Douglas Laing Dailuaine Tasting Notes

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

Douglas Laing Old Particular Dailuaine 2003 (12 year old) 48.4%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0287 DL11076

Dist: Sept 2003 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Youthful, gristy and grassy aromas with barley and tart, green citrus. A little spirit with late hints of vanilla oak and earth.

The palate is a little sweeter and fuller with barley, apricot and set honey. Hints of grass and vanilla on the middle. Medium length with a tart citrus, vanilla and softly spiced finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Dailuaine 2002 (15 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0490/DL12016

Dist: Mar 2002 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose is quite dense with herbal honey, barley and flora/ fauna notes. Hints of perfumed white fruit, follow and it becomes quite fresh as the mineral notes assert. I can’t say that I’m getting much sherry though.

The palate is full barley’d and honeyed with mature baked fruit and vanilla. Freshens on the middle as the citrus arrives. Pleasantly spiced finish with liquorice, herbs and mineral laced white fruit. Again not much in the way of sherry but it’s still quite attractive.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Dailuiane 1997(?) (16 year old) 55.2%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0079/ Dist: 1997(?) Btl: Feb 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2014

A sensational, big, gristy, honeyed barley nose with hints of lime, clarified butter, jasmine, pear, banana and apricot. Wow. I’ve never come across such a lush, tropical and fruit Dailuaine before, I’m blown away! With time it becomes very oaky and I’d imagine that it has been aged in first fill American oak. With time, some lightly grainy spices appear along with hints of lightly oiled, lightly oxidised and dusty fruit.

The palate opens with a big hit of creamy oak. A really mouthful of delicious vanilla and butter with a thread of zingy lemon cutting through. The middle displays a lovely intensity of dusty spice and is bursting with sub-tropical fruit and barley. Very long and exuberant with a little bitter dark chocolate and coffee on the finish, but that sweet fruit really lingers.


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

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2030/ Dist: Apr 1997 Btl: June 2011/ Tasted: June 2011

A lovely crisp and high toned nose – floral marc and perfumed white flowers mingle with some grassy notes. Lovely balancing buttery/ toasty oak, accented by a touch of sweet honey. A lovely, harmoinious nose, classic light Spey.

The citrus and sharp alcohol hit the palate first and it definitely needs a drop of water as the alcohol is very intrusive. It just hints at some honeyed sub tropical fruit, banana and oak.

With water the nose becomes more floral and grassy. Almost Lowland-esque as is oftent the case with light Speys. Oooh a gorgeous twang of pure, fruity orange and orange blossom appears now. Glenkinchie……… take note please! The palate has become a touch lactic/ milky now that the alcohol bite has diminished. Gently sweet rose water, honey and oak now shows. I must say that it’s a bit short and simple, although the nose is delightful.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Dailuaine 1997 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2166/ Dist: Apr 1997 Btl: June 2012/ Tasted: June 2012

An exceedingly fresh nose with cut grass notes followed by some lovely sweet spice and very creamy oak. Wonderfully balanced with oak adding hints of toffee and crème caramel. With time the aromas become quite full with a baked apple character emerging.

The palate is lightly oiled with slightly fleshy fruit, banana skin and oily toffee’d oak. Still wonderfully clean and balanced by the alcohol and some citrus notes. A superb spicy middle with those citrus notes ramped up along with a touch of barley and finally the creamy oak returns berfore slowly fading. Very refreshing and very nice!


Douglas Laing Single Minded Dailuaine 2007 (7 year old) 41.5%

Sherry/ Code: SIN0011/ Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: Nov 2014/ Tasted: Dec 2014

A nose of violet pot-pourri and coriander leaf and a touch of sherry spice. A little barley appears but the nose dumbs down a bit as the oils kick in.

The palate is quite soft and opens with the lightly spiced, sherried fruit and barley. Less interesting than the nose with a very slight cardboard note, which morphs into a light tobacco/ coffee. Quite a citric finish with a tequila-esque peppery after-taste.


Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Dailuaine 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PBR0146/ Dist: July 2008 Btl: June 2016/ Tasted: July 2016

Slightly spirit and youthful aromas of raw cereal, citrus, grass and latent honey.

The palate shows a touch more barley character along with some bubblegummy white fruit. Young and cereally finish with lingering grass and white fruit.


Douglas Laing Provenance Dailuaine 2009 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1328/ DL10237

Dist: Aug 2009 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Aromas of floral, white fruit and barley. That’s a pleasantly aromatic nose. Hints of vanilla shortbread and grapefruit.

The palate opens with sweet barley, vanilla and hints of citrus. Simple, but pleasantly mouth-filling. Continues with a palate cleansing citrus finish.

Douglas Laing Provenance Dailuaine 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1245/ DL11504

Dist: Jan 2007 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Jan 2017

Dense and straw-like barley aromas, but also a little feinty. Not much in the way of oak but there’s a little late malt and sub-industrial notes.

The palate is a little watery and industrial with hard barley and burnt caramel. Short with a little sweet toffee in the finish.

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

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1265/ DL11618

Dist: Jan 2007 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Sept 2017

Earthy and feinty nose with hard barley and ascetic notes. Pretty charmless stuff!

Watery and cardboardy on the palate with granulated sugar and a touch of oak. Those flavours clash horribly! Feinty, hard finish.


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