Archive STRATHISLA 1965 G&M


Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 17741

This Strathisla, which intentionally deploys dark tones, has - and it’s not the least of its paradoxes - an unusual brightness. Because it has managed to maintain the freshness of its younger years, it beams with maturity and fullness. The pathways it has constructed between Scotland and Andalucia are so numerous that a sensation of profound harmony reins between the fragrances and flavours of the malted barley and the sherry

Profile: creamy, delicate and ethereal. Very original, it evolves from notes of polish (wax, old wood) to notes of fruit (apricot, strawberry, raspberry).

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  • Fruity
  • Spicy
  • Woody
  • Floral
  • Iodized
  • Unpeated

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : mahogany.
  • Nose : ethereal, delicate. The initial nose is characterised by notes of polish (varnish, beeswax) and citrus fruit that is bursting with sugar, as well as fresh tobacco and gingerbread. Remarkably oxidative, it then reveals fragrances of cherries and even raspberry liqueur. Chocolate, spices and black liquorice arrive in the aromatic climax of this 50 year-old Strathisla.
  • Palate : combining creaminess and firmness, it shows great originality. Emery cloth and pumice stone mark a return to the polish notes (wax, old wood) of the initial nose. Powdery, it develops with cocoa and pine resin. It gradually becomes fruitier, with apricot and crushed red fruit (strawberry, raspberry).
  • Overall : long, intense. The sherry and malted barley begin an epic dual. This brings notes of toasted walnuts, heady florals (lily), cherries, almonds and leather that mingle with freshly cut grass, green malt, cloves and cardamom. This fruity/vegetal atmosphere brings tremendous sensuality and vinosity (oloroso sherry) to the mouthfeel. The retro-nasal olfaction is deliciously woody and spicy (saffron). Dry extracts in the empty glass are malty and fruity (plum).
The brand

The brand

The Strathisla distillery is one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland. Founded in 1786, it was for a long time the property of William Longmore, before being acquired in 1950 by James Barclay, an important figure in the Chivas Brothers company. Strathisla has been at the heart of the famous Chivas Regal blend ever since. With its magnificent buildings, including its working water wheel, it is the perfect ambassador for the Chivas brand, although sadly versions of its single malt are now released all too rarely. Strathisla is therefore better known under the Gordon & MacPhail semi-official label – Strathisla-Glenlivet Distillery – with this family-run, independent bottlers even acting as the sole bottler and distributor of this emblematic Speyside malt in the 50s and 60s.



This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

As its name suggests, the Rare Vintage range is quite simply a collection of rare, old vintages, and includes a substantial number of Gordon & MacPhail’s most sought-after single malts. Closely linked to the Distillery Labels range (the Rare Vintage bottlings also served as semi-official releases for several distilleries which had not had any proper official releases on the market for quite some time), the Rare Vintage bottles are to a large extent responsible for this historic specialist’s reputation.

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