Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
29 Nov 2007 11:51 am
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 389.50

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20 × member ratings

7 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 1979 SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.24 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Finally, let’s find a decent solo dram to watch Ralfy’s 10 year anniversary episode by.

    N: Alongside the honeyed orchard fruits, there’s all manner of husky levels to this one – straw, coconut husks, nut skins, light hessian as well as steeped porridge, crispy white tiger bread,… and is that plum crumble with savoury digestive biscuits?
    T: This doesn’t hold back, one with an abv that challenges my biological acidity regulator. Butyric notes stay firm with a strong citric-fruity spirit. Adding water is instinctive after the nose. Dilution brings out further citrus action with floral & tropical overtones, though we remain thoroughly barley-based and ruggedly Scottish. Lowland-esque this one, Rosebank-like possibly though I’m no expert.
    F: A rough & tumble journey concludes with more butyric =/< citrus action and a touch more barley bread.
    C: Unapologetic and stalwart. Many thanks to Malt Martin for this, alongside four other drams soon to be tried and enjoyed.

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bloody good might be a mole if it were not for the irritation in the fragrance - inappropriate notes of manure and rot, cooked vegetables destroy the balance and unity of style, which, as we shall see later, in taste / finish merge into a beautiful citrus-fruit extravaganza of freshness and fun. Despite the obvious drawback, in general the product deserves a very high appraisal, depth and richness, excellent work with the fortress, vivid character and a lot of positive impressions of the tasting - all this can be found here in large numbers.
    • Nose
      Open, warm, woody-grain with notes of dried fruits, dry processed wood, grains, light rot shades, boiled vegetables, manure, cooled porridge, dried apples.
    • Taste
      Fresh, dense, dried fruits, citrus-pepper wave, orange and lemon peel, red orange, mandarins, kumquats, sweets, very sweet and rich, a lot of oak, in the background light notes of raisins, overripe tropical fruits, lacquer notes, flower-honey tone, lemonade.
    • Finish
      Light, subtle, faint echoes of citrus bacchanalia of taste, fruit compote, light notes of ginger and orange, a little spicy oak, menthol, camphor, leavened notes.

  3. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice sweet / spicy / sour ratios.
    Restrained sherry.
    • Nose
      Sherry, vanilla, citruses, pineapple and pear,
      few freshly cut grass
    • Taste
      Creamy, spicy and sweet. Citruses,
      honey and caramel, plum. Ginger and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long. Cinnamon, apple and cocoa.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    With water its gets sweeter but more than a few drops and it falls away so no more than a few.

    I liked it, a fresh one and a change to the heavily sherried versions.
    • Nose
      Not very expressive on white fruits mixed with a little fresh pineapple, there are also a few cleaning fluid notes. Left in the glass it improves and the pineapple notes increased and then joined by honey and possibly a little yellow plum.

      What I would call light & fresh.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel, zesty & lively with some lemon sherbet fizz on the tongue. Its quite sweet on lemon cream biscuits, puff pastry and wafer but its also quite dry after a while.
    • Finish
      Approaching medium, and still on the sweet side, pleasant mouthfeel.

  6. St. Pauli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not the most straightforward 25 yo dram. It has it's own mind, but once you've got to know it, it's good.
    • Nose
      Must be re-refill or even more extreme. After all these years, it's very much spirit driven, with pear drops and plum eau-de-vie. Not that it's not nice, just something you wouldn't directly expect from a 25 year old whisky. Further, there is vanilla, lemon, a slight mineral touch of stone, and grassy barley. 
    • Taste
      Spicier and much fuller than on the nose. Fresh plums, creamy vanilla, honeyed barley, some licorice root and quite some ginger. Behind this all, the spirity undertone stays present.
    • Finish
      Gets rather dry, on ginger, unsugared cinnamon, cacao, and lemon zest. Next to that, there is some weight from the malt and licorice.

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not very complex but tasty Stathisla.                                               Sample from MaltMartin.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, citrus, malty and some fudge.
    • Taste
      Full with bitter citrus notes - lemon, warming spices and caramel.
    • Finish
      Fresh, some liquorice, apple and almond paste.

  8. Sir Provenance scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For me a very good Strathisla on which you are always happy!
    • Nose
      Sherry-sweet, honey, raisins, a bit nutritious with slightly alcoholic and subtle scents
    • Taste
      He begins harmlessly with the honey sweetness from the nose, then to explode to an explosion in the whole mouth area which disappears after a short time again with a wonderful malt note
    • Finish
      Medium long with honey


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