Strathisla 40 Gordon & MacPhail
Added on Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 07:46 PM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: 40 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $130 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
This came highly recommended, but as is the case with much younger Strathisla, I find a bitter bite to this.  It's a little like ground bouillon with some water added and aged in sherry.  And it's better than you would think it would taste.  But not an amazing whisky for the age and price.   
Nose of citrus and sherry.  Palate is quite vibrant for a 40-year, and though the wood is definitely quite present, it's a good wood... it tastes rather rich and bark-y (you know, tree bark).  Most of all, this whisky has a massive taste of caramel that hits me in the right spot.  Not complex at all, but I like the few things it is doing big time. 
Mint and clover nose, bland palate that is thin and slightly oily.  40 years?  Really? 
This is similar to the 25 year but seems to be over-oaked.  The wood taste is way too dominant and the Sherry flavors and fruits are pushed aside.  That resinous bitterness might have been good with something more powerful but this was too calm.  Maybe should have been bottled at 30 years? Just a bit better than a B- but not much. 
N:  Rich purple fruits.
P:  Woody, woody, woody.   Gotta be one of the woodiest whiskies I've ever tried.   It works OK though, there's an enjoyably cherry cough drop thing going on with it.
F: Woody and dry.
Good and bad, it's like having a hot girlfriend who cheats on you, you put up with it because everything else is just so good.  At least until that morning when you wake up and it burns when you pee. 
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