Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Calculated age
58 years old
Sherry Butt
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Mar 2014 9:51 pm by Angelos
UncoloredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 3345.50

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26 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1953 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.27 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  It is Easter weekend so it is time for some special drams, this year I selected some rare vintages from Gordon&MacPhail out of their Speyside Collection.  No, I did not buy these expensive bottles as their price is simply absurd for a drinker (not sure if it is justified for a collector or investor either, but that is another story).  So I just bought a sample of this methusalem dram...

    The colour is tawny and the texture shows small tears with slow legs first and later fat sticky tears that do not move at all (almost).  The nose offers a herbal and leathery profile with notes of shoe and furniture polish (turpentine and the like) beside some nice wooden aromas.  It is quite interesting AND I like it (despite it is not my favourite profile at all).  If you like to smell people in old wardrobes sitting in old furnitures in the library of an old house - this one is for you!  The whisky arrives warming and coating in the mouth with some adstringent feelings from heavy tannins that get a little bitter after awhile (it should have been bottled some years earlier).  The taste is on a bitter-sweet profile with lots of different flavours that pop up when chewing it for some time.  Imagine you have several different cups of tea with different chocolate cookies in the room mentioned above.  This is pretty nice, actually and very entertaining.  The finish is of medium length and dries out a little (like a bitter tea).  Water is not needed as it turns the dram rather bitter (what often happens with heavily sherried whiskies).  

    This whisky was bottled a tad too late (according to my taste buds) but if you prefer rather wood-driven drams than this is okay for you, most probably.  The profile is very interesting and old stylish but not to everybody's liking, I guess.  Nevertheless a fine and delicious old style dram.  As a drinker I am willing to pay up to 250 Euro for a bottle of this quality... 

    PS:  By the way, this bottling was done from a first fill sherry cask no. 1614 that yielded 258 bottles (according to G&M).  The price was not as silly as today's price point is (back upon its release in 2012).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
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  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Phew, already a board in the mouth, the slightly dusty would prefer to wished out but a lot more is not more, is not quite my whisky style but still a wonderful malt after half an eternity.
    • Nose
      Werther's Original mixed with dark chocolate, these "GIANTS" sweets, beautiful dark leather, bitter orange, deepest blood orange and some forest soil, wild garlic, nutmeg and beautiful dark chocolate, banana split, lavender, rosemary, has something dusty, old dresser and lovage
    • Taste
      Strong blood orange also here in every form, licorice, raisins, wild garlic and bitter cocoa, lavender, old chest of drawers, a bit dusty here, rosemary and old leather and snuffbox with content that you should not smoke anymore, Edelmarzipan, the herbs and dried blood orange as with Campari but take the most part
    • Finish
      Dry with ... you guessed it, the blood orange and leather, lavender, almost perfumed with all the herbal aroma, very long

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Schcolade in various variations, raisins lead. In the beginning, slight Liebstöckl echoes and a bit musty forest soil, but the chocolate quickly gives way. Long finish that has little bitterness or excessive wood. Class malt.
    Tasted in the Brühler whisky house on 9.12.2017. Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection Tasting.

  4. mrecho7 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    This is the best whisky I have ever try. It's amazing in nose. Orange marmalade with hints of zest, tobbaco, eukaliptus and many many more with long warm finish. It has to be my no. 1

  5. Lorion scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    94 points. Do I have to say more? One of the best whiskys I could taste!
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry. Sweet and sticky. Also oak is with me. Leather resonates. Chocolate - dark as well as milk chocolate. Herbal sweets (Ricola) are here. A freshly baked plum and cinnamon pastry is standing around somewhere, it's still quite warm. Somebody poured some sweet syrup over it. Or was it the Maggifläschchen? Probably both! After inclusion of the palate, the chocolate becomes more intense and rosemary is still quite easy.
    • Taste
      Full and sparkling. Very sweet with cherries and plums. The oak tree is everywhere immediately and captures the mouth with a tingling sensation. She lets something through Taabk. Then she lets dried fruit through, fermented fruit, dusty wall unit that absorbs all the sweetness for a moment. The Nachschmecken is initially sweet and sticky, then getting drier.
    • Finish
      Eternally long and dry with dark fruits.

  6. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Gordon & MacPhail Tasting Notes:

    Nose: Smoky almost phenolic with spices and aromatic aromas. The sherry begins to dominate.

    Palate: Rich, fermented fruits laced with smoky, peaty flavours.

    Finish: Sherried - almost Islay in style.


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