Douglas Laing Carsebridge Tasting Notes

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Carsebridge, Scottish Grain Whisky

Douglas Laing  Xtra Old Particular Carsebridge 1976 (40 year old) 53.7%

Code: XOP0074/ Dist: Octt 1976 Btl: Nov 2016?/ Tasted: Dec 2016

The nose is quite fresh and frisky with lime, apricot, toasty oak, almond paste, dried Satsuma and sultana. Beautifully spiced, flecked with a touch cinnamon and old wood spices. With time lemon drizzle cake, honey, rose oil, sumptuously creamy oak and a light wood smoke note appears.

The palate is pleasantly fresh and subtly crisp to begin with. Mature wood spice, leather, tobacco, dried lemon and sultana notes follow. Some subtle sugars emerge on the middle but some emerging chocolaty tannins balance. Lightly rummy with developing biting spices. Very, very long and spicy with cigar smoke, citrus, subtle oak, smoky dried fruit and grippy tannins.

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Carsebridge 1976 (40 year old) 49.9%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: XOP0090/ DL11587

Dist: Oct 1976 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Intense, crisp dried fruit aromas with hints of lime, coconut and honey. With time the oak begins to assert itself and shows a seriously toastiness. However the citrus and grainy spices balance superbly.

The palate is a little richer and fuller with dried apricot and sultana. Wonderfully softly spiced and not as heavy on the oak as the nose suggests. Crisp citrus and column still notes come through on the middle and finally the oak shows its hand on the finish, but the intense lemony notes cut it short and allows the lightly oxidised fruit to return. Lovely progression!

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Carsebridge 1965 (50 year old) 40.1%

Refill Hogshead/ Code: XOP0048/ Dist: Oct 1965 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Beautiful aromas of rum-like dried fruit and dense, buttery oak. Hints of toffee, sweet coconut and lovely vanilla coated spices follow. With time some darker fruit notes emerge along with a slight balsamic note along with some freshening herbal grain notes.

A stunningly elegant palate, full of mature dried fruit, cereal and grippy spices. The slightly herbal grain comes through adding a fresh counterpoint to the vanilla, coconut and peanut oak notes. Long with lingering dried fruit and a superb blending of sweet and drier spices.. Superbly balanced and worth every penny!


Douglas Laing Old Particular Carsebridge 1982 (33 year old) 44.9%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: OLD0359/ DL11339

Dist: Dec 1982 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

A dense, dark and treacly nose (not a surprise given its colour) with Jamaican-esque toasted brown sugar coated dried fruit and dark spice. Hints of sharp vanilla punctuate the oxidised fruit and gives the nose a lovely intensity. Late hints of cigar smoke, leather and tobacco.

The palate is wonderfully mature and spicy with coffee, liquorice and a touch of treacle. Luscious dried fruit follows along with a touch of citrus and crisp grain notes. Full, rounded and oaky on the middle with a touch of toasted brown sugar, roasted spice and coffee bean. Long with the herbal spirit giving the finish a lovely crispness. A seriously impressive old grain.


Douglas Laing Clan Denny Carsebridge 1981 (30 year old) 59.1%

Bourbon/ Code: DEN0078/ Dist: Oct 1981 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

The nose opens with an immense hit of supercharged spicy oak. Quite fudgy with plenty of sweet vanilla and a touch of mature honey. Interwoven is some pleasant, nippy almost rye like notes.

The quite pronounced oak makes it dry start to the proceedings but some soft, demarara coated fruit duly arrives. Very full and spicy on the middle with the slightly floral, sweet grain notes encroaching. Very long with hints of coffee, fudge and spice in the finish.

With water the nose displays more of the botanical spirit as the oak beats a retreat. Maybe a touch sweeter with a greater honeyed emphasis. The palate is softer, fleshier and distinctly more fruity – dried fruit, banana and milk chocolate. Lovely length with a pure coffee grain finish.

Douglas Laing ‘The Clan Denny’ Carsebridge 1965 (45 year old) 44.7%

Bourbon/ Code: DEN0072/ Dist: Oct 1965 Btl: Sept 2011/ Tasted: Sept 2011

A grainy and very earthy nose. In fact it is almost peated with some edgy, toffee’d American oak followed by a lovely burst of perfumed orange. The grains are beautifully crisp and fragrant. Later a touch of light coffee and herbs appears.

The palate is lovely and soft. Slightly grainy with gentle dried fruit and a very subtle touch of oak. Quite oily, but the grains nip and keep it vibrant. Ooh the middle displays a wonderful Guyana-esque dried fruit combination, which mellows into a long spicy and subtle citrus finish.

Douglas Laing ‘The Clan Denny’ Carsebridge 1965 (47 year old) 45.3%

Bourbon/ Code: DEN0103/ Dist: Oct 1965 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A Huge nose! Big, spicy, Kentucky oak goes head to head with the big grains. Wow a real heavy weight, rumble in the jungle! Hugely fruity – crushed cherries, plum and damson all liberally doused in pure fruit sugar/ light syrup and gentle vanilla’d, dusty spices. Wow! This is a sensational nose. Densely perfumed with a beguiling musky/ sweet style.

The palate is soft and succulent with the sweet, dark fruit showing first, followed by the oak, which incidentally is a lot subtler than the nose would lead you to believe. The grains are almost imperceptible as they are over laid by the weight of fruit. Gentle oak notes penetrate bringing some toffee’d vanillins. Incredibly deep and unctuous with a lovely fade if a little abrupt as the tannins intrude, however the dark sugared fruit and light treacle notes linger and it finishes with a gentle smokiness. Another stunning old grain whisky!


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