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Overall rating
87.78/100
votes
42
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
03.1991
Bottled
09.04.2015
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish
Casknumber
11079
Number of bottles
150
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15/04027
Added on
09 May 2015 5:03 pm by mister glenfarclas
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 133.37

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Whisky Reviews for Strathmill 1991 MBl

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.78 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2015]  I bought this bottle for 117 Euro in May, 2015. 

    Strathmill is one of the most underestimated whiskies today.  I remember aweful bottlings of Strathmill in the eighties and early nineties (e.g., the Signatory Wildlife) and most probably drinkers gave up on this distillery for that.  But during the last years a number of excellent bottlings of 20+years old Strathmill distilled around 1990/1 entered the market and I became a real fan of this distillery. It produces a subtle and delicate whisky with lots of different aromas, a firm body and usually a long finish. But if you look for quick and bold impressions in your whisky - stay away. 

    Strathmill whiskies are balanced, delicate and do not own a powerful spiked profile like so many of the modern "designed" drams.  This is exactly what blenders prefer (Strathmill produces malt for Diageo blends only). When I visited Stratmill during the Speyside Whisky Festival this spring I recognised a small sign behind the stills that tells the stillman "the desired Strathmill profile is grassy/floral".

    This bottling is a good example of this, nicely enhanced with a great PX finish.  It is very, very quaffable (provided you like PX sherry).  I can easily drink several drams an evening without getting bored.

    [November, 2019] I opened another bottle that I bought for 117 Euro in June, 2015 and do a proper tasting note now.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a somewhat shy profile first but it opens up after significant breathing time. Now it offers a balanced mix of grassy-floral malt, winey-leathery PX and spicy-herbal wooden aromas. I really enjoy to sniff this profile even if it is not very impressive in terms of "oompf". But it is very interesting to explore with a lot of unusual aromas to detect (e.g., both vegetable and machine oils, old and new leather, bandages).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on grassy and oily flavours first (wow, you rarely find these combo in modern drams) before the barley sugars kick in and sweeten the taste. Next are the sherry flavours (plums, figs, raisins, nuts, chocolate...) and some bitter herbal and autumn floral impressions which create a real complex mix now. The spices and the wood are rather shy but they lurk in the background all the time. In addition there are leathery, machine oily and waxy notes (and many more).
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a fine creamy texture and no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns sweeter hence more quaffable without any bitter or drying moments. A minor cardboardy impression pops up towards the very end which is a little distracting, unfortunately. Water is not needed as it just flattens the dram.

  2. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A subtle sherried dram, not a sweet monster as some might expect. It's actually quite balanced with both having sweet and meaty aspects to it.
    • Nose
      Some heavier sherry notes, but not the heaviest you could encounter. There is  leather, dark cherry, plum sauce, raisin, and date. Further, a hint of milk chocolate, forest floor and malt.
    • Taste
      Friendly and rather sweet at the attack, and slowly getting more into the meatier side of palo cortado sherry. Old leather, oxidising grapes, dates, again this plum sauce, licorice allsorts, and seville oranges. With time, it gets a tad sweeter with raisins.
    • Finish
      Medium, pleasant level of dryness and acidity, whilst not to high in sweetness. Well balanced, and with a lingering note of sherry bodega, plums, leather, and dried fruit.

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Boh .... what a pipe. Exactly my thing. The only drawback, could possibly have tolerated a few percent. It's just my personal opinion. Otherwise hammer part!
    • Nose
      Heavy, dark, voluminous sweetness. Sweet leather, ripe cherries, raisins, figs, pickled plums, licorice, men's chocolate, marzipan, freshly varnished wood, Ne Breeze pepper, dark grape candy. With some time in the glass comes wet, sweet pipe tobacco.
    • Taste
      Wohh .... thought of a really sweet start ... nothing there. Spicy, jelly-like onset. There he is the pepper. Some alcohol. Then comes the dark, ripe sweetness. Chocolate, sweetened raisins, berries, plums, caramel, pickled apricots. A waxy taste is spreading. Marzipan comes after and brings along a bit of bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, old, with some seasoning and cold filter coffee. Creamy-waxy mouthfeel remains.

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Strawberry cake, raisins, light glue note. Sweet vanilla and caramel. Moist cellar. Some sage and thyme.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. Some caramel. Walnuts and dark chocolate. Medium.

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. wbarchive_104650 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is incredibly cute. The whisky wanders permanently on the ridge between a fruity and an artificial sweetness. I like that very much, because every pinch is different.
    The taste reminds me of caramel ice cream. Again, sweet, but now mixes in a slightly spicy note.
    The finish is then the perfect blend of sweetness and spice. Memories of walnuts are coming.
    Overall, the malt does not reveal too many flavors. Those who are there, but fit together really well and I like that. He is around in its entirety.

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A whisky made for me. Sweet PX notes and wonderful oak. Age is good for him. Nevertheless, the PX Sherry is not overloaded. The long time in the Bourbon barrel is clearly noticeable, but it shows above all in the taste / finish. I like it very much!
    • Nose
      very sweet, honey, cherries, Mon Cheri, chocolate and yes, strawberry milkshake (Kaba is very well taken, that is a recurring dominant flavor), vanilla, for me, the alcohol is little present, plum jam, very clear PX notes, very tasty , a little apple and pear compote with custard I think so too. One of those whiskys that seem so sweetly fruity and tasty in their aroma that I can not wait to taste it
    • Taste
      quite strong peppery-spicy onset, oak, strawberry, vanilla, milk chocolate, then quite mild to the tongue. In the second sip again sweeter
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, with oak, a few nuts, dried fruits (plums), coffee, light bitterness and sticky PX sweetness left behind

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