Gordon & MacPhail Independent Bottlers Scotland Speyside Region Strathisla Distillery Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 2006

Review of the 13-year-old Strathisla for the Distillery Labels series by G&M.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Additional colouring: No
Property: Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd.
Average price: € 90.00
Official Website: www.gordonandmacphail.com
Vote: 84/100

The historic bottlers Gordon&MacPhail have already been mentioned in previous reviews.
This bottle is part of the Distillery Lables line, in which emphasis is placed on the parent distillery with the idea of celebrating the long and successful collaboration between the various producers and G&M, so much so that the latter was allowed to bottle other people’s spirits as long as the “label” of the distillery of origin was used with the specification “bottled by Gordon&MacPhail”.

Distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2019, this Strathisla (which sold out almost immediately) has therefore been aged for around 13 years, slightly longer than the official base bottling.
But will it be different?

Tasting notes

Full gold in the glass.
Very warm and enveloping nose, a flood of freshly baked cherry tart with lots of butter, marzipan, almonds and the ever-present cinnamon. Malt is also very present, caressed by wood. Touch of aniseed.
The beginning is vinous, sherried, almost marsalato, with the dryness of wood that dampens the smarmy charge. Almonds, candied orange, dried dates, more aniseed and liquorice. Not particularly complex, but sinuous and elegant.
Medium-long finish of almonds, wood and orange.

A little more emotion than the 12 year old, but still not very incisive. Perhaps a few more degrees would have given it more personality, while it remains a pleasant drink but far too expensive.

Reviews of Strathisla whisky in the blog:
SMWS In a Sunny Lemon Grove
Strathisla 12yo (old version)

Reviews of Gordon&MacPhail whisky in the blog:
Gordon&MacPhail Cragganmore 1976
Gordon&MacPhail Reserve Caol Ila 20

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