Strathmill 31, 1975, Côtes du Rhône Wine Cask, 42.3% – Creative Whisky Company

This bottling from a decade and a half ago comes from the Creative Whisky Company, then run by David Stirk. Since it’s been sold there have been no bottlings as far as I know.

Strathmill is one of those distilleries that don’t pop up all that often and don’t have a big fan base. Whether that is because there’s not that much that’s available, or there is not a lot available because there’s not a huge fan base is something I don’t have an answer for.

Image from Whiskybase

I got a sample a while ago, and decided to give it a go yesterday. Public holiday, nice weather, sitting in the back yard in the sun, and having awesome (hopefully) whisky. The only thing that would have worried me, if I had checked before I tried it, would be the wine cask.

Very old fashioned and very barley forward. Oak, porridge, dried apples, straw. There’s also some hessian and old casks and wet soil.

A very gentle palate with lots of barley, porridge, hessian and a good helping of oak. Dried apples, sawdust, slightly funky.

A long but not awefully intense finish. Very grain forward with some oak.

Run of the mill, in a way. It does what whisky at this age, and from that era should do. But due to the age, it’s also quite special. The wine cask isn’t all that noticeable. I picked up mostly flavors that can come from any oak and distillery. Still, it’s a very good whisky, that does all these things very well.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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