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Strathmill 10 Year Old Chieftain’s

Cashew Nuts

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

31st Oct 2011


Strathmill 10 Year Old Chieftain’s
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I cannot claim a lot of experience with Strathmill. It’s a whisky that is hardly to be found as a single malt and thus disappears into blends mostly. J&B and Dunhill, two blends that are not high on my fav-list, I must say. But who knows, the single malt might actually be good. Ian McLeod bottled this Strathill 10 Year Old under their ‘Chieftain’s’ label. I first tasted it at a whisky festival and brought a small sample that I’ll try now.

Errr… I tried patience and hand warmth, but this nose offers very little. A bit grassy with some cashew nuts, a bit of green apples and stale ale. Oh, and some carton too. Not very inviting. More patience and more hand warmth filter out a bit of the beer and carton, but I cannot say it improves very much.

On the palate more of the same. Some vanilla, white fruits and nuts. Quite a bit of pepper, but it’s still not turning me on.

The finish is soft, mildly peppered and lasts not too long.

I didn’t much like it at the festival and I’ve only just had my initial thoughts confirmed. A let down.

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