Their maturation management created complex, well balanced and subtle single malts. The casks were carefully monitored and sampled. And when the time was right, the single malt was bottled.
Also the case for the 2005 Strathisla from independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.
This whisky, bottled 16/12/2015, was waiting for a long time to be reviewed, and finally, the time was there, nipping time. And this whisky made me smile right a way, from the moment I opened the bottle.
Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Strathisla 2005 (43%)
- Color: Lovely dark straw
- Nose: Vanilla, honey, warm apple, coffee beans, cacao butter, hints of elderflower and a complexity of banana, citrus, mango and lemon pie
- Taste: Dark chocolate, honey, cinnamon with warm red apple, hints of ginger, sandalwood and a complexity of lemon, lime and sultana notes
- Finish: Lovely sweet and lingering
Suggestions: Add one drop of water and you will be amazed by the sweet aroma and flavour that has been hiding. Recommendable with and without water though, it’s all up to you.
Grade: 8.5 out of 10
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