Strathisla, the oldest distillery in Northern Scotland, was founded in 1786 under the name of Milltown, soon to be changed to Milton; its current name has been in use since 1870.
Today Strathisla is owned by Chivas Bros, subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, and serves as the public figurehead for the Chivas Regal and Royal Salute blends. The supply of Strathisla single malt has been limited, however Gordon & MacPhail has been bottling it as part of their Distillery Labels. Here we have a very rare bottling, part of G&M Cask Strength range. The whisky distilled in November 1972 after spending almost quarter of a century in oak barrels nos. 7534-1536 was bottled at natural strength of 62.6% abv in June 1997.
Nose: waxy with lovely sherry notes, oranges, bananas, raisins, balsamic vinaigrette, cocoa powder, Christmas cake, hints of allspice and oak.
Palate: slightly oily, bananas, chocolate-coated cherries, candied orange peel, licorice, roasted almonds, raisins, dash of nutmeg and some oak.
Finish: long, with notes of tropical fruits, roasted almonds and nuts, nutmeg, dash of pepper and oak.