Strathisla 1997 Cadenhead’s


This is a sample that took me a while to get to. Strathisla has been occaisionally bottled as a distillery bottling over the years, but its main role is to add body to the various Chivas Brothers blends. The malt has quite a unique character with no shortage of die-hard fans.

This particular one was matured in a selection of ex-Bourbon hogsheads and bottled by Cadenhead’s as part of their Small Batch range. Should be interesting.

Aged 18 years. 56.9%ABV. Matured in Bourbon hogsheads. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.

Nose: Honey. Porridge. Yellow cherries. Flowers. Wet grass. Mild hint of fennel. Spearmint. Toffee.

Palate: Bitter floral notes. Honey. Mango. Pineapple. Varnished wood.

Finish: Long. Boiled sweets. Toffee. Pineapple. Lingering grassy bitterness.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

I went into this expecting the typical over-hyped blend core malt but was actually surprised by this one. It wasn’t super complex or too much my style, but it has some very interesting little nuances and a really big, juicy mouthfeel. I can definitely see what people like about it.


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