Strathisla 8yo G&M

Licensed

Perhaps the most picturesque of all Scottish distilleries and contender for the title of oldest still working distillery. Strathisla is one to behold; labelled one of the greater Speyside distilleries, today Chivas Brothers, or should I say Pernod Ricard, calls it the heart and soul of their blends. A bit unsatisfactory of course that the liquid flowing from those ancient stills is primarily used as an additive for just our regular Chivas Regal. With the 12yo being the only standard bottling, let’s find an independent bottling to satisfy our cravings: today’s dram is an old G&M licensed bottling..

strathisla2Description: matured for 8years in both Bourbon and Sherry casks and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for their licenced range and bottled at 40% ABV.

Nose: boiled fruits, apple with vanilla sugar, a titbit of caramel, touch of soap and a fair dash of Riesling wine.

Mouth: a medium silky body. A palate of oak, vanilla, smooth apple cider and a trace of rum.

Finish: medium long, but quite the white pepper attack! With oak tannins seeping through in the tail.

The Verdict: simple but honest, as one would expect .

Score: 82

Nose: 19

Taste: 21
Finish: 20 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house