10 year old Strathisla drawn from a refill ex-bourbon hogshead. Light & Delicate profile.
Nose: Fresh and fruity with breezy lemon zest and spit-roasted pineapples. Running throughout is vanilla custard, supported by a peppy spring from citrus sherbet. Reduction introduces an immediate creaminess with coconut milk, toffee fudge and a freshly baked apple pie.
Taste: Maple syrup is up first, slathered over toasted cereals and salted caramel popcorn. Vanilla and toffee are revealed during the development, which steadily heads towards sharp lime zest and bitter oak tannins in the mid to back palates. The addition of water adds some creamy custard alongside stem ginger.
Finish: Medium to long with toast, crackerbread, lime juice and a sprinkle of salt.
Unexpected salinity adds another dimension to this perky Strathisla – whilst straight-forward, its well-composed and well-behaved when diluted. A tasty opener to an evening.
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