Single malt whisky - tasting notes

28 Aug 2013

Strathmill 1976 (Whisky Agency)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Strathmill

The Whisky Agency and The Nectar of the Daily Drams have brought us a wonderful Strathmill 1974 in 2001. A very warm, beehive- and  butter pastry-driven profile that I liked very much. Now there’s a Strathmill 1976.

 

Strathmill 1976 Whisky Agency StampsStrathmill 37 yo 1976
(47%, The Whisky Agency ‘Stamps’ 2013, refill hogshead, 216 btl.)

Nose: a dusty profile, less warm and less fruity than the 1974’s. Dried flowers, some ferns and grist. Leather. Potpourri that has lost most of its aroma. Some anise and dried coconut flakes. Faint metallic notes as well. Hints of cake underneath. Complex with a distinct feeling of oldness. Mouth: a very strange mix of flavours. There’s coconut again, and something of watermelon. Anise and vanilla syrup. All this mixed with a kind of bitter oak juice. Floral notes and resin. Porridge. Fermenting fruits. A weird combo, not sure what to make of it but I can’t say it’s really bad. Finish: medium long, spicy and oaky, but once again there’s a syrupy undertone. White mocha maybe?

This one you should try for yourself. It’s interestingly complex and at least four whiskies in one. I think I like two or three of them. Around € 220.

Score: 82/100

Strathmill 1976 (Whisky Agency) 3 Ruben Luyten 2013-08-28

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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