malt and almonds. Medium long, fruity and spicy end.


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