Strathmill 1984/1994 Robertson’s of Pitlochry

Virgin Oak In A Bottle

Often overlooked as a distillery, this Highlander is a close neighbour of the more famous Strathisla distillery. No official bottlings exist outside the Diageo Flora&Fauna range, so for the most part we'll have to rely on independent bottlings. Today’s pick is certainly an odd one, as I am clueless to who actually bottled it. We do know that it was done in 1994 for Robertson’s of Pitlochry, a whisky shop that still exists today in the picturesque Perthshire town. Released in celebration of Friar John Cor and 500 years of whisky, a common theme in 1994 bottlings!

strathmill2Description: distilled in 1984, matured for 10 years in what I presume was a first fill bourbon barrel or even a virgin cask and bottled in 1994 for Robertson’s of Pitlochry at 43% ABV.

Nose: a honeyed nose with notes of vanilla sticks and paraffin. A faint whiff of sour mash lingers on.

Mouth: a slightly waxy body and again a slightly sour touch to the palate. What I get is mainly soft notes of peach and oak. Actually, make that lots and lots of young virgin oak wood.

Finish: extremely drying, an off-note of cork (turn screw so it doesn’t make any sense) and black coffee with a white pepper edge.

The Verdict: no rollercoaster of flavours, that’s the least we can say. Nothing that stands out, just plain boring whisky flavoured spirit lacking any notion of depth.

Score: 78

Nose: 19

Taste: 18
Finish: 19 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