Strathmill 12 Years Old Flora and Fauna (43%, OB, 2014)
- Single malt scotch whisky
- 43% ABV, £45 for 70cl
- Score: 84/100
What they say:
Strathmill distillery was established in 1891 in a converted grain mill. The Pied Wagtail is a familiar sight in the distillery yard and on the banks of the nearby River Isla, which provides water for cooling. A spring on the site provides processing water. This deep amber, single malt has a light. rounded body, a creamy sweet flavour, with a dry finish and chocolaty aftertaste.
Strathmill was converted into a distillery in 1891, from the Strathisla corn and flour mill, in the village of Keith. The distillery was officially known as Glenisla-Glenlivet distillery until it was bought by W & A Gilbey who also owned Glen Spey. The distillery was incorporated into IDV in 1962 and has subsequently came under the ownership of GuinnessUDV. The distillery was modernized in 1965, which saw the distillery double from 2 to 4 stills.
What I say:
The distillery ‘standard’ bottling from Strathmill, released 2001 as part of the Flora and Fauna range
Amber gold/sauternes (caramel? – remarkably similar to the Auchroisk 10 Years Old Flora and Fauna ~ 43% (Diageo) ), medium/light tears
Spicy and nutty, cinnamon and walnut, underlying fudge and honey notes, vanilla, egg custard pastries, cloying sweetness, fruity orange, peach and apple, zesty and citric
Thin and oily, peppery flavour, cinnamon spice, mellows into tinned fruit cocktail in syrup and vanilla custard, come citric/tangy satsuma
Medium, sherbet citric fizz then long sweet cereal
Another nice dram in the Flora and Fauna series, nothing stand out as to make me love it but nothing wrong with it either. Plenty of fruit and a little gentle spice in this one to keep it interesting.