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.
Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 19th June 2015
81.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 4 member votes)
30 years ago, in a Speyside distillery, a whisky was put to bed in a cask where it slept for 11 years. Some mornings the staff at Strathmill could almost hear it snoring. When it was awake it was quietly lapping the flavour out of the barrel. Eventually the independent bottlers Signatory bought the cask and bottled it up in 1996. The Whiskybase link leads to the full 70cl bottle but I have a miniature, number 2004 of 2460.
Single malts from Strathmill aren’t exactly common but in 1993 Oddbins bottled an expression from 1980 which kick-started independent bottlings from then on. The house style is fruity, spicy, sweet, medium-bodied and fragrant. The whisky is unpeated and usually stored in ex-bourbon casks.
Bought – Single Malts Direct, 3rd October 2013
79/100 – Whiskybase (average from 2 member votes)
This Strathmill is part of the 24 x 20cl bottles that make up the Carn Mor Vintage Collection. Distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2009, it’s from a limited edition of 1260, Cask No: 2400. Non-chill filtered, no added colour and 46%, so the makings of something very delightful! 79/100 on Whiskybase is a reasonable score but I would have hoped for something higher from a 19yo.