Scotch Single Malt

Strathmill 13 Years Old 2004 Connoisseurs Choice (46%, Gordon & MacPhail, Refill Bourbon Barrels, Batch 18/020, 990 Bottles, 2018)

Whisky Review: Strathmill 13 Years Old 2004 Connoisseurs Choice

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Strathmill distillery
  • Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cost: £74.95
G&M_Connoisseurs Choice_Strathmill 2004 46.0 (20180315)_sml

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What they say

Gordon & MacPhail Strathmill 13 Years Old 2004 Batch 18/020 (pdf)

Official tasting notes:

  • Aroma: Fresh and vibrant: banana, pineapple, coconut, pear, and green apple combine and transform into delicate floral layers. With time, a creamy butterscotch undertone develops.
  • Taste: A gentle mouth-warming pepper heat gently succumbs to deliciously juicy tropical fruits: watermelon, pineapple, and banana with highlights of lively orange zest twists.
  • Finish: Drying cocoa powder and lingering toasted oak balance the fruity sweetness.

What I say

The first in a recent trio of samples I was sent from Gordon & MacPhail. Highlighting some of the variety in their 1st batch release of the revamped Connoisseurs Choice range. Luckily for me these samples all hailed from relatively under-sampled (by us) distilleries so I have little preconception or basis for distillery profiles.

The youngest (hence first sampled) was this expression distilled at Strathmill distillery in Speyside in 2004.

Matured in a trio of refill ex-bourbon barrels which were vatted together and reduced to 46% ABV for bottling, producing a batch of 990 bottles. Previous samplings from Strathmill have also included refill bourbon barrels.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Sauternes gold (6/20), numerous medium-sized tears leave long, medium-fine legs.
  • Nose: Fresh and fruity on the nose with a little woody element also, white pepper spice, orchard fruits; crisp green apples, pear, floral and creamy with time a deep vanilla essence.
  • Taste: Medium-bodied becomes creamy and full, a real fruit burst on the palate, apples, pears, melon, banana, kiwi and a touch of zesty grapefruit and touch of lime accent the citrus nature, vanilla fudge, butterscotch and oak wood.
  • Finish: Long, sweet and zesty, spiced with white pepper and a touch of chilli.

Overall

A fruit burst of a whisky; delicious and juicy with hints of vanilla cream and butterscotch and spiced white oak wood.

Score 84/100

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