Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Score: 94 points
One of the four Private Collection Ultra releases in late 2014 to mark the transition between the third and fourth generations of Urquhart family members at Gordon & MacPhail. This 57-year-old single cask bottling comes from an ex-Sherry hogshead selected by Managing Director Michael Urquhart and his daughter Laura (G&M Brand Manager), and is the oldest known bottling of whisky from Strathisla. Only 61 bottles were produced.
The nose is nutty with walnuts and pecans, a hint of smoke, dried fruits, raisins, dried apples, and black cherries. The taste has a good balance of bitter berries, pears, oak, and a nice dustiness that builds up to a tingling, almost effervescent finish on the tip of the tongue with background hints of smoke and roasted coffee beans. A few drops of water opens the palate up nicely. (October, 2014)