Today we get to taste a seldom seen independent bottling of Strathisla. The oldest Continually operating distillery in Scotland having been founded in 1786, Strathisla is absolutely the picture postcard of what an old Scottish distillery looks like in your dreams.
Gorgeous gardens and shingle topped pagoda chimney’s. Built of ancient Scottish stone and sporting an old water wheel it just does not get any prettier than this with flowing green mosses and cottage gardens.
Owned by Pernod Ricard the bulk of production sits on shelves as part of the Chivas Regal blends.
Samaroli 1997 Strathisla 18 Year Old. Bottled at 45% ABV Cask Number 47821
Samaroli 1997 Strathisla Whisky
Colour: Signature light colour from the new oak here from Samaroli. Even I have to give it a double take knowing that it is 18 years old. It literally almost looks like untreated white oak.
Nose: Delicate to the extreme, had to get my wine experience going and swirl this one a little. Croissant with honey and butter, orange blossom, grande marnier.
Palate: Ok what the heck just happened here – The palate just explodes, which I was not ready for after the subdued and delicate nose. Orange just burst on the scene now and all of the candied variety. Tiny super ripe mandarin slices, Orange sherbet cones. Remember those tiny little candy ice cream cones with orange sherbet crusted marshmallow. I remember those now because the little cone was always full of sherbet so when you took that final bite you got an explosion of tangy orange. For the love of all things whisky Samaroli, seriously how have you been hiding this new oak aging thing for so long.
Finish: Yep you guessed it more orangey goodness that just keeps on rolling and rolling with lifted orange blossom notes keeping it all light and beautiful.
I think I might have to make a trip to Strathisla on my next trip to Scotland.
**My friend and fellow blogger Joshua Hatton is blogging side by side with me this year as our special guest. Be sure to check out his take on the Samaroli Strathisla 1997 HERE.
On this day last year in the 1st Edition we tasted Wemyss The Hive 12 Year Old. Blog #39
For those of you that are like me and will be hunting down a bottle of this whisky there are only 30 bottles available from the following great retailers:
Tomorrow we are into another delicious dram from our friends at Wemyss Malts.
Well that was a great ending to our first full week of traveling the Scottish countryside. I hope you have enjoyed it so far.
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See you on the morrow …