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Strathisla 12 Year Old

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Strathisla 12 Year Old

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  • Brand: Strathisla
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%

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Strathisla 12 Year Old

Got Strathisla 12 here today. Not a well known, big time distillery. And with only a 12 year old as its core range, we can assume much of this goes into Chivas blends (Apparently it’s the Chivas Bros. “spiritual home”). This was never one that really attracted me, if I’m being honest. But it’s cheap and easily accessible where I live. We’ve gotta try it all at least once, right?

Nose: Stewed fruit, apples, pears, bananas, cinnamon, caramel, maple, berry jam, oatmeal, woodspice. Time brings out a subtle oak presence. Light and easy.

Palate: Oily mouthfeel, with a very gentle arrival. Caramel, toffee, coffee, stewed fruits, sangria, apples, oranges, and nuts.

Finish: Dessert flavours of chocolate, nuts, and nougat. Oranges, apples, pineapple, coffee, toffee, charred oak, almond extract, and black tea. Medium in length.

Thoughts: It’s quite a balanced whisky altogether. It drinks like a standard Speysider, but there are some cool notes to be found in this one. The fruit and dessert notes work well together. But unfortunately the alcohol content is too low, and there’s a broad caramel sweetness that overwhelms the clarity of the flavours in the finish. It’s forgettable, but still a decent and affordable Speyside fix. Well, yeah... it’s kind of boring.


I have been flirting with this bottle for a while. Each time I was just about to buy it I was side tracked by another purchase. Finally getting my hands on a bottle is a good feeling which was made even sweeter by the price.

Amber colour in the glass the nose is thick and fruity. Sweet, light oak, dry spices, heavy sherry and slightly floral.

Soft and slightly spiced. More waves of dark juicy fruits, stewed plum and apples crumble.

Finish is good, medium/long, sweet, juicy slowly fading and making way to a gentle fading spice.

This is a very solid bottle for its money. It is not overly complex but what it does it does well. The soft mouth feel works well and it would be an ideal companion for an open fire. I would like to have seen it kicked up to 43% ABV but it works well at 40% so for the money I have no complaints.

Tjb you're experiences with this whisky mirror my own. I've been meaning to get this for months but,like you, there's always been another one on my radar.However if its as good as you make out I'm definitely going to take the plunge and buy it. By the way could you please let me know if your Yamazki Distillers Edition has improved with some time and more air in the bottle.

I'll send you a sample of each. DM me your details.


This was a whisky a picked up as an 'everyday dram'. Whilst I think any single malt should be given maximum attention there are those which I expect to be drinkable and pleasant without being anything spectacular. Something to sip while watching a DVD perhaps. This was also another untried distillery to tick off the list.

On the nose I get a sweet sugary red fruit flavour. Like those artificial glazed cherries. Plenty of vanilla too. Cherry bakewells perhaps?

Massive vanilla on the palate too. Sultanas too. Reminds me of fruit cake. Maybe a touch of caramel icing. Not overly complex but very nice with a short fairly sweet fruity finish.

Much better than I was expecting. I've had far worse whiskies that cost more than this, (under £30), but not had many better that cost less. Recommended for the price.


To celebrate the Speyside festival we have a new tasting: hidden gems of speyside. Fourth in the pack is Strathisla 12. Strathisla is home of Pernod Ricard’s Chivas Regal, one of the blended whisky global mega brands. Strathisla claims to be the oldest distillery in Scotland, but it is not alone in that claim!

Pats notes

Nose: Overripe fruit, grape jelly, digestive biscuit, a hint of smoke, marzipan and a sizeable blast of menthol.

Taste: Sweet and then sour with increasingly minty smoke, then lychees with a minty return and hints of vanilla.

sounds like a pretty unique flavor!

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