Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tasting: Chapter 7. Strathmill 1991 - From a single cask - 24 yrs

Chapter 7.
Strathmill – From a single Cask – 24 yrs

Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Strathmill
Bottler: Chapter 7
Region: Speyside
Age: 24 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 55,8%
Distilled: 1991
Dk price: $171USD/1200Dkk.  
Release: Limited 559 bottles release
Cask: Sherry

Points: 79/100

The site where Strathmill lays was originally home to a corn mill, the Strathisla Mills.
The mill was converted into a whisky distillery in 1891, and bought in 1895, by Gin producer W.& A. Gilbey, who change its name from Glenisla - Glenlivet to Strathmill.

Strathmill is located in Keith, Moray in the Speyside region of Scotland, and are today owned by whisky giant Diageo. Strathmill doesn’t release any officially bottling; the majority of the whisky distilled at Strathmill goes into the blended J&B whisky.
Famous independent bottlers such as Douglas Laing, Cadenhead, Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail have all released whiskies from Strathmill, and now it’s time for Chapter 7 to enter the mix.

First thing that comes to mind is white wine. Very earthly with overripe pear, and sweet cherry. Make that very sweet cherry. Notes of citrus and freshly cut grass plays around in the backseat. Yeah! I know “freshly cut grass” sounds a bit cliché, but that’s really what I’m picking up here, so if you don’t mind? Absolutely amazing nose, if the palate delivers I am in for a real treat here. 

Mouth warming at first, but really no surprise there, after all we are dealing with a whisky bottled at 55,8% Mouth warming and peppery, black pepper to be exact. Then it slowly starts to fade, and the continuing taste of black pepper gives just enough room, for notes of oak and cinnamon.      

Medium long dry finish, with just a hint of some long forgotten fruity sweetness.  

Overall impression:
At first an absolutely killer experience! Talk about a great nose feel. But I do believe that the taste itself was too compact and tight, and sadly the overpowering taste of black pepper, made it a bit one dimensioned. I’m compelled to say, that all those years in wood, didn’t help this pour bastard, maybe Chapter 7 should have rescued him years ago. Worth $171USD? Not a chance in hell!   

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo by: (All rights reserved)

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.     


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