Douglas Laing Glenallachie Tasting Notes

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

Douglas Laing Directors Cut Glenallachie 1972 (40 year old) 56.8%

First Fill(?) Sherry/ Code: DIR0016/ Dist: Mar 1972 Btl: Apr 2012/ Tasted: Apr 2012

A seriously mature nose of burnished wood, 70% cocoa dark chocolate, macerated ark cherries, treacle, raisinated fruit and sherry spices. A hint of citrus gives it an appeal lift and with time some herbaceous and damp tobacco notes appear. Amazingly deep and venerable.

The palate is dry and quite tannic to begin with and in fact the sherry is rather gentle an supple. The flavours mirror the nose – macerated fruit and ark chocolate. The piquant, cleansing alcohol leads into a wonderfully treacle led, dark tobacco leaf finish. The tannins do return and dry the finish out a touch but leave a cedar wood aftertaste.

A drop of water doesn’t make much change to the nose, maybe emphasising the dusty spices. The palate however has become a beautiful morass of gentle sun dried fruit and old sherry spice. Thankfully it’s not as tannic now and that allows this majestic old ram to show some serious depth and poise. Extremely long with a slight crystallised parma violet finish.


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

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0106/ Dist: Mar 1999 Btl: Mar 2015

Tasted: Apr 2015

Quite fresh aromas of lightly sweetened honeyed white fruit, barley, citrus and leafy herbs sprinkled with granulated sugar.

The palate is gently sweetened by the granulated sugar, but balanced by lime and grapefruit notes. A touch of barley comes through on the middle with some light caramel oak. Medium length, very citric with lingering caramel.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenallachie 1992 (22 year old) 51.5%

Code: OLD0136/ Dist: Feb 1992 Btl: Sept 2014/ Tasted: Oct 2014

The nose opens with a little high toned white fruit, white liquorice and orris root(?). Brittle honey and hard barley notes appear along with some lightly mentholated herbs and milky oak. With time the oak becomes rather mature and sawdusty.

The palate opens with the milky oak followed by hard barley, citrus and fennel. Chunky white fruit comes through with a touch of white pepper and leafy herbs. Good length if a little hot, with a lightly salted after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenallachie 1992 (25 year old) 50.6%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OLD0451/ DL11771

Dist: Feb 1992 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Aromas of edgy barley and hints of lime, green apple along with some lovely mature oak. Pleasantly balanced with the nose becoming very aromatic and creamy with time.

The palate displays soft barley and hints of spice. Quite full but relatively straightforward with some pleasantly mature oak and green apple notes coming through on the middle, along with a touch of honey. Long and citric, but slightly industrial finish.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glenallachie 1972 (38 year old) 50%

Sherry DL 6880/ Dist: Mar1972 Btl: Jan 2011/ Tasted: Apr 2011

An elegant, full-on, mature Oloroso seeped nose of dried fruit, gingerbread, plums, raisins and the most luscious sherry spice imaginable. There’s a hint of something phenolic and peaty in the background along with a touch of burnt wood, mature honey and old beeswax polished wood. A simply stunning nose.

The palate is soft, gentle and mature. Opening with the polished wood and gently earthy-spiced dried fruit. Hints of burnt embers and a gentle spicy/ oxidised rancio roll across the tongue. The middle is redolent of mature honey, rum like liquorice and treacle toffee which coates the mouth. The alcohol keeps it fresh and stops it becoming cloying. A beautiful length finishing with a touch of peat,assam tea and some more burnt wood.

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

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2128/ Dist: Mar 1995 Btl: Jan 2012/ Tasted: Jan 2012

A high toned nose of earthy, marc like notes and burnt caramel. Yes it displays all that lovely industrial characteristics that I love! Hints of citrus and grass.

The palate opens quite sweet and gristy but that industrial character is very prevalent. Hard as nails, short and alcoholic. Not one of there better bottlings.


Douglas Laing Provenance Glenallachie 2009 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1196/ DL11187

Dist: Apr 2009 Btl: May 2016/ Tasted: July 2016

Quite fruity and estery on the nose with a lovely, crisp, mineral seam. Hints of white fruit, citrus, white liquorice and barley appear and with time a touch of straw.

The palate opens with the crisp white fruit with a granulated sugar coating. The fruit becomes a little bubblegummy with straw and barley but the citric notes develop well to balance and freshen. Remaining citric on the finish with minerals and light malty oils.

Douglas Laing Provenance Glenallachie 2009 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1196/ DL11187

Dist: Apr 2009 Btl: May 2016/ Re-Tasted: Nov 2016

Fresh and crisp on the nose with plenty of honey to balance the very light industrial note. Slightly spicy with hints of vanilla, citrus and white liquorice.

The palate opens with the soft vanilla and honey, followed by a touch of citrus and spice. the honey develops pleasantly on the middle and a touch of grapefruit comes through. Good length with an intense spice and citrus finish.


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