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Strathearn 2016

Overall rating
84.95/100
votes
24
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Batch 1
Vintage
2016
Bottled
2019
Calculated age
03 years old
Casktype
European Oak & Ex-Sherry Casks
Strength
46.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
0604310011598
Added on
18 Aug 2019 10:25 pm by gertvt
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 91.15

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24 × member ratings

166 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathearn 2016

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.95 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A strong VO note from the French Oak almost breaks my nose. The sherry is there to provide a sweet base but even drowns as well.
    A lot of too heavy (VO) cask doctoring to hide its youth. This follows on the palate. The VO note almost cuts out my tongue with a quite overwhelming but rather bitter mouthfeel and a quite short VO finish that can't hide the age and the low strength is not beneficial either. Almost bourbonlike (not wood but unfortunately the drink itself) in the end (not sure that's good).
    You really have to like VO to like this dram.

    After this dram I still wonder what Strathearn tastes like. So far I only tasted wood (influence). This is bascially forcing a scot to dress up as a yankee. Not sure a scotsman would really appreciate it, probably at least he'd kick you...
    I am looking forward to a more balanced and distillate driven approach at higher strength.
    This is rather whisk-e-y, not whisky.

    Thank god I only swapped a 5cl sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
      A lot of oak overlays dark fruits, slightly cheesy, chocolate and nuts
    • Taste
      80 80
      In the first impression there is a nice sweetness, but then the oak comes through and numbs the tongue, chocolate and nuts behind it with a lot of pepperiness
    • Finish
      80 80
      Finish: wood stays for a long time

  3. holborndrinker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The wood slightly overpowers the spirit - virgin oak, before eventually ending in oloroso. A little further aging might give the whisky a chance to find its bearings.
    • Nose
      A strong woody note -
    • Taste
      Dry, with a touch of bitter oranges at the back. Slight acidity - barley sugars.
    • Finish
      The sherry notes come through.

  4. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Hard to believe that this single malt is only three years old. Maturation in small virgin European oak and 1st-fill sherry casks brings both colour, aromas of dark berries and sweetness, which already harmonise well with the oak notes and spices. A distillery in the Southern Highlands, now under the direction of Douglas Laing, which will certainly continue to make a name for itself in the years to come.

    I thank Tobi Piwek from BarleyMania for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/08/11/strathearn-3yo-2016-2019-batch-001/
    • Nose
      Clear sherry aromas with additional notes of orange and chocolate covered cherries. Caramel, hazelnut aromas and fresh herbs are added.
    • Taste
      Sticky sweet with sherry, raisins and dark fruit compote. Added to this are warming spices - ginger, nutmeg, some cinnamon - with oak and a peppery note. Becomes creamier again for the finish, but also slightly drier with orange zest and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish shows a nice length with creamy fruit marmalade notes. It then becomes pleasantly dry with notes of coffee, cocoa and a touch of oak.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, the sweet sherry aromas are preserved, more dry cocoa notes are added, accompanied by more oak and unripe walnut. On the palate it remains sweet and creamy with cherries, oranges and brown sugar, followed by warming spices. The finish is slightly shorter and dry with notes of cocoa, espresso and walnut.

  5. robain scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    • Nose
      83 83
      Bourbon notes, yeasty.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pepper, oak, dry, vanilla
    • Finish
      85 85
      Oak sweetness

  6. Whiskytime2019 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    The first real release From Strathearn. I want to see more from these guys. Great spirt, fabulous wood. Super Whisky.

  7. Whiskytime2019 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    The first real release From Strathearn. I want to see more from these guys. Great spirt, fabulous wood. Super Whisky.

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