Douglas Laing Glengoyne Tasting Notes

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Glengoyne, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glengoyne 1997 (17 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0188/ Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Mar 2015/ Tasted: Apr 2015

Clean and slightly floral aromas of baked apple, green citrus, heather, rosemary and some light, buttery oak notes. With time it becomes a little soapy with some hard barley appearing.

The palate opens with juicy apple and apricot followed by some sugars and a touch of cardboard spice, but some sweet barley offsets. Hints of baked fruit and malt appear on the middle along with a touch of ginger and cocoa on the finish. I must say it’s probably the best American oak aged Glengoyne I’ve tasted in a while as it has plenty of sweetness to balance its ‘distillery character’.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glengoyne 1996 (20 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0331/ DL11212

Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: Jun 2016/ Tasted: Oct 2016

For an American oak aged ‘goyne, that’s a pleasant nose. It opens with plenty of aromatic vanilla oak with just a hint of hard barley. Some granulated sugar notes sweeten the barley and a touch of fleshy apricot and banana appears. With time the oak begins to show a more mature character and a touch of dusty spice can be detected.

The palate show a little more of the hard barley but the sugars and the oak balance. Hints of apricot and orange come through on the middle and the finish displays plenty of citrus and mineral notes along with the vanilla oak. In fact the finish is quite vibrant. It’s possibly the best American oak aged ‘goyne I’ve tasted in ages!


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glengoyne 1997 (14 year old) 50%


Code: OMC2089/ Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

Quite a spirity, high toned nose with some crisp, ganity barley and peppery Tequilla-esque and earthy notes.

The palate opens with some reasonably sweet barley with a sliver of honey. Relatively straightforward with hints of citrus and white fruits. Piquant alcohol leads to a slightly gristy finish with a suggestion of oak and spice. Quite pleasant for a Bourbon casked Glengoyne.


Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Glengoyne 2007 (7 year old) 46%%

Bourbon/ Code: PBR0139/ Dist: Jun 2007 Btl: Aug 14/ Tasted: Aug 2014

A young, oily, ‘off the still’ nose with hints of white fruit, liquorice, straw and a light cardboardy note.

The palate is young, oily and lightly cardboardy with hints of earthy barley and granulated sugar. A touch of white fruit comes through on the middle and the finish has an intense peppery spice character and a light, honeyed after-taste. Cardboardy note as side its not too bad for an American oaked Glengoyne.

Douglas Laing Premier Barrel Glengoyne 2007 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PBR0139/ Dist: June 2007 Btl: Aug 2014/ Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Young and oily aromas of rounded barley and nascent malt. Hints of white fruit and straw follow. Slightly soapy but very clean and fresh. No oak character, which is evident from its very pale colour.

The palate is young, fresh, granity and lightly oiled with hints of under ripe banana, grass and digestive biscuit. Like the nose there is no oak character but the spirit is surprisingly clean. Lightly bitter spice finish and a white fruit after-taste.


Douglas Laing Single Minded Glengoyne 2007 (8 year old) 43%

Bourbon/ Code: SIN0016/ Dist: Apr 2007 Btl: Oct 2016?/ Tasted: Nov 2016

Aromas of sweet barley and grassy, new world Sauvignon Blanc. Very appealing and Spey-like. Late hints of sweet cinnamon and vanilla.

The palate is full and toffee’d with a subtler new world Sauvignon Blanc character, due to the abundance of oak. However it’s still reasonably well balanced and surprisingly clean. Long with lingering toffee.


Douglas Laing Provenance Glengoyne 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1229/ DL11367

Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Aromas of straw, earth and spirit notes. Simple and young with very subtle oak, citrus and barley.

The palate is a little insubstantial wit hints of hard barley, toasted caramel, green apple and barley. Good length with a slightly sherbety finish.


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