The First Editions Strathmill 1996 21 Year Old
Aroma: Buttered teacake, roasted peanuts and a hint of nectarine.
Palate: Nutty at first (think walnut and pecan), but soon enough you'll discover sweet notes of banana and peach.
Conclusions: Drying oak-y spices stick around.
A sweet nose of apples, pears and red berries. The Palate is rich with notes of oranges, leather, and a touch of mint. The finish is long, with lingering oak and spice.
Editor Choice: A single cask Strathmill single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing as part of the literature-inspired First Editions range. This was matured in a refill hogshead for 21 years, from 1996 to 2018, before being bottled at cask strength.
The First Editions range of single barrel expressions is always released at natural cask strength, and of course without colouring or chill filtration.
As the name may suggest, each cask is carefully selected to evoke the qualities of a rare literary volume – those of character and collectability. Colour-coding on the labels denotes the particular regions the whiskies themselves are from and each bottle is individually numbered and presented in a gift tube. A “First Editions” bottling without doubt makes a valuable addition to anyone’s whisky library.