Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
Bottling serie
Old Train Line
Stated Age
36 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
46.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 feb 2013 2:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 344.67

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45 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Strathmill 1976 JW

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. Malinois scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    For me, is the nose the best part and it becomes less after that. But still a very decent dram!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet sugary grassy yellow fruits which are in balance. 89
    • Taste
      87 87
      Initial: 'stinging entry' followed by the same sweet sugary grassy yellow fruit but this time a slight floral touch to it and a bit less balanced and some wood involvement like tamed down ginger. After a few seconds in the mouth there are some woody notes like oak.
      The taste isn't as sweet as the nose, which is more in balance. 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Initial: short on the fruits but more on the grassy side, but very long after that: every minute after the sip it becomes a bit dryer of oak. Also with a bit of a bitter undertone to it (but not overpowering). 86

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  3. tribe did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    405 euros in a May auction in 2021

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I have just tried this H2H with 2 other mid 70's Strathmill offerings.
    The 1975 JW wine finish is a distant 3rd here. My initial reaction is the First Cask offering has the finesse and the 76 JW has the power but they are almost identical abv, anyway both as enjoyable as each other.
    I had the FC at 90, 76 JW at 89 and the 75 JW at 80-82 points but need to try the FC again and I am happy that this is every so slightly better but I am splitting hairs, they are both good

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is really good whisky and for sure a style that you seldom come across these days.
    Great to have stuff like this, I saved this sample from years ago,
    You don`t often hear people waxing on about Strathmill but it is a good solid malt for sure.
    • Nose
      Rich & fruity, ever so slightly ashy, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple but it is slightly subdued under a grassy note.
      Then there is a load of wafer, biscuit and some spice creeps in.
    • Taste
      Now then there is some woodiness, only slight but it is there.

      This is really lively but also rougher and more powerful the 1974 First Cask I have had before. The extra years maturation are evident this has a greater depth of profile yet it is only 0.5% higher abv.

      There is plenty of white fruits on show, some pepper and other spices but still that rough edge to it
    • Finish
      Decent length, stays lively at the finish in fact there is more fruit on the finish like grapefruit and hints of apple

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  The Old Train Line series of Jack Wiebers owns a somewhat legendary status among many whisky connoisseurs.  This is because Jack was able to establish a trusted relationship with one of the oldest Scotch blend producers that no one other was able to do before.  And like all the other old blending houses this guy owned hundreds of very old casks of extraordinary quality (comparable to Douglas Laing, Duncan Taylor and others).  So Jack was allowed to stroll through these warehouses and buy some of these excellent casks that he bottled and sold in the Old Train Line series subsequently, among them excellent sixties Bowmore, old Port Ellen, Glenfarclas, Longmorn - you name it).  Unfortunately, even these warehouses are almost completely looted off this precious stuff now and Jack has to go for younger stock from less known distilleries - but nevertheless the quality of the Old Train Line series is still very high.  That is why I always try an OTL bottling whenever there is the chance to do so - like this sample from a swap some time ago.

    The colour is amber and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that moves downward as a ring and finally builds some sticky tears (what a fine oiliness!).  The nose is subtle and delicate like so many old Strathmill but still rich and complex.  It is completely free of any spike - so all that prefer a clear and easy to detect characteristic of their dram should shy away from this and go for the modern "designed" whiskies that offer exactly this easy-to-get thrill.  This nose demands some time and effort until it is fully explored (and enjoyed) but this is exactly what I like about single malt Scotch whisky.  If I want a "spiked" drink than I rather go for a rum or gin (what is cheaper too, by the way).  The dram arrives warming and instantly coating in the mouth with a minor peppery feeling that is enjoyable.  No distracting moments but an impressive creamy mouthfeel, exactly like the fat oiliness promised.  The taste is multi-layered and demands quite some time to finally discover all of the different flavours, among them beautiful honey, sugary, floral, fruity and spicy notes.  Truly complex and astonishingly balanced, I like that!  The finish is long (another characteristic of a fine oiliness) and again without any flaw or distracting moment.  It adds more spicy and fruity flavours that I really enjoy and it is nicely creamy until the very end.  Water releases more sweet aromas and flavours that somewhat dominate the profile after reducing the whisky - I like the complexity and balance of the neat dram better.

    Another great cask selection by good (not so) old Jack with a decent and honest profile that does not go for the quick and cheap thrill but for a long-lasting sustainable impression.  For lovers of old-style whiskies only that are able to spent up to an hour on such a dram.  Certainly not suited when you are in a hurry or you own an attention deficit disorder (switch your mobile off when pouring this dram!)...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  8. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 256 € at Whiskyauction in Nov. 2015


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