Strathisla 13 Distillery Reserve Collection – BTC 2017 #18


This is the final dram of the 2017 BTC. It’s been a really wild ride and I feel very lucky to have been able to participate in something of this caliber, especially after watching from the side for 2 years. I’ll try to post a write up-about  what I learned from it, but for now onto the whisky.

This is from the same series as the Braeval we tasted as whisky number  10, put out by Chivas Bros. to showcase their component distilleries. I was convinced that this was a much older whisky. The sherry profile was amazingly subtle along with some really nice fruit notes. Luckily on a whim I guessed Strathisla because it’s known to age well which netted me some points, but I was really surprised to find out it was only 13 years old. This is truly a phenomenal dram.

Initial impressions: Not many bubbles, Oily legs. Dark colour, very rich wood smell with sherry.

Guess: Strathisla 1979 Signatory Vintage (

Aged 13 years. 58.3% ABV. Matured in a 1st fill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 62274.

Nose: Rich wood. Old sherry. Red fruits. Nutty. Maple syrup. Salt.

Palate: Quite thick and chewy. Really comes into its own here. Huge stewed fruit notes, milk chocolate and wood. There’s an immediate burst of nutmeg as well and some slight herbal funk.

Finish: Long. Candied citrus. Cinnamon flavouring. Wood oils. Stewed fruits.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

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


Wow, sherry is present but not dominant, lovely aged wood notes. Again, totally shocked to have a dram with this profile at only 13 years. Really a gem of a whisky and an amazing dram to end the competition with.


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