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Overall rating
92.00/100
votes
21
Whiskybase ID
WB79904
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
100 (proof)
Size
757 ml
Label
100° Proof - 26 2/3 fl.ozs
Bottle code
SC803
Added on
16 Mar 2016 2:27 pm by helmutgw
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 15-year-old GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] I bought a (large) sample at Limburg whisky fair to savour it in the right mood at home (such as tonight). To be honest, it makes no sense (to me) to drink such old gems at a fair with all the distracting smells and noises around. And it makes even less sense to have such a dram when your taste buds are not clean and fresh (e.g, after having several other drinks before)...

    ...because this is a real beauty. It requires both attention and time to catch all its secrets but it is worth the efforts. This is old school Scottish malt at its best - and hey, it matured just 15 years (but maybe they added some older casks to this batch which was quite common before the whisky boom started).
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is deep copper and the nose is rather shy and closed right after serving (100° proof). So I let it breathe for some minutes and it opens up nicely. Now it offers a bold and truly old-stylish sherry profile from mainly European oak (I guess). There are delicious herbal aromas beside the trademark sherry notes and the malt contributes oily, waxy and fruity impressions. All is very balanced and without any flaw. Later interesting spring floral aromas join in and the wooden notes grow a little stronger (but never dominate). This is both subtle and delicate, I never had such a nose with any modern dram (so far).
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste truly is multi-layered on an adorable mix of herbs and different home-grown (berries, plums) and exotic fruits in a spicy wine sauce. Then the nuts kicks in and demand some chewing which releases fine molten barley sugars and later several chocolatey impressions (both milk and dark). The herbs are rather shy in later layers which enables the sweeter sherry flavours to enter the front stage. Some waxy and earthy notes come late but fit perfectly into this tasting profile. Wow, what a delicious treat to my palate!
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is very charming (despite the high proof) and instantly covers the whole of the mouth with a warm and creamy coating. No distracting moments at all. The finish is of medium length and vanishes in several fading waves. It adds no new impressions as this is already hard to do given the complexity of the taste. But it nicely extends the great tasting experience without any bitter or drying moment. Some water releases (even) more old-style aromas (beeswax, vegetable oils) in the nose and smoothes the taste but the layers intermingle now. More water intensifies this effect. To be honest, I clearly prefer the neat 100° proof dram.

  2. pere scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    My bottle might be a slightly older batch, as despite of having the very same label it has the De Luxe Quality Stencilled Flowers and a SC 96 UGB bottle.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Great old style fruity sherry, a hint of flowers, leather, some oaky spices.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet dried fruits, dark sugar, sherry spices, dark chocolate, a hint of mushrooms.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweetish sherry spices, fruity, a bit of oak, a bit of exotic fruits.

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Really old style - a bit less fruity than later expressions of this full proof 15yo Strathisla but great anyways
    • Nose
      Intense, sherry wood, apricots, hints of toffee, honey, dried fruits - not bad
    • Taste
      Punchy but very oily smooth, creamy, honey, dried fruits, subtle sweetness, toffee, nutty, woody, old books, hints of smoke - very good
    • Finish
      Medium long and warm

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