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Strathisla 2003

Overall rating
88.97/100
votes
63
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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Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 2003

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.97 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. 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.

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  9. A Dream of Sea scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    An exciting whisky. Of course he is absolutely driven by the barrel; After 13 years of First Fill, that's no wonder! But it's not just the "sherry bomb" you'd expect. There are also a few more berries in the game and especially this cocoa note has cast a spell on me. It is a pity that Strathisla can only be purchased independently. But maybe I should look around a bit further!

    More meetings under: adreamofsea.blogspot.de!
    • Nose
      The color of the whisky and the label tell it already: a powerful sherry board! The typical sherry aromas are really heavy in the nose: pickled raisin, some plum, Christmas fruit cake with a little cinnamon. A nice fruit sweetness is also there, but no vanilla. Add to that a strong cocoa note, which I discovered only a few days ago in the 12th Strathisla (and saved as "very good"!). The alcohol is surprisingly well integrated, after all, this barrel strength brings over 58 percent on the scales! The whisky is by no means stinging, maybe a bit chilling. / with water: the nose becomes much softer. An effect that I have already discovered in many sherry kegs. Well, maybe not so surprising. The whisky is a little sweeter now, perhaps the cocoa content in chocolate drops from 80% to 60% or so. But we still have not arrived at whole milk. I like it!
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel a bit thin, initially restrained. But really only first! Then a strong dryness comes through, the mouth contracts properly. The alcohol then pushes through quite strong. "Pfeffernote" can be said benevolently, "a bit spicy" meets it undiluted but also! Extreme sherry, very dark fruit and berry, some blackberry and maybe even strawberry far in the background. Then take over cocoa and chocolate / with water: rounder, softer. Some oak comes into play. Still a little tingling, but much more pleasant. Something sweet comes out. Maybe even something in the direction of vanilla.
    • Finish
      Of course, the finish is still very dry. But it is also amazingly long. It remains a bittersweet cocoa note that is truly extraordinary. This is not just the barrel! / with water: Huch! What happens here? Right at the beginning comes a really surprising herbal note. So really cough sweet. I had not expected that, before that was hardly recognizable. Exciting development, it remains properly oak, tannins, some cocoa / chocolate.

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