Our Single Grain trio evening continued with Strathclyde single grain from Glasgow. Originally built in 1927 on the site of an old cotton mill to produce gin, it has gone on to pump out grain spirit, primarily for blends for its current owner – Chivas Bothers Holdings, part of the Pernod Ricard group.
Strathclyde Single Grain 25 year (Aug 1990/Sep 2016) Refill Barrel DL11335 51.5% Douglas Laing’s Old Particular, 116 bottles
- Nose – Unmistakable varnish – full-on, then caramel, banana, light flowers, then nuts like walnut, coconut, dried fruits, shifted into a creamy aroma – like sweet coconut cream, becoming increasingly sweet like butterscotch – loads and loads of butterscotch, then baked banana bread, roasted almonds, a bit of chocolate, then just as earlier it was unquestionably butterscotch, it was sawdust or fresh wood shavings, after airing even more like marshmallows!
- Palate – Cinnamon sweet, the 2nd sip was quite bitter and a bit harsh, the settled into mulled wine, while pleasant, nothing remarkable
- Finish – Bitter long, with a spice chaser, very dry and closed with nail polish
- Water – Don’t. Loses the nose which is by far the best aspect. However it did bring out the most compelling nescafé instant coffee taste!
The nose was the most interesting element of this grain whisky. It was remarkable how it kept evolving – all elements nuanced yet distinctive. Whereas on the palate, it was came across as innocuous, something to accompany with little remarkable on its own.
And yet, as we re-calibrated ourselves to grain, there was no doubt this was the clear favourite of the three single grains sampled!
Here is what the folks over at Douglas Laing have to say:
- Nose: Round and full of sweet golden syrup with a floral, herbal and gristy style
- Palate: Carries a mouth coating molasses character plus spice-studded orange
- Finish: Long, with gentle vanilla toffee, muscovado sugar and late sweet spices
For another perspective, here is what the chaps over at Master of Malt have to say:
- Nose: Milk chocolate, thyme honey and a pinch of spicy clove.
- Palate: Cardamom and cinnamon up front, followed by waves of caramel and brown sugar.
- Finish: Minty, with heaps of chocolate-fudge brownie later on.
While I can’t say where this particular bottle was purchased, it is available through Master of Malt for $82. We sampled it on 31 August 2017 from a closed bottle.
What else did we sample in our Single Grain Trio with Indian Whiskies Duo evening?
- Girvan 8 years (2006/2014) Cask 532398 46% (Berrys’)
- Invergordon 28 year (1987/2015) DL 11004 56.5% (Douglas Laing’s Old Particular)
- Sula’s Eclipse Blended Whisky 42.8%
- Rampur 43% – Courtesy of a member from another club
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