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08 Aug 2013

Strathmill 1991 (Asta Morris)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Strathmill

A couple of weeks ago, Asta Morris released the Dalmore NAS and this Strahmill 1991 almost simultaneously. It turns out I got to try the best one last.

 

Strathmill 1991 Asta MorrisStrathmill 22 yo 1991 (50,3%, Asta Morris 2013, ref. AM025, 239 btl.)

Nose: a big, fruity nose. Yellow apple, ripe banana, papaya and pineapple cubes. Thick honey and vanilla. Pollen and beeswax. Lots of butter pastry notes. Almond paste. Cinnamon and mint. Very bourbonny, so much that at a certain point it seems a crossover of Scotch malt, grain whisky and American whiskey, with leathery notes and maple syrup. Hints of dried coconut. Faint grassy notes as well. Very complex actually, yet direct and seductive at the same time. Mouth: creamy, warm fruity notes (dried banana, pineapple, apple) merge with brighter citrus notes. A bigger grassy nervousness now. Beeswax. Gentle oak (nutmeg, pepper and soft herbs). Even better with a few drops of water. Finish: long, sweet with herbal touches.

If you know Strathmill 1974, it’s easy to see where this is coming from (or going to). If you don’t count the BenRiach selections, this is my favourite Asta Morris release so far. Around € 80. Still available in the shops of The Nectar, I’ve heard.

Score: 91/100

Strathmill 1991 (Asta Morris) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-08-08
  • Wim

    Can somebody tell me where I can buy a bottle of this? Preferably on-line. Thanks

  • WhiskyNotes

    According to Asta Morris, the last bottles are at TastToe and Broekmans, but they don’t have online shops.

  • Kris Cuypers

    I have 3 bottles left and will ship Wim (www.whiskygorillaz.com). Just mail your specifics to kcuypers@whiskygorillaz.com

  • Jos Hubau

    I still have 7bottles left to sell, but no shipping, sorry! It’s an extra service for our guests (customers)…

  • Banzai

    TastToe is already sold out. I ordered my bottle already 3 days ago and Angelo mailed that it is not available anymore.

  • Dave

    Will you ship to the USA?

  • Wim

    Thanks Kris, just sent you a mail

  • Kris Cuypers

    Hi Dave. Yes I’ll ship to the US, but any customs and excises fees will be at your expense. I know they can be a drag when it comes to that. The Strathmill is sold out btw.

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