Time for one more superb oldie. Gordon & MacPhail launched lots of outdated, semi-official Strathisla bottlings – simply test the gorgeous 1977 E book of Kells for TWE as an example. The one in our glass in the present day is a 1972 classic, bottled in 2013.
It shocked me that TWE abruptly had this on supply in 2021 if I bear in mind appropriately. It appeared to be leftover inventory, however curiously they appeared to have lots of new data that’s nowhere to be discovered on the bottle, like cask numbers, cask varieties and such. I don’t know what occurred right here. Let’s simply get pleasure from.
Strathisla 40 yo 1972 (43%, Gordon & MacPhail 2013, first fill + refill sherry)
Nostril: begins in a properly dusty manner, blended with mulching leaves. Outdated model sherry with raisins, gingerbread, cigar bins and dried natural notes. After some fifteen minutes it opens up and turns in direction of orange liqueurs, stewed peaches and baked bananas. Floral honey. Darkish chocolate within the background. Nice nostril, but it surely wants time.
Mouth: one the one hand there’s nonetheless this light sherry, with raisins, toffee, milk chocolate and pink fruit jam. Alternatively there’s a touch of tobacco juice, leafy oak and a natural bitterness that give away the excessive age. One drained cask and one more energizing cask, blended collectively? Fascinating although. Additionally plums, darkish chocolate, orange peels and a refined charred notice. Much less fruity than I hoped.
End: fairly lengthy, on mentholated notes, cedar, blood orange and a touch of chilly espresso.
The mixture of spherical sherry and these deeply fruity notes is simply nice. On the palate the excessive age shines via, leaving a barely skinny impression with a bitter edge. Not excellent however complicated and talkative. Nonetheless out there from The Whisky Alternate.