Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
XOP - Xtra Old Particular
Stated Age
32 years old
Refill Butt
DL 10912
Number of bottles
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Oct 2015 7:36 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 336,17

64 × in wishlist

125 × member ratings

137 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathmill 1983 DL

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.95 points

  1. simonbee1987 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Barbone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Soderberg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. laurensl scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

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

  7. 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. 

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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


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