Strathmill 1991 Gordon & MacPhail Connosseur’s Choice

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of sweetness and cooking spices with a base of baked fruits. There are sweet apples and yellow pears and a hint of lemon in the background. The distillate is very much the main event. It’s a nice one with both a fruity and malty side to it. There’s also marzipan as well as a hint of butterscotch. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially Interesting, but it feels nicely balanced.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery before a mix of mild white pepper up front and a fruity and zesty bitter background note arrives. There’s a big hole in the middle. It feels a bit hot and rushed and the mouthfeel isn’t the greatest. After a while the hole gets filled with a shy butterscotch note and the baked apples and pears. It’s not as sweet as on the nose and it feels really unbalanced and different compared to the nose. There’s still a big focus on the distillate.

Finish: The transition is a bit uneventful and the same character just remains. There’s a bitterness in the back and mixed spices up front. The middle part is still mild butterscotch and now maybe a hint of milk chocolate. The baked fruits seem to return after a while and the oakiness shines through rather quickly. It’s not a great oakiness and it clings to the bitter notes at first. The late finish brings a bit of dusty notes and becomes a relief from the otherwise rather unpleasant finish.

Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2007 making it 15-16 YO. It’s aged in refill ex-bourbon barrels.

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