Strathisla 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Only
Stated Age
15 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Cask
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Jun 2017 7:06 pm by LeConnaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 73.00

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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 15-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.75 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Second attempt at the same bottle as below:

    N: First up is a malt I’d actually tried before at Whisky Squad’s infamous 2018 Christmas Party [WLP85]. My notes then were understandably brief. And indeed, this does seem incredibly familiar, smells strong, contemporary > yeasty & < resinous with a savoury-sweet coffey-toffee malt profile that soon turns to sweet glazed fruits [apples and tinned peaches], with vanilla cream and later, citrus < custard.
    T: This is a fine dram. A touch of water reveals a tasty-resinous bourbon-oaky, succulent and rounded barley-fruity number with a fair number of years on the clock – say 15? Also of note is a glossy/varnished mouth coating with dryish/husky fruit oils,…
    F: ,…. laced with a desirable vibrant sour note that stays with the sustaining savoury-sweet fruity barley profile. Frankly, it stays perky right through.
    C: Let’s guess a 15yo Balvenie [though it could be any number of Speysiders > Highlanders], bourbon-matured at 50+abv.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [Same age, same abv, a distillery bottling bottled in 2014]


    C: A straight-ahead Spey number, though the high strength helps it no end.

    Scores a B-

  3. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The creamy palate is the best part. It is a pleasant dram but very simple
    • Nose
      Aromas of lemon cough sweets and throat lozenges. Sharp alcohol and prickly wood spices. Water takes away the burn and adds roundness to those citrus notes.
    • Taste
      Creamy and full, still lots of lemons and freshness in the palate. It's a swimmer, a drop of water takes away the roughness but doesn't add much.
    • Finish
      The wood spice comes to the forefront, little spice and still with those cough sweets. 

  4. Albaron scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A beautiful Bourbon matured whisky, which also has a nice nice oak note. Very tasty and shows that with the right choice of barrel also Bourbon barrel aged whisky can convince.
    • Nose
      slightly sour, pear, citrus notes, vanilla, creamy toffee, slightly musty after old dry wood
    • Taste
      Cream, very creamy, vanilla, also some pear here, but also apricots, including slightly sour and barrel flavor, slightly tingling
    • Finish
      The creamy creamy vanilla stays long and is supported by oak, not too short but pleasant

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    does not open easily
    • Nose
      starts thin, malt, sweet, pear, vanilla with water: pepper, vanilla becomes stronger, later cheese
    • Taste
      soft on the palate, vanilla becomes stronger, fruit with water: licorice, pastries, caramel
    • Finish
      medium long, pear


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