1987 Strathclyde 30 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $120)

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What began as a neutral spirit facility in 1927 to produce buckets of gin has grown into one of the most successful grain whisky operations on the planet. Starting in '57 it also discreetly housed a malt facility going by the name of Kinclaith for nearly 20 years before being converted to focus exclusively on grain whisky. While historically some of the distillate would end up in Ballantine's and Teacher's blended whiskies, the distillery is owned today by Chivas Brothers. The grain production is wheat based, giving this 30 year old whisky an amazingly soft and creamy feel.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2019 | Send Email
Strathclyde distillery is truly an urban entity. Sitting on the Clyde river just across from People's Palace it's only a few ticks from central Glasgow. The industrial looking fortress that is the Strathclyde distillery could be a new class of Star Fleet destroyer, but they're still cranking out some pretty stellar grain at the plant. It seems to be slightly more prized than some of its cousins, perhaps thanks to the continued success of the popular Ballentine's blend, but there's no question that the quality of these whiskies is top tier. Expect unusual density and precision on the nose for a grain. Deep old wood, lemon cake, biscuits and Rolos. On the palate some dense dried herbal qualities, almost like a pipe tobacco note balanced with sweet stone fruit in syrup and bright citrus peel. This is definitely moving slightly toward the malt category and should be a good crossover for skeptics.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2019 | Send Email
Have you ever had a friend in your life that just made you feel good? Full of optimism and affirmation? I sincerely hope that you have, because we should all get to have that experience. However-- if you haven't-- I offer this 30 year Strathclyde as a surrogate for that feeling. It's just so damn-well balanced. The nose is rich and warming, showing some savory cedar, some spice, and baked orchard fruit. The palate is remarkably light for a thirty-year spirit, but any flavors that might initially seem too hot or intense are smoothed out notes of browned-butter oatmeal cookie dough, leaving you with a pleasant little fire in the belly. Smashing value for what you get!

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
This has a strong spice presence right up front for a grain whisky. I get pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and allspice. Then the sweeter aromas take charge and I'm suddenly in the mood for pastries. I smell buttery chocolate chip cookies and fresh apple streusel. The palate has more fruit characteristics, but the bready desserts remain. I get strawberries and cream and some jammy flavors as well. As it progresses to the finish, the baked goods take over again with some slightly overdone qualities so that the last flavors I taste are crunchy pie crust and dark buttered toast.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2019 | Send Email
Round, like a loaf of freshly baked bread, the nose of this whisky makes no secret about the fact that it's going to be a soft and easy drinker. It just smells comforting and pleasant, like a warm corner store bakery. A little sweet spice of wood comes through the nose, but the magic really happens when you get around to tasting it. Honeyed graham crackers, nutmeg, and cinnamon coat your palate, A little browned butter shines through. Toast sprinkled with vanilla sugar comes to mind. It's full and gentle, but with a slight piquant note from the 51.8% cask strength. It's one of those 'practically perfect in every way' kinda whiskies.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2019 | Send Email
This bottling of Strathclyde has a lot to offer. In the nose it is light with hints of caramel that one would expect. In the mouth it starts out soft and pretty, but this is just a teaser, because it becomes more concentrated and sweet. A touch of water opens this whiskey up and showcases the juicy richness.

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Alcohol Content (%): 51.8