Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Apr 2009 11:57 pm

Average value

€ 599.00

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89 × member ratings

133 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 25-year-old GM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.03 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A well balanced Strathisla. The nose in particular is very good. Cross comparison with the G&M Strathisla 40y.
    • Nose
      Dusty, old furniture and leather. Beeswax and dried fruits as well. Coffee beans and nutiness.
    • Taste
      Rich and juicy oak. Some dark fruit. Pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Quite bitter. Slightly tanninic.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    My first taste of this and I thought it was awful and suspected it was a bad sample so I added some water which improved things adding a sweeter edge but this is really Woody for a 25 year.
    As you go on there is faint hints of orange but the wood resurfaces and spoils everything, not for me.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  3. Sandman23 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Relatively dry sherry, but not unflattering. The Glen Grant 25y might have pleased me a little bit better.

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good, but not extraordinary. 
    • Nose
      Dark sherry (the oxidised variants), prune, leather, a hint of fireworks and oxtail soup, sweet red fruit, and polished wood. 
    • Taste
      Rich and velvety, with pleasant at the end. Prune and leather are most dominant, followed by sweet oranges. Then, black cherries, dark chocolate, clove and ginger. 
    • Finish
      Moderately long, a tad bitter on cocoa and clove. It's accompanied by lush dried fruit, cherry jam and oak. 

  6. The Macallan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The sherry package! Great stuff it is.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Oaky, vanilla, honey, sherry, dried fruit 
    • Taste
      Sherry, sweet, fruity (oranges, cherries), chocolate, nutmeg, sugary, nutmeg 
    • Finish
      Long, warm, dry, sweet, oaky

  9. bull10298 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The latest 25-year-old Strathisla expression from Gordon & MacPhail is
    bottled at 43% rather than the previous 40% common to the whisky across various
    ranges. The Keith distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers and lays claim to being
    the oldest in the Highlands, with an establishment date of 1786. Elgin?s Gordon
    & MacPhail company has a very long association with Strathisla, and for many
    years bottled the whisky using the official distillery label. The new
    25-year-old bottling offers a soft, fragrant, buttery nose, with delicate Cognac
    and herbal notes, plus a whiff of warm leather. Full bodied in the mouth, with
    Sherry, malt, plums and oak, plus some gentle background smoke. The finish is
    long and elegant, with gingery oak which dries considerably with exposure to
    air, as one would expect from a whisky of this vintage. Good value for money,
    and a lovely aged example of an all too elusive Speyside classic.



  10. Malt Hans scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, prunes, red apples,
    lime, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla. Vanilla sweet taste, liqourice,
    pepper, ripe orange, milk chocolate and malt. Medium long, fruity and
    spicy end.


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