Douglas Laing Clynelish Tasting Notes

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Clynelish, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Clynelish 1995 (21 year old) 54.6%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: XOP0124/ DL12040

Dist: Oct 1995 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Feb 2018

Aromas of lightly herbal barley and toffee. The developing oxidised apple notes give it a sort of Calvados-esque feel to the nose, which is interesting. The mature, sawdusty oak comes through with a touch of malt and the oak starts to show a buttery side.

The palate opens with layers of lovely, creamy and toffee’d oak. Subtle sweet barley, apricot, pear and apple notes appear. The fruit isn’t as oxidised as the nose would suggest and the intensity of barley and oak on the middle is very pleasant. Long and subtly spiced and smoky finish.



Douglas Laing Old Particular Clynelish 1996 (18 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0166/ Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

A lovely, fresh and citric nose. Lime mingles with light honey and very fragrant barley. Hints of grainy oak appear with time.

The palate is citric and juicy with light honey drizzled barley and hints of toffee and vanilla. Superb intensity and developing stony notes on the middle. Long and fruity with the gentle peppery spice lingering.


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

Refill Hogshead/ Code: OLD0255/ Dist: July 1997 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Juicy, almost sherried aromas of dried fruit and violety incense. Redolent of Armagnac-esque prune and date, which makes it feel older and is definitely tricking me into thinking this was matured in sherry. Lightly balsamic with a touch of walnut shell, sweet spice and late orange conserve.

The palate opens with the vanilla oak with again what appears to be subtle sherry notes. Like the nose it is Armagnac-esque with dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate and soft gingery spices. Mouth-filling and unctuous with a long, cinnamon flecked, dried fruit finish.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1997 (13 year old) 50%

Bourbon Hogshead 6055 – 343 Bottles/ Dist: Apr 1997 Btl: Apr 2010/ Tasted: Dec 2010

An exceptionally fruity nose with hints of fern, bracken, leaves and a touch of marc. Crisp and granity citrus mingles with some subtle oak and a delightful mature honey twist. With time the oak becomes pleasantly sawdusty.

The palate opens with the granity, soft citrus followed by a plethora of tropical fruit – banana, kiwi, apricot and some subservient oak. Serious fruity but more linear than the nose would lead you to expect. Lovely grassy length with some honey, spice and late smoke.

A touch of water sets the mature-ish honey loose! And emphasises the grassy notes. The palate seems younger now and very grassy but it retains some lovely honeyed  moments.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1995 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2108/ Dist: June 1995 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

A fresh, intense, slightly high toned nose with no shortage of citrus and granity honey. Another lovely Clynelish, maybe not over endowed with complexity but it does develop some pleasant perfumed white flowers and vanilla.

The palate opens with some delicately sweet barley before the tart citrus arrives. Extremely intense and mouth watering middle with the malty, slight gristy barley returning. My god this is a dram to waken the senses! Good length with a dry spice finish.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1995 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2169/ Dist: June 1995 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

A lovely, classic nose of sweet barley, straw and white fruit. Gentle spices are interwoven with a touch of vanilla which over time becomes wonderfully fragrant. Lovely freshness with some emerging, light but juicy tangerine and an almost saline note.oft, full and gently honeyed on the palate with a touch more oak than the nose displays. Lightly woody with hints of cedar, crumbly spice and honey on the middle. Lovely length with a light white chocolate note emerging along with a touch of herbs and all the time those wonderful spices rumble on. A superb Clynelish.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Clynelish 1982 (28 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2078/ Dist: Dec 1982 Btl Sept 2011/ Tasted: Sept 2011

A beautifully fresh, elegant and citrusy nose. Quite bready in a Ben Nevisy sort of way and boisterously honeyed. The citrus keeps the afore mentioned honey under control rather well, but the depth is phenomenal. It’s definitely not one-dimensional though and just to prove it, it offers up a lovely flourish of warming spices and a touch of late butter-toffee emerging as the oak starts to grip.

Elegant and soft on the palate, opening with the juicy citrus and fleshy apricot, all liberally sprinkled with dusty spices and castor sugar. It opens into a serious mouthful of brittle, mature honey and oak, but like the nose a beautiful thread of fresh lemon keeps the balance. Very long with hints of spiced orange on the finish. Another seriously good bottling of Clynelish!


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