Douglas Laing Strathmill Tasting Notes

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Strathmill

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathmill 1993 (21 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0164/ Dist: Jan 1993 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

This has a rather peculiar nose. On the one hand it has plenty of sweet barley but on the other plenty of manure and methane! With time a little vanilla, honey and fresh citrus appears and the manurey notes blow off a bit.

The palate opens with the toasted caramel oak and dark-ish honey, baked fruit, earth and old wood notes. Reasonable length with the baked fruit lingering along with hints of herbs and old wood.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Strathmill 1975 (36 year old) 44.1%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2049/ Dist: May 1975 Btl: July 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

A beautifully fragrant nose of orange blossom with some gorgeous honey shot through with a seam of tart citrus fruit. With time the oak comes through with a slightly sawdusty character before developing a slight toasted caramel note.

Soft, gentle and oh so delicate. Opening with orange and tangerine fruit coated in light syrup and liberally sprinkled with caster sugar. The orange fruit become more liquor like as the mature honey flavours evolve. The alcohol adds just the right level of piquancy to stop it become too sweet and in doing so releases a slight herbal note. Superb length with some wood notes and tannins in the finish but there is no let up in the gorgeous, silky, liquid orange. Stunning!

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Strathmill 1976 (35 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2118/ Dist: Apr 1976 Btl: Apr 2012/ Tasted: Apr 2012

A deep and luscious nose. Beautifully fragrant satusuma, sweet tangerine and oriental spice notes rise from the glass. Light pepper, barley, sawdusty oak and crème brulee add to the complexity. So succulent and juicy. Very good.

Luscious and juicy on the palate. A lovely combination of barley and satsuma with hints of dried fruit, soft spices.  The orange become pleasantly creamy towards the middle before the mature oak vanillins arrive and slightly bitter out the finish. However those wonderfully dusty spices linger.


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