Douglas Laing Benrinnes Tasting Notes

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Benrinnes, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Benrinnes 1999 (15 year old) 48.4%

Code: OLD0125/ Dist: July 1999 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Wow! That’s a hugely honeyed nose. Orange blossom and manuka honey and sweet, soft barley with hints of granulated sugar and creamy oak. A touch of citrus balances. Late hints of coffee and straw.

The palate is pleasantly soft with the creamy oak up first. The honey comes through slowly with sweet and crunchy barley and citrus. Lightly oiled and mouth-filling. Lovely, fresh grassy and citrus (lime and grapefruit) finish. Long and juicy with a touch of sweet spice in the after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Benrinnes 1992 (19 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2051/ Dist: Jan 1992 Btl: July 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

A dense and alcoholic nose of cream soda with hints of peppery marc. Almost industrial in character with light honey, burnt caramel and stony/ mineral notes.

Quite hard and confected. Again it has a sort of fizzy cream soda-like character with some butterscotch, honey and minerals. There is not much in the way of sherry influence and the finish is rather sugary.


Douglas Laing Provenance Benrinnes 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1212/ DL11326

Dist: Feb 2008 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Aromas of hard barley and volatile notes. Hints of caramel, nascent honey, plus a slight metallic twang.

Sharp citrus and hard barley on the palate with green apple, honey and toffee, but it still feels quite industrial. The honey sweetness the finish and a touch of white fruit appears.

Douglas Laing Provenance Benrinnes 2007 (10 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1326/ DL12021

Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Sept 2017

Aromas of subtly sweet barley, white fruit and custard powder.

Simple but pleasant enough on the palate with off-sweet white fruit, barley and a touch of oak. The sweetness builds on the middle but the alcohol counters. Good length with a touch of citrus in the finish.


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