Notes by Ruben:
Strathisla 36 yo 1979 (46,0%, Signatory Vintage 2016, refill butt + 74 months Oloroso finish #1536, 262 btl.)
Nose: now we’re talking! A bit of oil paint and turpentine. Polished furniture. Lots of waxy notes (Barbour grease). Plums and raisins. Hints of women’s powder and eucalyptus. Hints of cedar oak. Something of pink grapefruit, tangerine and raspberry juice in the background. A bit of a pressure-cooked profile like Kavalan for instance, but the aromatic wideness and the mix of old and new sherry is great. Love it. Mouth: intense sherry, though not as full-bodied as you’d think. It still has this bright, juicy fruitiness and slightly sour woody note. Tangerine, dark herbal tea and tobacco juice. Lots of berries. Nutmeg and clove. Finish: long, with lingering sherry but also some lightly bitter, woody notes.
Rather excellent stuff, especially on the nose. The fresh Oloroso finish must have lifted the original whisky but it obviously also added woody notes which lowered my initial score a little.