Douglas Laing Craigellachie Tasting Notes

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

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

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0165/ DL10465

Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

The aromas are quite mature and there is a slight blemish to the sherry. Robust and coffee’d sherry with hints of herbs, sweet-ish honey, earth and raisinated fruit.

The palate opens with coffee, treacle and raisinated fruit along with milk chocolate, dried citrus rind, liquorice and more treacle. Cleaner than the nose with oodles of coffee. Long, prune and walnut cake finish. Tasted a little older than 15 years.

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

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0165/ DL10465

Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: Aug 2015/ Re-Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is initially very oily with an almost briny freshness, The sherry cask asserts itself with oxidised, pruney dried fruit, almond, hazelnut and a touch of vanilla. It feels a lot older than its age statement and given time the aromas fill out rather well.

The palate opens with the lightly bitter chocolaty wood notes and oxidised fruit, walnut and hazelnut. The treacle comes through on the middle to balance the bitterness. Long and juicy with lingering dried, mature sherry fruit, chocolaty spices and a return of the bittering oak notes.

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

Sherry/ Code: OLD0132/ Dist: 1996(?) Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Dense and quite luscious on the nose with plenty of mature honey, beeswax and re-fill sherry dried fruit. The aromas feel a little older and they are quite dusty with a touch of malt, stewed prune and date coming through. Sweetly spiced with a light minerality.

The palate is soft and full with mature honey and dried fruit to begin with. Quite crisp and granity on the middle with some citrus putting in an appearance too. A little lightly coffee’d oak and dusty tannin comes through as well. Good length with the honey coated dried fruit and spices lingering but the tannins make the after-taste quite dry.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Craigellachie 1995? (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: OLD0349/ Dist: 1995? Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Aromas of hard but fragrant barley with hints of mint, menthol, cardamom and ginger. With time an almost pulped white fruit note appears along with pepper and nettles. Interesting!

The palate mirrors the nose with a combination of hard and fragrant barley with hints of pepper and mature oak. Really spicy on the middle with ginger and cardamom. Medium length and remaining spicy and peppery through to the end.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Craigellachie 1995 (21 year old) 51.5%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD450/ DL11769

Dist: Oct 1995 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Aromas of rhubarb stalk, edgy barley and lanolin. Entertaining, funky and pleasantly mature with hints of honey, thyme, vanilla custard powder and white chocolate.

The palate shows a little more honey but it’s still quite herbal with rhubarb, apricot and apple. Subtle, mature oak on the middle with a touch of vanilla. Edgy, tongue tingling, alcohol enhanced green citric finish but the sweet honey offsets. Again entertaining!

 

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

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1174/ DL11074

Dist: Jan 2008 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2017

Crisp, grassy and citric aromas. Subtly estery with white fruit and vanilla.

Soft and simple on the palate. White fruit, citrus and a touch of oak vanillins. Subtle barley fills out the middle and the finish is pleasantly citric and grassy.


 

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 1997 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2152/ Dist: Dec 1997 Btl: Apr 2012/ Tasted: Apr 2012

A soft and lightly perfumed nose. Wonderfully crisp and granity with hints of citrus, apple, sugared barley, nuts and toasted caramel.

The palate opens with a soft kiss of gentle, toffee’d oak with a nutty quality. Quite intense and complex with citrus, light banana, apricot along with a touch of malt. Quite a piquant middle, which leads into a good grassy, nutty, lightly spiced finish, exiting with a touch of toasted caramel. Very pleasant.


 

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

Sherry/ Code: PBR0092/ Dist: Sept 1999 Btl: June 2011

A vegetal sherry nose with some burnt toffee, liquorice and marc-like notes. A touch unintegrated with the marc notes becoming quite peppery with time and the sherry notes become quite confected in style. The palate is sweet and bitter with vegetal sherry, burnt toffee and malt. Quite full but like the nose it’s somewhat unintegrated. The wood influence ceases quite abruptly leaving the sweet marc spirit alone on the finish.

Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Craigellachie 1999 (12 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PBR0113/ Dist: Sept 1999 Btl: June 2012/ Tasted: June 2012

A hard, granity nose of apricot, straw and some boiled sweet-esque refill sherry notes. With time it becomes quite peppery.

The palate has quite a sweet start. Sugar coated barley and mouth-filling refill sherry. The combination of alcohol and granity notes make the middle a touch austere. Good length with the sherry lingering and a late peppery, spice note.

 


Douglas Laing Single Minded Craigellachie 2008 (8 year old) 43%

Bourbon/ Code: SIN0018/ Dist: Mar 2008 Btl: Oct 2016?/ Tasted: Nov 2016

The nose shows plenty of oak – toffee, caramel and almond with a touch of gristy cereal and light herbal notes.

The palate mirrors the nose with all the flavours being oak derived – toasted toffee and vanilla. A little barley comes through on the middle along with a touch of minerals, but it‘s back to the oak on the finish with a light chocolaty note.

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