Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Additional colouring: No
Property: Speymalt Whisky Distributors Ltd.
Average price: € 90.00
Official Website: www.gordonandmacphail.com
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?
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.