Stillman's Dram - A (Further) Independent Bottler? No, but a very special original bottling. The so-called 'Stillman's Dram' series united, until around the turn of the millennium, the top fills of the various companies of the American Jim Beam Group in Europe / Scotland. ('JBB - Jim Beam Brands Greater Europe'). The group included Whyte & Mackay and Invergordon. In this respect, the whiskys in this series are invariably original bottlings of various distilleries of the time, such as Bruichladdich, Dalmore, Fettercairn, Tullibardine, Tamnavulin, Isle of Jura and just Bruichladdich. As JBB withdrew from Europe, the Stillman Drams also disappeared continuously from the market. The 25yo Stillman is the little brother of a trilogy of Laddie's 25yo-26yo-27yo. Distilled sometime early-mid 1970s. Eye / Nose: Optically strong gold. The alcohol content may appear to be low for today's conditions, yet flickers in the nose at the beginning of an alcoholic note, a hint of benzine, which evaporates allersings immediately. The typical fruitiness of Laddie distillates from the 1970s remains fresh, fresh, fruity, pleasant sweetness, a bit warm bread dough. Palate: Very smooth. What strikes me immediately is an effect that I recently noticed in Gordon & Macphail's 1966 Caol Ila Centenary Reserve. The Malt acts, as unfamiliar as pleasant, initially rather cool in the mouth. Frequent cask strength changes the perception in the long run, but I realize for myself. Very full, elegant taste. Fully ripe, sweet fruits maybe mirabelle or rather nectarines. Some oak spice on the border to the bitterness, without exceeding it. Okay, not a tremendously multi-layered malt for his age. A DNA II 1977 or a Laddie 1970 is a different league - but IMHO is still much better than some riot stuff that is sometimes traded as single cask for high prices on the auction platforms. "Clear, unfussy and delicious" characterizes the taste impression of the Stillman 25 quite well. Finish / Conclusion: Medium-length finish, which, like the nose and palate before, the honey-like, unobtrusive sweetness and fruitiness, here I have now rather ripe, yellow pears, worn. Towards the end it looks dry. Basically completely successful. Class malt from another time.