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About 90% of the production of Strathisla malt whisky goes into the Chivas Brothers blends. This 12 Year Old is one of the few easily obtainable official bottlings. The bottle has a flat shape.
The nose is typical for a sherried Speysider. Loads of honey and sweet malt, stewed dark fruit, toffee and nuts. Soft spices. Hints of oranges and toasted oak. Slightly burnt caramel. Easy going.
It is oily on the palate. Almost creamy, in fact. The fruit is now mostly an orange marmelade with honey and nuts. Touch of smoke. Bit of ginger as well. Soft with just a gentle bite.
The finish is warming and long. Ginger and honey remain in the spotlight.
As entry level malt (well, the only malt) this is a nice whisky. Value for money.