The ever-elusive Strathmill, a single malt we don’t get to see very often. Found in Keith, the site of Strathmill distillery was initially a corn mill, which was then converted into a distillery in 1892 under the name ‘Glenilsa-Glenlivet’ before being renamed. This bottle from ‘Old Particular’ was distilled in 2009 and matured for 12 years in a single refill hogshead, bottled at 48.4%. The nose opens on a freshly baked pound cake, surrounded by sweet spice and barley sugars. The palate is malty, juicy and mouthcoating, heavy and rich flavours of butter scotch, molasses, and liquorice, ending with subtle spice and a late-night espresso.