Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Gravitas in a glass
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Aug 2015 11:32 am by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 120.00

3 × in wishlist

11 × member ratings

9 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1989 SMWS 58.15

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points

  1. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Only my second Strathisla after the 12er and the first of SMWS. I like that. Too bad that Strathisla have only one OA. With the 40%, the 12 is unfortunately too lax. Would be desirable if something else is offered here.
    • Nose
      Pretty fruity. Orange jam. Apricot dumplings. Tangerine. Little coconut. Something flowery. Marzipan.
    • Taste
      Naturally strong by the alcohol. But still sweet and full at first. Again the orange marmalade. Overall, the fruits now look a bit sour. Now comes the oak and makes it spicier.
      With water again a little sweeter.
    • Finish
      Green tea. Grapefruit. Drying.

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A after dinner dram?
    • Nose
      Lovely; hits of nice sweet, toffee, marmalade , coconut, syrup. Also exotic fruits. Complex.
    • Taste
      tropical fruits with some pepper,ginger,dried fruit but also chocolate and lavender. Honey and woody. Very nice
    • Finish
      Long warm and complex. At the end it comes all together.

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Golden syrup 
    Flavour: Deep, Rich & Dried Fruits 

    The very first sniff drew positive impressions; ‘gravitas in
    a glass’ someone said – aromas of marmalade, toffee, syrup, coconut and exotic
    fruits (melon, lychee, Gewürztraminer) with some gentle hints of wood sap,
    shrubberies and rose gardens. The palate certainly didn’t disappoint but it had
    a surprisingly strong Armagnac character – we found it juicy, mouth-watering
    and mellow, with sandalwood, tropical fruits and mixed spices (pepper, ginger,
    chilli). The reduced nose was a beehive (beeswax, honey, wood) in a garden –
    also dark fruits, velvety chocolate pots and lavender. The palate now suggested
    raisins soaked in brandy, dried flowers, sultanas, dates and warming spices.

    Drinking Tip: This would be great dram to cradle,
    appreciate and muse over after dinner.


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