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January 3, 2019


Little duos, today Strathisla

If anyone would have asked me, fifteen years ago, which malts would become more famous and asked for in the near future, I would probably have mentioned Strathisla amongst others. And yet, the name rather went in the opposite direction, don’t you think? Who’s talking about the lovely Strathisla these days? Yeah, us!

Strathisla-Glenlivet 20 yo 1997/2018 (53.6%, Cadenhead, bourbon hogshead, 228 bottles)

Strathisla-Glenlivet 20 yo 1997/2018 (53.6%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 228 bottles) Three stars
Colour: pale gold. Nose: the cask wasn’t very active – no problems, mind you. So light vanilla, fruit salad, cut apples, barley syrup, cornflakes, some earthier honey, and a little tobacco. There. With water: a touch of wax, grass, and peach peels. Mouth (neat): rather on oranges, including bitter ones, and more barley syrup. A little cider as well, in this malt that remains pretty gentle altogether. With water: indeed, it’s gentle, fruity, malty. I’m not sure we could have written a whole novel about this good little Strathisla. Finish: a little short, barley-y, with greener fruits. Melon skin. Comments: indeed, a very good yet humble little dram that just won’t bother you. Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot (Thomas Moore).
SGP:541 - 82 points.

Let’s see what we have on the S-shelves…

Strathisla 1989/2002 (61.3%, Blackadder, Raw Cask, sherry oak, cask #9411, 278 bottles)

Strathisla 1989/2002 (61.3%, Blackadder, Raw Cask, sherry oak, cask #9411, 278 bottles) Three stars
Colour: white wine. Nose: a relatively sour one, rather on cider, porridge, and fresh bread. Some nice earthy touches as well. Doesn’t feel like 60%+. With water: a little linseed oil. Mouth (neat): good, solid fruitiness, right between lemons and green apples. A tighter Strathisla, without any honeyed or vanilla-ed hoopla. With water: good maltiness, fruits, brioche, and vanilla. That’s all, citizens. Finish: medium, gently malty once reduced, with good fruits. Comments: similar territories. Good pretty undemanding whisky.
SGP:551 - 82 points.

Right, this like unfinished work, isn’t it…

Strathisla-Glenlivet 9 yo 1989/1999 (57.1%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, 300 bottles)

Strathisla-Glenlivet 9 yo 1989/1999 (57.1%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, 300 bottles) Four stars
Colour: gold. Nose: typical coffee plus malt plus apples, then verbena, menthol, fennel and liquorice. Unquestionably pleasant, this little beast that’s so typical of what Cadenhead were doing in those years. With water: lovely, earthier, and rather on carrot and turnip greens, fennel, sorrel.... All that is perfect. Mouth (neat): I’m dead sure the extra twenty years in glass did it much good. Perfect melons and peaches, with a lovely tangy and clean fruitiness. A very bright young malt, extremely seductive – and not quite young whisky that you could as well pour into your fuel tank, this time. I know you know what I mean. With water: perfect green fruits, aniseed, dill, and green melons. Superb rather naked distillate. Finish: long, clean, more citrusy. Pink grapefruits calling the shots. Comments: some very pure, racy young malt whisky.
SGP:651 - 87 points.

(Thank you Nicolas)

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