Douglas Laing Tamdhu Tasting Notes

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

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tamdhu 1998 (16 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0112/ Dist: June 1998 Btl: Oct 2014/ Tasted: Nov 2014

A lovely fresh and crisp nose. Hints of dusty barley, honey, malt and fragrant meadow-like notes appear. Quite mineral and lightly citrus with a touch of oak.

Slightly sweet barley to begin with but a pleasant degree of citrus fruit and minerality gives the palate an edge. Gently honeyed with a touch of creamy/ toffee’d oak. Good fresh finish with a lingering lightly perfumed note.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tamdhu 1998 (16 year old) 48.4%

Code: OLD0146/ Dist: Jun 1998 Btl: Feb 2015/ Tasted: Mar 2015

A lovely nose of aromatic honey and fresh grassy notes. A touch of white fruit, vanilla and light dusty oak appears.  Beautifully balanced and gently sweet.

The palate is sweet and earthy with hints of baked fruit along with a faint mushroomy/ musty note, which could be cork taint. Dry finish with the mustiness lingering. Pity it was such a lovely nose.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tamdhu 1998 (17 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0208/ Dist: Mar 1998 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Very succulent and juicy aromas of fresh citrus, blueberry, apricot and floral honey. Wonderfully fragrant with a touch of sweet herbs plus cinnamon and sweet coriander powder. Lovely, fragrant bourbon oak, which comes through with a touch of vanilla.

The palate is incredibly more-ish! Again moist and full with honey coated sub-tropical apricot and pineapple. Hints of earth and citrus follow on the middle along with a touch of green banana skin and melon. Lovely grippy oak finish with some creamy, bourbony notes.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tamdhu 1998 (18 year old) 48.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OL|D0393/ DL11472

Dist: May 1998 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Jan 2017

The nose is as fresh as a daisy with citrus enhanced white fruit along with a subtle white pepper note. Gorgeously, sexy ‘Bourbony’ oak follows with edgy honeycomb, rye-like herbs, menthol and eucalyptus.

The palate is soft and supple with Bourbon oak and counter balancing sharp citrus. White fruit, sweet spice, white pepper and barley notes come through on the middle. Lovely, herbal, mentholated, spicy finish with a touch of perfumed rose petal, smoky white fruit and buttery oak. Very impressive.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tamdhu 1999 (18 year old) 48.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD459/ DL11764/ Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

A sweet and soapy nose with chamomile and lavender. Now that’s an unusual nose for Tamdhu! Subtle barley, mint and chunky, but un-vanilla’d oak appears, along with a late burnt butter and sawdust note.

The palate mirrors the nose – sweet and soapy with chamomile, apricot and white fruit. Dense but subtle oak on the middle. Medium length and continuing sweet with lingering sugar coated barley. Finally a touch of herbal citrus attempts to inject a fresher element. Very unusual and not exactly floating my boat!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tamdhu 1999 (18 year old) 48.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0552/ DL12201

Dist: May 1999 Btl: Nov 2017/ Tasted: Feb 2018

Aromas of mature baked apple and apricot with hints of coffee’d oak, background grass and barley.

The palate is pleasantly mature with gently spiced baked fruit and hints of barley and oak. Lovely intensity and spicy finish with a touch of red pepper, barley and coffee in the after-taste.



Douglas Laing Provenance Tamdhu 2006 (10 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1275/ DL11636

Dist: Nov 2006 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

The nose is initially heavily caramelized with a touch of hard barley. With time it lightens and freshens as the honey, grass and tangerine notes emerge.

The palate is fresher and grassier but there are still some heavy caramel notes. The barley notes are a little hard as well. Medium length with a slightly spritzy/ sherbety finish. In conclusion it’s a bit disjointed.

Douglas Laing Provenance Tamdhu 2003? (12 year old) 46%

Code: PRV1225/ Dist: 2003? Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

The nose is quite heavy and vanilla’d with barley and possibly a touch of sherry? Lightly nutty with hints of oxidised fruit and cocoa powder.

The palate is full and richly fuited with barley and again what appears to be some re-fill sherry spice. Lightly mineral and citric on the middle with a touch of sweet vanilla. Long, succulent finish with lingering citrus, pepper and minerals. Lightly chocolaty after-taste.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tamdhu 1998 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2204/ Dist: Mar 1998 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

The nose shows a touch of citrus and malt but it is really all about the American oak, probably first fill given the abundance of sweet, caramel fudge.

The palate opens with sweet golden syrup drizzled fudge cake with a touch of barley and citrus, but like the nose mostly oak. It becomes very Bourbon-esque with some dark spices that begin to take on a slightly rye like nip. The oak does bitter the finish a little but some herbaceous notes appear as I assume the spirit finally put’s in an appearance!

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tamdhu 1989 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Dist: Dec 1989 Btl: May 2011/ Tasted: May 2011

A big, ever so slightly vegetal nose which lingers on the edge of sulphurousness, although I can forgive this minor blemish and the nose is awesome. Full of those wonderful old sherry notes – walnuts, sweet dark toffee, luscious orange conserve, dried spices and a late charcoal note.

A lovely, mature, soft and luscious palate, again like the nose slightly vegetal and verging on the s word! However this gentle dram coats the mouth in a complexity of liquorice, dark toffee and a profusion of wood spices. Superb length with hints ofparmaviolets. The piquant alcohol balances wonderfully the gentle tannins that show on the finish.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tamdhu 1980 (23 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1980 Btl: 2003/ Tasted: May 2004

A soft, clean, aromatic nose. Quite fruity with hints of orange, peat and wood smoke. The palate has a lovely intensity. Smooth and fruity with an initial menthol note. Builds into a warming fruity mouthful with a touch of peat and a long, soft, citrus finish.


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