Strathmill 1983 DL

Overall rating
90.67/100
votes
131
Whiskybase ID
WB73421
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
XOP - Xtra Old Particular
Vintage
06.1983
Bottled
09.2015
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Refill Butt
Casknumber
DL 10912
Number of bottles
258
Strength
51.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 oct 2015 7:36 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 999.00

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131 × member ratings

138 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Strathmill 1983 DL

35 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.67 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    NOSE: Sherried to the eye and sherried on the nose - full of dry spices, macerated fruit alcohol-soaked raisins

    PALATE: Detect light oak and barley hues ahead of these same dry spices - now with a minted, gristy style

    FINISH: Dry, peppermint and raisiny as shown earlier, turning sweeter and spicier at its tail (F)

  2. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Gris scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I've opened another bottle and... i had to come back here just to say: Whoooa, still one of the best whiskies i've ever bought... With this one: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/669/

    Just amazing.

  4. Schlumpf84 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. greg_0277 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      I don't really like the nose on a menthol coffee blend. it smells strongly of sherry and it's amazing for a refill (besides it is black and thick like a PX).
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth it is in line. Thick, tannic, coffee, not so much my cam but menthol comes to give a little welcome freshness. slightly sulfur, nothing annoying for me but it can mark.
    • Finish
      86 86
      the finish remains on the tongue ... Tannic and nothing else stands out.

  6. Barbone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Soderberg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. simonbee1987 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    WOW, what a performance.
    probably the most complex and probably the best malt I have ever tasted.
    • Nose
      old sherry, tobacco and some leather are immediately in the nose.
      Then come dried fruits (raisins, plums).
      Alcohol well integrated ... not "sprittig"
    • Taste
      here, too, the dried fruit and the tobacco are immediately present again! Then comes leather and dark chocolate and for the age quite discreet wood notes!
    • Finish
      Laaaang finish! The sherry and now quite strong oak notes and raisins flow down the neck and leave a pleasant warmth and a feeling to have drunk the hitherto best whisky of his life.

      MADNESS!!!

  9. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A Strathmill that can be put in the Sherry Bomb category because it's a real one. Rather good as a whole, it will be criticized for its strong drought and its tannic profile.
    • Nose
      A gourmet nose with fruits such as plum and cherry. There is also coffee, wood and vanilla.
      A touch of freshness twirls above with its mentholated tip.
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated, very unctuous first on cherry, coffee and spicy woody ... then everything dries gradually to my regret.
    • Finish
      Very nice length on the vegetal woodland, fresh with strong tannins. All in an immeasurable drought.

  10. laurensl scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very good dram. Especially the nose and palate are top notch, in the finish I have the feeling that this may have been in the cask a bit too long. Nevertheless, it's one of the better I've tasted.
    • Nose
      Immediately from the nose, this is a top league whisky. It's luscious, fruity, both fresh and syrupy, and also earthy. Red and dark fruits (brambles, blackberries, and Dutch appelstroop). Then there is also dried fruit (prune and raisin), leather, and creamy milk chocolate. 
    • Taste
      Full bodied, oily and syrupy, but not too sweet. Lots of jammy and dried fruit. Treacle, raisin, prunes, blackcurrant jam. Further, leather, moist wood, dunnage, tobacco. Then there is a nice layer of clove.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly woody/drying but overall still very fruity and syrupy. The clove is more present now, just as some earthy notes of tobacco and dunnage. 

  12. Gris scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An exceptional whisky, in my top 3, and it will be difficult to dethrone! Unfortunately, you will probably only find this one in auctions.

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/en/tasting-notes/strathmill-32yo-xop-by-douglas-laing-2.html
    • Nose
      Whoaaa! It starts wonderfully! It smells like good old sherry, tobacco, dark chocolate, a little old leather side too but especially … The old port by its spicy side, very marked and very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Whoaaa! (bis repetita) We find dark chocolate, wood, tobacco, old sherry, black cherry, spices, tobacco (yes, twice the tobacco :p). Perfect balance! That’s what I would call a sophisticated sherry bomb.
    • Finish
      Still and always sherry, spices and tobacco present until the end, like dark chocolate. A nice length with a little dry that calls for a second glass.

  13. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm Nose 4/5 Mouth 4/5 Final 3/5
    • Nose
      Coffee with milk and anise, an original duo to start!
    • Taste
      Super supple on the palate, with a juicy heart, some sulfur notes.
    • Finish
      Prune, grapes. Drought very supported (a little too tannic for me) and great length.

  14. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I bought this because it was a particularly strange item: One of the most pedestrian distillates, aged to absurdity, and with a fair community score. What I got was much as I expected, an uncommonly dry sherry bomb. As many others before me, I'd like to know what was in the cask previously since it says it's a refill. 

    Tasted with Elements of Islay Br7 (88 pts.) and Glendronach 25yo cask 1375 (91).
    • Nose
      Pure old tannins on the first whiff, then after a moment, orange peels, chocolate, and sherry. Elegant is the word. An old leather sofa, and some sugar, like smelling a neapolitan wafer from afar. There are some armagnac-like distilled wine notes, and fresh herbs (mint, mimosa). The nose is king here.
    • Taste
      A bit sharp but manageable neat. The body is glorious despite that, like somebody aged the best old armagnac they could find in a leather saddlebag. The sherry's very tannic and dry, like a bunch of furniture rescued after being in the Sahara for a decade. With water I find some rosin, and a slightly better body. I really like what's going on here, even though the distillate (that water finally reveals) is decidedly meh.
    • Finish
      The cask strikes back: A black hole of tannins. Bone dry, and mining your tissues for the last bit of water to suck into its mass and crush into infinite density. You don't so much taste as just feel the finish. It's a bit too much for me, although this thing is just extreme, and has not become just pure wood juice like for example Elijah Craig 23. Still, a point or two less here than on the nose and tongue. I'm distantly reminded of the first time I drank yage where the harmaline source was mimosa hostilis. If you've ever tried drinking anything made of mimosa bark, you know what I'm talking about.

  15. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      80 80

  16. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Strathmill shows more elegance than most heavily sherried malts. There’s great balance across the fruity notes and real depth to more cask-driven undertones of oak and spice. Surprisingly, given both its incredibly dark colour and 32 years of age, there’s a lot less polish, leather and ‘older notes’ than you might have initially expected. The highly spiced peppery astringency may take some getting used to – especially for those looking for sherry-led saccharine sweetness – you’re not going to find that here. This dram demonstrates that big sherry doesn’t always have to result in a big sherry bomb - sometimes the end result can be surprisingly sophisticated.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/strathmill/strathmill-1983-32-year-old/
    • Nose
      Sherry is naturally the order of the day, though the immediate aromas are of wood and heavy spice. Deep chocolate and coffee grinds mix it up with rum soaked raisins, stewed plums and some very dark cherries. There are notes of wood glue (PVA), polish and leather which hint at the age of this whisky, though overall the focus here is more on rich fruits and sweet sherry affections than it is on raw aged character.
    • Taste
      A well balanced and engaging mouthfeel which bring with it some cavernously dark sherry notes – chocolate cake littered with cranberries, cigars and molasses. Cask spicing can be tasted throughout and is highly peppery. Less polish and leather, now earthy with some notes of dunnage warehouses alongside a rather meaty ‘hung ham’ which seems to provide texture as much as it does flavour. Water brings forward more of red fruit and reduces some of the peppery bitterness.
    • Finish
      Fairly long and at the same time fairly astringent (with all that oak spice this is no surprise), again presenting a large kick of black pepper.

  17. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Not sure if Strathmill adds or detracts from the cask, but we all know this is a wonderful sherry cask. Just look at the color! I'd love to know what the first fill sherry was used for!! Chocolates, raisins, plums, treacle, winey, also a hint of bitter cherry that is just wonderful. Some say this is dry, but it's fine with me. With water, it does become drier, so I would hold the water with this one. Surprisingly, it's a bit thin and watery at the finish. 

  18. Gris scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  19. Berrysaki scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  20. Bram84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. Skiddilly scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. rpvdwel scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Thanks to Hvdree for the sample.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. Segens scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    One of the best balanced sherry malts I had so far! Killer!

  25. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Refill??!? The XOP range is generally tremendously overpriced, but in this case its original price of around 200 euros is very reasonable.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Treacly sherry. Dark cherry, goji berry, mocha, blackberry, date, blackberry, brown sugar, cigar, hazelnut and cola. Then apple syrup, a lot of it.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mocha, date, blackberry, dried cranberry, tobacco and rhubarb. A dry woody edge.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Cherries in dark chocolate. Cocoa, leather, raisin tobacco, HP sauce and stout.

  27. squaadgras scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. Whiskydudes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a shame the finish is too drying and too bitter imho. If the finish would be as great as nose and palate this would be 92 points.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      84 84

  29. Peter87 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  31. reni77 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  32. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. JacobaEd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    dark red fruit on the nose, liqorish, polished leather, Sweet deep nose hmmm

    taste very much old deep sweet sherry like..

    very smooth finish. just a tad to short for my personal liking.

    extremely good dram, especially if you're into sherried whisky
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. Sinbad50 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    One of the best XOP releases to date.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  37. Zumbar scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

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