Blind Tasting Competition 12 – Strathisla 15, 40% – Gordon & MacPhail

Woohoo! I got some points. Not too many, but at least I went up two spots to 41. It kind of makes me cry that I am this happy with such a lousy score, but all is better than nothing at this point.

Like the previous Blindly Tasted guesses were not random enough, today’s dram is from the 1970s. I think I should have seen that coming, but again, it doesn’t make it any easier for any of us. This means that there are some 25000 bottles to be guessed from on Whiskybase. Luckily the budget is limited or else it would open up even more avenues.

Strathisla 26 2/3 fluid ounzes

Strathisla 26 2/3 fluid ounzes

Sniff:
Slightly creamy vanilla with lots of grass and hay. There’s a light hint of alcohol with white pepper as well. Sweet with some pear drops. Pears and apples in general as well. It becomes tastier and ‘warmer’ as it sits longer.

Sip:
A bit of an alcohol bite, but gentle very quick. It stays light, with some sweetness that is not overpowering. I’m glad this isn’t one of those vanilla bombs that we had last year. Apples, pear skins, some candy sweetness. Grass and hay too.

Swallow:
The finish is rather full, a little bit of everything that came before with a sudden burst of raisins. Not too long but the dry grass flavour lingers quite a bit.

I think I like this one. It’s a gentle dram with no overpowering scent of flavour of any kind. There’s quite some flavour though, which I enjoy. I guess this is a Lowlander, but I’m not expecting Rosebank or Auchentoshan. My guess goes towards Bladnoch, not too old but a Lowlander usually takes quite some time to lose much of its spiritiness (I made up another word!). Also, not a cask strength, but my abv guessing (as all other guessing) is off this competition. So here goes my guess for a Bladnoch 15, at 46%.

Of course, that was wrong. It was, ‘of course’, a 1970s bottled Strathisla at 40%. The age was right, though. The most random of all things to be guessed. I feel that is the main source of points for me this year, happening to randomly guess something correctly.

Anyway, a nice dram, and worth a shitload of money, according to whiskybase. I guess in an auction this one was won at a significantly lower price. € 500… don’t be ridiculous.

Strathislay 15, 40%, 26 2/3 fluid ounzes, Gordon & MacPhail. According to Whiskybase, it retails at € 495. I think much lower in auctions.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to Blind Tasting Competition 12 – Strathisla 15, 40% – Gordon & MacPhail

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