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27 Dec 2012

Strathmill 21 (The Maltman)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Strathmill

Strathmill is quite a low-profile distillery, and apart from a few (great) 1974 releases, I’ve only tried a couple of younger versions. Here’s a 20 year old Strathmill bottled by The Maltman.

 

Strathmill 21 yo MaltmanStrathmill 21 yo (50,5%, The Maltman 2012, bourbon cask)

Nose: quite clean and neutral. Grassy notes at first, then growing fruity notes (apple, melon) with some heather honey. Almonds and cashews. Needs some time to loose its peppery prickle but folds open nicely. Hints of pine wood. Mouth: sweet and fruity at first (pear, yellow aisins), with some sweet grains and toffee but quickly growing more spicy (mainly pepper). Also a growing woody dryness with a dark chocolate bitterness. Finish: medium long, with some spicy heat and oak.

A clean Strathmill with a malty core and a peppery heat. I like the nose best. Around € 110.

Score: 83/100

Strathmill 21 (The Maltman) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-12-27
  • Luca

    Nice review as always Rube, but I’m thinking, aren’t indi bottlings in many cases getting more expensive than OBs? 110 for a 21 yo it’s actually a heavy price, it has to be a stunner and this seems no more than a good, honest malt…it costs more than a 21 yo Highland Park or Old Pulteney…

  • WhiskyNotes

    In some cases, you’re right. But I still think there are many well-priced indies out there, much cheaper than officials. For this Strathmill there are probably cheaper alternatives.

  • John

    Whiskybroker had a very good value 1974. Very nice it was too.

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