Douglas Laing Glen Keith tasting Notes

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Glen Keith, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Keith 1993 (20 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0025/ Dist: Jul 1993 Btl: Aug 2013/ Tasted: Sept 2013

The aromas are quite light with mature, fleshy spiced apple and pear. Quite malty with a pleasant depth. Hints of smoke and dunnage floors appear and with time a touch of toffee, orange and light spice emerge. 

The palate is quite light, like the nose but deep, with malty mature fruit, spice, toffee and hints of barley and white pepper. The middle sort of comes out of nowhere with a wave of peppery spice which lingers through to the end. Now the spirit starts to show some complexity with burnished honey, mature apricot, warm slightly woody spice and a suggestion of mint. The toffee’d oak returns in the after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Kieth 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2092/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

A stunning nose of brittle, hard edged barley with fleshy citrus and melon fruit aplenty. With time the exuberantly creamy oak barrels in (forgive the pun) liberally endowing the nose with some delightful Madeira-esque finish baked shortbread. Superb maturity and with time a slight perfumed note appears. 

The palate is quite oily with the granity hard barley and honey showing first followed by oodles of citrus and melon, wrapped in the most delightful soft honey imaginable. The middle has a distinct earthy, bourbon like character and the spices build wonderfully. Good grief those spices are running rampant now! – It’s become a veritable spice monster!. Lovely length with the honey and oak lingering. 

The oak and the spirit are beautifully balanced and very evocative. The finish displays and almost rye like nip and it could almost be an American/ Scottish hybrid. Truly superb! 

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1993 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2133/ Dist: Sept 1993 Btl: Jan 2012/ Tasted: Jan 2012

A pleasantly fresh and citrusy nose with plenty of creamy oak, but also a touch of burnt caramel. 

The palate is oily and quite creamy, with oodles of pure, buttery oak which builds, and builds, and, well you get the idea. Good length with some gristy, herbal notes in the finish.

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