Bought: Whisky Broker, 4th February 2016
82/100 – Whiskybase (from 1 member vote)
This is my third small example of Strathmill in my collection but the first at cask strength, clocking in with a heady 54.6%. Since its beginnings in 1891 Strathmill distillery was focused on producing blending malt so examples of single malts are rare; Whiskybase only list 6 distillery releases but 56 by numerous independent bottlers.
The house style of Strathmill whisky is medium-bodied, fragrant, fruity, spicy and sweet. Scoring 82/100 on Whiskybase from one member, they say of the taste “sulphur but its ok, I’m going with it. There’s a deep-bitter, oak charring that starts us off but gradually the barley fights back.” And summarise with “messy and somewhat unorthodox, and yet kind of fabulous. Underneath all that charring could be a less than pretty malt. As it is it kind of works, so I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt.”
It doesn’t sound like the best ever example of Strathmill but for £6.50 for a miniature I’m not complaining.