Strathisla 2003

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillery Reserve Collection
Stated Age
13 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Jul 2017 8:03 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 479.45

33 × in wishlist

106 × member ratings

103 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathisla 2003

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.85 points

  1. Tauti scored this whisky 88 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 wife a golden bracelet and go out with her and you will still have £50 remaining.

  2. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Serge has just rated this 89, I'm guessing the £901 checks out.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful, I love exactly this kind of dark sherry! Dried fruits, chocolate, slightly resinous and nutty, that's all I need to be happy ...

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Reddish copper shines wonderfully creamy in the Premium Snifter, and many small and thick "legs" loosen from the streaks adhering to the glass wall. Dried grapes and berries rise, roasted aromas and dark caramel join in, sweet fruits beguile the nose. Sweet raisins, velvety vineyard peach, zest of orange peel, hints of sour cherries and morello cherries, dates, blueberries, strawberries in rum, the aroma is amazing! Dark dark chocolate and a few drops of espresso with hints of resin and fir branches create a tart contrast, hazelnuts and walnuts end slightly earthy while caramelized sugar and sticky fruit sweetness lie in the background.
    • Taste
      After the first sip, dark grapes and berries stick voluminously on the tongue, vineyard peaches and sour cherries, dark chocolate with espresso, slightly resinous pine needles, creamy milk chocolate and dark hazelnuts. Wow, this dark sherry bomb also delights me in terms of taste! A second sip follows creamy, warm, dark and dried fruits pull through the throat, wooden sharpness gently massages the tongue, and echoes of furniture polish emerge. Malt, nuts, chocolate and espresso, plus that unbelievably fruity and intense note of sherry, creamy blur taste and aftertaste ...
    • Finish
      Dark fruit notes with hazelnuts and chocolate still stick to the palate, the resinous pine needles gradually fade, the mouthfeel becomes creamier and oily. Hints of tobacco emerge from the dates and raisins, with minimal nuances of furniture polish and leather armchairs.

  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. wimpol 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

  6. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Silversurfer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.


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