Strathclyde 1989 CA

Overall rating
87.93/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB190998
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry
Number of bottles
324
Strength
54.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
02 sep 2021 9:40 pm by Mike7809
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 98.50

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Whisky reviews for Strathclyde 1989 CA

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.93 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blindly poured out of 6 samples into the blue blinders glass by my wife.

    I had a hard time with this dram at the beginning, but a lot of water and time produced a surprising result.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ok, there's so much vanilla sweetness that I'm immediately sure it's a grain. But there is (too) much alcohol and there is not that much besides vanilla sweetness and actually I really like grains very much.

      After 15 minutes and three drops of water it has more volume, but the alcohol is still too present. Dried apricot and slightly darker tones. There was a sherry cask involved.

      Another 3 drops of water then make it really good, round, spicy, less sweet, harmonious.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Much too sharp attack. Water gives it a mushy yet crumbly sweetness. Somehow not quite consistent. Lots of oak and some bitterness. It's not bad, but I'm missing something here.

      More water and time and wow, now it's really tasty, round and the present sweetness and the alcohol sting are gone, but there is now something that reminds me a lot of a rye.
      The sherry cast now takes over without taking all the space away from the grain flavor.
      So the way it is now, it's very good and interesting.
    • Finish
      87 87

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  3. Obynapewno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, dark fruit, sweet, varnish, a lot of raisins, wood
    • Taste
      87 87
      Vanilla, wood, lots of dark and dried fruit, sweet
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, pleasant, chocolate, raisins, some skin, dried fruit

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. u485tfu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Smell: very sweet, reminiscent of rum raisins and cherries, beguilingly beautiful.
    Taste: great sherry sweetness, peppery from the cask strength
    Finish: surprisingly short, vanilla, slight oak influence
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful barrel aging with complex nose and palate as a result
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/27/scottish-drive-by-2021-part-6-6-swaggers-in-campbeltown/

    N: Clean but not clinical, we’ve sherry-rich grain that we are all immediately very impressed by.

    T: Vanilla in a good way [for once],… nutty to sour vanilla cream and golden syrup.

    F: Simply, very tasty grain with a narrow yet well-executed sweet=sour bandwidth.

    [Provisionally scores well in excess of 87 points]

    C: A perfect malt for beginners, as I soon find out [read on]. A great example of what grain can be/do.

    [Provisionally scores well in excess of 87 points]

  9. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/10/03/5-today/

    From re-reviews to a full bottle review. This 1989 32yo Strathclyde is my latest purchase, procured at Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop in Campbeltown a few weeks ago. There’s nothing better than buying something on a strong recommendation. Even better when you get to try it first, and on Machrihanish beach no less [see pic] – compliments of Mr Swag himself.

    N: Flights often start with grain. This isn’t that kind of grain. This is one to end a flight on! Uber-rich sweet sherried [around 2 years] bourbon [3 decades],.. and rum-like too, with hints/suggestions of sweet lime, coconut, vanilla, nutty sugars, a vegetal fruitiness, all number of cooking oils, background sawdust,…. and let’s not forget the raspberry sauce over vanilla ice cream! Another grain for bourbon fans, I reckon.

    T: We’ve more of that uber-rich, [desirably] sherry-sweetened bourbon > rye-resinous/forthright/driven, warm~chewy [barley sugar/brown sugar & Golden Syrup] spirit with a salty pinch,… moving cinnamon-y/aniseed-y alongside muscovado sugar,…. I imagine the cask jumped out at the master blender whilst they perused any number of casks sitting in those beguiling Campbeltown warehouses.

    F: Varnished throughout, it settles ever-fresh and still a little sawdusty, remaining [14yo Doorly’s without/less madeira WLP] rum-like again, followed by a subtle mix of dark/mocha and white chocolate, abundant [down-stage] fruitiness [in various stages of plumpness and drying]…, butter biscuits,… sweet [olive/coconut] oil?

    C: Yet another grooming/gateway [grain] whisky, this delicious and moreish offering has [so far] been a unanimous hit and the high abv hasn’t deterred the enthusiast nor the casual drinker – hence why the first bottle vanished! This one simply works.

    Scores [a solid] 90 points

  11. kanpai79 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. sengaia scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is much like a good bourbon, full on vanilla and oak. It is not complex, but it is very nice. On the palate the sherry finish asserts itself by adding notes of figs and oranges. Like most grain whiskies this smells and tastes much younger than it is.

    This is like somebody added a dash of sherry to a pretty decent bourbon and the result is very warm and pleasant, provided you set your expectations before you begin - this is not a malt whisky, after all.

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