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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1969 GM
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.97 points
- "What an old-school sherry boom! Old and dignified, incredibly spicy and intense, multi-layered and complex. The old Strathisla from Gordon & MacPhail are pure enjoyment every time and really fantastic bottlings!" I left this comment today on the 1970 Strathisla (bottled 2014). Compared to the 1970s, this Strathisla is a shade more voluminous and intense, which is why I am giving a well-deserved 94 points! Dream material, just pure enjoyment!
Dark amber shines with an orange shimmer in the Premium Snifter, a thick and oily streak adorns the glass wall while dark and fruity sherry rises majestically from the glass. Juicy oranges mix with caramelized sugar and sun-ripened raisins, hints of sour cherries and currants combine with blackberries and plums. In addition to the wonderful sherry notes, there are now and then green apples and nuances of grapefruit and lemon, spicy wood tones end dark and slightly tart, hazelnuts and a pinch of fresh mint and eucalyptus emerge. Hints of vineyard peach and a touch of milk chocolate slowly stimulate the saliva, the nose is wonderfully soft and multi-faceted, I don't want to part with it!
With the first sip, sweetness briefly flashes, followed by creamy and spicy wood tones, sour cherry juice drips from the tongue, the wood tones become noticeably darker and tart. Oranges and peaches, currants and morello cherries, salty caramel and minimal toffee, the aromas are just exploding on the palate and immediately ending gently and mildly on the tongue. Hazelnuts and flakes of butter melt creamy on the tongue, orange peel and sour cherries rest on the palate, slightly dry and tart wood elements are added. Sharpness sticks discreetly to the inside of the cheeks, the mouth feel remains incredibly soft and creamy.
Meadow herbs, sour cherries and spicy wood tones stick creamy on the palate, subtle spiciness still sticks to the cheeks, hazelnuts and currants rest on the tongue, tobacco and smoky hints are minimal. The aftertaste is also very soft and multi-faceted, hazelnuts and a few drops of sour cherry juice swim creamy in the saliva, with cedar wood and the humidor open, the aftertaste slowly fades and leaves a big grin on my face.
- My bottle had quite a haze which could be from the transportation. It's not going away thus I wonder how long it will take.
Anyhow it is nevertheless very drinkable and enjoyable and pretty fresh which is amazing for the age of 45 years old. Great!
Intense sherry notes, raisins, nutty, cloves, hints of fresh rubber - really not bad
Punchy, sirupy, fruity, citrusy, subtle sweetness, cooked oranges, jam, good oak wood, peppery - very good
Medium long, warm, quite fresh, more zesty, grapefruits
- Fruity, waxy, citrusy, lacks a bit of punch but very subtle and enjoyable.
intense dark sherry, apples, freshness, nutty.
calm intense old sherry with some old oak, caramelized sugar.
old wood with alot of raisins, figs and dark fruits.
Fruit Christmas cake, some sherry, raisins, brown sugar, spices, a touch of orange peel, some wood
Soft, sweet, slightly spicy, balanced, very complex
warm, with spices, a hint of sherry, slightly sweet and soft in the end. Very, very long ...
Conclusion: a grenade!
Whisky Spring 2018