Strathmill 1962 DL

Overall rating
91.64/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB7726
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
The Old Malt Cask
Vintage
04.1962
Bottled
05.2001
Stated Age
39 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
270
Strength
45.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218750454
Added on
04 may 2009 1:50 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 650.00

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Whisky reviews for Strathmill 1962 DL

13 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.64 points.

  1. sealgair scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Freshly opened he is a real woodcutter. With a lot (!) of time and oxygen, he develops into an incredibly elegant gentleman.

  2. K C Wong scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  3. -sAxo- scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  4. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A bit of a shame, with the nose I had expected something in the direction of 93P, but in the last third and finish it becomes especially a good corner too bitter, almost uncomfortable, but overall still a dream for vintage paint and oak lovers.
    • Nose
      Ingenious aroma, polished leather, bitter orange, tobacco, blood orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, prunes, saffron, camphor, buttery and yet fresh with citrus peel
    • Taste
      Prune, tobacco, but more oak than expected, blood orange, thyme, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, liquorice, mocha, dates, liquorice, fennel tea, pencil lead towards the end
    • Finish
      Pencil, earl gray, thyme, oak, fennel, long, bitter

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    I am blown away by this one, most if the Strathmill I have tried has been 2nd/3rd fill sherry or bourbon cask and whule some were good, they were not like this.
    In the last few years I have tried so called world beater sherry monsters of great age from the likes of Glenfarclas, Mortlach, Springbank, Longmorn, Glen Grant and I can say this is as good as them if not a notch better.
    In summary one of the best sherried whiskes I have tried but because it is from an unfashionable distillery , not that many people know about it.
    Oh by the way all the oldest Macallans I have tried have not been this good so for a sherry monster H2H this will take some beating IMHO.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Really nice, you have the usual dark berry notes, dark plump raisins, dark treacle tart, faint hints of burnt rubber (in a good way, adding to the profile), blackcurrant and faintest licorice hint.
      Beautiful to be honest and even the colour, which is the darkest mahogany red colour looks nice,
    • Taste
      95 95
      Mouthfeel is excellent, thick, chewy and lip smacking, wow,
      There are masses of dark fruit mixing with some peat with a little spice , the balance is world class.
      As you would expect there is some wood influence but it adds to the overall picture.
      It seems to get thicker and the battle between slightly bitter wood notes and the sweeter dark fruits is well, joyous to be honest,
      Perfect balance, and I mean really perfect
    • Finish
      95 95
      Glorious, so tasty, whisky heaven

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    1962 was a long time ago...

    • Dr No - first Bond film released
    • Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to JFK and is dead 3 months later.
    • Cuban Missile crisis
    • Beatles first single - Love me do
    • First Wal-Mart is opened

    Effortless sherry. Modern sherry (while a gamble) can be great in its own way, but I seldom come across a modern sherried malt that is so...easy. Maybe it’s because most sherry casks are completely different from the previous era. Or is it also by design? We’ve had a decade or so of A’bunadh (the Octomore of sherry) spoon fed to us, and now tastes have changed, for better or worse. A malt like this is a real treat from a bygone era. Thanks to my friend for this education.
    • Nose
      92 92
      I think if you put your nose to this blind, you wouldn’t guess how dark it is. By that I mean it’s not a forceful sherry, but delicate and nuanced. Polish, wood stain, antique furniture, ink, cherry pudding, smoky sherry, orange chocolate and pipe tobacco. Deeply rich and somehow subtle at the same time.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Rich chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, slightly drying (leather and cocoa powder) but not overly spicy. Licorice, and soft herbs (bay leaf, fennel). Earthy with great dunnage notes.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Creamy, medium-long, dunnage notes of damp earth, old wood and bung cloth. Salted dark chocolate, soft herbs (bay leaf), hemp and black tea dryness.

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Much darker sherry than cask 7725, intense raisins dark fruits orange caramel prune spices, almost as brilliant

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful retro style, Old Bottle Flavor meets the sherry profile of the old school
    • Nose
      93 93
      some boomer / match note - subtle reminiscence of distant smoke, grape stalks, grape seeds, beautiful tart aromas in the interplay with fruit notes
    • Taste
      92 92
      light match score, chocolate, dense cherry and plum aromas, great wood aromas - finest tannins - slightly dry, super oily and supple
    • Finish
      93 93
      Moderholzholz, sulfurized barrels, dark fruit notes

  10. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] Every year around this time I have a dram (or two) on the forefathers of Scotch whisky that distilled excellent spirits without computers and controllers way before I was born - like this flabbergasting heavily-sherried old Strathmill...

    ...that is absolutely adorable! A perfect old-style sherry maturation with the perfect grade of wooden notes and not a single flaw. Both very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable (provided you like such sherry monster bombs - I do!).

    By the way, I bought this bottle for 120 Euro in June, 2003 (yes, there was a time when such bottlings were both excellent and affordable - today you have to choose, unfortunately)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is almost black at brown sherry and the nose offers an adorable old-style sherry profile with appropriate but certainly not too heavy wooden notes and not a single off-note at all. The sherry is of the finest kind with all the aromas you dream of such a maturation and some nice OBFs that I really like. There is not much Strathmill left in this combo but to be honest: Who needs the Strathmill grassy profile if you got such beautiful sherry-induced aromas. The spicy wood keeps the nose balanced and interesting - I could sniff this for hours...
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is truly multi-layered on a back-and-forth of sherry-induced and wood-driven flavours in a spectacular sequence. Even the malt shines through sometimes with molten barley sugars and autumn floral notes (wet haystacks). Wow, what a great movie on my palate! This is pure pleasure both intellectual and emotional. Some water releases more delicious aromas in the nose (good for two points) and turns the taste smoother and more chocolatey (very tasty). Even a further reduction keeps this dram interesting but I like it best just a little reduced at around 42% abv.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coats all of the mouth with a creamy feeling. There is no bitter-drying moment at all despite almost 40 years in a heavy sherry butt, triple wow! The finish is virtually endless and adds more spicy-herbal-tobacco notes that are delicious in combination with the sweet sherry and sugars. There is just a minor drying-bitter feeling towards the end that is absolutely okay for such an old heavy-sherried dram - and this dryness vanishes completely with the somewhat reduced dram.

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Really heavy sherry cask - complex, very balanced, good sweetness, and very little bitterness - excellent!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, dried fruits, plums, dates, figs, acacia honey, spices, cinnamon, sugar cane, meaty, hickory smoked bbq sauce, old sherry wood - great!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Oily, liquorice, furniture polish, more dried fruits and also some cooked oranges, xmas spice, intense sherry wood, subtle sweetness - superb!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, spicy and zesty, little bit of grapefruits, really bit tannic but still good sweetness, almost a bit herbal like a Jägermeister

  13. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2005]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 141 Euro in February, 2004.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My notes state a truly "sherry monster" of the finest both old style whisky and old style sherry.  Dangerously quaffable...

  14. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 475 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2016

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