Four old Strathislas from Gordon & MacPhail
| 30 Jun 2010 |
Strathisla 25 y.o. (40%):
Wonderful, richly sherried nose with notes of raisins and prunes but also light notes of citrus and peppermint.
Rich, sweet palate, also quite oaky and spicy - but the oak is nicely offset by notes of lemon and mint.
Fairly dry and oaky yet nice finish with notes of orange and gingerbread.
Strathisla 30 y.o. (43%):
Dense, a little earthy nose with oak, dried fruits and ginger, also flowery with a hint of citrus.
Rich, quite oaky yet very nice palate with light notes of linseed oil, peppermint and aniseed.
Drying with a very dry, very oaky finish.
Strathisla 40 y.o. (43%):
Wonderful, fragrant nose with notes of sherry and oak, also leather, turpentine and citrus fruits.
Rich, sweet palate with nice notes of gingerbread and orange. Drying, develops oak.
Dry, spicy, oaky finish (well, that's understandable after 40 years in wood...)
Strathisla 1960 (bottled 2002, 40%):
Amazing, complex nose with notes of gingerbread, prunes, oak, peppermint, cinnamon, apple pie and calvados.
The palate is at first sweet, smooth and very nice but drying, develops spices and a lot of oak.
The oak dominates the dry, rather disappointing finish.
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