Latest Releases From Douglas Laing
One of our favourite Independent bottlers is Douglas Laing. Founded in1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, they pride themselves in sourcing some of the best, rare single cask whiskies around. The latest releases are stunning with some coming in the smaller, handy, carry home 50cl size bottles. As is always the case with this kind of thing, the bottle runs are really limited, so best be quick!
Refill Sherry Butt Code: OLD0764/ DL13369 Dist: Jun 2001 Btl: Jun 2019 Tasted: July 2019 The aromas are quite barleyâ€™d with honey, malt, cereal, pepper and oily vanilla. Very subtly sherried with the classic bready character of the spirit appearing. With time it becomes slightly herbal with hawthorn flower, rose petal and a touch of juniper-like spice.
The palate is rich, honeyed and bready with hints of raisinated fruit and dried citrus peel. Well balanced and displaying a lovely mouth-feel with gentle wood spice, chocolaty tannins, vanilla and citrus on the middle. Good spicy finish with the barley and vanilla returning. Great chocolaty after-taste.
Bourbon Code: XOP0151/ DL12539 Dist: Mar 1997 Btl: Jun 2018 Tasted: Jul 2018 Heavy fish oils aromas with sweet barley, oily peat, violets, vanilla and mature baked apple. Stunningly mature with subtle lemon notes and with time salt, sultanan and dried apricot.
The palate is full, oily and slightly coffeeâ€™d with fish, earthy peat smoke, pepper, violets and mature fruit. Vibrant and salty with lemon notes on the middle. Long, oily and fish with peat dust and warm vanilla. Superbly balanced, and probably not cheap!
Refill Bourbon Hogshead Code: OLD0749/ DL13175 Dist: Oct 1991 Btl: Apr 2019 Tasted: June 2019 A very voluptuous and honeyed nose with subtle dried fruit, cinnamon laden incense, honeysuckle and mature American oak. With time a touch of toffee appears along with some grainy spirit notes.
Luscious palate with plenty of thick honey and dried fruit. Hints cinnamon, pepper and lemon follow and there is less oak than the nose suggests but enough to add structure as opposed to vanilla. Lovely intense and spicy middle with the natural oils building. Long with spicy dried fruit, subtle coffee, toffee, wood smoke and lemon. A much more interesting palate.
Refill Bourbon Hogshead Code: OLD0750/ DL13131 Dist: Feb 2011 Btl: Apr 2019 Tasted: June 2019 The nose is quite sweet and fruity with estery peach, pear and pineapple. Hints of barley, salt and a distant, almost imperceptible waft of peat smoke and ash. It really is a lavish fruit bomb!
The palate shows a touch more peat but its definitely not a peat monster. Less of a fruit bomb with more barley but there is still a good degree of sweet peach, pineapple and apricot. Gently salted middle and a long, peppery finish with lingering wood spice, barley, peat and pepper.
Refill Bourbon Barrel Code: OLD0751/ DL13199 Dist: Sep 2009 Btl: Apr 2019 Tasted: June 2019 The nose opens with an obvious but expected industrial hard barley note but there is also some sweeter barley, creamy oak and even a touch of honey, which comes as a bit of a shock! Slightly herbal and botanical with time and OMG is that a touch of estery fruit I can detect!
The palate is like the nose, a pleasant combination of hard and sweet barley along with creamy oak. It does become a touch more industrial on the middle and the oak bitters a bit too, but I have to say that itâ€™s pretty well balanced. Short and subtly spiced with a touch of white fruit and spirit.
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Sherry Butt Code: OLD0478 Dist: Nov 2005 Btl: Aug 2017 Tasted: Sept 2017 Rich, spicy and sherried nose with the crisp graininess scything through. Hints of treacle, tar, wood smoke and liquorice follow. With time the smoke develops into an almost burnt scrub-like character, al la Balcones Brimstone!
The palate shows more of the grainy dried fruit spirit character with hints of wood smoke. The sherry spices and dried fruit come through on the middle along with the alcohol and burnt scrub notes. Intense, dried fruit and smoke finish. Wow, you have got to love the primal intensity of this grain whisky!