Douglas Laing Glenrothes Tasting Notes

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

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 2004 (12 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0332/ DL11170

Dist: May 2004 Btl: June 2016/ Tasted: Nov 2016

A leather and tobacco scented nose with prune, raisin, tea leaves and herbal, spicy sherrywood.

The palate mirrors the nose with plenty of rich sherried fruit, tobacco and leather. Lightly herbal and nutty middle. Medium length, subtly spiced finish with lingering tobacco and caramelised orange.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 2005 (12 year old) 48.4%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0453/ DL11601

Dist: Mar 2005 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

The nose is slightly vinegary/ ascetic with buttery oak and rye-like herbs. I’m guessing that this was a very well used cask.

The palate is softly honeyed with barley, spice and ginger. Again there isn’t much in the way of sherry character, but it is cleaner than the nose with a touch of coffee and rye-like herbs. Sharp, citric finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenrothes 2005 (12 year old) 48.4%

Sherry/ Code: OLD0416/ Dist: Feb 2005 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A very vegetal, sulphur tainted and hard nose with a touch of raisinated fruit, but the off notes are way too intrusive.

The palate is rough and dirty, quelle surprise! Vegetal sulphur and hints of malt and dried fruit. The finish is slightly sweeter but it’s not what you would call a pleasant experience!

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

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0176/ Dist: Sept 1997 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Lovely aromas of fragrant barley and herbal notes, which shows a slight rye-like character. Hints of treacle toffee and warm vanilla follow. With time it becomes very bourbony and toasty as the oak asserts itself but a sliver of citrus adds freshness.

The palate is soft but pleasantly robust with a lightly gritty spiciness. Hints of ginger, cinnamon, citrus and gritty oak. That grittiness is balanced by a lovely dollop of milk chocolate on the middle. Good herbal finish with hints of camphor and lingering lightly toffee’d oak.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glentauchers 1996 (18 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0202/ Dist: Dec 1996 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

The nose is a little musty with baked fruit, barley and a touch of vanilla.

The palate is soft and generously endowed with vanilla custard notes. Slightly granity and lightly honeyed with again a little earthy/ mustiness. Tart, citric finish with lingering vanilla.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glenrothes 1990 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2091/ Dist: June 1990 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

A big, leafy, herbal sherry nose with liquorice coated/ toffee’d orange fruit, sherry wood spices and the botanical spirit poking through. A bit of an uninspiring nose to be honest.

The palate, like the nose is all cask – coffee, toffee, tobacco, liquorice and molasses. Good length with a leathery, dusty, boiled sweet finish.


Douglas Laing Directors Cut Glenrothes 1987(?) (26 year old) 53.3%

Bourbon/ Code: DIR0068/ Dist: 1987(?) Btl: Feb 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2014

Lovely mature, honeyed tropical fruit aromas of apricot, kiwi, green melon, lime jelly and sawdusty oak. An absolute classic old Spey nose. Light but elegant, deep and juicy, which becomes quite very perfumed with time. Gorgeous lime infused barley, coated with herbal honey shot through with plenty of luscious oak vanillins – heavenly!

The palate is soft, gentle and elegant opening with dense apricot and honeyed tropical fruit. Like the nose a sliver of lime runs through it. All the while the slightly toffee’d oak sits compliantly in the background. Very juicy on the middle with the fruit becoming slightly perfumed and granity. Also the spices emerge, and wow, those spices are livening up the finish a treat!


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