Douglas Laing Allt-A-Bhannie Tasting Notes

Posted: October 8, 2011 in Allt-A-Bhannie, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Allt-A-Bhainne 2000 (16 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD345/ DL11338

Dist: July 2000 Btl: Sept 2016/ Tasted: July 2017

Aromas of nettle leaves and herbal sherry, followed by turmeric coated dried fruit, wood spice and a subtle, edgy barley note.

The palate is soft and quite sweet with sherried dried fruit, herbs and coffee. Mouth-filling with developing edgy barley and subtle woody notes, tea leaves and tobacco on the middle. Long and spicy with sweet fruit and herbs in the finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Allt-A-Bhannie 1996 (18 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0104/ Dist: June 1996 Btl: July 2014/ Tasted: Aug 2014

A very sweet and honeyed nose of gristy barley and slightly tropical apricot and pineapple. Exceedingly voluptuous, especially by Allt-A-Bhannie standards!

The palate leads off with the vanilla oak, cream and apricot followed by some barley sugar and a touch of orange. Like the nose it is quite sweet and reasonably voluptuous with a lovely, spicy finish and lingering honey notes.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Allt-A-Bhannie 1995 (21 year old) 49.6%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0482/DL12038

Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A dusty and slightly coffee’d nose with white pepper, barley and a touch of baked fruit. Subtle honey appears along with creamy vanilla, wood smoke and a slight rose petal edge.

The palate opens with creamy vanilla, butterscotch and barley along with some baked apple. Straightforward but pleasantly deep with a touch of citrus and straw on the middle. Medium length with sharp citrus, almond and dusty barley.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Allt-A-Bhainne 1996 (16 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2161/ Dist: Dec 1996 Btl: Aug 2012/ Tasted: Aug 2012

A pure, herbal honey and toffee nose, with hints of refill sherried dried fruit and spice. Quite full with baked apple and a light balsamic nose.

Quite toffee’d on the palate as well with that baked apple character evident too. Quite full with some gentle dried grape and sweet spices. Very spicy on the middle with a smidge of black pepper and more sweet spices. Rather enjoyable.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Allt-A-Bhannie 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2084/ Dist Feb 1993 Btl: Oct 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

A quite attractive nose of crisp citrus, barley, earth, white liquorice along with a touch of creamy/ toffee’d orange fruit. Light and relatively floral with time.

The palate is soft and reasonably full and very citrusy. The gentle spices build amidst the toffee. Good length and still very citrusy throughout. Lovely zesty, spicy finish. To be honest I pondered this quite long and hard, and I concluded that if this retailed at say just under 50 quid then I’d go for it but I don’t believe its complex enough to warrant a £63.95 price tag.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Allt-A-Bhannie 1991 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2199/ Dist May 1991 Btl Oct 2012/ Tasted Oct 2012

A rich, sweet and nutty nose showing some hazelnut kernel, juicy sherry and hints of malt, liquorice, dark spices and balsamic. With time it becomes quite herbal.

The palate is sweet and malty, quite full bodied and rather spicy. Sweetly sherried with plenty of tannins and a touch of marzipan. It’s livened up by a shot of tart citrus on the middle, which as it fades allows the oak notes of cedar and tobacco to return. Quite pleasant with some late Oloroso leafiness.


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