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Review: Strathisla (Lonach bottling) 42 year old

September 24th, 2009

In an era of 40-plus year old whiskies costing thousands of dollars, how about a really good one for $200?

Lonach (distilled at Strathisla), 42 year old, 41.1%, $205
I wish the owners of Strathisla would put out older expressions of their whisky, and here’s why. Layers of sweetness (caramel in particular, but also honey and  toffee) dovetail beautifully with an array of lush fruit (orange, apricot, golden raisin, fruit gum drops). All this is underpinned by subtle dried spice (cinnamon, cool mint, nutmeg) and teasing oak resin on the finish. What’s most impressive here isn’t the laundry list of flavors (although they certainly are there), but rather the balance. This, and its lovely depth with no signs of lethargy. Impressive!

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 92

9 Responses to “Review: Strathisla (Lonach bottling) 42 year old”

  1. Tony Menechella says:

    That’s what I love about the Indies; a good, well aged whisky at an affordable and reasonable price!! Slainte!

  2. Red_Arremer says:

    Lonach has some freaking deals! The proofs are low though, because of how they’re made. If you can see past that though, you can get some of the best price/value ratio around.

  3. B.J. Reed says:

    G&M’s 1955 Stathisla is what hooked my on single malts twenty years ago!

  4. Lew Bryson says:

    That price is not a misprint, right? Wow. I might have to break my $150 limit on whisky. (Cut me some slack, fellas, I’m used to bourbon prices!)

  5. John Hansell says:

    No misprint, my friend.

  6. Matt says:

    Does anyone know where you can pick-up this bottling?

  7. Steve Fox says:

    Lite me know what states you are in and I can help you

  8. William says:

    Lonach 42yr Strathisla on sale at $159.99 at Wades Wines in So. Cal. They ship! A ridiculously good bottle of malt at an absurd price!

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