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Overall rating
86.74/100
votes
36
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas Hamilton (DH)
Bottling serie
The Clan Denny
Vintage
2005
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
DH 10710
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Apr 2015 12:04 pm by RoyalScotsman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 63,65

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36 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Strathclyde 2005 DH

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.74 points

  1. LittlePeat scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Color: amber
    • Nose
      89 89
      Overripe raspberry, wall paint, roasted almond, torn walnut, aromatic sherry.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Wall paint, raspberry jam, licorice. Very! sweet, slightly peppery, slightly alcoholic.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Wall paint, raspberry jam, licorice, wall paint. Slightly alcoholic. Medium.

      Conclusion: good substance. Takes more like a Lowland Single Malt. I would have liked a slightly more pronounced grain note. So it is like a middle thing, neither fish nor meat.

  2. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Fabulous. My first grain whisky and what a sensation. Great smell and taste. Full flavored cherry, fruit, vanilla and more. Not recognizable as a grain whisky.

    Tasted at the US NO-Nederland BYO meeting 2017-05-28

  3. Malinois scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very very much sherry. For me a bit to much so it overrules the spirit itself quite much. But still a decent dram!

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: On first pour, as i experienced from bottle #1, it’s  ‘boing’! Let it settle and that killing butterscotch is alive and kicking. You've got the ultimate cake stand here, the kind of cakes & treats that drip with treacle, toffee, icing etc,… with toasted dill seeds.
    T: Tastes like Madeira sherry, and a month on thats not changed, - but crucially the grain retains a commanding voice despite that vibrant cask.
    F: You wouldn't necessarily know it's a grain whisky until the end. Bitter butterscotch grain finish, oaky, treacle-butter-cornflake cakes, coffee-toffee-chocolate mocha and flambé bananas - Indian deep fried styley, ooh and dry roasted peanuts!! Also, burnt heather, dry straw [barley], a touch of liquorice, charcoal and more toasted dill seeds at the death. Two months later and oh my, how many raisins?!,… and dates and dried figs at the death. A similar finish to the Ledaig 1973 WB with that uunfakable age provenance - yet here it is in a young grain, astounding!
    C: An exceptionally young and deceptive grain with the aspirations of a single malt. Since opening this, I’ve had a NoS ’71 WB, NoS ’63 WB and an Invergordon ’64 WB, all cracking grains in their own way - and yet this one surpasses them all. Five months later and it still never fails or falters. It’s a giver, its a hard hitter, fabulous stuff.
    LAST DRAM
    N: Honestly, a grain? - no chance, i’m going to sneak this into a single malt tasting one day. Nosing, its nutty with marzipan - so almonds but there’s macadamias too. Pancakes also but with what?,… maple syrup, chopped nuts, [pine nuts to be precise], and a Chinese blend of soy sauce, peanut & sake with its own complexity. Time to mention the butterscotch and golly - more oriental spices than I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing separately. Fabulous nose.
    T: Well, sweet in the main and definitely oriental with sugared mussels - but its the sugars that stand out, the fish is only a suggestion. Its the sugars that hit the palate and yet its the sweet>bitter that bites. It’s like undiluted/concentrated/unadulterated Chinese/Japanese takeaway sauce concentrate, packaged in a drinkable sweet, butterscotch nectar.
    F: Huge resonance, you know you’ve experienced something truly wonderful.
    C: Having known this a while now, and in context of other superb [and old] grains, i’m upgrade it to a 90 score. A wondrous whisky.

    Scores an A- [90]

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    More fudgy than cask 10867. Hardly recognisable as a grain. 86/87.
    • Nose
      Toffee, blueberry, cherry and hazelnut. With water some rubber.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, caramel, smoke, hazelnut and lemon. Water turns the caramel salty.
    • Finish
      Toffee, blueberry, hazelnut, raisin, cherry and smoke.

  6. Peaty_Nino scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ’Truly fabulous from the off’
    N: Initial nosing detects burning sugars: toffee, treacles, butterscotch and candy floss. Also [German] herbal tinctures, mineral water, wet rocks, sweet chestnuts [the huskiness of them mainly], onion marmalade, sweet-chilli relish, overly sweet ‘silverskin’ pickled onions [no vinegar], sugared almond coating [no almonds] and the standard grain notes still showing although coveted by a wonderfully prominent cask influence. Its a chatty nose that has much to tell.
    T: Dark rancio-sherry notes, Demerara sugar, caramel and toffee, offset by [sweet] herbal, redcurrant jelly [for meats]. Pace wise, it moves on more with haste than speed. Given time there’s more: herbal-chocolate liqueur, herbal vanillas with mint and geranium. A week later and it's lush chocolate liquorice with more caramel and brown treacle sugars. With water theres peanut butter on caramel toast into the finish and mocha leading to cappuccino with a flavoured sugar syrup. Last dram: The grain and sherry are working perfectly together. A touch of burned rubber, chestnut jam, buttered rum, marshmallows, flint & match and felt roofing [thats a first]. I told you it was chatty.
    F: Long and lingering. Some tobacco ash now and quince jelly, Victoria plums and, well Serge WF has this one nailed, peppery raisins - but Im going with Twix more than Mars, given the biscuit base. Chestnut tinctures go on from start to finish. A week later and those palate notes linger more and more and with clarity: burned peanut butter and brown treacle, butterscotch and over-flambeed banana-candy, clove-seasoned mince pies, more butterscotch, vanilla & caramel ice-cream, rhubarb & custard candy lollies and a little more tobacco ash at the death.
    C: Truly fabulous from the off. Whats wrong with it? Nothing! Its right up there with many of the best single malts, not least because of it's clarity, detail, development and long finish but even more so, it's bitter-sweet nature - an engaging balance you'll find hard to beat. Those commentators, they were right. A beautiful sherried laced grain from a truly fabulous cask.

    Scores a B+ [89]

    Further reading: TWR

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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