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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Sunday, 21 October 2012

STRATHISLA 1970 - ALAMBIC CLASSIQUE

Strathisla in the town of Keith is said to be the most beautiful distillery in Scotland.
Its owned buy the Chivas Groups and is also home to the Chivas Regal blend. It, among a few others, also claim to be the oldest distillery in Scotland, being founded in 1786.

Strathisla offers a good tour and a a nice visitors centre on site, though much of the theme there is related to the Chivas blend. On the other hand you can find a fair selection from other Chivas group distilleries in their shop like Glenlivet, Scapa, Glenburgie, Longmorn, conviniently sized for travel in 50cl bottles... and at cask strength! :-)

Review time now:

Strathisla 1970 42yo 52,9%, sherry cask#12306, 119 bottles total, Alambic Classique

Dark Amber in colour

Nose:
A little solventy/perfumy at first along with a nip of alcohol.
After it calms down it noses like a mix of oloroso and PX sherry. In there are raisins, Fernet Branca/Jägermeister - very herbal along with some mint and licorice root.

Taste:
Light arrival for an older whisky. I'm getting more of a distilled fruit/grape-style here like Armagnac/Cognac. Also some red fruit in here - strawberry maybe?.
Then it kinda evolves into raisin/plums and chocolate theme, like the danish Anton Berg 'Plums in Madeira' chocolate covered marzipan. A real dessert stonker, this one with a nice creamy mouthfeel!

90/100! Great old Strathisla... and at full strength as we like it!

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