Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
39 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
45.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 May 2009 1:50 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 650,00

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35 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Strathmill 1962 DL

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.06 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points 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

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

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

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


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