Douglas Laing Talisker Tasting Notes

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Talisker

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Talisker 2001 (10 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2062/ Dist: Jun 2001 Btl: June 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

The nose is very sweet and toffee’d for a Talisker, however there is some trademark soft peppery notes and a smidgen of peat in amongst all that oak. In fact this is a very fruity little number with oodles of sweet pineapple and vanilla emerging. It’s not overly coastal, so I would guess this has been mainland matured for most of its life.

The palate follows the same path as the nose. Pleasantly sweet and fruity with honey, malt, oak and youthful cereal notes. Even the peat is quite sweet but the missing brine and light phenolics come through on the palate along with some deliciously mouth-watering barley. The classic peppery bite emerges on the finish along with some dry spice and coal dust.

It’s a bit of a sly malt to be honest. At first you think it’s a touch on the one dimensional side but then it just keeps developing and revealing more character until you sit back and think – Actually, this is pretty good spirit!


Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Talisker 2008 (5 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PBR0137/ Dist: Dec 2008 Btl: Nov 2014/ Tasted: Dec 2014

Pleasant aromas of apricot and barley with a light honey sheen. Hints of spice and gentle peat smoke emerge. There is no real oak input but the spirit is clean and fresh with a youthful oiliness, but the sugars make sure that oiliness doesn’t become too dominant.

The palate is soft and a little watery, but quite smoky. Dry, dusty, gritty peat comes through on the middle with hints of white fruit, which takes on a pulped demeanour. Good, crisp, salty finish. It’s very enjoyable given its relative simplicity and lack of oak character.


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

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1248/ DL11521

Dist: Nov 2009 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

Fishy and briny aromas with taught, lightly medicinal peat and sweet barley. More Islay in character than Skye with late hints of burnt wood, toast and subtle pepper.

The palate is fresh and crisp with apricot, white fruit and sweet barley. A lovely combination of dry and medicinal peat follows along with some very subtle oak. Good balance and intensity with developing peppery spice. Long and salty with lingering white fruit.

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

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1274/ Dist: Dec 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A dense and coastal nose with a good depth of granulated sugar coated barley. Slightly medicinal with hints of gooseberry, lime, vanilla and peat smoke.

The palate is earthy and subtly peated with plenty of sweet barley, white fruit and granulated sugar. It does become pretty sweet on the middle but there’s just enough salt to balance. Long and not surprisingly, remaining sweet and barley’d with a gentle wood spice and peat dust finish. Actually it’s very appealing.


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