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Strathisla 1965/2011

(48%, Gordon & MacPhail for LMdW, 1st Fill Sherry Butt, C#3473)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerGordon & MacPhail
Bottled ForLMdW
Brand NameStrathisla
Year Distilled1965
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume48%
Other Details1st Fill Sherry Butt
Cask Number#3473
Average Score89

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson92
Konstantin Grigoriadis82
Ho-cheng Yao90
Krishna Nukala92
Rich Howard94
David Wankel86
Oliver Klimek86
Benjamin Chen86
Benjamin Chen86
Ralf Mitchell93

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood94

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonNice compact sherry influence. Raisin, but intermingled nicely with fresher fruits. Oranges/mandarins? Round yet spicy. Very complex. Big complex coffee-inspired taste. Huge sherry-influence. Tannins galore. Bitter, cruel. Very good, not for the lager-lover. Fernet.
Rich Howardthe nose is immediately deep and rich with blackcurrant, ripe plums, vanilla bean, cigar tobacco, fresh leather, grape seeds, dry kindling, a dash of soy sauce. the palate is perfectly sweet with blackcurrant jam, blackberries, vanilla creme, tobacco and leather gloves. i really don't want to add water to this, but i will in the interest of science. o.k., whew... at least that didn't ruin it. it did accent the red fruits and vanilla over some of the more earthy notes, and added some red liquorice. the palate is also full of tangy fruits, but the woody tannins seems to have been accented as well on both the nose and palate. nevertheless, i'd "go back" if i could. summary: a distinguished sherried malt of depth and complexity. i highly recommend no water, but that will give you more fruit and vanilla if you are so inclined. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]
Oliver KlimekColour: Copper - Nose: Prunes, cassis, dark chocolate, orange zest, hints of cinnamon and pepper. - Palate: Prunes, forest berries, chocolate, strong coffee, cinnamon, hints of pepper. - Finish: Long, dry and fruity. - Overall: The rather overwhelming sherry does not quite manage to cover the traces of the decades in this very old malt. Lots of fruit meets lots of wood. A sherry monster wielding a huge wooden sledge hammer.