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June 10, 2013


Tasting two ex-bourbon Strathmill

There's a little more Strathmill around these days, thanks to the ever-engaging indies. But we'll have only too of them today, both ex-bourbon...

Strathmill 21 yo 1990/2012 (54.1%, James MacArthur, bourbon wood, cask #101112)

Strathmill 21 yo 1990/2012 (54.1%, James MacArthur, bourbon wood, cask #101112) Colour: gold. Nose: raw and rough, very grassy, aggressive, spirity, cologne-y... Will that do? Seriously, it's a hard one and it even tends to become dusty and new-plastic-like. We're expecting miracles from a few drops of water... With water: whaaah! More plastic, paraffin and... do you remember carbon paper? Mouth (neat): weird. Some parts are nice (the lemon and the barley) but it's still got these notes of burnt plastic. With water: better. Apple juice with a few drops of lemon. Sunflower oil, sawdust. Does not improve much after a few minutes - I'm afraid. Finish: shortish, grassy and dusty. Comments: not much pleasure to be had in my opinion, this what we call a challenging dram. Next time we'll have a great one by James MacArthur - and there are many. SGP:271 - 64 points.

Strathmill 36 yo 1976/2012 (46.5%, Jack Wiebers, Old Train Line, bourbon, 210 bottles)

Strathmill 36 yo 1976/2012 (46.5%, Jack Wiebers, Old Train Line, bourbon, 210 bottles) Four stars Colour: gold. Nose: very shy, but not uninteresting.  I get hints of old clothes in an old wardrobe (in an old attic), old potpourri, a little dust, old wood, then almonds, dried flowers, a little olive oil, a little banana skin... It's all whispering but it's very elegant. I'm using my usual nosing glasses (tulips) but I'll try this baby from a cognac 'fishbowl' (aka the 1000 watt amplifier) next time, should be fun. Mouth: there's too much oak, and yet it's very pleasant, which does not happen very often. In fact all that oak translates into quite a lot of coconut liqueur, butter cream and ripe pineapples, which may make this baby the oldest readymade cocktail ever. Arriba! Finish: moderately long, with, this time, hints of curaçao and I swear I'm not making this up. Some kind of mai tai? Comments: it's not often that excessive oak works well, and sometimes heavy coconut and pineapple can wreck an old whisky (and a young one even more so), but I think this one's quite spectacular. Seriously, very good stuff. Oops, forgot to add that there's also quite some café latte. SGP:561 - 87 points.

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