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29 Mar 2013

Strathisla 21 years old (G&M)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Strathisla

One of these semi-official Strathisla bottlings by Gordon & MacPhail, bottled at 21 years. The label mentions the fact that it’s the oldest Highland malt distillery in Scotland.

 

 

Strathisla 21 years - G&MStrathisla 21 yo (40%, G&M +/- 1985)

Nose: aromatic sherry nose, but actually not too dark and heavy. Quite fruity with banana flambéed, blackberry and cherry jams. Candy sugar. Something vaguely tropical after a while (papaya) and floral hints. Also quite some beehive notes (wax and honeys). Excellent balance. Mouth: again just medium sherried. The same jamminess for starters, quickly joined by malty notes and spices like ginger, pepper and cinnamon. Slightly more herbal and drying towards the end (leather, tobacco leaves). Finish: medium long, warming, with spices and traces of raisins and coffee.

A classic example of good, juicy sherry. Although it may not be totally stellar, it is very well made in the old style of the 1960’s. Varying prices in auctions, between € 150 and € 350.

Score: 88/100

Strathisla 21 years old (G&M) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-29

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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