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History In A Bottle Day 1: Strathisla Cask Strength 1960 46 Year Old

Posted on December 1, 2022

This post is Bonus Content. It has information on one of the KWM Cask bottles that are featured on the back of our 2022 KWM Whisky Calendar box. You can find the blog post for the mini bottle for Day One of our Whisky Calendar here.


The KWM Casks of Yesteryear: G&M Strathisla Cask Strength 1960 46-Year-Old

by Andrew

In our storied 30+ year history, we have selected and bottled more than 145 single casks. Admittedly, that number includes a handful which have yet to arrive. It is may seem hard to believe, but the first single cask ever selected by and bottled exclusively for Kensington Wine Market, was a 46-year-old Strathisla, way back in 2007. The whisky, distilled in 1960, was matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead and bottled at an impressive 58.2%. I remember it like it was yesterday, Michael Urquhart from Gordon & MacPhail was on hand for the launch, and despite the excitement, I was nervous about the prospect of having to sell 179 bottles at $550. But my fears were misplaced, the whisky was a hit, and it sold out in just 6-7 weeks… I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the start of something big, which would set us apart from other retailers in our market.

Miraculously, my tasting note has survived…

Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla Cask Strength 1960 46 Year - 58.%

Andrew's Tasting Note

Nose: surprisingly approachable for 58.2%, caramel, fig, and a big dose of candied fruit show early. Subsequent passes reveal brown sugar, new leather, tobacco, spcies and moist aged Christmas cake.

Palate: starts big, but very smooth at its natural strength. Dry crisp oak, tobacco, wood smoke, dark chocolate, ripe prunes and black cherries at the front; treacle and Christmas cake notes compliment a spicy backbone. Let your palate adjust to the strength instead of adding water!

Finish: very smooth, long, dry, treacle, cigar smoke, dark chocolate & a touch of butter...

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Andrew Ferguson


Kensington Wine Market

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