Douglas Laing Braeval Tasting Notes

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Braeval, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Braeval 1998 (15 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0021/ Dist: Sept 1998 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

A seriously fruity nose – pure raspberry and strawberry with a light golden syrup coating. Plenty of gristy barley and fudgy oak balance as does a light, herbal spirit note.

The palate is sweet-ish and fruity – apricot and strawberry with spice, barley and a touch of vanilla. Very spice middle with hints of milk chocolate. Very long with quite a dry finish but those lovely spices linger along with the herbal barley.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Braeval 2001 (15 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Finished/ Code: OLD0384/ Dist: May 2001 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

The aromas are quite sharp and citric with hints of lime, gooseberry and herbal honey. Edgy and grippy with a touch of hard-ish barley and an underlying subtle maltiness.

The palate is malty and deep with more, soft wood spice and a touch of barley. The sharp citrus from the nose comes through on the middle, along with a light herbal note. Long and fresh with the citrus lingering along with a touch of balancing honey.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Braeval 1997 (18 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0327/ Dist: Dec 1997 Btl: June 2016/ Tasted: July 2016

Oily and heavy with dense barley, unsweetened honey, beeswax and hints of charred oak. With time the subtle, herbal sherry (re-fill like) comes through with a touch of baked fruit.

Full and juicy on the palate with a little more sherry character. Hints of sultana, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg appear with dried apricot and herbal notes on the middle. Relatively straightforward but deep. Medium length with a touch of tart citrus and drying tannins.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Braeval 1996 (12 year old) 50%

Re-fill Sherry Cask/ Code: DL5029/ Dist: Nov 1996 Btl: Mar 2009/ Tasted: July 2009

Rich and delicately sherried bouquet. A good depth of opulent fruit, earth and hints of wood spices. A lovely robust Spey showing some maturity. Water emphasises the earthiness and the maturity. Still gloriously honeyed though.

Like the nose the palate is soft and delicately sherried. Lighter than the nose suggests. Almost subtle with a good depth of fleshy yellow fruits, honey and a touch of spice. Water softens and emphasises the mouth filling juicy honeyed character. Lovely length. Juicy and leafy with grassy notes appearing.


Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Braeval 1999 (11 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PBR0091/ Dist Sept 1980 Btl: June 2011/ Tasted: June 2011

An edgy nose of brittle honey and high toned, floral spirit. Quite grassy and citrusy with some tosted caramel vanillins. The palate is a touch oily with burnt caramel and nascent spirit. No real depth or character, just oak and spirit. It must have been matured in a well used butt as the sherry influence is only noticeable on the aftertaste once the bitterness has passed.


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