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1989 Blackadder Raw Cask Strathmill 23 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 53.3%
A distillery unknown to most, with the majority of its produce destined for Blends. Strathmill eventuated in the whisky boom of the late 19th century, where almost thirty malt whisky distilleries were founded (some familiar names include, Balvenie, Dalwhinnie, Aberfeldy and Glen Moray). It commenced as a Flour and Corn mill factory in 1823 which was converted under the name Glenisla-Glenlivet. In 1895 the gin producers W. & A. Gilbey bought the distillery and changed the name to Strathmill ('the mill in the long valley'), which today falls under the Diageo umbrella.Presently the malt supplies blends like J&B. Very few single malts reach the surface. Independent bottlers are the main source for whisky fans to sample its delights, which have been referred to by the likes of whisky writer Michael Jackson as "the whisky's answer to orange Muscat" (Michael Jackson- Malt Whisky Companion). This release from purist fanatic and independent bottler, Blackadder, was distilled on the 31st October 1989 followed by maturation in a Sherry puncheon. It was limited to 305 bottles. Other reviews......what is totally surprising is that the Oloroso fruitiness promised by the label is there and in big doses too. The nose just reeks of this wonderful aroma of fresh and dried fruits and subtle, subtle oak. But to the eyes, it looks like another well-aged bourbon dram. But it isn’t, it’s a sherry puncheon, 55lts in size. So the colour glows a deep Autumn gold. Once you have it in the mouth, the oak and malt provide a superb creamy and very, very long texture while the big alcohol is just so perfectly balanced and integrated. And the finish is long, sweet and malty. Don't expect a big, dark monstrous whisky. Just expect class in a glass."
- Graham Wright, Whisky Importer & Enthusiast