Douglas Laing Tamnavulin Tasting Notes

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

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

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2072/ Dist: Oct 1989 Btl: Aug 2011/ Tasted: Aug 2011

The nose is just plain old with no shortage of old wood notes. Rather industrial and spirity. To be honest its lacking in fruit and the aromas are rather hard and waxy. A bit Dufftown-esque! 

The palate is very much the same. Amongst the old wood notes there is some late leafy old tobacco and dried stalky notes, but frankly a bit charmless and hard going.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tamnavulin 1986 (25 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2180/ Dist: Oct 1989 Btl: June 2012/ Tasted: June 2012

An edgy and amazingly gristy nose, given its age. There is a beautiful depth of sub-tropical fruit, citrus, waxed linen and barley. Elegant and mature with a late touch of pepper and some mature oak coming through. 

The palate is quite light but elegant. Again resplendent in its sub-tropical fruitiness. It becomes quite fleshy with a mineral laced citrus and barley. Slightly earthy with a touch of coal dust and developing dried fruit notes. A gorgeously spicy middle with some light bonfire ash on the finish. All the while those lovely spices linger. Very long and taught. I have to say that the level of spice was rather unexpected as the nose didn’t let on at all!

Douglas Laing Directors Cut Tamnavulin 1989 (25 year old) 48.8% (aprox)

Bourbon/ Code: DIR0088/ Dist: May 1989 Btl: June 14/ Tasted: Aug 2014

Sweet and malty aromas. Very nutty – walnuts and peacan with hints of butter toffee, dusty oak, herbal honey, heather and a slight balsamic intimation. With time it becomes quite aromatic with a touch of sugar coated orange and oxidised white grape emerging. 

The palate is softly spiced with sweet toffee and malty fruit. A touch of baked apple and crunchy barley comes through. Lovely depth and maturity with oodles of soft spice now and a touch of lightly oxidised fruit. Long and a little tart as the citrus kicks in but those spices really linger and a little vanilla comes through at the end.


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