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Strathmill 1983 DL

Overall rating 95 votes 91.13
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 7:33 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

125 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

24 Notes

Macheye
Expert Junior Macheye Tasting note
21 Aug 2017 10:23 am
Macheye gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Old oak
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.

Comments

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.


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Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Note
13 Aug 2017 6:56 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 92 points

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. Probably an oloroso cask. With water, it becomes drier, so I would hold the water with this one.

kimmosuo
Expert Senior kimmosuo Review note
23 Jun 2017 9:43 pm
kimmosuo gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.8
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
90
Gris
Member Senior Gris Tasting note
26 Mar 2017 10:32 am
Gris gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Old oak
Nose
Le bon vieux sherry, le tabac, le chocolat noir, un petit côté vieux cuir aussi... Le vieux porto par son côté épicé, de manière très marquée et très agréable.
Taste

Le chocolat noir, le bois, le tabac, le vieux sherry, la cerise noire, les épices, le tabac (oui, deux fois le tabac :p).

Finish

Le sherry, les épices et le tabac présents jusqu'à la fin, comme le chocolat noir, une belle longueur un peu sèche qui appelle à un second verre.

Comments

That's what i call a sherryyyyyyyy booooooooomb! Et quel équilibre!
Je pense que j'ai trouvé mon Graal.

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Gris
Member Senior Gris Review note
26 Mar 2017 10:03 am
Gris gave this whisky 94 points
Weighted Rate
93.6
Nose
94
Initial taste
94
Body
96
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
96
Signature Picture
Berrysaki
Expert Junior Berrysaki Review note
25 Feb 2017 3:22 pm
Berrysaki gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
92
Finish
89
Price
85
Presentation
90
Bram84
Expert Senior Bram84 Review note
28 Dec 2016 2:12 pm
Bram84 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.5
Nose
92
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
85
Price
85
Presentation
90
Skiddilly
Expert Junior Skiddilly Review note
22 Dec 2016 5:28 pm
Skiddilly gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.9
Nose
93
Initial taste
92
Body
92
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
91
Life is like a bottle of whisky, you never know what you gonna get
rpvdwel
Expert Senior rpvdwel Review note
06 Dec 2016 7:53 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
91
Nose
92
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
88
Presentation
92
P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
25 Sep 2016 12:42 am
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 90 points

Thanks to Hvdree for the sample.

Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
85
Presentation
90

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