Review No.163. Strathisla 12 Year Old

Strathisla is another Speyside distillery and is owned by Pernod Ricard.  The official range only consists of this 12 year old as much of the malt that is produced is used for blends within the Pernod Ricard portfolio, mainly Chivas Regal.  There are some older independent bottles available but these can be pricey.  As I progress through my whisky journey I become less and less excited about Speyside whiskies.  This is because there are a lot of distilleries from this region and I do not think there is enough variety and standout single malts that I have tried from the region so far.  The Strathisla 12 year old can be found in supermarket and reasonably priced at about £30 or less when on offer.


Whisky: Strathisla 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Wine gums, oak, roasted nuts, dried fruits, smoke, leather

Taste: Malt, red wine, grapes, smoke, roasted almonds, cloves, milk chocolate, coffee beans

Finish: Red grapes, milk chocolate, oak

Score: 2.75

Summary: I take some of what I said back.  This is a decent sherry influenced whisky and is almost on par with Aberlour except that it is a bit thin.  There is a noticeable smokey element to this which adds nice depth to those traditional sherry notes of dried fruit, roasted nuts and chocolate.  There is a noticeable malt-ness to this aswell which is always a welcome addition in my book.  I think this would excel at a higher alcohol strength 43%/46% and would offer serious value for money.  However, as it is, I think this is a decent single malt that doesn’t excite but is solid.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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