Strathisla 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Finest Highland Malt
Stated Age
10 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
18 Mar 2009 10:49 am

Average value

€ 355.92

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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 10-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.27 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    So now I'm half ignoring the nose, I think it's 65 years in the bottle, although it wasn't even a 100% total failure over time, but very strange. Otherwise for a 10 year old with 43% really solid and great balance of strength and build.
    • Nose
      Wouh, OBF as f * ck, with a bit of new make in between, sooooo strange combination, the latter gains a little more in the direction of young malt, sweetness of vanilla, light toffee, sweet grasses and candied ginger, but notes of nail polish and white tequila remain in between, old books, almonds, wax
    • Taste
      Wow, what a twist, very nicely balanced and at the same time very powerful for the%, it borders almost 50% in the mouth, very light but still, vanilla, grass, wax, almond biscuits, linen sacks, banana chips, old book, slightly damp tobacco , in between some chalk, has something of young (& good) CS Clynelish
    • Finish
      Chalk, liquorice, apple peel, white pepper, medium length

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Tasted a sample from another bottle - old bottling with a light smoky and mineral style that is typical for some old bottlings
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very citrusy, lemony, honeydew, old books, minerals, whiffs of smoke, some OBE - really not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Little punchy, subtle sweetness, more citrusy, lemon zest, little grapefruit, little spices, vanilla and herbs, cold cigar ashes, more minerals
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, little herbal, leafy hints

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not a complex profile and it is also a little drying.

    Good enough but very expensive for what it is.

    The 10 year is quite a rare beast from the 50`s but I preferred the 8 year.

    I agree with DD about the lack of cask influence and there is hardly any colour in it.
    • Nose
      Guava, mango but then some avocado (strange), smells very young to me and fresh with it.

      There is also something cheesy/musty in the smell that reminds me  of Ardbeg.

      Not sure what to expect here.
    • Taste
      Creamy like the 8 year I have just tried but it then gets a little thin. I get peaches & cream, faint hints of vanilla, notes of white wine and fresh pineapple.

      It actually improves over time
    • Finish
      Approaching medium with a zesty fruity finish

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    On the nose it reminds me on an old non-sherried Springbank, on the palate it is then more like a new distillate. Looks like ten years is nothing for a Strathisla (weak casks?)
    • Nose
      Rather reluctant but clearly fruity notes, pears, pineapples, some tropical fruits, honey, touch of vanilla - anyway surprising that such a light whisky has such a nose
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, little fruity, green apples, subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long, gets more punchy, more on grapefruits and a little zesty in the end, but still some sweetness

  8. Sonett scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Really interesting with such an old Strathisla and not at all like the many releases of Strathisla "sherry monsters"
    • Nose
      Nose appears a little difficult to identify. There is a delicate fruitiness with orange peel and grapefruit. A hint of grain, bread and fresh crushed nuts
    • Taste
      Enters soft and a bit sweet, then turning to increased warmth and growing peppery spices, light fruits and herbs
    • Finish
      A long finish with a tendency to go in the direction of bitter almonds but not at all intense. There is also a bit of salty coastal tones in beginning of the finish

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Color: gold
    Nose: Nuts, fresh fruit mix of oranges, lemons and strawberries, salty and peppery.
    Taste: At the beginning a rather thin consistency, but becoming more and more powerful, sweet nutty fruit flavors; as already indicated in the nose.
    Finish: Infinitely long, smoky and salty, and no, it's not Barrel Strength, only 43%!
    Rating: Wow, a strong finish, but overall slightly weaker flavors training than the St. Magdalene. 91 points


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