Douglas Laing Glen Garioch Tasting Notes

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Glen Garioch, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Garioch 1995 (20 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0289/ Dist: Sept 1995 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Quite high toned, fresh and citric with hints of sweet barley and vanilla beneath. With time some aromatic and sweet heather becomes apparent along with some luscious honey aromas.

The palate is crisp with almost tart citrus, white fruit, barley and subtle toffee’d oak. A touch of clotted cream on the middle with a slight maltiness which develops through to the finish. Long with lingering citrus and gentle tannins. Possibly the freshest and crispest Glen Garioch I’ve tasted.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Garioch 1992 (21 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0028/ Dist: May 1992 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

The aromas are relatively light with heather, dried fruit, toasty oak and a smidge of peat. The aromas have a distinct grain-like character with the oak giving it quite a ‘Bourbon’ feel. The oak continues to assert itself adding crunchy caramel/ toffee notes before becoming quite fragrant and buttery.

The palate is full and chewy. Again very grain-esque with plenty of crunchy toffee’d oak. Lightly smoky middle with a building piquancy. Lovely length with the heather, honey, brittle barley and warm spice notes lingering along with a delicate smokiness. Seriously impressive!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Garioch 1995 (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0390/ DL11471

Dist: Sept 1995 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

An earthy, edgy and very heathery nose with crisp white fruit and an almost grain spirit-like nip at the edges. Subtly mature and malty with sawdusty oak but balancing crisp barley. However the main focus is on the gorgeous Highland fruit and with time hints of gooseberry and lime appear.

The palate is very citric with mature, creamy oak and barley. Hints of baked fruit, malt, heather and herbs follow. Very malty middle with a long, heathery, herbal and lightly honeyed finish. That’s rather good!


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

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2109/ Dist: May 1986 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

A fresh, brusquely perfumed nose of apple and white fruit. Lovely complexity with some granity hard honey, berry fruit, brittle toffee and mature, sawdusty oak. With time some botanical spirit notes creep in to belie it’s age.

The palate is soft and rounded with some less brittle honey and sawdusty oak to begin with. Quite malty with dark fruit and some encroaching bitter oak. The piquant alcohol adds to the overall dryness and the finish is a touch short and botanical with a hint of spice. This really is a malt of two halves (on the palate) – lovely before the alcohol but creaking after the alcohol.

I tried a drop of water and it brings out some lovely, luscious orange, date and walnut aromas, but it doesn’t help the palate in fact it shows up its shortcomings rather too much. It’s now oily, flabby and a touch watery with a faintly cardboardy finish.


Douglas Laing Directors Cut Glen Garioch 1993 (21 year old) 57.4% (aprox)

Bourbon/ Code: DIR0092/ Dist: Apr 1993 Btl: June 14/ Tasted: Aug 2014

The nose opens with crisp, brittle barley and honey, followed by some fragrant white fruit – pear and peach. It develops a light balsamic, damp wood and treacle note as the aromas become darker and maltier with time. A rather interesting and evolving nose.

The palate is soft and malty. Quite dark in flavour with baked fruit and treacle. Some sharp citrus penetrates and brings out some lovely cinnamon spice on the middle, but the treacle and malt holds. Slightly herbal with a touch of stem ginger. Good length, which is slightly oily with the crisp citrus and apple lingering. Dry, slightly woody after-taste.


Douglas Laing Provenance Glen Garioch 2010 (6 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1236/ DL11560

Dist: Jan 2010 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Jan 2017

Young and feinty on the nose with hints of barley and plenty of rose petal marc. Not much in the way of oak character.

The palate is quite sweet and barley’d but feinty and marc-like with an earthy mustiness. Far too young.


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