From Strathmill, a Speyside distillery rarely seen as a Single Malt Scotch Whisky, comes the first extra-mature bottling to be made by the original distillers. Light and cheerful as a summer morning, with an enigmatic and tantalising nose, complex palate, and long finish with a lovely aromatic dryness.
A rare Speyside bottling.
The clear, bright gold of watery sunlight. Delicate pin-point beading.
Understated, yet captivating: starting tart and fruity with the delicate wild, floral high notes – softening to sweet stewed fruit compote, with notes of biscuit or cereal later.
Beeswax and ripe red apple sweetness in the first taste, with a green, earthy note behind. Dark chocolate smoothness takes over, then drying notes of cough candy and clove prevail.
Long, with aromatic and drying black teas, and oak shavings. Water eases a little of the dryness and releases menthol and more clove notes. Resinous and warming too, with a rising, charred, astringency.
Age: 25 years old
Strength: 52.4% ABV
Place of Origin: Keith
Understated, yet vibrant overall and captivating, starting tart and fruity with the delicate wild, floral high notes of a rowan jelly or elderflower cordial. After a while these fresher aromas soften and merge into a sweet stewed fruit compote. Later, there are notes of biscuit or cereal, and on further opening orange oil, a little stewed apple and crisp, white grapes. There’s a very pure and elegant structure throughout. Water softens and slightly sweetens the overall aroma but it’s no less complex, as Speyside traits and a trace of eucalyptus now emerge.
Creamy and coating. After the nose, the beeswax and ripe red apple sweetness of the first taste is surprising, yet there is a green, earthy note behind, with a trace of liquorice or raisins and aged, dried fruit. For a moment, a welcome, rich, dark-chocolate smoothness takes over, then drying notes of cough candy and clove prevail. With water the taste becomes fresher, with a little vanilla, and cooler, as that eucalyptus aroma translates into menthol on the palate.