Bottle one of 291
Cask No. 5503
Strathmill Distillery is owned by Diageo, the biggest producer of alcoholic beverages in the world.
Back in 2009 Diageo bosses challenged the managers of the Company’s 27 malt distilleries in Scotland to select just one cask from their maturing stock. The casks were to represent the definitive style of each distillery's product. The Manager's Choice Single Cask Selection was released in 2009 and 2010 and apparently offered the best malts from Diageo brand portfolio, all bottled at cask strength. The Strathmill manager selected white American oak cask # 5503 filled on December 30, 1996, which yielded 300 bottles at 60.1% abv.
Nose: fruity and floral, summer meadow, freshly mowed grass, bananas, oranges, vanilla, honey, lemon peel, toasted bread and walnuts.
Palate: fruity and creamy with delicate grassy notes, oranges, pears, gooseberries, vanilla custard, shortbread and dash of lemon pepper.
Finish: long, fruity and grassy with delicate peppery and oaky notes.