Douglas Laing Tobermory Tasting Notes

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tobermory

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tobermory 1996 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2129/ Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: Jan 2012/ Tasted: Jan 2012

Ah, my old nemesis! Will you surprise me this time?………… well…………. What do you think?……… Yep, you’re correct. Business as usual, although instead of wet cardboard notes we have sulphur. Hmm, one thinks those poor old stills were thrashed a bit on this distillation. A bit of oily cereal, burnt caramel and a touch of peat complete the nose.

The palate, as is often the case is to be endured rather than enjoyed. Industrial, burnt caramel, muddy barley and a fizzy, slightly metallic finish. Lovely!


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

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0103/ Dist: Mar 1996 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

The aromas are very lightly cardboard but large dollops of sweet barley cover it to a certain degree. It has a fresh Sauvignon blanc-eque grassiness along with a touch of vanilla and light smoke. With time some bruised apple notes emerge. By ‘mory standards its quite appealing.

The palate begins, like the nose with a slight cardboard note, but the barley is less covering. There are hints of malt, coffee an light treacle. Quite herbal and tart on the finish with the distillery character lingering along with the light smoke.

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

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0220/ Dist: July 1995 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

A dense, malty and mature nose with buckets of fragrant, slightly buttery oak and herbs. A touch of baked, sour fruit and astringent spice appears. Aromatic and very impressive (surprise!)

The palate is malty and full with baked fruit and fragrant oak. Hints of dark honey, gentle peat and slightly astringent spice come through. Quite mature and best of all there isn’t a cardboardy note in sight! Long with some tart green, coastal fruit but the underlying oak balances. Very impressed! (And I don’t say that about ‘mory often, if at all!)

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tobermory 1994 (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0268/ DL10959

Dist: July 1994 Btl: Dec 2015/ Tasted: Nov 2016

The nose is ever so faintly cardboardy and dusty with malt, hard barley, salt, lemon, coffee and hints of smoke. Good balance with plenty of other aromas to offset the distillery character.

The palate opens with the hard barley, followed by granulated sugar coated barley, smoke and vanilla. Sweetens on the middle as the sugars really kick in. Long with returning hard barley and faint industrial/ balsamic notes. In conclusion this is old fashioned ‘mory, but it’s clean and relatively well balanced.

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

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0394/ DL11485

Dist: Apr 1995 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: July 2017

Aromas of soft, earthy spice, barley, smoke and lime. Ever so slightly showing the usual ‘distillery character’, but it’s not too off putting. Hints of dark chocolate, mature oak and violets.

The palate is a little cardboardy, but pleasantly mature with dusty oak, liquorice, smoke and barley. Good intensity with a dry, citric finish and a light wet cardboard after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Tobermory 1996 (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0482/DL12038

Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Quite sulphury (spirit not wood) with hard as nails barley and hints of peat, herbs, malt and coffee. With time it becomes fairly honeyed and some fruit notes even put in an appearance, but the sulphur is too much!

The palate displays hard barley with hints of cardboard, although it is pleasantly dense and malty. Hints of liquorice, earth and stewed fruit on the middle. Good length with hints of salt, eat, herbs and stewed fruit in the finish.





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