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Strathisla 2003

Overall rating
89.06/100
votes
54
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

€ 168,31

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Average 4 x 25 rates

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Category Rating
Nose
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Taste
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Finish
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Balance
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Tastingtags

8 Notes

Tauti
Connoisseur Tauti Note
18 Sep 2017 9:45 pm
Tauti gave this whisky 91 points

£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.

stefsel111
Connoisseur stefsel111 Review note
03 Jun 2018 10:14 pm
stefsel111 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.4
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
92
Presentation
90
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Whiskylifestyle
Expert Junior Whiskylifestyle Tasting note
18 Apr 2018 5:24 pm
Whiskylifestyle gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Burnt umber
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.

Comments

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.

Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
27 Dec 2017 6:34 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Burnt umber
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.

Comments

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

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thijs100
Connoisseur thijs100 Tasting note
24 Dec 2017 7:38 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Burnt umber
Nose

Dry sherry notes. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and sweet and dried fruits. Some dates and raisins, for example, but also cherry syrup.

Taste

Quite spicy, with some almonds and peanuts, as well as syrupy notes of berries and strawberry. A touch of leather.

Finish

Drying with hints of red fruits.

Comments

Reminiscent of an Aberlour a'bunadh, which is a compliment of course. I've no idea if you can still get it at the distillery, but if so, than this comes recommended.

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KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
23 Dec 2017 10:16 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Sour cherry, toffee, mocha, cranberry, spice, bread, cough pastilles and a little marshmallow or candy.

Taste

Cranberry, cherry, caramel, mocha, raspberry, raisin and oaky spice.

Finish

Caramel, cranberry, cherry, mocha and raisin.

Comments

Part of the Blind Tasting Competition 2017. I put my bets on Aberlour as it's so similar to the A'Bunadh.

A Dream of Sea
Member Senior A Dream of Sea Tasting note
09 Aug 2017 3:28 pm
A Dream of Sea gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Brown sherry
Nose

Die Farbe des Whiskys und das Etikett verraten es ja schon: ein mächtiges Sherrybrett! Die typischen Sherryaromen kommen richtig heftig in die Nase: eingelegte Rosine, etwas Pflaume, weihnachtlicher Früchtekuchen mit etwas Zimt. Eine schöne Fruchtsüße ist auch dabei, allerdings keine Vanille. Dazu kommt eine starke Kakaonote, die ich erst vor ein paar Tagen auch im 12er Strathisla entdeckt habe (und als "sehr gut" abgespeichert habe!). Der Alkohol ist erstaunlich gut eingebunden, immerhin bringt diese Fasstärke über 58 Prozent auf die Waage! Stechend ist der Whisky auf keinen Fall, vielleicht etwas kühlend.

/mit Wasser: Die Nase wird viel weicher. Ein Effekt, den ich schon bei vielen Sherry-Fassstärken entdecken konnte. Na ja, vielleicht auch nicht so überraschend. Etwas süßer wird der Whisky jetzt, vielleicht sinkt der Kakaoanteil in der Schokolade von 80% auf 60%, oder so. Wir sind aber noch immer nicht bei Vollmilch angekommen. Gefällt mir gut!

Taste

Vom Mundgefühl etwas dünn, zunächst zurückhaltend. Aber wirklich nur zunächst! Dann kommt eine starke Trockenheit durch, der Mund zieht sich richtig zusammen. Der Alkohol drückt dann doch recht kräftig durch. "Pfeffernote" kann man wohlwollend sagen, "etwas scharf" trifft es unverdünnt aber auch! Extremer Sherry, ganz ganz dunkle Frucht und Beere, etwas Brombeere und vielleicht sogar Erdbeere weit im Hintergrund. Dann übernehmen Kakao und Schokolade

/mit Wasser: Runder, weicher. Etwas Eiche kommt mit ins Spiel. Weiterhin ein wenig prickelnd, aber deutlich angenehmer. Etwas Süße kommt hervor. Vielleicht sogar etwas in Richtung Vanille.

Finish

Das Finish ist natürlich weiterhin sehr trocken. Aber es ist auch erstaunlich lang. Es bleibt eine Bitterkakaonote, die wirklich außergewöhnlich ist. Das ist nicht nur das Fass!

/mit Wasser: Huch! Was passiert denn hier? Direkt zu Beginn kommt eine richtig überraschende Kräuternote. So richtig Hustenbonbon. Damit hatte ich nicht gerechnet, vorher war das kaum zu erkennen. Spannende Entwicklung, es verbleibt danach ordentlich Eiche, Tannine, etwas Kakao/Schokolade.

Comments

Ein spannender Whisky. Natürlich ist er absolut vom Fass getrieben; nach 13 Jahren First Fill ist das ja auch kein Wunder! Aber es ist nicht nur die "Sherrybombe", die man erwarten würde. Hier sind auch etwas mehr Beeren im Spiel und vor allem diese Kakaonote hat mich in ihren Bann gezogen. Schade, dass man Strathisla eigentlich nur unabhängig beziehen kann. Aber vielleicht sollte ich mich da etwas weiter umschauen!

Mehr Besprechungen unter: adreamofsea.blogspot.de !

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