Douglas Laing Speyside Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: August 1, 2012 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Speyside Distillery

Douglas Laing Old Particular Speyside 2000 (15 year old) 48.3%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OLD0388/ DL11483

Dist: Dec 2000 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

The nose is lightly herbal and fresh with soft fruit, barley and citrus. Hints of malt, herbs and subtle American oak notes, which become creamier and slightly dusty with time.

The palate is soft and barley’d with a touch of toffee. Pleasantly mature with herbal nuances and a touch of creamy oak and wood tannins on the middle. Long, citric finish with lingering marzipan and drying tannins. It’s good to see Speyside sans sherry!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Speyside 1996 (17 year old) 48.4%

Sherry/ Code: OLD0034/ Dist: Nov 96 Btl: Jan 14/ Tasted: Feb 14

A dark, treacly and malt nose with plenty of dark, pepper spice, fragrant barley and balsamic notes.

The palate is like the nose, dark, treacly and balsamic with dark spices and hints of camphor. The middle is all baked fruit and sherry, but very chewy. Good length with the barley taking on a pleasant muscavado sugar coating.

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

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0145/ Dist: 1996(?) Btl: 2014(?)/ Tasted: Dec 2014

The nose is initially rather dusty with some soft spice. Then the slightly balsamic baked fruit arrives along with hints of dark chocolate and plums. It’s a very autumnal nose! Broad and juicy with time.

The palate is dusty and lightly musty with baked fruit and nippy spices. Hints of honey and red liquorice come through on the middle and some tart citrus on the finish.

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

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0503/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A huge hit of herbal Oloroso and mature Armagnac-esque dried fruit and green nuts. Faintly astringent with a subtle dark chocolate note.

The palate is rich and full of Oloroso dried fruit, green nuts and dark chocolaty tannins. Subtly mature Armagnac-esque fruit on the middle and lingering treacle and sweet but dusty spice.


Douglas Laing Single Minded Speyside 15 year old 46%

Bourbon/ Code: SIN0012/ Tasted: Jun 2015

A nose of earthy and sweet barley with citrus, aromatic apricot, vanilla, toffee and freshening mineral notes.

The palate is quite toffee’d but pleasantly mineral with sweet barley and citrus. Relatively straightforward but deep with a good spicy finish.

Douglas Laing Single Minded Speyside 24 year old 46%

Sherry/ Code: SIN0013/ Tasted: Jun 2015

A curious nose of ozone, bleach and subtle dried prune and walnuts. Hints of perfumed spice and dried citrus peel emerge.

The palate opens with cinnamon, clove, raisinated fruit and toffee. More toffee comes through on the middle along with a light nuttiness. Short, dry and a little tannic, but pleasantly spiced.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1996 (16 year old) 50%

Sherry Finished/ Code: OMC2207/ Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

Quite sweet and sugary sherry aromas with a big spicy note along with some malt and a light balsamic note.

The palate is soft and feels a lot more mature than 16 years. Gently sherried with hints of dried fruit and spice. Quite full with a developing earthy character – loam and damp soil (and fust?). Good length, a little tart on the finish but there are some lingering sweet spices.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1992 (20 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2186/ Dist: May 1992 Btl: July 2012/ Tasted: July 2012

A dense and fragrant nose of golden syrup coated sweet fruit along with hints of orange and succulent spice. Slightly nutty with earthy nuances. Wonderfully deep, showing some mature oak and a touch of dark, treacly malt.

The palate is soft, opening with the herbal, sherry notes entwined with the golden syrup coated sweet fruit. Gently spiced with a touch of barley. Quite a nutty middle with a long, warming spiced finish and the herbal wood notes return along with just a touch of bitter tannin and liquorice. Lovely, malty after-taste.



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