The Strathisla distillery in Speyside is possibly one of Scotland’s most beautiful distillery buildings. You really should Google it! Owned by the Chivas brothers, the distillery produces a lot of spirit for the Chivas Regal blended malt whisky. The distillery has also released some very pleasant single malts too and this lovely 12 year old expression is a fine example of the distillery’s spiced fruity character; a cliché speyside?
Dried forest fruit gateau and a sweet spiced cider make up the majority of the nose as whiffs of rhubarb and custard boiled sweets with a hint of creme brulée formulate some background. Really very complex and more aromas jumps out of the glass as you breathe in the smells.
On the palate this whisky is fairly slow to start messing with your taste buds, but when it does expect more of those spicy and fruity flavours. There is a slight pepperiness on the tongue and hints of maltose that counteracts it with a sweet grassy edging. Vanilla fudge, dates and walnut whip suggestions linger in the mouth with a crispness in the finish denoting green apples.
The finish is quite short in this whisky but not unpleasant. Simple red grape aromas smooth out the finish with a slightly acidic flair.
At around £25 this whisky can be purchased in many online retailers fairly inexpensively. The packaging is also quite pleasant with it being bottled in a stumpy bottle rather than the traditional tall bottle; helpful if you have a smaller shelf and can’t fit in those tall bottles!
Definitely worth a try, and if you are traditionally a blend drinker and like the Chivas Regal, this single malt could definitely wet your appetite.