Douglas Laing Dalmore Tasting Notes

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

Douglas Laing Old Particular Dalmore 1996(?) (17 year old) 54.8%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0080/ Dist: 1996(?) Btl: Feb 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2014

An intensely pungent nose. Very herbal, granity and oily with hints of rose petal marc and an almost Manzanilla sherry green nuttiness, plus hints of manure, earth, edgy, brittle barley and decaying straw. The aromas definitely have a Lowland-esque quality to them.

The palate is earthy and oily and seems a lot younger than 17 years. I would guess that quite a wide cut was taken as it feels heavy with impurities and rose petal marc-like notes. Quite ‘toshan-like with earthy barley, manure and a pungent, alcoholic finish.

A drop of water emphasises the oils and its youthfulness on the nose. On the palate it bring forward the earthy barley.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Dalmore 1997(?) (17 year old) 55.5%

Code: OLD0133/ Dist: 1997(?) Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Mature and straw-like aromas with hints of lime butter. Hints of camphor and herbal rye-like notes emerge with a slight salinity and late balsamic, malty notes. 

The palate is quite earthy and veering towards the industrial end of the spectrum. Again there is an abundance of straw-like white fruit and gritty tannins. The middle is pretty dry and austere. Good finish though with lingering mature barley and straw notes.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Dalmore 1999 (12 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2031/ Dist Apr 1999 Btl: June 2011/ Tasted: June 2011

A gritty, golden honey coated Satsuma nose accented by citrus rind high notes and a light Tequila-esque spicy rose petal character. Quite intriguing with some light caramel and barky charred wood.

The palate is robust and oily with some full-on, spicy oak to begin. A large dollop of honeyed barley briefly fills the mouth along with a fleeting herbal/ nettly note before its back to the oak riding in on a delightful wave of oily, nutty marzipan. Good length with some burnt, spicy marmalade orange rind in the finish. Possibly a bit heavy on the oak, but good fun nevertheless.


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

Bourbon/ Code: PBR0097/ Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: July 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

A hard, spirity, industrial nose with lots of burnt caramel and a touch of cardboard along with hints of prunes and dried fruit.

The palate is oily and sugary sweet, again the burnt caramel is oppressive and like the nose it’s quite industrial. Slightly tart citrus and bitter oak finish.


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