First Editions – Cask strenght
Distilled : 1991 – Bottled : 2012 – Cask number : ES 020/02 – Alcool : 57,30 %
Impression: A few aged Strathmill’s have been recently bottled by different independent bottler. This version of Strathmill is particularly smooth, and unusually for the First Edition, it comes from a refill sherry cask. The sherry influence is modest but contributes to some subtle notes of tangerine. The general flavours could have suggested a partial maturation (or finish) in an ex-bourbon cask.”
Rating: 16/20 (www.whisky-news.com)
La distillerie Strathmill a élu domicile près de la petite rivière Isla, aux abords de Keith. À proximité se trouve une tonnellerie. Les deux autres distilleries locales ne sont pas très éloignées de Strathmill.
Étant donné que la ville de Keith fut jadis un grand centre minotier, il n’est guère étonnant que la distillerie se soit établie sur l’ancien site d’un moulin. C’est aussi de là que vient son nom.
Strathmill est l’une des distilleries écossaises les plus confidentielles, mais un peu de mystère rend les bouteilles d’autant plus excitant d’essayer.
Ce whisky est presque exclusivement réservé au single malt de la maison. Rarement embouteillé, le single malt de Strathmill vous n’est proposé que dans les gammes des embouteilleurs indépendants.
The Bottler : Brand First Editions
Founded in 2010, the origins of the company are rooted in the decades we have spent growing up in and around the scotch whisky industry, and our respect and passion for the spirit this history has instilled. With a label inspired by the classic elegance of an antique manuscript, the First Editions brand is the mark of quality which appears across our core range of single-cask bottlings of malt whisky.
We review our maturing stocks on a monthly basis, drawing samples from casks we believe may be ready for bottling. Always mindful of the benefits of a whisky being from just one cask, we will bottle it when we feel it is at its best for drinking rather than being influenced by “round” ages such as 18, or 25 years old.
The First Editions bottlings are always at cask-strength and, naturally, without artificial colouring or chill-filtration.
“Our mission as a company is to bottle only the finest single-casks of Scotland’s malt whiskies, under our own First Editions label.”
“As a young company in an industry where time is of the greatest importance, we can afford to be patient.”
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.