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Strathisla 2003

Overall rating
88.84/100
votes
81
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillery Reserve Collection
Vintage
18.09.2003
Bottled
25.05.2017
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
62274
Number of bottles
654
Strength
58.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 Jul 2017 8:50 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 259.00

19 × in wishlist

81 × member ratings

91 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 2003

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.84 points

  1. Tauti scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    £901 @ Whiskyauctioneer?! Come on you can still buy these bottlings for £70 at the distillery. You can literally buy a flight ticket from everywhere in Europe to Aberdeen (and back), rent a car, drive to Keith, buy a bottle, get drunk with the distillery manager, buy another three bottles, go home, buy your women a golden bracelet and go out with her and you will still have £50 remaining.

  2. wimpollet did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Hits £901 9/2017 on whisky auctioneer: https://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/lot/77252/strathisla-2003-single-cask-13-year-old-62274-distillery-exclusive

  3. Whiskyblower scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  4. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sure, already a tasty sherry keg, but what's the price, please? Had for 90, - better ....
    • Nose
      Lots of pure cocoa powder, wood dices, chestnut, walnut, dusty at the age, trail mix, dark malt, gingerbread
    • Taste
      Pure cocoa, chestnut, walnuts, trail mix, gingerbread, dark malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, stollen, boletus, gingerbread, autumn leaves, ginger, camphor, caraway
    • Finish
      Dry, raisins, gingerbread, leaves, spine and some leather, medium length

  6. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A good sherry dram which was definitely worth its original 70 pounds.
    200€ + comes maybe due to its color but definitely not worth a buy. And similar to Aberlour A'Bunadh series, I agree.

  7. ChrisE scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Satisfactory, dark dried fruits, raisins, dades. Some coffee/mocha in there.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, spicy, a little bit of citrus in the end.
    • Finish
      84 84
      All in all good whisky. Lacks a little bit of depth for a better score. Not sure, but the high alcohol concent shines through. Fades away quite quickly, although a spicy touch continue to linger on for a while.

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This is good, very good, and I'm not the biggest fan of sherry bombs! Great value for money, as it was for sale for £70,-. But I can’t stand the fact that I can’t define the fruits in the taste. They are there but I don’t recognise them.
    • Nose
      cacao, strawberries, cherries and chocolate. Then dried fruits and dark fruits, such as brambles, blueberries, dates, and raisins. Some coffee but the sweet tones dominate here. Somewhat nutty at the end.
    • Taste
      Very sweet. Dates, strawberries, followed by dark chocolate, whipped cream and honey. This leads towards milk chocolate, and it becomes creamy, very creamy actually. Maybe a bit of cappuccino. Some fruits in the background, but I can’t define what this is. But very nice!
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long, and somewhat dry. Some whipped cream, dark chocolate and again some dates. Also a hint of red and dark fruits.

  10. Shane_IL scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow, sherry is present but not dominant, lovely aged wood notes. Again, totally shocked to have a dram with this profile at only 13 years. Really a gem of a whisky.

    Tasted as part of the 2017 BTC
    • Nose
      Rich wood. Old sherry. Red fruits. Nutty. Maple syrup. Salt.
    • Taste
      Quite thick and chewy. Really comes into its own here. Huge stewed fruit notes, milk chocolate and wood. There’s an immediate burst of nutmeg as well and some slight herbal funk.
    • Finish
      Long. Candied citrus. Cinnamon flavouring. Wood oils. Stewed fruits.

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