Gordon & MacPhail - Rare Vintage - Strathisla 1967/2015

Gordon & MacPhail has send over a sample out of the Rare Vintage expressions for the #WoodMTW campaign. This Strathisla expression is distilled in 1976, bottled at 43% in 2015 and matured in first fill Sherry butts.

On the nose I find rich fruit and lush cake notes at first, then it changes into baking spices, fresh vanilla, raisins, cookie dough, sweet apples, blood oranges, icing sugar, crushed almonds, peanut butter and a rich chocolate muesli bar. Images of marshmallows roasting above a camp fire, lemon spritz cookies and those soft chocolate chip cookies come to mind when nosing this whisky. 

From the palate I am getting a more thicker and waxy feeling then on the nose. Notes like Christmas cake, fruit, menthol, pepper, floor polish, apple, banana, vanilla, raisin and a feeling of molasses with that thick almost burned caramel note in the back of it. Some dry tobacco and prunes but very clearly also freshness from citrus like lime and pink grapefruit combined with menthol. 

It does feel to me like a bit of tannins on the palate and that is the side of this whisky thats not my thing sadly and puts it out of balance for me. It has a medium length finish with sweet cake notes but also the dryness of nutmeg, sage and clove lingering in there. A rich dram for sure but just not hitting all the right spots. Scoring it an 7,5 out of 10. Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for sharing the sample! 

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