Review 554: Strathclyde 1991 24 Year

strathclyse199124yoTime to taste another single grain whisky and one from a distillery from wich I never had a single grain before. This one is bottled by the Grainman at an age of 24 years. I rather like old single grains as they can bring quite some complexity and balance at a higher abbreviation.

So let’s find out how this performs in my glass.

Sample provided by: Dramtime.nl

What they write about it:

The Grainman Strathclyde 24 years old 1991 is an old single grain release bottled by the independent bottler The Grainman (Meadowside Blending/The Maltman). It was distilled in December 1991 and matured in bourbon cask 247852. It was bottled in January 2016 at natural cask strength of 54,5% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited single cask release of 234 bottles.

Distillery:Strathclyde Distillery
Region:Lowlands
Location:The Gorbals district of Glasgow
Owner:Pernod Ricard
Founded:1927
Status:Active
Water Source:Loch Katrine
Stills:2 column stills
Capacity:40.000.000 Litres of pure alcohol per year

Expression:Strathclyde 1991 24 Year
Category:Single Grain
Bottled by:Meadowside Blending - The Grainman
Age:24 Year
ABV (% Alc):54.5%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:December 1991
Bottle date:January 2016
Vintage:1991
Maturation:Ex-Bourbon cask
Cask number:#247852
Bottle number:234 Bottles
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Yellow gold.

Smell:
A spicy yet fruity, fresh and well balanced whisky with aromas of white pepper, subtle coffee, red apples, green apples, pear, banana, boiled sweets, chocolate, damp cellar, old books, vanilla, honey, old leather, hazelnut, floral tones, mocha, toffee, coconut, subtle citrus (mainly lemon peel), grapes, grass and subtle creamy oak.

Taste:
A powerful, spicy, sweet and balanced whisky with aromas of white pepper, slight solvent tone, glue, pineapple, honey, ginger, tannins, oak, maple syrup, icing sugar, vanilla, floral tones, coconut, milk chocolate, hazelnut, citrus, mocha, caramel, toffee, backed banana, cherry liqueur chocolate’s, marzipan and creamy oak.

Finish:
A medium to long and sweet finish with aromas of banana, coconut, chocolate, honey, vanilla, tangerines, subtle tannins and creamy oak.

Conclusion:
A very fine single grain! The sweetness is quite well balanced with the spices and citrus tones in this grain. It certainly is well aged. On the palate the slight solvent tones, from the bourbon cask, are noticeable but not overpowering (thank god). It needs some aeration time to really open up and a wee drop of water can help you there. But be careful with water as this tends to make it overly sweet but than again it makes it even oilier on the palate.
All in all a very nice single grain!

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?