Strathisla, 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (43%)

Strathisla, 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (43%)

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OTHER - Nose
A hint of (appetising) phenol. Polished oak.
Robust exchange of sweetness and dryness. Juicy flavours from the oak. Vanilla, violets, sherry.
Apricot. Prunes in Armagnac. Sappy.
A malt that dares to be truly oaky. Thank heavens for boldness and individuality in a world where blandness is always an easier option. This beautiful old distillery is Chivas' showpiece, but it is more than a pretty face.

Michael Jackson - Whisky Magazine Issue 29 Nose
Fragrant with citrus (orange peel), flowers (freesia), spice, and a hint of cream-filled choux pastry. Juicy! Water pulls out more weighty malty notes.
Lovely mid-weight malt that's softer than the nose initially suggests. Great momentum in the mouth with cranachan, soft baked fruits, fruit cake, syrup, apricot and malt. It dances on the tongue.
Bursts into life.
Charming, subtle and gorgeous.

Dave Broom - Whisky Magazine Issue 29

The Story

Strathisla Distillery, Speyside


Strathisla Distillery, Speyside

Strathisla is the oldest running whisky distillery in the Highlands, and has changed hands and names several times in its two centuries of existence since 1786.

Once known as Milltown or Milton distillery, it obtained its current name when it was acquired by Chivas in 1951. As a result, most of Strathisla’s malt now goes into various Chivas Regal blends, and Strathisla single malts are barely promoted at all.

That said, there are several single malt products and their quality tends to be very well-received.


Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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