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Strathmill 1983 DL

Overall rating
91.00/100
votes
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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

Average value

€ 449,90

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Whisky Reviews for Strathmill 1983 DL

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.00 points

  1. 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. 

  2. Gris scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    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.

  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. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 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 gone over like for example Elijah Craig 23. Still, a point or two less here than on the nose and tongue. 

  5. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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.

  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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. 

  8. Gris scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    That's what i call a sophisticated sherry bomb! And what a balance!
    I think I found my Grail.
    • Nose
      The good old sherry, tobacco, dark chocolate, a little old leather side too ... The old port by its spicy side, very marked and very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, wood, tobacco, old sherry, black cherry, spices, tobacco (yes, twice the tobacco: p).
    • Finish
      The sherry, spices and tobacco present until the end, like dark chocolate, a nice length a little dry that calls for a second glass.

  9. Gris scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

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

  10. Berrysaki scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

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