Strathclyde 1980/2005 Duncan Taylor

The Classy Standard

A rare single grain from the Strathclyde plant. Though still very much active, single casks seldom survive the blending process to make it to the independent market. Indy bottler Duncan Taylor however managed to get his hands on a few and here is the final product: served at a whopping alcohol level of no less than 62.4%! A barrel that probably wasn’t too active during those 24 years. So a sleeping beauty or a dud? Only one way to find out! Gentlemen grab your Glencairns©!



Description: distilled in 1980, matured for 24 years, bottled in 2005 at 62.4% ABV by Duncan Taylor.

Nose: pretty standard: tasty caramel, toasted oak, with a whiff of varnish, flowery vanilla and a faint minty edge?

Mouth: an alcoholic wrench clamping down on your tongue, slightly herbal on the palate, tea, nutmeg, peanut butter and black pepper.

Finish: medium long with notes of black pepper and vanilla.

The Verdict: a whisky that tastes very much like… whisky. Nothing wrong with that, as it sets a pretty high standard. Just a tasty, classy, regular old whisky. Expect a matching score.

Score: 85

Nose: 22

Taste: 21
Finish: 20 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house